Sheep and Goats

When shooting sheep and goats, the aiming point is on the mid-line, just above the eyes, directed down the line of the spine into the bulk of the body (Figures 15 and 16). In practice this can be quite difficult to achieve and a slight error in the angle of shot, or minor movement on the part of the animal, can result in a free bullet exiting from the animal’s head or neck. In order to get this right when using a free bullet weapon, the animal’s head must be in the normal position.

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Figure 15 Sheep and goat shot position

 

Figure 16 Ewe (4 years)

Heavily horned sheep and goats can present a problem if a free bullet weapon is used. The mass of horn over the forehead can leave little or no target area: a shot between the eyes is too low and should not be used under any circumstances. Such animals can be shot from behind the poll (Figures 17 and 18). However, this is dangerous with a free-bullet weapon and, if undertaken, the animal should always be situated on soft ground. Where possible, a shotgun is recommended for this type of shot. 

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Figure 17 Heavily horned sheep and goats shot position

 

Figure 18 Billy goat (7 years)

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