How do you know it was a clean miss? Just cause you didn't find blood doesn't mean it was a clean miss. I figure a neck is 6-10" across, most bullets are 0.300" across and that is a lot of room for error if you don't get the spine or jugular.i'v seen alot of neck shots by alot of guys. either the deer was dead right there or they missed clean. i never seen a wounded neck shot. head shot can be a bad deal if the shooter don't under stand where the brain is.
A 15 yard shot is one of the many reasons I keep my 1911 10mm on my hip always when hunting. Perfect for short shots.Last time I had a shot like this from my stand, with my .308, a large doe was just 15 yards away. I didn't move a muscle and waited her out. Took 10 long agonizing minutes. Finally, she smelled me, tossed her tail, and ran. I mounted my rifle and just knew that she would stop out in the field and briefly look back. She did. I shot her through the front shoulder at about 85 yards. She only went about 10 feet after that. Probably the wisest shot I ever made.
Amen Brother! Couldn't say it better myself other than the head/neck shot. I will not take one unless I am being charged by an animal. My second wife did a head shot on a doe and dropped her. Walked up on her and she bleeted. went to cut the throat and she kicked the crap out of me. Top of the head and part of the brain was gone, but she wasn't dead until I put another in the top of her head. Have taken deer that had wounds to the neck or jaw. I won't do it, the deer will walk If I don't have a heart/lung shot. I've made a lot of tag soup, but a lot more game meat. I have taken at least one deer since moving to Montana in 78, for a while as many as 7 a year. The grocery store carries meat if I run out. I also don't shot at game much past 300 yd and will pass on that if i don't have a rock solid rest. Too many fools out there now days, bragging about 5-600 yd shots, standing with out a rest and "put it right where I was aiming, do it all the time". Yet they have on idea how much their bullet will drift in a 10mph breeze at 500 yd. Sorry, I'm off my soap box now. DPneck shot at long range has to much of a chance of wounding or causing a slow death. Up close and placed right it and a head shot will dump them though. At long range a shoulder shot is about the easiest shot to make and anchor an animal. Yes you do loose meat though. But given a choice id rather loose 5 lbs of meat then loose a whole deer. Me, I don't worry to much about a deer running a short distance. Ive tracked enough of them that its pretty much an art anymore. A double lung shot will about half the time dump them in there tracks. the other half you might see them go MAYBE a 100 yards. Little low you usually take out the heart. Little high and you hit the spine a little far back and you hit the liver. All kill shots. If you cant find a deer that ran a 100 yards you shouldn't be hunting. Id say most lost like that are lost by hunters that don't bother to even look for a deer. Don't know how many times ive heard hunters say they missed a shot and after asking them how they knew they missed they said the deer wasn't laying there dead!. Lung shots will kill! and about all you loose even with a high velocity rifle is some rib meat. Ive seen neck shot deer that had bloodshot meat down even down into the back straps or front shoulders. I shoot LOTS of deer every year and anymore I don't care if its 50 yards or 500 yards I shoot a couple inches behind the shoulder and wait till a deer presents me that shot or let it walk away. No deer is worth taking a chance of making a poor shot.