How many guns do you need to hunt deer?

Guns are an important part of hunting deer; how many should you own?

There are a variety of hunting situations and each one has a tool that will fit the situation ideally.

Clearly the correct answer is lots, and lots, and lots. But a more specific answer may be appropriate, as a number to shoot for or just as a thought experiment.

I need a lightweight deer rifle so that I can easily carry it around in the woods; that’s 1. Clearly I need a second lightweight rifle in case rifle number 1 is ever out of order; that’s 2.

If I was going to walk over long distances I would need a heavier rifle to steady my tired arms; that’s 3.

A big rifle for shooting big Canadian deer, or elk, or moose too may be in my future; that’s 4.

How about a long distance gun for when I go out west; 5.

How about a heavy lever action, with slow and heavy bullets for hunting thick cover; 6.

A rifle with a small cartridge for hunting the Florida Key deer or coues deer; 7.

Plastic and composite stocks look out of place in pictures in Africa, in case those antelope need to be shot, so a gun with wooden stock would be needed; 8.

A plastic or composite stock won’t expand or contract as much in high elevations or in heavy snow; 9.

Single shot rifles are cool, big cartridge, medium, and small; 10, 11, 12.

A bolt action, semi-auto, and side by side, too; 13, 14, 15.

“Assault rifles” seem to be in the news recently; we can certainly knock over a deer with one of those; 16.

So that might be about it. If you are just beginning to hunt deer, you now know how many rifles you need to hunt whitetail deer: 47.

But that’s cutting it a little tight, get a few more when you can afford it.


7 comments on “How many guns do you need to hunt deer?

  1. dannyfrom504 says:

    Or you could just use one bow.

    • Tim says:

      I can appreciate where bows are more exciting but guns are just better.

      • dannyfrom504 says:

        i don’t disagree, it’s just the injun in me commenting. trust, i have 2 shotties (home defense, and bird gun), an AK, AR, 30-30 (deer gun), .22LR, 9mm, and a MAC-10.

        LOVE muh guns.

        • Bill Powell says:

          I used to bow hunt but fuck that, deer run like hell when you stick one with an arrow and you got to go chase the motherfuckers through the woods when a good rifle shot will stop them in their place. 30-30 or 7mm-08 rifle, they fall down and all you have to do is make sure you got a friend or two to put it on the four-wheeler rack. Hate to say it but I got really tired of chasing arrow stuck deer through the woods.

          • Tim says:

            My cousin lost a buck that way last year. For some reason many of the deer I shoot don’t fall in their tracks. I shot one with a .300 Win Mag at ten yards. The bullet exploded, the right lung disintegrated, and the exit hole was big enough to put your fist through. And he still went twenty yards.

        • Tim says:

          Bow hunting is more exiting. But too many deer get away that way and I want them all!

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