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A buck at around 15-20 feet, with an original M1861 Springfield, .58 Minie ball. DRT, and the bullet created a hellacious exit wound - it looked like someone tossed a bucket of blood all over the bushes. My first thought was "Holy sh*t, they used to shoot people with these things." The kill was right on the edge of the Antietam Battlefield so when I was invited I thought "what other rifle is perfect for that event?"


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As a teenager, I shot my first deer straight below me from a homemade wooden treestand, so probably 15'.

I've been closer a handful of times, the closest being the time one opening morning when a young doe panicked and ran straight at me over a small hill. She didn't see me in time to swerve, so I sidestepped and poked her in the side with the muzzle of my 243 as she went by. That deer was out of her mind with panic.


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Excepting mountain lions in a tree and called coyotes, both of which I have shot within bayonet range, I think my closest was a mule deer at 10 yards.



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At about 5'.

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Several at 10-15 ft or under my stand.

Have had countless deer within a 5 yard circle. No great super human feat.
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If pigs count then I'll say about ten yards.


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A doe at about 3-4'
Climbing into an old homemade treestand, on 3rd step and she was directly under me.


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Cow moose at 15 yards
Grizzly at 13 yards

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I shot my biggest buck at 30 feet. I shot a large WI doe that ran right up to me at 20' or a bit less.

Had a buck sniff my rubber boot while turkey hunting one spring afternoon. That was pretty cool.

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Originally Posted by mart
20 yards maybe less, on the fight and closing fast. 35 Whelen and 275 grain RN Hornady.

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Not big game but called in a coyote and killed him at eight feet and still coming.

You have a twin brother here in Michigan.


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Whitetail at about 40 ft.

My dad's record is 0 inches, him and my Grandpa were out hunting rabbits and whitetail buck came busting out of the brush next to my dad and he touched it with the end of his shot gun and pulled the trigger, the deer was still alive but stuck in the snow so he jumped on its back and sliced the bucks throat.

My Grandpa was mad as hell my dad took that chance but was glad to have the meat as they were on week 3 of no meat on the table.


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Far as I can remember
A spike at about 5yds with a inline 50
A 7 at about the same distance, same gun
A bear at 10-15 yds with 06 from a Valmet O/U
A eight at about 15-20 yds with 721 06
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Snuck up behind a 120lb hog feeding into the wind and put a 9mm into his ear from about 6" away. Young and stupid, I guess, but definitely made a memory......................


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Charging bull elephant in Zimbabwe. Frontal brain shot with .470 NE. Don't know how many feet it was, but we counted 13 paces between his carcass and my empty casings. Fired an "insurance" shot after he was down. That's why there were two (2) casings.

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Inches... maybe 7


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Two different elk at about 15 yards. Another at around 25.



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Originally Posted by 12344mag
Whitetail at about 40 ft.

My dad's record is 0 inches, him and my Grandpa were out hunting rabbits and whitetail buck came busting out of the brush next to my dad and he touched it with the end of his shot gun and pulled the trigger, the deer was still alive but stuck in the snow so he jumped on its back and sliced the bucks throat.

My Grandpa was mad as hell my dad took that chance but was glad to have the meat as they were on week 3 of no meat on the table.
Sounds like your dad grew up a lot like mine did.


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First deer at 14yo. 4pt that was nearly directly under my stand in a black cherry tree...probably 2-3yds from the base of the tree.

I remember how I hadn’t practiced drawing and shooting at such a severe angle. The angle plus nerves, I had a hell of a time drawing the bow back.

32yrs ago and I can still picture that deer coming in and stopping just as I drew back and fired. Hunting has provided me with a ton of wonderful memories.


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About 14-18 inches. The muzzle blast blew a cloud of hair off the antelope I shot with a 9.3X74R. That was about 7 miles from my house here in Wyoming

My closest deer with a rifle was a mule deer buck at about 4 yards with a 270 in Elko County Nevada

My closest elk was an Idaho bull in the Selway. I shot from the hip at about 8 feet with my 375H&H.

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Originally Posted by RockyRaab
Almost the same as plumdog. Whitetail buck from a tree stand. Five feet below my feet and straight down with a recurve bow.

This. Standing on a live oak limb 16 years old 6 ft above a doe. She ran about 15 yds behind me, stopped and looked around and started feeding again. I couldn't see her well through some brush. I knew I missed and looked down for the arrow and couldn't see it. It was like the Twilight Zone. I'm thinking WTH is going on.

A bit later I strained my neck looking backward and saw the doe lay down, head up, looking around.

A bit later her head went down and she started kicking and died. When I got down and turned around I jumped a bit as my arrow was suddenly right there standing straight up. I finally figured I had been looking for the arrow laying down but it was pointed straight away and it had blended in with the leaves.

My First deer with a bow.


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