3 feet....javelina with my longbow......seemed like the tip of the arrow was going to cut him before I drew. Arrowed a 400 pound bear (spot-n-stalk) at 5 yards facing towards me.....that got a bit western real quick. Closest deer was a Blacktail at about 8 yards.
Shortest shot for me was a whitetail doe right under the stand. Of the ground would be probably about 5 yards. One time had a black bear sniff the edge of my blind, yes I was in it
I had this buck 15 yards bedded in a certain slough for 6 hours before he stood for a shot. Came by at 12 yards and I missed!!!! He stopped at 30 and here's the outcome. I guess I will have to post a picture later, can't do it from my phone
I have killed 2 muley bucks inside of 5 yards, The first when I was 16 or 17 I was stalking another buck and a small 3x4 came trotting down the trail I was crawling on and got to about 4 yards, stopped and looked back over his shoulder for a minute and then turned broadside to walk down the hill. I had drawn as soon as he looked over his shoulder and the moment he turned broadside I sent one thru him he made it about 20 yds down the hill and piled up. The other was 2 years ago on a timberline buck my buddy was stalking a group of bucks and I was behind the spotter giving him hand signals he was about 100 yds from the group of bucks when a forky that we hadn't seen winded him and busted the other bucks. They didn't really know what had made the forky blow outta there, so they just ran about 100 yds and then started walking straight toward me! I watched them walk toward me thinking the whole time there is no way they are gonna come within range but the smallest of the group, a little 22" 4x4 walked around the boulder i was hiding behind and i had drawn when he was about 20 yds in front of the boulder and as soon as his vitals cleared the rock I shot. distance on him was honestly 8-10 feet!
Black Bear at 4 feet. He was a little turd but he kept mock charging me. I did not want to deal with a bear this day but he left me no option. When I bounced a stick off him at 20 feet and he kept coming I knew he was going to meet God.
Love the thread. Rifle guys just dont get it. Anyway for me it was probably this last December I was hunting CO for mule deer and we spotted a mature 4x5 bedded all by himself. He looked tired from the rut and had a look on his face like "just leave me alone...im tired" He was in a great spot to stalk. Hiked behind him about a mile to get the wind right and then came in above him to 100yds. Then belly crawled to 20yds...Where I sat for 2hrs until he FINALLY stood up. 20yds wasent that close but it was amazing to be that close to him for 2 hrs and watch his every move!! What a rush!
2 yards on a big ol' Tom, could've lopped his head off with a machete when him and 4 others walked by the blind to get to the dekes. My 8 yr. old turkey hunting buddy, Tommy, jelly-headed him with his youth 20 Ga. 3 Toms and 2 jakes came in and were all within 10 feet of the blind. Awesome memory!!