Best Kill Zone Shot Placements for a Deer
Even though deer, such as whitetail deer and mule deer, are relatively mid to small-sized animals, it can still be difficult to get a proper shot placement. Deer are notoriously skittish and can run away at the first sound.
Firing off a shot that does not hit them in the vital regions not only means you could get a lost animal, it’s incredibly inhumane. This is why knowing where to shoot a deer is essential, and equally as important is knowing when to shoot.
You should only shoot a deer when it is standing still when you have taken careful aim, and when you have a clear shot.
Here are the top vital regions to shoot a deer, and the pros and the cons that exist with each: The High Shoulder
By properly shooting your deer in the high shoulder, you have the potential to snap its spine, break some of its ribs, and even cut its nervous system. A proper shot here should bring your deer down instantly.
The biggest cons to shooting a deer in the high shoulder are that you could potentially mess up a lot of good meat that you may want to eat later (such as the shoulder meat and upper back strap meat), and it’s easy to place your shot too high when you are aiming here.