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Best distance to practice shooting a compound bow. Should i invest in a sight or just shoot instinct, and what kind, for under 50 dollars?

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from hjohn429 wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

I would say the best distabce to practice with a compound would be 20 yards. As for the sight I would go with the TruGlo Brite-Site Xtreme ($35) or Tru-Site Xtreme ($50.)

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from 2Poppa wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

Invest in a sight, as it helps and aids you in becoming consistent, whether you are target practicing or hunting.

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from lovetohunt wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

2 days ago I bought a 3 pin Tru Glo Brite-Site Xtreme for my bow. It was $25 at Gander Mountain. Best 25 dollars I ever spent. Its great buy one, you will be pleased.

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from Huntandtrap09 wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

agerr with love to hunt

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

You spend 50 bucks for a tank of gas just to go hunt and you miss that big one, so how oxymoron is that! Go to a reputable archery shop, get your bow tuned with proper sights etc and have everything fitted to you. You will be glad you did!!!

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from MB915 wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

I agree with Clay Cooper, go to a shop and have them set you up. Also there is no one set distance you should only practice at. You should practice from 10 yards up to 50 yards. If you can get good at a 50 yard shot(I would not shoot at a deer at that distance, but thats just me personally), but if you are good out to 50, a 30 yard shot on a big buck will seem much easier.

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from shane wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

Don't try to shoot instinct with a compound. Those things are finicky and hate when you try to go old-school on them, like shooting fingers or without sights. Byron Ferguson's philosophies are pretty much given the finger by most compounds, unfortunately.

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from steve182 wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

Get a sight, can't tell you what kind. U should practice mostly at 20 or 25 yds, depending on how fast and flat the bow shoots, and your intended range.

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from t_holinka wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

Buy a sight, and practice at about 20 to 30 yards.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

Repeated shooting without finger protection can lead to nerve damage!

Listen, get the darn thing tuned and setup right! Then tell us about the big one you got, not the one that got away after you spend all those bucks getting there!!!

I get so irritated at hunters that skimp on equipment that cost less than there hunt and come home empty handed blaming the equipment!!!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

I got about $800 in my bow and glad I did it!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

One more thing

The beautiful thing I love about my bow and equipment, I wouldn’t give it a second thought using it in a rifle hunt as a backup weapon or the ability to go into a archery only zone!

Speaking of a archery only zone, the best time to go is during firearms season!!

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from buckhunter wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

KMB33,
Try this. It's a good time of year to learn to shoot your bow without a sight. Learn how to set the bow against your face and sight down the arrow. Learn to use both eyes and the view of your bow at few draw. Learn the trajectory of your arrow by shooting shots at all different UNKNOWN distances. Shoot up and down.

When you get proficient put a sight on. Use the sight as the last reference when shooting. What you just did was learn how to shoot and then learned how to use the sight. Too many people do it backwards.

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from kolbster wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

get a sword sight, they are about $70 on ebay for a new one, but they are well worth it.

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from Sharkfin wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

There is already lots of good info above regarding sights so I'll just address practice. I live in a subdivision on 1/4 acre so I practice regularly at only 20 yards. I try to go to my parents' house every other week or so to practice at 20, 30, 40 and 50 yards so I know my limits. If you only shoot 20 yards you never really get a handle on your ability and yardage limits. I am "MOP" (ask Clay) at 50 yards and will not take a shot beyond that.

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from buckeye wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

You should get a sight, Tru Glo makes good sight for a reasonable price. You should practice with all of your pins where ever you decide to set them.

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from Christian Emter wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

Get a sight. You will like it more.

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from lovetohunt wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

Don't go and buy a $100 sight. I am sure they are nice but a waste of money. A $30-$40 sight will do just fine for you.

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from mdhager115 wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

When I practice with my bow, I first shoot 25 yrds, then 30 yrds, then finally 20 yrds. Anywhere from 25-30 yrds is good because thats how far away most shots will be. Most are even closer, so your ahead of the game. As for the sight, GET ONE, I dont recommend shooting instinct, these days bows arent made for that kind of shooting and when the moment comes for you to shoot an animal, it will be 10X harder to concentrate on your "instincts". For buying, I recommend a Cobra sight. They make great sights all around, some get pricey but I believe you can get some for $50 or below.

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from KMB33 wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

Thanks. I dont drive any where to hunt, i just walk out to my land, which i live on 2000 acres of prime western iowa whitetail ground. I will look into those sights.

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from rocky d bashaw wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

i agree with lovetohunt, tru glow sights are good. i have 30yrd pin, practice at 20 and 40 yards. shoot alot and gage your shot off one pin

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Definitely put sights on it and practice at 5 yards to 50 yards. The sight makes it like a rifle and you will be extremely accurate for anything standing still or moving slowly. I also practice hard at instinct shooting so that I can be ready if needed. It is very good if they are running or if they are just too close. Last fall I had one inside of 10 yards and all I oould see in my sight was fur... I wasted a lot of time trying to follow a leg up to the chest etc. I should have just instinct shot and did it quickly. I almost lost that buck looking for a sight picture. I shoot fish to practice instinct shooting and can hit a carp in the head pretty consistently from about 20 yards, even when they are swimming as fast as they can. This is good training. Watch Relentless Pursuit if you can or buy the videos. That guy Jim Wells is the best bow hunter out there and he shoots instinct out to about 80 yards... if you can do that, you can hunt.

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from BigWoodsHunter57 wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

practice shooting at different distances until you can hit the bullseye from each distance consistanly...in the field, u may not get your preferred distance to shoot at...so its best to be experienced with many

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 50 weeks ago

20 to 40 yards for me!!!

