Small is right! The neck is also very mobile and the position of the cervical column within the neck changes as the deer moves its head.
Although the neck shot is a tool of the trade it is not a shot to be taken lightly, without careful consideration, by a skilled marksman who knows exactly where the vertebrae are and exactly where his bullet will strike at the distance in question.
Generally, it is easier to identify the precise spot just behind the head, rather than in front of the chest.
From behind or in front, the precise spot is much clearer and you can aim at the centreline of the neck. Just be careful from the front not to aim too high and risk your bullet glancing off the skull or being deflected by teeth, which are extremely hard.
If this sounds as though it?s usually better to wait for a broadside chest shot, then I?ve done my job!