/r/Hunting

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Dispatching roadkill (or soon to be)

I have a 30 minute ride home and occasionally see dead animals (and a few times nearly dead animals) on the side of the road. The first time I choked a deer to death since it was suffering and I didn’t have my gun. With that said I usually carry it now.

Since i can get close to the animal (especially a deer) can you give me advice on a good place for the shot (I know head shots are frowned upon in hunting, but if I am nearly point blank?) any other advice to pit an animal out of its misery?

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2024/06/20
08:05 UTC

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Deer hunting with shotgun

Cross posted

I have a 12 gauge winchester sxp trap with a 31” barrell. Do I need to do anything to modify if for shooting deer with slugs? Remove the choke? Different barrell. Sorry the internet has a lot of confusing answers and I’m new to hunting. Thanks!

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2024/06/20
05:05 UTC

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Fallow buck down! Now carry out time …

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2024/06/20
04:14 UTC

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Hunting in Nevada, what game available, guild on private land, would they have license availability?? Never hunt elk any place but Colorado

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2024/06/20
03:22 UTC

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Is a 130 grain bullet 270 win too light for elk?

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2024/06/20
02:59 UTC

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PA Elk season

How many points did you have until you were chosen to get a tag. I have been buying points the last couple of seasons as I haven’t really had the time or money to do a guided elk hunt right now and just want to know how many years it might realistically be before I may get chosen. Planning to go after 2027.

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2024/06/20
01:58 UTC

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So like, can I just shoot invasive birds?

Hi, wisconsinite here, I have a decent bb/pellet gun and I can aim ok. I was just wondering for confirmation if i am allowed to shoot invasive birds like house sparrows or there is a permit required. I'm only asking because my neighbors dislike me and I don't want to be reported for anything.

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2024/06/20
00:57 UTC

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If you had to fight a bear with just a knife where would you stab it?

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2024/06/19
23:13 UTC

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Small game gear recommendations

Hi everybody! I recently got my hunting license here in the state of New Jersey. I am fairly new to guns, owning only a .22 bolt rifle I bought myself a few months ago in order to familiarize myself with firearms. I have shot 12 and 20 gauge shotguns belonging to friends, as well as a few rounds out of a 9mm handgun. Due to the fact that I am a waiter who is nearly done with college after going back later in life, and thus not flush with money, I plan on starting my hunting career off small and beginning with small game in the upcoming fall and winter. I cannot use my .22 to hunt small game in New Jersey, and so plan on purchasing a single shot 20 gauge soon. Hopefully I can become fairly accurate before the start of the season. I plan on seeking out squirrel.

I am an avid hiker and am very familiar with the many Wildlife Management Areas in my region. Although I fully expect to be humbled when I first go out, I plan on just taking a nice, long walk through one of the WMAs, working on walking slowly and quietly and being more observant, and hoping to bag a couple of squirrels along the way. I have watched and read much about field dressing squirrels, although I'm sure my first time will be an interesting and somewhat difficult experience. I come asking for recommendations on gear to purchase, other than the obvious firearm and ammunition, before I embark on my first small game hunt.

A hunting knife and a blaze orange cap are all I currently have on my list. Any specific recs for bags/backpacks are welcome. I backpack/camp sometimes, and have a pack for that, but it's definitely too bulky for hunting. I am also unsure of what kind of "meat bags" I will need, if any, for small game. And anything else that I'm not thinking of, or that you find to be necessary or helpful, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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2024/06/19
22:55 UTC

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First time froggin!

Strolled onto a local golf course for some late night frogging. Came home with a dozen or so bull frogs with some nice legs to fry up! Fun experience!

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2024/06/19
22:32 UTC

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Everyone was Kung-Fo fighting

This was in my driveway the other night. Lol

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2024/06/19
22:02 UTC

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Pew pew

r/Skillfulhunting

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2024/06/19
21:21 UTC

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Squirrel Problem: HOA/Townhouse

I live in a walk-up townhouse and my tomato garden is on my balcony. I’ve been wondering why it looks like someone’s jumping on my tomato plants. Walked out this afternoon and secret squire is eating my tomatoes. I can’t shoot him because of the HOA. I have my small game license. Can I trap this guy legally and then eat him? Where do I find large enough mousetrap style traps to handle the problem quickly and quietly? I’m not going to use a sticky trap, and I plan on eating the squirrel. I wouldn’t kill something and not eat it unless it was contaminated in some way - I’m not a savage. All advice is welcome. Thanks.

