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Hey all, I'm from Amarillo, Texas. I'll be going on my first deer hunt this season. Using a Remington 710 .270. 36 years old, but better late than never gettting started deer hunting. Have been bird hunting the last couple of years and enjoyed it and a friend talked me into going after deer with him. He's been at it for years. Any words of wisdom would be welcome. I'm already checking the forums for hints and help. Not a lot of trees to hunt from in this part of the world, so ground hunting/stalking tips would be great. Thanks and Howdy.
 

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welcome to the forum. cover your scent would be my most important tip for you. check out the hunting tips section too while your browsing maybe something in there will help you out. i noticed your from texas. i got a father-in-law in that state and the way he hunts texas deer makes me sick. :green: not really it is legal down there. he cuts up some apples and takes them out the night before and lays them on this little clear spot in all the brush and short trees. he sits on a pile a dirt about 150 yards away and just waits on the deer to come out of the thick stuff and start eating on the apples. sounds easy enough to me. good luck my friend and glad to see you taking up deer hunting.
 

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Hi Friend,

Don't know much about hunting deer in Texas, but I presume its about the same every where, with the exception of laws that apply in your area. I suggest stay hidden downwind of the deer you plan to hunt, and shoot straight for a good clean kill.

If you can get a standing still, broadside base of the neck shot, take it. It will drop any deer in its tracks. Aim for center of neck at the base. Make sure your rifle is zeroed in at least for a hundred yards, and you will be able to hit anything out to 200 yards.

If you choose to shoot at a running deer, do yourself a favor, and pick a spot ahead of the deer, and wait for the deer to get there. It makes for a much easier and surer shot.

Hope this helps.



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sorry i cant agree with ajhunters post. i dont recommend shooting at running deer. you are more apt to injure the deer than to have a clean humane kill.

help me out here fellow hunters. give this new hunter some good tips.
 

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Hey Buck,

I am simply stating if he chooses to shoot at a running deer, he will have a better chance of delivering a good clean kill shot by picking a spot ahead of the deer, and waiting for the deer to arrive.

It enables a hunter to deliver a good clean kill shot, rather than trying to follow the deer and shoot it.

I know it works, because that is how I shoot at running deer. You won't be moving when you squeeze the trigger.

Up here in Maine you need to shoot this way anyways, because of the heavily forested woods.

Most Maine hunters will agree with me on this. I agree it is better to shoot at a still deer, but we don't often have that option up here.

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Remember to put safety first and keep cool and after shooting a shotgun, remember SQUEEZE THE TRIGGER.
 

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i dont know sounds more like bird hunting than deer hunting to me.I never heard of anyone saying to lead a deer sounds like a good way to miss,wound or send a slug flying where it could hit anyone or anything.:thumbdown:
 

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Welcome, check out Deerchannel.com, it's based right in Texas so you'll be getting the best advice and experience for your hunt. It's run by Dr. James Kroll (Dr. Deer).
 

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I think AJHUNTER is hunting rabbits in the forest thats like shooting a deer with a bow at 100 yards if you get lucky enough to hit it your probably not going to kill it. Use a grunt call and try to stop the deer most of the time does and small bucks will run about 25 yards then stop and look back that is when you shoot not while there running.
 

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Hey Buck,

I am simply stating if he chooses to shoot at a running deer, he will have a better chance of delivering a good clean kill shot by picking a spot ahead of the deer, and waiting for the deer to arrive.

It enables a hunter to deliver a good clean kill shot, rather than trying to follow the deer and shoot it.

I know it works, because that is how I shoot at running deer. You won't be moving when you squeeze the trigger.

Up here in Maine you need to shoot this way anyways, because of the heavily forested woods.

Most Maine hunters will agree with me on this. I agree it is better to shoot at a still deer, but we don't often have that option up here.

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AJHunter I'm a Vermont hunter, Our (mine and yours) hunting styles, methods, and woods are the same. 33 years ago I was just like you but I learned after just a year or 2 that popping off an extra shot or 2 at the running deer wasn't a great idea at all, just think of the dangers involved when doing that, and the sad part of that is, there are still some professional hunters (won't mention names) that encourage taking pop shots at the running deer.

When we see a Buck in the woods we should take careful aim, Squeeze off that first shot and KNOW automatically that the deer is going to RUN BUT if we watch him as he runs off I'm TOTALLY convinced he will stop (they always do) after about 50, 60 or maybe 70 yards and offer another good clean shot, That's a tip that will make any hunter a much better hunter not only have you increased your chance at harvesting that deer but you were safe doing it. AJHunter I'm not preaching to you, I'm just sharing Good info that's going to make you a safer and probably a more successful hunter. I hope I've explained this well it's hard to put these things in writing sometimes.

if you Watch hunting video's look at what the Deer does after he gets shot, sometimes even on video you'll get to see them stop and offer one more good clean shot.

Good Luck
 

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Hey Bruce,

I agree, safety first. That is exactly why I stated to the person that started this post, that if they choose to shoot at a running deer, that they pick a spot ahead of the deer, and wait for the deer to arrive, before squeezing the trigger.

This allows the hunter time to look beyond and determine if it is safe to shoot in that direction. It is much safer to shoot at a running deer this way, then trying to follow the deer and try to get a good shot.

Trying to follow a deer, while shooting at it, is not only dangerous, but it doesn't allow for a safe shot, nor does it allow a good clean shot.

It only takes one good shot to bring down any animal, and your best chance, and safest, is to choose a spot ahead of the deer, and wait for it to arrive.

Grunt calls don't always stop a buck that is bent on leaving the area. I know from experience.

I know this is a better and safer way to shoot at running deer, I have been shooting this way, since my grandfather showed me many years ago.

We all would like a standing still shot, but it is seldom available here in Maine. Especially when stalking. The woods are noisy, from dried up leaves, as well as blowdowns.

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Sounds like you will be spot and stalking maybe?The main thing there is good glass.This includes riflescope,binos and spotting scope.
Camo to fit your surroundings,
Good Luck
Rock
 
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