Sharpshooters may be able to place a bullet in the brain or neck. However, the dangers of severely wounding the deer but not bringing him down with a jaw or nose shot – or missing entirely – is not recommended for most ethical hunters.
A “boiler room” shot in and around the vital organs of the chest – the heart, lungs, and liver – or targeting the spinal cord and nervous system in the shoulders gives a wider range of kill shots.
PATIENCE IS KEY! Wait until a clear shot of your moving target is visible.
HEART AND LUNGS
The large cluster of organs in the chest cavity right above the front legs, gives hunters a good target to shoot.
PROS: Large target. Hemorrhaging eaves a good blood trail.
CONS: Vitals are protected by rib bones and may deflect light bullets and arrows. Instant kills are rare.
A shoulder snot can break the spine, dropping the deer where he stands.
PROS: Good for quick kills
CONS: Smaller target than the vital organs. Meat damage.