Red Stag shot placement Like many of the deer species the lungs and heart are in the lower quarter of the Red Stag, approximately the size of a dinner plate. Judging half way going off the top of the shoulder and bottom of the chest you should aim slightly under half way. Being more of a medium skinned animal Red Stags like all animals can be extremely tough during the rut to take down so use appropriate calibers again that deliver good kinetic energy and you can handle to shoot accurately. Muzzle breaks or preferably suppressors are excellent if your worried about recoil and the latter noise which all our rifles are equiped with. Typically trying to double lung, braking both shoulders and potentially also hitting heart is the ideal shot. As we know animals do not always stand square on at 90 % and waiting can mean not getting a shot. First and foremost if you are not confident with taking a shot don`t take it. Its not worth pointing your rifle and shooting or ball parking it. Preparation before the shot and knowing where the vitals are is important. With a steady rest you can make those quartering shots ect if need be as Stags will often turn to face you if they have been alerted or winded you for a brief moment, preparation=opportunity. It`s always important to think about bullet exit over entry as this is where maximum damage occurs so look at where the off set leg is positioned and body. Front on low down and allow for the exit. Another fatal shot that can be taken if you are very confident and your rifle is a tack driver is at the base of the neck and the spine.