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Average Distance of Big Game Kill Shot

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Polishrifleman, Oct 31, 2005.


Distance of your average Kill shot

  1. 0-75 yards

    34 vote(s)
  2. 76-150 yards

    21 vote(s)
  3. 151-225 yards

    4 vote(s)
  4. 225 plus yards

    4 vote(s)
  1. Average Distance of Big Game Kill Shot with Modern Firearm

    Opening of Elk was this past weekend for Eastern Washington. I made it up half the day on Saturday and was supremely lucky to get on some game. It is a spike only GMU and my buddy flushed a train wreck right down on me, I came up full broadside with my .338 and leupold and saw an awesome 6x5 tearing through the trees, there was so much rackett that I couldn't tell what was crashing around. Once I see the rack I drop my rifle down to get a wider field of view in time to see 2 spikes following the bull, by the time I get my rifle back up there wasn't a good shot to be had. Needless to say this was all happening within 50yds:D fairly thick woods without underbrush.

    The reason for the post is that the highest percentage of my kills for big game have come within 100yds and in this insance I feel the optics were a detriment. I feel if I had my model 94 30-30 I would have taken one of the spikes.

    Thanks for the input and I am still dreaming of Elk steaks :( .
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2005
  2. longrifleman

    longrifleman New Member

    100 yds give or take for whitetails.
    20 yds for squirrels.
    30' for sparrows.
    5' for rats.

    I'll scare coyotes out to 400 yds.
  3. sumpnz

    sumpnz New Member

    Since I've only killed one big game animal so far, it was easy to calculate that average. :D

    110-120 yards on a calm as could be cow elk as she sauntered down a fence line. She ran a paced off 38 yards before piling up and expireing.

    Fired at but missed a spike mulie last year. That was only 30-40 yards.

    I've only shot 2 rabbits and both were at ~7-10 yards.
  4. Michael Courtney

    Michael Courtney New Member

    I've killed deer out to 550 yards with a rifle, but my archery kills pull the average down considerably.

    It would probably make more sense to ask for an average kill distance for a particular type of projectile launcher.

    Archery: 25 yards
    Shotgun: 75 Yards
    Muzzleloader: 75 Yards
    Centerfire Rifle: 200 yards

    Michael Courtney
  5. TangSafetyM77

    TangSafetyM77 New Member

    Texas whitetails 30-200 yards. I have popped one spike at 300, but made a bad shot. Western big game is a different deal. I was told by my elk guide this year that 300 yards is "considered a punt 'round here". He then said I should be preparde to shoot to 400! I missed a 6X6 at 454 yards and ended up killing a 5x5 at 250 the next day. I have killed caribou at 330 and 360, but keep in mind these are large animals. I think it is unethical to shoot at deer-sized game at more than 300 yards.
  6. dakotasin

    dakotasin New Member

    the poll doesn't work well for me. i hunt several distinct types of terrain, and each has its own averages...

    in the black hills of s.d., my average deer has been dumped at about 35 yards.

    on the buttes of the prairie, my average antelope is maybe 275 yards.

    on the river breaks of the missouri, my average mule deer is around 300 yards, and average whitetail around 150.

    on cropland (beanfields), my average deer is 75 yards.

    on prairie, average deer is 150 yards.

    to add a little perspective: i usually go after 2 antelope, and 6 deer per year, not including archery. i probably average killing 5 deer and very close to 2 antelope per year.
  7. bearmgc

    bearmgc New Member

    Most of my shots are less than 100yds. But then factoring in the antelope kills brings it up to 150yds.
  8. Adept

    Adept New Member

    Sums it up nicely for me.
  9. Subby

    Subby New Member

    My last three whitetail bucks were taken at ~8, ~12, and ~70 yards. Lifetime average for whitetails in PA and WV is probably 60 yards.

  10. tc300mag1

    tc300mag1 New Member

    Less than 50 yards usually and if i was a better golfer could probley hit um with a ball and a sandwedge to do the job
  11. Lennyjoe

    Lennyjoe Active Member

    Arizona = ~150 average

    Georgia = ~75 average

    At least that's what I've ran into.
  12. 1911 guy

    1911 guy Active Member

    Ohio and W.Va

    I hunt Ohio and West Virginia most years. Oh., shotgun only, usually about 50 or 60 yds. W.Va. is time for the .308 and I usually go around 100 yds. Give or take a few.
  13. griz

    griz New Member

    I've taken a few around 200 yards, but the vast majority of my hunting is in eastern Virginia where you can't even see 70 yards, much less shoot that far.
  14. Charles S

    Charles S New Member

    I averaged 176 yards for the first 5 years I hunted white tails, but my style has significantly changed. I now bow hunt, I spend a lot more time still hunting during rifle season and I tend to spend more time in the bottoms and thick ridges than I used to. I including my archery kills my average for the last 5 years is about 40 yards.

    Hunting like this has really brought the excitement back to hunting.

  15. GRB

    GRB member

    I think your low range was way too high at 0-75 yards; I thought maybe 0 - 50 would have been a better choice but what the heck only because of personal experience. All the deer I have ever taken have been at less than 50 yards as far as I am aware. My best guestimate is all have been at about 20 - 40 yards, taken with a shotgun, pistol or rifle.

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