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What is the longest range you will shoot your bow at a deer?

20 Yards
1 (2.6%)
30 Yards
12 (30.8%)
40 Yards
18 (46.2%)
50 Yards
3 (7.7%)
60 Yards
3 (7.7%)
70 Yards
1 (2.6%)
80 Yards
1 (2.6%)

Total Members Voted: 39

Author Topic: How far is too far?  (Read 1940 times)

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How far is too far?
« on: September 10, 2014, 08:34:45 AM »
How far is too far of a bow shot for you? We all have our limit, either because of skill or ethics, that we live by. Please vote and then explain.
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Re: How far is too far?
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2014, 08:36:11 AM »
My soft limit is 30 yards but I will take a shot up to 40 if the conditions are just right and I feel I have to make an attempt at a shot.
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Re: How far is too far?
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2014, 08:49:37 AM »
The longest shot I have ever taken was 40 yards on a turkey with my crossbow.   

Thirty and under are more in my comfort zone (with any type of bow) unless conditions are just right.  I know I can make the shot at long distances but game is unpredictable and too much can happen before that arrow gets there.  I've passed on more game than I have taken because they were just outside of my comfort zone.
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Re: How far is too far?
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2014, 12:33:57 PM »
It depends on a lot of things such as wind speed, the demeaner of the deer, how much brush is in the way, how much light is available, etc.  I can shoot pretty well out to 50yds but I'm not comfortable shooting a deer at that range.  They move too much from when the bow goes off until the arrow arrives.  I wouldn't hesitate to take a 50 yd clean shot at an Elk or other slower moving animal.  But not a whitetail.  My general max distance is 35 yds or so.
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Re: How far is too far?
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2014, 02:14:14 PM »
I have a 30 yard pin so that is my shot I have shot 80yards in field tournament ant that was to far     --7-8-9
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Re: How far is too far?
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2014, 03:26:01 PM »
I feel pretty confident out to 40 yards, but prefer 20 yard shots. %^$^
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Re: How far is too far?
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2014, 05:22:00 PM »
under idea conditions I will shoot a 40 yarder. that being said, I've only done it once and was successful. actually, I haven't taken a 40 yard rifle shot for years. I like it up close and personal. gets the heart pumping
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Re: How far is too far?
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2014, 05:42:49 PM »
Thirty yards is about it for me , most would be under 30 yards because of trees in the way . 
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Re: How far is too far?
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2014, 06:54:49 PM »
I have shot lots over the years..with my old compound bow I never shot over thirty yards...my old excaliber... 35 max but never shot one over thirty...the new matrix 380 is so far dead on at 50 yards...haven,t tried farther yet but still keep it under forty when I start hunting with it...way to many variables to screw you up in a split second

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Re: How far is too far?
« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2014, 07:57:00 PM »
anything over 30 yards is to far with a bow for me, just do not practice enough at longer ranges to feel confidant shooting at over 30 yards

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Re: How far is too far?
« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2014, 08:21:45 PM »
Similar to Zos' response - I have a single pin, generally zeroed at either 20 or 25 yards when I'm hunting, and my current setup requires very little holdover/under at anything out to that level.  Simply no need to go farther where I am typically bowhunting, and I'm not that confident that I could control all of the variables sufficiently if I had to go farther, although I know many people do it successfully.  Have only had one deer so far that wasn't a pass-thru, but still watched him drop less than 50 yds. from shot - - I assume I have some added margin to stretch my range, but not feeling a great need to take the risk.
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Re: How far is too far?
« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2014, 09:05:34 PM »
40yds is my max @ this point.  I have a 5 pin sight but the 2 lower pins have never been aimed @ a target.  Maybe someday I will stretch it out some but from where I hunt I don't have a shot past 30yds. 
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Re: How far is too far?
« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2014, 11:50:58 AM »
25 yards is max that I will and have shot since late 60's.  Get in a habit from shooting a recurve and it stuck with me.  Now with modern equipment still it's 25 yards. Hopefully buying a Xbow this year, I might stretch that out to 30 yards, but no further.  Old habits die hard.  Shoot targets well out to 50 yards, but targets don't move. 

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Re: How far is too far?
« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2014, 12:46:20 PM »
Like many, my max is 35-40 yards and I practice quite a bit. When I am getting ready for an elk hunt I do shoot out to 50 but that is a much bigger target. Most of my shots have been 15-25 yards mostly because of the ground cover I hunt in.  In order for you to shoot much more than 30 yards at a deer, you have to put significant time into practicing so you can make an ethical shot.
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Re: How far is too far?
« Reply #14 on: September 11, 2014, 06:47:39 PM »
I shoot a Barnett Crossbow, so I can go out to 60 pretty easy.. IF.... No wind, Nothing in the path, and low humidity, and High pressure. I practice at 60, 50, 40 , 30 just because I shoot a 365 fps crossbow with a Leopold scope. I have personally never shot  a deer that far, but I took a doe last year at 45 yards and my arrow was still on a line. I practice the longer ranges, or I wouldnt consider it.. Nor would I try it with a compound bow, that I retired from a shoulder surgery.
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