Where to Target Deer While Hunting

Where should you target your shot the next time you’re deer hunting? With this handy infographic you’ll know where the prime target area is and become a more savvy hunter.

According to TacticsFAQ.com, 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.

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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.


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.

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