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Author Topic: Traditional Archery Distance  (Read 436 times)

Offline Jaeger

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Traditional Archery Distance
« on: July 28, 2016, 05:25:28 AM »
What is the maximum distance you guys feel comfortable taking a shot at a live animal with you traditional archery equipment be it recurve, longbow or selfbow?

Do you use sights and/or any kind of release?

I am (again!!) getting a little late start picking up my longbow and the arrows are not going where I want them to at 15 yards.  I know it will all come together after a little practice.  My max distance is usually in the 20-25 yard range shooting off the shelf with fingers.

Just curious.
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Re: Traditional Archery Distance
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2016, 06:08:30 PM »
Jaeger - There was a guy who I worked with who was so into Traditional, I am surprised that he did not run around in his BVD's!!! He hated compound and Lord knows what he would think of crossbows!!! As you know there are a small number of companies that make custom made re-curve bows. As long as I have known him, he has made his own arrows and is very specific about this broad-heads..they have to be a certain 2 blade design, not three! He shoots fingers and no sights! He has told me that over the years he has killed deer out to 30 yards. The only modern day devices he uses is a range finder. Last year 2015, he went on a Elk Hunt out in Utah with a few other Traditionalist Bow hunters. He told me 20 yards at max for Elk...don't know what poundage he pulls on any technical details about his bow or arrows...


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Re: Traditional Archery Distance
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2016, 07:55:12 AM »
For me 20-25 yards. Thirty with one particular bow I have. I did not have "sights" on most of tem but i am not instinctive either. Depending on the bow I either gap shoot or stringwalk.  The bow I stringwalk with is the one I am more accurate with at longer distences.

I did put sights on one of my recurves but did not use it much.

I have not shot my traditional bows in a couple years. I hope to again if I can get past the pain in my shoulder.
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Re: Traditional Archery Distance
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2016, 09:18:53 PM »
Years ago when I used to shoot a lot (particularly bowfishing) 20-25 yards was pretty solid for me too.  Sad to say I haven't picked up that bow in years - really need to get back at that.
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