We can debate the pros and cons of running shots on deer until the cows come home. Some people are comfortable with them, some strongly oppose them. While we don't have much of an inclination to dissect this debate, we do have a video that showcases how effective a running shot can be in the circumstances are just right. The GoPro footage you're about to see shows a hunter in Norfolk County, Ontario, shooting a 12-gauge shotgun at a running deer. You won't believe the incredible shot he's able make on this big whitetail.
Watch the video below.
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Whether you agree with running shots or not, you can't argue with the effectiveness of this shot right here, as it managed to stop a buck in an all-out sprint. Making that kind of running shot can't be easy, and there's nothing like having a GoPro capture it all to remember it forever.
In case anyone is wondering what he was shooting, the hunter Justin Walsh said, "I live and hunt in Norfolk County (Ontario). I was shooting a 12-gauge Remington 870 with the slug barrel, Winchester Super-X Sabot Slug 2-3/4" 1 Ounce."
The Remington 870 is a great all-purpose deer hunting gun, but it's especially great for harvesting whitetails, either on drives or in places where traditional centerfire rifles are not allowed. That's partly why the gun has such a huge popularity in places like the Midwest where densely populated areas are subject to shotgun zones.
It's a different kind of hunting than most rifle hunters are probably used to, but many avid shotgun hunters don't have an interest in hunting any other way. When using a shotgun, the most important thing is getting the deer to run in your direction, but all the stars aligned on their own for this hunter.
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