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About 6 feet. A 3-point blacktail. It stood up out of a big fern. I had been standing there over a minute.

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While slipping along a trail, a dog spooked a deer over the next hill and it came loping along the same trail I was on. As he was running straight at me thru stuff I really couldn't get a good shot. I was standing between two trees and he was on a collision course with me. I finally fired out of self defense. The 308 bullet caught him just under the left eye and he slid up to where his nose almost touched my boots. I guess he was probably 6-8 feet when the trigger broke. A nice 8 pt....

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None super close. A few deer with rifles and bows between 10 and 12 yards.

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Elk…about 10 yards! Though, I did shoot a fox at about 5 feet! memtb


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Don't know if hogs are considered big game, but with a knife.


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Originally Posted by stxhunter
Don't know if hogs are considered big game, but with a knife.
Most definitely yes

They classify turkeys Big Game in Tenn lol

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Originally Posted by stxhunter
Don't know if hogs are considered big game, but with a knife.
I'm new to hogs. Went to a preserve to hunt from treestands, guide showed us video of a guy spearing a big one. Know a lady that knifed one! Not gonna do it, will stick to .44 mag for that.

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Originally Posted by Plumdog
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Don't know if hogs are considered big game, but with a knife.
I'm new to hogs. Went to a preserve to hunt from treestands, guide showed us video of a guy spearing a big one. Know a lady that knifed one! Not gonna do it, will stick to .44 mag for that.

Their eyesight isnt great, but have a heck of a nose. Mine hang close to feeder, more than one occasion I ran a test on the feeder and piglets and mama come surround our feet within a minute or two, momma usually dies before she gets too close.

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I shot a whitetail buck while hunting in mountain laurel in PA about 20 years ago. It popped up right in front of me and I just raised the 30-06 and fired. I took 2 steps and stepped on the deer.

The shot went in it’s open mouth and blew out the back of the head. Muzzle blast singer his whiskers.

Muzzle to deer was probably 2 ft.

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About 6 feet from a 6x7 elk at ground level while hunting with a bow and about 8 feet from a mountain goat while hunting with a rifle.

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Deer at 20-30 feet, lifted its head looking at me over a sage brush, it must have been laying down as I approached.
Never couild find a entrance wound, bullet had to have been between the lips, straight out the back of the head.


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Buck about two feet off the muzzle of my rifle. I was at a friends lease and he gave me directions to a stand in the bottom. I couldn’t find the stand in the dark so I just sat down against a tree. Needed to take a dump really bad so started slipping back towards the house. I hadn’t gone too far when the buck came down off the hill and started down the creek in the opposite direction. I couldn’t get a shot but I burped when I tightened up. It was a decent grunt ! The deer stopped dead and turned. Buck came straight to me and I thought he was going to run into me. He stopped two feet from the end of my rifle and raised his head slightly turned with his eye bugged out looking at me. I shot him in the throat looking over the top of my scope.


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Originally Posted by Plumdog
I shot a cow elk from 6 feet while standing on a high deadfall with a recurve bow. Almost straight down and into the top of the shoulder. Shot a 5 1/2 year old Shiras Moose with .54 cal. muzzleloader from 7 yards.

Antlerless deer, about 3-4 feet from the muzzle. Not sure why she would not look at me / could not see me. No cover, no concealment.

Small 4x4 blacktail .. 12 feet from the muzzle. It was nose-down chasing a doe and she deliberately walked right past me trying to rub him off. (I've seen 'em try to do that using traffic as well.) She went right under my armpit, he got shot through the top of the noggin.

I passed a bear on the trail one time and had the muzzle of the 629 within a couple inches of his head but he never moved, just tracked me with his eyes, so there was no shooting done. That was pretty spooky.

Oh .. closest might be a negative number. One time I grabbed a wounded doe by the ear, shoved the muzzle of my sister's .357 in the ear hole, and pulled the trigger. F-u-c-k-ing near separated my arm into two pieces at the elbow joint. HURT. Made me kinda sick at my stomach. So word to the wise: don't do that. Holding on to things you're shooting at, not with, sucks.


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Shot a bobcat at 5' once. Several deer straight under me with a bow and once with a muzzleloader.
Once while elk hunting I was sitting against a tree and a bull came up and was feeding so close his antler hit the tree trunk I was on the other side of. Shot a cow a minute later at 10 yards. First bear I shot twice, first shot was 25 yards, second shot at 15' and he slid to within 8'. That one had a little pucker factor to it


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8 point whitetail walking toward me in a hard snowstorm. Decided to see how close he would
come. 7 paces and I decided "close enough". 7x57 130 grain, think trajectory was quite flat.

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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.

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Shot a spike bull and a couple 2 point bucks at less than 10 yards, both with a rifle. I also had a herd of elk jump over the log i was taking a nap behind. They got spooked from another hunter up the hill from me. Luckily i wasn't trampled. It sure did wake me up thou.

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About 10-15 yards to a 4 point for my first deer with a bow.
Two 5X5 bulls, my first bull at 23 yards and another at 25 yards.


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Shot a small buck from a tree stand with my bow at 4 feet from the base of the tree. Angle was so steep that it went in behind the near side backstop and came out nearly straight down only getting one lung. My rope had literally been hitting his back a few seconds prior.

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Big doe at 8-10' with a 243

Gobbler at 10-12' with a shotgun.

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