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for those of you who bow hunt, how far do you normally shoot a deer at?

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from Gary Devine wrote 32 weeks 17 hours ago

With my Hoyt Compound Bow thirty yards is my maximum shot.

Most deer I harvest with my bow are between fifteen and twenty five yards away.

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from DakotaMan wrote 32 weeks 16 hours ago

Thirty yards is my limit too although I like to get them within ten yards if possible. The biggest buck I have ever seen completely jumped my arrow at twenty-five yards once. I've had them move over a foot and a half at ten yards from sound or the shot or sight of the arrow.

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from habben97 wrote 32 weeks 16 hours ago

my personal limit is thirty yards.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 32 weeks 15 hours ago

25 yards or less. On paper I'll shoot out to 40, but my bow isn't all that fast so 25 is about as far as I'll shoot.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 32 weeks 15 hours ago

never had to shoot at a deer past 20 yards out of my stand. if you know how to put yourself in a good setup your shots will typically be pretty close. the way my stand sets up, with leaves on the trees in october and early november i really can shoot about 30. once the leaves are gone certain lanes open up and i can probably extend out to 40.

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from Treestand wrote 32 weeks 10 hours ago

I use a Cross-Bow (Barnett Ghost/350) 35Yd is Max, most all of my shots are with-in 15'.to.25Yd,
I mite pass on early Bow season Do to the Heat,Rain,Skeeters, the deer are not moving, they are staying in Very heavy brush! It really does not look till Black Power season?? I'm in Fl.

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from Mdhunter1 wrote 32 weeks 7 hours ago

Thirty yards will probably be my max. I shoot a Mission Riot pulling probably just over 50.

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from Steve in Virginia wrote 32 weeks 4 hours ago

I'm comfortable at 30 yards, getting better at 40 and my goal is to be competent at 50. Most of my bow hunting is in the woods, so like others on this post, most of my shots are well inside of 20 yards. If you plan to hunt from a tree stand (with a safety harness of course), you should plan on practice sessions shooting from a stand.

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from Mi guy wrote 32 weeks 3 hours ago

All my deer have been at 20 yards or less as well . It all depends on where you feel the most comfortable at making a good clean shot.

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from Dcast wrote 31 weeks 6 days ago

Last year was my first year actually bow hunting (crossbow before) and I got my 1st deer at 40yds. I've practiced a lot and feel comfortable at 40yds depending on the wind. However I prefer 30yds max because I have no doubt at that range. It also depends as other mentioned your arrow speed plays a big factor the further the distance. That did effect my first bow kill with the deer jumping the string but fortunately she was a little slower than the arrow and jumped sideways rather than forward or backward. My suggestion is to keep it within 30yds.

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from jay wrote 31 weeks 6 days ago

for most of my stand locations I think 40 yards would be the maximum and most shots are in the 20 yards range. Pretty thick where I hunt. The latest in bow and arrow designs have enabled folks to ethically take shots at animals much further than the standard 30yard rule thats been around for what seems forever.

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from chuckles wrote 31 weeks 6 days ago

All of my setups are for 20 yd and under shots. I still have to use a crossbow and I would shoot out to 30 under the right circumstances.

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from jhjimbo wrote 31 weeks 6 days ago

25 or 30 yds for me. My crossbow is older and probably only around 300fps. Some of the new ones are over 400 now. Same thing with my compound so I keep the distance lower.

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from mike0714 wrote 31 weeks 6 days ago

I will hunt with my compound out to 60 yards and recurve or long bow out to 30. but i have been shooting both my compound and recurve at every level of competition except for the olympics for well over a decade. I also have a fast bow, long draw length and very high poundage (compound to compound recurve to recurve) I regularly practice out past 100 yards and compete at 90 meters.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 31 weeks 6 days ago

jhjimbo 400? which one, might have found the bow I want?

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from Gary Devine wrote 31 weeks 5 days ago

mike0714, your broad heads will fly straight on a 60 yard shot?
I would love to see that shot?

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from mike0714 wrote 31 weeks 4 days ago

gary my broad heads fly with my fields tips all the way out to 100 yards. the key is to have a properly tuned bow and to have broadheads that spin out perfectly straight. I shoot easton fmj's so there is only one true area of contact between the shaft and broad head.This helps with straightness. i use an arrow squaring tool form g5 to make sure the shaft is perfectly square to he broad head. Finally out west shots are much longer and it is not unusual for bow hunters to shoot longer shots the people doe back east.

