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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 1949 times)

Offline Madgomer

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Re: How far is too far?
« Reply #15 on: September 11, 2014, 07:46:45 PM »
Would certainly agree that a Xbow extends the range a fair amount.  I just bought mine last year, haven't taken a deer with it yet.  Practicing out to 40 yards it's incredibly accurate - but boy it still seems like the time from trigger to target is pretty long as you start going beyond 30-35 yards, I'm going to limit myself to 30 until I get some experience with shots at live targets under my belt. 
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Re: How far is too far?
« Reply #16 on: September 11, 2014, 07:50:42 PM »
my bow sends arrows out faster than an ol'yeller dog runnin' wid it's tail afire...even at the speeds we shoot kinetic energy drops off right quick after 30+ yards...besides I like to get right real close to them...closer they are the less time they got to do something silly, like move....

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Re: How far is too far?
« Reply #17 on: September 12, 2014, 08:25:32 AM »
At one time before I had two neck surgeries I felt comfortable shooting 40 to 50 yards, now days I say 30.
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Re: How far is too far?
« Reply #18 on: September 12, 2014, 09:17:13 AM »
Given the right opportunity and variables are pretty reasonable, I will shoot out to 80 yards with my compound.  I regularly practice out to 100 with it so I am comfortable at those ranges. I have taken 100 yards shots at antelope before but in my whitetail setup, the farthest I could shoot would be 60, I also am using a 7 pin sight as well and my top pin is 20 yards, my bow is actually pretty flat shooting out to 40 so for the antelope hunt i set the pins for 40-100
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Re: How far is too far?
« Reply #19 on: September 16, 2014, 11:05:27 AM »
All depends on the circumstances and terrain.  If conditions are perfect! No wind, obstructions, the game is not spooked and positioned properly... I would consider taking a 50yd shoot.  If less than ideal conditions then the shot would have to be closer.
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Re: How far is too far?
« Reply #20 on: September 17, 2014, 06:19:11 PM »
I have shot at 40 once but prefer 30 or less.  I shoot a lower poundage so I don't want to push it with penetration any farther plus my confidence is just not there beyond 40.

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Re: How far is too far?
« Reply #21 on: September 17, 2014, 07:31:28 PM »
I know most crossbows are capable of a bit more but the sound alone will get a deer moving really quick...I know hitting them further out is possible but I watched my Bil shoot at a good buck years ago that had stopped to smell the ground...he took the shot at about 40-45 yards and I watched that buck pull back and jump almost backwards and bolt in jumps further than I have ever seen...found the arrow..no blood and never saw that buck again....they are very fast....I knew then that my comfort zone was going to be less than that...20-25 is perfect for me

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Re: How far is too far?
« Reply #22 on: September 17, 2014, 09:15:05 PM »
2 years ago I killed a doe at 80 yds.  I shoot a single pin HHA with the computer figured yardage stickers.  It took quite a bit of practice to figure the sticker I needed but it payed off.
My favorite yardage is 30.  But I won't hesitate out to 50.

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Re: How far is too far?
« Reply #23 on: September 18, 2014, 07:56:25 AM »
Been awhile since I been here.  I have shot a turkey at 51 yards, a fox at 43 and longest deer was 39.  I would go to 50 on a deer because I practice out to 70 and have pins out to 60.  70 I just hold the 60 pin high.  Now a 50 yard shot would require a lot of things to be just perfect for me.  I want no wind and open lane.  I have a couple stands that I could go this far and all are on the edge of a field.  Anything in the woods the longest shots I have are 35 and maybe 40.
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Re: How far is too far?
« Reply #24 on: September 24, 2014, 05:02:53 PM »
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Re: How far is too far?
« Reply #25 on: January 29, 2015, 01:23:53 PM »
20-30 comfortably.
I stay away from the trigger when it gets over 40.   %^$^
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Re: How far is too far?
« Reply #26 on: August 26, 2015, 08:15:42 PM »
40 was my longest on a waking deer. It went 5 yards after I hit her. Most of my shots, ~90%, are under 20
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Re: How far is too far?
« Reply #27 on: October 20, 2015, 09:45:40 AM »
My self imposed limit is 40 yards. It would have to be ideal conditions though for me to take that shot. Your shot could be off by 6" or more if the deer decides to take a couple of steps at the wrong time.
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Re: How far is too far?
« Reply #28 on: October 20, 2015, 11:11:30 AM »
I prefer my deer to be 20 yards or less.  I'm comfortable to 30 yards if they're calm and standing still.  I could extend it to 40 if everything is absolutely perfect, which rarely happens.  I have pins to 60 yards but don't practice as much as I used to, so the bottom 2 pins are for having fun in practice.
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Re: How far is too far?
« Reply #29 on: October 21, 2015, 07:18:19 AM »
I feel very confident out to 40 with my PSE Decree - however, in the 40 years that I have bowhunted deer I never have had that opportunity, almost all shots have been 20 or less. I did a caribou hunt a few years back in Labrador and even then was set to shoot 40+ if needed - turned out to be 19 yards, Bears taken over bait have been well under 20. I took a hybrid Red Stag/Elk cross in Canada at just 21 yards.
In the years that I have bowhunted I have changed my set up to one pin - anything from the base of my treestand out to 30 is well within my accuracy range.
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