I know of a lot of hunters who swear by the neck shot on deer, in my opinion the neck shot is unethical and honestly wastes to much good sausage meat.
The reasons for this decision are as follows:
1. The neck of a deer is a relatively small area compared to the much more humane and ethical lung/heart shot. The only 2 guaranteed areas in the neck that will consistently offer one shot stops are the jugular and the spine each of which are relatively small areas to be shooting at.
2. Even if you are an excellent shot any movement from the animal can cause you to miss the neck all together or worse hitting the animal in a non vital area, resulting in a wounded animal, that will suffer needlessly. Compare the neck movement of a feeding deer to that of the heart and lung shot, the deer is constantly moving its neck, while the chest area remains relatively motionless.
3. The neck shot needlessly ruins more meat that the behind the shoulder shot. I realize that not all hunters do so for the meat, but why waste more than you have to?
As far as I am concerned, neck shots should never be taken, unless the animal is already wounded and it is the only follow up shot that presents itself, the chances of wounding the animal are far too great for the shot to be called ethical.
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