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from DakotaMan wrote 32 weeks 16 hours ago

Thirty yards is my limit too although I like to get them within ten yards if possible. The biggest buck I have ever seen completely jumped my arrow at twenty-five yards once. I've had them move over a foot and a half at ten yards from sound or the shot or sight of the arrow.

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from Treestand wrote 32 weeks 10 hours ago

I use a Cross-Bow (Barnett Ghost/350) 35Yd is Max, most all of my shots are with-in 15'.to.25Yd,
I mite pass on early Bow season Do to the Heat,Rain,Skeeters, the deer are not moving, they are staying in Very heavy brush! It really does not look till Black Power season?? I'm in Fl.

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from mike0714 wrote 31 weeks 6 days ago

I will hunt with my compound out to 60 yards and recurve or long bow out to 30. but i have been shooting both my compound and recurve at every level of competition except for the olympics for well over a decade. I also have a fast bow, long draw length and very high poundage (compound to compound recurve to recurve) I regularly practice out past 100 yards and compete at 90 meters.

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from Gary Devine wrote 32 weeks 17 hours ago

With my Hoyt Compound Bow thirty yards is my maximum shot.

Most deer I harvest with my bow are between fifteen and twenty five yards away.

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from habben97 wrote 32 weeks 16 hours ago

my personal limit is thirty yards.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 32 weeks 15 hours ago

25 yards or less. On paper I'll shoot out to 40, but my bow isn't all that fast so 25 is about as far as I'll shoot.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 32 weeks 15 hours ago

never had to shoot at a deer past 20 yards out of my stand. if you know how to put yourself in a good setup your shots will typically be pretty close. the way my stand sets up, with leaves on the trees in october and early november i really can shoot about 30. once the leaves are gone certain lanes open up and i can probably extend out to 40.

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from Mdhunter1 wrote 32 weeks 7 hours ago

Thirty yards will probably be my max. I shoot a Mission Riot pulling probably just over 50.

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from Steve in Virginia wrote 32 weeks 4 hours ago

I'm comfortable at 30 yards, getting better at 40 and my goal is to be competent at 50. Most of my bow hunting is in the woods, so like others on this post, most of my shots are well inside of 20 yards. If you plan to hunt from a tree stand (with a safety harness of course), you should plan on practice sessions shooting from a stand.

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from Mi guy wrote 32 weeks 3 hours ago

All my deer have been at 20 yards or less as well . It all depends on where you feel the most comfortable at making a good clean shot.

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from Dcast wrote 31 weeks 6 days ago

Last year was my first year actually bow hunting (crossbow before) and I got my 1st deer at 40yds. I've practiced a lot and feel comfortable at 40yds depending on the wind. However I prefer 30yds max because I have no doubt at that range. It also depends as other mentioned your arrow speed plays a big factor the further the distance. That did effect my first bow kill with the deer jumping the string but fortunately she was a little slower than the arrow and jumped sideways rather than forward or backward. My suggestion is to keep it within 30yds.

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from jay wrote 31 weeks 6 days ago

for most of my stand locations I think 40 yards would be the maximum and most shots are in the 20 yards range. Pretty thick where I hunt. The latest in bow and arrow designs have enabled folks to ethically take shots at animals much further than the standard 30yard rule thats been around for what seems forever.

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from chuckles wrote 31 weeks 6 days ago

All of my setups are for 20 yd and under shots. I still have to use a crossbow and I would shoot out to 30 under the right circumstances.

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from jhjimbo wrote 31 weeks 6 days ago

25 or 30 yds for me. My crossbow is older and probably only around 300fps. Some of the new ones are over 400 now. Same thing with my compound so I keep the distance lower.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 31 weeks 6 days ago

jhjimbo 400? which one, might have found the bow I want?

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from Gary Devine wrote 31 weeks 5 days ago

mike0714, your broad heads will fly straight on a 60 yard shot?
I would love to see that shot?

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from mike0714 wrote 31 weeks 4 days ago

gary my broad heads fly with my fields tips all the way out to 100 yards. the key is to have a properly tuned bow and to have broadheads that spin out perfectly straight. I shoot easton fmj's so there is only one true area of contact between the shaft and broad head.This helps with straightness. i use an arrow squaring tool form g5 to make sure the shaft is perfectly square to he broad head. Finally out west shots are much longer and it is not unusual for bow hunters to shoot longer shots the people doe back east.

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