X Factor: Practice, practice and more practice. I spent the weekend dialing in my new bow setup, a 60-pound Bear Arena 34. I practiced standing, sitting as I'd do in a blind, and even off my knees out to 50 yards. The three-arrow group in the photo was fired from 20 yards. Even though I practice a lot at longer distances, most all of my shots at deer are close. Last fall, I shot three bucks with my bow. The furthest shot was 20 yards.