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Old 09-19-2021, 1:23 PM
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On the west coast, say California and Oregon, what are the typical distances that people hunt deer, hogs and coyotes? Thanks for any info!
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For me 100 yards as an average
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Two inches high @ 100 yrds.
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I've taken rifle shots from 15 to 500 yards, in CA and Oregon, on a whole bunch of animals. Almost all are within 200.
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I killed one deer at about 350 yards, 6 or 7 others have been between 40 and 100 yards. One elk in Colorado at about 250 yards.
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Deer any where from 50 to 300 yards Coyotes average 50 to a 100 yards. Hogs maybe 50 yards and some were killed within arms reach well actually knifes reach.
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Coyotes under 100 yards, they ain’t stupid, you gotta catch them slipping. Hogs are dumb, 10 feet to 200 yards, if you’re farther, walk closer. Deer piss me off, ask someone better.
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I agree with the 100 yard average. Zero depends on the caliber. My 7 rem mag has a 200 zero and is within about an inch out to about 225. My 45-70 has a 100 zero and is within about an inch out to 125.


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Just depends, close, far.. be prepared out to several hundred and when they are close you won't miss.

Like bow hunting , I shoot all day at 60 yards, then when I hunt and it's closer, easy shots

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I’ve taken deer from as close a 20yds to over 400yds. Most have been under 200 yards.
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Coyotes under 100 yards, they ain’t stupid, you gotta catch them slipping. Hogs are dumb, 10 feet to 200 yards, if you’re farther, walk closer. Deer piss me off, ask someone better.
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Just remember the walk to and fro esp. with dead weight!
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Thanks folks that’s helpful!
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Deer any where from 100 ft to 200 plus yards. Antelope in Wyo 150 yards to 250 plus yards. If you use anything with 7.62X39 keep it within 180 yards or less, they are outa gas at 200 yards. Same for 30-30 with heavy bullets. I used a 30-30 ONE time about 60 yrs ago, never ever again ! Hogs not yet, coyotes not yet.

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Depends where in CA. So cal guys hunting that wide open country are likely 100+ yards, out to 300 or so. Where I hunt, my furthest shot was about 80 yards. But those places are pretty dense. I've seen deer much further than that but the few times a legal buck has shown up, he's usually within 50 yards.

Pig -- again, depends where & how you hunt. I did a guided "shoot" and the guide would practically run them down with the pickup, giving me a shot at about 150 yards running. But just a few months ago, I got to hunt private land with family. I took aim at a nice pig out at about 350 yards but passed on it. We then took 2 meat pigs from about 50 and 90 yards in the more dense terrain.

Coyote -- I don't do a whole lot of coyote hunting. But I've seen them out deer hunting at anywhere from 15-150 yards & usually pass so I don't spook the deer. In very open country, I once called one in to about 20 yards. Too bad he had circled around me to get downwind. Clever dog. He was moving pretty fast by the time I got my rifle up & I missed. A year or two ago, I passed on a shot that was at about 250 yards. There was no good rest available and I'm pretty sure I can't make that shot off-hand. So I just watched him howling through the binoculars for a while. Seen plenty within 100 yards, though. I had one sitting at about 30 yards, staring at my turkey decoys. It's was spring during their denning season so I just shoo'ed him off.
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For me: Deer and pigs, 90% below 200 yards, 10% out to 400 yards.

Coyotes 80% at less than 150 yards, 19.9% out to 600 yards, 0.1% really far.
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Based on my experience, I'd say less than 100 yards.
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With perhaps two exceptions, everything I've shot has been at around 100 yards.
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Again helpful guys. Thanks.
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Two inches high @ 100 yrds.
I think I have mine at 2" high @ 100 and about 1" low @ 200. Or thereabouts as I recall.
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Depends on the country, style of hunting, etc.
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On the west coast, say California and Oregon, what are the typical distances that people hunt deer, hogs and coyotes? Thanks for any info!
Do you mean hunt or shoot? I often hunt from high observation points spotting animals up to 1000 yards away. Shooting them is something different altogether. Once spotted, the stalk begins and the shot will usually take place within 200 yards.

I also hike and hunt. In this scenario most shots are within 100 yards.
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With perhaps two exceptions, everything I've shot has been at around 100 yards.
Same here. I took an antelope last year at just over 300 yards, but that was an outlier. I like to close the distance if I can, and in almost all cases Ive shot my animals in the 100 - 200 yard range...... and most of those in the 80 - 120 yard slot.
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I make too much noise walking so for me I sit and watch logged areas and meadows with trails.
Based on where I am sitting most shots come as game moves thru so under 100yds is where most shots happen.
Sitting works well for me even if I bump game I have time for the woods to calm down and lets me take time with a good rest for longer shots if needed
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On the west coast, say California and Oregon, what are the typical distances that people hunt deer, hogs and coyotes? Thanks for any info!
That’s like asking at what range is one going to get into a shoot out with a bad guy? Nobody knows until it actually happens (God forbid).

Hunting ranges are between “point blank” and how ever far one aims and pulls the trigger on something. My game warden buddy shot a deer at 700 yards and iron sights with a lever action .30-30 once, thinking he’d never hit it. He was wrong.

He arced the gun up like a mortar and launched the bullet out with the trajectory of a rainbow. He got lucky, …Mule deer down.
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The opportunity to take a shot depends a lot on how good you are at looking for game. Game animals exist up close and at every distance. You have to be looking up close and at distance. I have been hunting for almost 5 decades, and when someone takes a big game animal, the question is at what range was he taken. In all those years and conversations, I would say almost 100% were taken within 200 yards, and most of those were taken within 100 yards.
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Cool thread, I can almost see some of your shots.
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Thanks for sharing guys! Good luck to you all on your next hunt!
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