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    Head up or head down?

    head up or head down?
    So you are out stalking and you come across a deer feeding completely unaware of your presence. It is feeding from the ground and looks up every now and again having a scan around. So my question is do you shoot it when its head is up or down?

    Given the choice I have always shot them when their head was up looking around, my theory being that they are unlikely to move (take a step forward) and the torso is level. I was with a client the other day and he always shoots his deer “head down”. His theory is that the deer is more relaxed with its head down and feeding and therefore more likely to drop to shot. Conversely his theory is that when the deer has its head up it is scanning for predators and ready for flight and therefore more likely to run when shot.
    I would be interested in other people’s thoughts.
    BTW we are only talking about boiler house shots, safe backstop etc etc.
    Anthony

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    I wait for mine to look exactly like the target on the range. But seriously, either depending on situation and obstacles! I'm not sure I can say one is more likely to run that the other? If the deer is that relaxed and close enough I might wait for a neck shot.

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    Strangly enough, I was flicking through one of Dominic Griffiths books this morning. He suggests that you shoot when the head is up. His theory being that when the head is down, the internal organs are pushed up into the diaphragm, with an increased risk of hitting the green. Not sure about this myself, but I normally wait for them to be head up.

    Novice

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    If it's standing side on and I have a good clear heart and lung shot I really don't mind what it's doing with it's head.

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    I like heads down last meal

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    Head up or down if it is a safe shot take it. It is like asking would you take the shot if it was standing looking left or would you wait until it was standing facing right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by novice View Post
    Strangly enough, I was flicking through one of Dominic Griffiths books this morning. He suggests that you shoot when the head is up. His theory being that when the head is down, the internal organs are pushed up into the diaphragm, with an increased risk of hitting the green. Not sure about this myself, but I normally wait for them to be head up.

    Novice
    This is the reasoning I was taught and as a rule shoot head up if possible.

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    Normally when stalking woodland and hedgerows I give a little whistle or squeak before I shoot to make sure the animal is stationary and head up especially with muntys to be honest without whistling to stop them I'd hardly shoot any muntjac
    There are no perfect men in this world ..... Only perfect intentions

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    Quote Originally Posted by novice View Post
    Strangly enough, I was flicking through one of Dominic Griffiths books this morning. He suggests that you shoot when the head is up. His theory being that when the head is down, the internal organs are pushed up into the diaphragm, with an increased risk of hitting the green. Not sure about this myself, but I normally wait for them to be head up. Novice
    The diaphram holds everything back that should be back !
    I even tested Dom's theory by standing on my head and my guts didn't end up in my chest, in fact with a Deer it is only the neck that slants down with it's head on the end of it !!

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