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Shotgun deer hunting
« on: July 01, 2014, 09:57:09 am »
I find myself in the peculiar position of needing to shoot deer with a shotgun. My in-laws have a farm, and are getting several depredation tags and have asked me to fill them (apparently I'm the bloodthirsty one). The catch is that their farm is almost in town, and so Rifles aren't allowed (and really not a good idea, there may be one or two spots where I could safely shoot a rifle, but the deer don't go there). I don't have a bow that I'd feel comfortable taking a deer with (much less several) but I do have access to several shotguns. What sort of rounds would you guys recommend? Slug? Sabot? Double ought buckshot? It won't be a long shot (mother in law has to chase them with sticks when they are eating the fruit trees) and we are planning to eat them afterwards.


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    Re: Shotgun deer hunting
    « Reply #1 on: July 01, 2014, 11:05:04 am »
    I guess it depends I haven't done allot of deer hunting with shotguns since we typically use rifles up here, that said lower Michigan is shotgun only pretty much. And since family comes from down there they will come up here with shotguns(and always get looked at funny since no one here really uses shotguns on deer). I'd say slug is fine and effective however depending on the location may be no better than a rifle if your that close to town. Buckshot is probably your answer if your range isn't too far and your pattern is good for that range.

    I'm finding myself though thinking about rifle, and there aren't really many places I'd shoot a gun(shotgun/rifle or handgun) that I wouldn't shoot a rifle, so perhaps I'm not understanding the location.

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    Re: Shotgun deer hunting
    « Reply #2 on: July 01, 2014, 02:02:00 pm »
       Slugs have a lot of travel left in them in a LOT of instances.

    If the ranges are like you are saying, 30 yards or under, I'd use some quality buckshot.  pattern it first, then use some 00 buck.

     
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    Re: Shotgun deer hunting
    « Reply #3 on: July 01, 2014, 02:56:46 pm »
    17 HMR and 22LR will both do fine duty on deer to remove them as pests. If the critters are under 50 yards pop em in the head with either round, and they will fall.
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    « Reply #4 on: July 01, 2014, 04:51:42 pm »
    check you local laws they may restrict what type of ammo you can use
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    Re: Shotgun deer hunting
    « Reply #5 on: July 01, 2014, 06:14:27 pm »
    I used to hate buckshot and when required to hunt deer with a shotgun, would use Brenneke slugs.   Traditionally, buckshot patterns got pretty bad by about 25 yards, unless you just wanted to point and spray and unethically hope you hit the deer with at least a couple pellets.

    That has changed.   There has been a paradigm shift in wad/cup design.   The Federal Flite Control buckshot is a wonder to behold.

    Below is a target shot at a full 50 yards from my short barreled (22") improved cylinder Remington 1100 semi-auto.  When you see where I started the yellow tape, about an inch above the "target" you will note that all 9 pellets are in about a 10-11 inch grouping.  This is buckshot you need to aim, like with a rifle.   It justifies rifle sights or a red dot sight.   Spectacular break through.  Now very lethal out to at least 50 yards.  Beyond that, you need slugs, preferably sabots in a rifled barrel.
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    Re: Shotgun deer hunting
    « Reply #6 on: July 01, 2014, 08:45:01 pm »
    I find myself in the peculiar position of needing to shoot deer with a shotgun. My in-laws have a farm, and are getting several depredation tags and have asked me to fill them (apparently I'm the bloodthirsty one). The catch is that their farm is almost in town, and so Rifles aren't allowed (and really not a good idea, there may be one or two spots where I could safely shoot a rifle, but the deer don't go there). I don't have a bow that I'd feel comfortable taking a deer with (much less several) but I do have access to several shotguns. What sort of rounds would you guys recommend? Slug? Sabot? Double ought buckshot? It won't be a long shot (mother in law has to chase them with sticks when they are eating the fruit trees) and we are planning to eat them afterwards.



    Your location is listed as Pandora.   Would that be Pandora, Ohio? 

    If so:

    http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/hunting-trapping-and-shooting-sports/hunting-trapping-regulations/deer-hunting-regulations
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    Re: Shotgun deer hunting
    « Reply #7 on: July 01, 2014, 11:10:19 pm »
    The location for hunting is just outside Roosevelt Utah. I do mean just outside. I may try shooting downwards from the roof. That would be a safe angle. The rules (as explained to me by the locals) was no rifled barrels.

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    Re: Shotgun deer hunting
    « Reply #8 on: July 01, 2014, 11:34:58 pm »
    The location for hunting is just outside Roosevelt Utah. I do mean just outside. I may try shooting downwards from the roof. That would be a safe angle. The rules (as explained to me by the locals) was no rifled barrels.




    That clears things up:  Buckshot 00B or larger and slugs OK.


    http://wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks/2014_pdfs/2014_field_regs_low.pdf 
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    Re: Shotgun deer hunting
    « Reply #9 on: July 02, 2014, 12:14:59 am »
    Do you have access to a hunting crossbow?  If allowed by local hunting laws.
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    Re: Shotgun deer hunting
    « Reply #10 on: July 02, 2014, 01:02:24 pm »
    Slugs are  my preference.
    Just shoot a variety in your shotgun, that gives the best groups.
    Know your skill set/limits and take shots accordingly.

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    Re: Shotgun deer hunting
    « Reply #11 on: July 06, 2014, 07:35:36 pm »
    I've been impressed enough with Brenneke KO slugs that I haven't tried anything else in a long time. Don't bother with sabots if you can't use a rifled barrel.


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    Re: Shotgun deer hunting
    « Reply #12 on: July 06, 2014, 08:06:30 pm »
    This is exactly what Buckshot is for.
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