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Question by 007Dom. Uploaded on May 23, 2009
depends on how old you are, and how strong you are. tell me how old you are. 40 pounds is usually the legal minimum weight. you can take deer with 40 pounds. but you most likely aren't going to make a full pass through. a full pass through breaks through more vital organs and does more tissue damage. i would say about 55 pounds is a great weight to shoot deer with. 60-70 is great also. like i said on the turkey draw weight post, anything above the legal minimum weight is good enough. 55-70+ is better.
Like Reid said above 55 is best. I've shot a lot and one thing I learned is I can pull 70 lbs but I'm a lot more accurate around 60 just because I'm not stressing myself as much. 60 will kill a deer and if its better for me thats what I'm going to do. Try several draw weights and find what works best for you.
Honestly its what ever fits you. its alot better to at least have a 55lbs pull
I would say it is best to use 40 pounds and up. Hey by the way Ted Nugent's wife Shemane shot and killed a Zebra with a 40 pound bow.
Anything from 40 pound on up will kill a deer just fine. Watch Tim Wells on his Relentless Pursuit bow hunting series. He shoots at 40 pounds. You will see his arrow arch like a rainbow on 60 yard shots but he knows where it will land and is one of the best. Faster is better when it comes to them dodging the arrow. It doesn't happen often but if they see you or hear the string, they can dodge a slow moving arrow. 50-55 pounds is a nice all around pull weight but I recommend that you always be able to hold your bow at full draw for one minute. If you can't hold it, you should reduce the draw weight until you can as long as you don't go below 40-45 pounds. It is more important for you to get your bow drawn quietly and be able to wait for your shot than to have the fastest arrow in Dodge. Many times, I have had to wait minutes at full draw for that big buck to take one more step or to get clear of that bush.
I am a big fan of less is more. During summer practice I can crank my limbs down and shoot the full 70 pounds with no trouble at all. But in December, in a tree stand in the cold and under 5 layers of clothes 70 pounds is impossible, not just to do it quietly and discreetly but to draw it at all. I learned that lesson the hard way this past season, This upcoming year I will purchase lighter arrows and shoot 60 pounds, I think this will also help with my ability to draw discreetly.
I found the closer you get to 300 feet per second or more the better.
I prefer 70#
It really depends on what you can handle but I would not recommend going below a 40# draw.
It really does depend on what your comfortable with. I've mentioned a guy on some of these postings before that was a great hound man and truly as close to a professional bobcat hunter as you can get. He did all of his bowhunting with a 40# recurve bow and 2 blade broadheads. His broadheads were kept razor sharp and he limited the range of his shots. He never found this setup wanting. Golfing sportsman makes a great point about winter hunting and he's absolutely right. After sitting in a tree stand for three hours and the temperature is hovering around 10 degrees you will appreciate a lighter draw weight.
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