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from hjohn429 wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

I would say the best distabce to practice with a compound would be 20 yards. As for the sight I would go with the TruGlo Brite-Site Xtreme ($35) or Tru-Site Xtreme ($50.)

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from steve182 wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

Get a sight, can't tell you what kind. U should practice mostly at 20 or 25 yds, depending on how fast and flat the bow shoots, and your intended range.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

One more thing

The beautiful thing I love about my bow and equipment, I wouldn’t give it a second thought using it in a rifle hunt as a backup weapon or the ability to go into a archery only zone!

Speaking of a archery only zone, the best time to go is during firearms season!!

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from 2Poppa wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

Invest in a sight, as it helps and aids you in becoming consistent, whether you are target practicing or hunting.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from lovetohunt wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

2 days ago I bought a 3 pin Tru Glo Brite-Site Xtreme for my bow. It was $25 at Gander Mountain. Best 25 dollars I ever spent. Its great buy one, you will be pleased.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Huntandtrap09 wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

agerr with love to hunt

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

You spend 50 bucks for a tank of gas just to go hunt and you miss that big one, so how oxymoron is that! Go to a reputable archery shop, get your bow tuned with proper sights etc and have everything fitted to you. You will be glad you did!!!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from MB915 wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

I agree with Clay Cooper, go to a shop and have them set you up. Also there is no one set distance you should only practice at. You should practice from 10 yards up to 50 yards. If you can get good at a 50 yard shot(I would not shoot at a deer at that distance, but thats just me personally), but if you are good out to 50, a 30 yard shot on a big buck will seem much easier.

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from t_holinka wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

Buy a sight, and practice at about 20 to 30 yards.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

Repeated shooting without finger protection can lead to nerve damage!

Listen, get the darn thing tuned and setup right! Then tell us about the big one you got, not the one that got away after you spend all those bucks getting there!!!

I get so irritated at hunters that skimp on equipment that cost less than there hunt and come home empty handed blaming the equipment!!!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

I got about $800 in my bow and glad I did it!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from buckhunter wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

KMB33,
Try this. It's a good time of year to learn to shoot your bow without a sight. Learn how to set the bow against your face and sight down the arrow. Learn to use both eyes and the view of your bow at few draw. Learn the trajectory of your arrow by shooting shots at all different UNKNOWN distances. Shoot up and down.

When you get proficient put a sight on. Use the sight as the last reference when shooting. What you just did was learn how to shoot and then learned how to use the sight. Too many people do it backwards.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from kolbster wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

get a sword sight, they are about $70 on ebay for a new one, but they are well worth it.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Sharkfin wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

There is already lots of good info above regarding sights so I'll just address practice. I live in a subdivision on 1/4 acre so I practice regularly at only 20 yards. I try to go to my parents' house every other week or so to practice at 20, 30, 40 and 50 yards so I know my limits. If you only shoot 20 yards you never really get a handle on your ability and yardage limits. I am "MOP" (ask Clay) at 50 yards and will not take a shot beyond that.

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from buckeye wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

You should get a sight, Tru Glo makes good sight for a reasonable price. You should practice with all of your pins where ever you decide to set them.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Christian Emter wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

Get a sight. You will like it more.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from lovetohunt wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

Don't go and buy a $100 sight. I am sure they are nice but a waste of money. A $30-$40 sight will do just fine for you.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from mdhager115 wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

When I practice with my bow, I first shoot 25 yrds, then 30 yrds, then finally 20 yrds. Anywhere from 25-30 yrds is good because thats how far away most shots will be. Most are even closer, so your ahead of the game. As for the sight, GET ONE, I dont recommend shooting instinct, these days bows arent made for that kind of shooting and when the moment comes for you to shoot an animal, it will be 10X harder to concentrate on your "instincts". For buying, I recommend a Cobra sight. They make great sights all around, some get pricey but I believe you can get some for $50 or below.

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from KMB33 wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

Thanks. I dont drive any where to hunt, i just walk out to my land, which i live on 2000 acres of prime western iowa whitetail ground. I will look into those sights.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from rocky d bashaw wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

i agree with lovetohunt, tru glow sights are good. i have 30yrd pin, practice at 20 and 40 yards. shoot alot and gage your shot off one pin

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Definitely put sights on it and practice at 5 yards to 50 yards. The sight makes it like a rifle and you will be extremely accurate for anything standing still or moving slowly. I also practice hard at instinct shooting so that I can be ready if needed. It is very good if they are running or if they are just too close. Last fall I had one inside of 10 yards and all I oould see in my sight was fur... I wasted a lot of time trying to follow a leg up to the chest etc. I should have just instinct shot and did it quickly. I almost lost that buck looking for a sight picture. I shoot fish to practice instinct shooting and can hit a carp in the head pretty consistently from about 20 yards, even when they are swimming as fast as they can. This is good training. Watch Relentless Pursuit if you can or buy the videos. That guy Jim Wells is the best bow hunter out there and he shoots instinct out to about 80 yards... if you can do that, you can hunt.

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from BigWoodsHunter57 wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

practice shooting at different distances until you can hit the bullseye from each distance consistanly...in the field, u may not get your preferred distance to shoot at...so its best to be experienced with many

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 50 weeks ago

20 to 40 yards for me!!!

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from shane wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

Don't try to shoot instinct with a compound. Those things are finicky and hate when you try to go old-school on them, like shooting fingers or without sights. Byron Ferguson's philosophies are pretty much given the finger by most compounds, unfortunately.

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