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2024/06/19
20:33 UTC

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How does say a Savage 99f in 308 from 1961 compare to rifles of today in terms of accuracy?

My family has some old hunting rifles and I am wondering what the accuracy of that Savage 99 compared to a modern 308 would be. I understand those old Savage 308s had a 1 and 12 twist, So would it be wise to stay away from 180 grain bullets? Interested in your thoughts. Thanks

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2024/06/19
19:38 UTC

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Updated Straight Wall Hunting States

Hey Everyone,

Doing some research on what states allow the use of straight wall cartridges' for hunting this 2024 season. I have my list below so far. What states am I missing?

Arkansas

Iowas

Illinois

Maryland

Michigan

Ohio

Thanks in advance!

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2024/06/19
19:04 UTC

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Boyz need some minerals

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2024/06/19
17:33 UTC

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New to sheep hunting

My husband has sheep hunt scheduled this year and I would like to get him some top notch gear. I am familiar with with stone glacier - but are there any particular items or stores ( or tips) you can recommend ?

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2024/06/19
17:27 UTC

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Range finders

I'm a bit lost when it comes to range finders, I would like something that can do up to 500 yards but realistically I won't be shooting over 200. What does a $2,000 finder offer that an $89 doesn't? It is durability? Accuracy? Battery life? All of the above? This is something that will be used multiple times a week so it does need to be somewhat sturdy. Thanks for any recommendations.

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2024/06/19
16:10 UTC

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Injured doe

My Dad sent me this pic of a does in his yard. Anyone tell what happened to the back right leg? Looks like part of the leg is missing but he said it’s there, she just can’t put weight on it

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2024/06/19
15:31 UTC

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Good starter crossbow suggestions?

We will be hunting deer, never hunted before. Could you please provide me with some good quality crossbows for under $200 or $100

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2024/06/19
13:08 UTC

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Field dressing with a weak stomach

Just looking for some advice from some people who have experienced this before. I am wanting to butcher my own deer this season but the part I know I will struggle with is the field dressing part. I’m perfectly comfortable around blood and stuff, but I know the smell will get me. Any tricks on how to overcome this?

175 Comments
2024/06/19
10:27 UTC

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The Shooting Distance-Magnification Relationship

I’ve read so many different opinions and arguments for certain levels of scope magnification. I’d love y’all’s opinion on what scope ranges are sufficient at various distances. It’s one thing to see an animal, but what about properly indetifying it and its characteristics?

For example: would 3-9x offer adequate visibility and indentification at 500/600 yards?

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2024/06/19
05:18 UTC

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Just arrived, Browning X-Bolt 2 Speed SPR - 300 Win Mag

Got my hands on the new X-Bolt 2, definitely digging what I'm seeing so far! Just need to grab a Leupold (VX-5?) and order my can (SiCo Scythe-Ti?). New Mexico Elk hunt next year!

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2024/06/19
04:49 UTC

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Help with hog hunting scope

I have an old marlin 336 that I’ve used for hogs and deer since I was a kid. Recent I got a new deer rifle and dont like using a 3-9x for hogs. I rarely have a shot on hogs further than 50 yards out in down here. I was thinking of a 1-6x but most a tailored to ARs. What are some recommendations?

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2024/06/19
03:07 UTC

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Suggest a Compound Bow for Deer Hunting

GA USA, im proficient with firearm hunting but the area im in requires deer to be killed with bow and arrow preferably a compound bow (for public hunting grounds, my property is too small to shoot on privately.) Itd be great if you can suggest a compound bow under $500 store or online bought i dont mind either choice. Thanks in advance (ill practice archery before hunting since im new to humanely dispatch bucks)

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2024/06/19
02:05 UTC

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