Shooting a deer in the hip to make it stop running?
I was reading an old deer hunting book and it was saying that if a deer was running you could shoot it in the hip bone to stop it and make it drop to the ground for a few seconds so you could load a second shell and shoot it again before it could get back up and run again. Is this even a good idea? It seems like something could go wrong here.
- Mr.357Lv 79 months ago
Not a good idea. If you want to stop it, shot for a front shoulder. With a big enough caliber ir may stop it and kill it, although you will ruin some meat.
- 10 months ago
No, thats really cruel, besides being also stupid.
Read Joe's answer, again.
- Anonymous10 months ago
Regardless of whether or not you can or if its legal you would be destroying alot of meat. If you shoot too far forward you gutshot it and contaminate the meat to far back and you put a bullet hole in it an never see the deer again. Regardless, its a bad idea. I was always taught to not shoot running deer because of the high chance of missing the vitals. Your practically rolling dice shooting one thats running.
- RichardLv 610 months ago
That sounds like a way to justify a poor shot.
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- Adam DLv 710 months ago
Yeah, don't do that. Part of ethical hunting is preventing the animal you are killing from suffering. If you can hit a deer in the hip, you can hit it in the lungs, which will also make it stop running.
A trick that probably works about 50% of the time on a moving deer is to make a bleating sound like goat, which is similar to one of the sounds deer use to communicate. Their curiosity will often get the better of them, causing them to stop and pop their head up to see where the sound came from - which if they were crossing in front of you leaves them broadside.
- USAFisnumber1Lv 710 months ago
No. Your first shot should be to kill the animal. If you are "good enough" to shoot it in the hip then you should be "good enough" to put a round thru the heart or lungs. Part of the ethics of hunting is to cause the animal as little pain as possible, which is why you shoot to kill.
- daniel gLv 710 months ago
Idiot that wrote that book was certainly no hunter, just plain absurd.
- Bubba GubbinsLv 710 months ago
Must be written by a feller who never hunted. If you can hit a hip with the first shot, you should be able to hit a lung, don't you think?