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labman
04-02-2012, 02:30 PM
I would like to here what people feel their effective/confident range is killing an animal with a bow?

Old Hunter
04-02-2012, 02:44 PM
40yds, but 30yds is safer.

Ranchhand02
04-02-2012, 02:58 PM
40 yards. I practice at 50 yards, but I have only shot one deer at 50 yards. I try and get set up for a 20-30 yard shot if possible, but I am hunting whitetails from a tree stand.

hardstalk
04-02-2012, 03:45 PM
Shot last year at a buck at 60 yards conditions were right everything felt great. Released. Deer dropped his shoulders and I watched my arrow keep on going which has now limited me to 40 yards I can shoot all day at 100 yards but there is not a whole lot of variables while shooting a paper Target. I decreased my range due to variables that I learned the hard way with a big can of tag soup

Old Hunter
04-02-2012, 04:20 PM
Sounds like those 1000yd rifle shots.

CrimsonArrow
04-02-2012, 05:23 PM
I'm pretty deadly to 60, but draw the line on deer-sized game at 40. When setting up for whitetail, I like to be within 30, but most shots are around 20. Of the 36 deer I've shot with a bow, the farthest was just over 35, and that was my muley this fall. Of all the whitetails, the farthest was 32. If you ever hear me bragging about distances, it would be how close I was, not how far.

sjsmallfield
04-02-2012, 06:49 PM
Here we go again!

cnalder
04-02-2012, 08:13 PM
In the last 5 years I've killed 4 bulls with my bow and all shots were under 30 yards. The year I wasn't successful, I missed a 6pt at 25 yards. I practice out to 50 regularly but there are way to many variables and you don't always have time to range them. I'm all about patience and it has rewarded me well over the years. The kids and adults I've taught we usually go to several 3d shoots to give them real life experiences and they can tell at unknown yardages what their limits are.

Bitterroot Bulls
04-02-2012, 08:46 PM
I would be confident on an elk or mulie to 50. Elk especially.

hvfd21walker
04-02-2012, 09:36 PM
Im confident out to 50 yards.

RUTTIN
04-02-2012, 10:50 PM
I shoot regularly at 120 yds. for fun, my effective range on game is at 50yds. It's amazing how shooting at longer ranges makes you a lot better shot at closer range. There are to many variables when shooting at a living animal that no matter how calm can move far enough to get out of the way of an arrow, or worse yet be wounded. No matter how fast your bow is when you start shooting at longer ranges there is to much that can go wrong.

Jon Boy
04-02-2012, 11:39 PM
50 yards on undisturbed game. If I ever got serious on hunting WT id probably take that down a bit, but then again if I was serious id hunt out of a tree stand, seems like the most effective way to hunt those buggers. Elk and mulies dont seem to duck the string nearly as much.

Doe Nob
04-04-2012, 10:23 AM
Practice out to 60, pretty confident at 40. Conditions depend a lot on what distance is ok, wind and angle of the wind, how big is the target, what position am I shooting from etc.

brandenbowhunter
04-06-2012, 02:43 PM
I shoot a lot at long ranges...makes the close shots feel easy. I shoot at 120 just to watch arrows fly, plus you can find out about your little flaws. Ones you don't know you have if all you shoot is 20 yards all day. I am very condident to 60...but prefer close shots. I do enjoy the long shots practicing though....very fun.

Maxhunter
04-06-2012, 07:44 PM
I practice out to 80yds and I'm confident if conditions are right to shoot 60yds

ontarget7
04-06-2012, 09:20 PM
I practice the majority of the time at long range during the summer month out to 100 yards. On animals I have had 2 different ideal scenarios at 80 yards and I was very comfortable with the shot and both were clean kills. Average shots I would say are 40 to 50 yards.

Joe Hulburt
04-06-2012, 09:27 PM
I practice out to 80yds and I'm confident if conditions are right to shoot 60yds

Me too, exactly! This summer I grouped 3 arrows so tight at 70 yards I thought i had missed with 2 until I got right to the target and saw they were all in a 1" group but based on consistent groups day in and day out 60 would be my max and probably only on an elk. So far I have never shot that far at a live animal. I killed by bull in 2010 at 55 yards and was able to center his heart and the broad head just punctured thru the hide on the far side. Here you can see a trickle of blood where it started to exit. I hit a rib on the near side then the arrow angled into the shoulder a little and kept it from being a complete pass thru. He didn't go far....
http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn144/joe222_2008/IMG_0804.jpg

Just wanted to add that in 2011 I had my bull at 48 yards for quite a while but I didn't feel like everything was perfect so I passed on the opportunity. A little while later he walked down the hill to exactly30 yards, turned broadside and looked away. He didn't go 30 yards.

The vast majority of my elk kills and all my deer and pronghorn kills have been at 30 yards or less.

griz
04-07-2012, 11:35 PM
Practice out to 70 yards but wouldn't shoot at game over 50!

wapiti66
04-17-2012, 10:32 PM
I practice to 80. 50 is max on an animal...Unless conditions were perfect then I'd consider 60 broadside.

AZbwhuntr
04-17-2012, 10:45 PM
40yds is my limit on game and practice, only because thats the farthest shot I can get in my back yard.

Whisky
04-20-2012, 03:15 PM
Practice out to 60, pretty confident at 40. Conditions depend a lot on what distance is ok, wind and angle of the wind, how big is the target, what position am I shooting from etc.

The same for me....

Muleys 24/7
04-20-2012, 08:13 PM
For me , game shots would be 40-50 and I practice out to 80

nvarcher
05-30-2012, 04:43 PM
I'm very confident at 50 yards, but if the conditions were right I would feel good on a 60 yard shot.

bowhntr4lif
06-07-2012, 03:22 PM
I am really confident out to 80 but to take a shot at. an animal that far there would have to be absolutely no wind. I like to practice out to 10080 yards just for fun. It make those 30-50 yard shots really easy.

packer58
06-07-2012, 11:19 PM
I am really confident out to 80 but to take a shot at. an animal that far there would have to be absolutely no wind. I like to practice out to 10080 yards just for fun. It make those 30-50 yard shots really easy.

Holey crap........you must have a BIG backyard if you can practice out to 10080 yards :)

hoytnut
06-08-2012, 12:06 AM
50 yards for deer and 55 for elk.

BobT
06-08-2012, 09:30 AM
I've never bow hunted big game other that whitetails so If i'm hunting with my stick bows, 20 - 22 yards is about it. If I'm using training wheels I'm confident at 40. My longest shot was at a broadside deer feeding at 47 yards, the shot was good and the deer didn't go far but I lost sight of the arrow before it hit and I worried for an hour that I had made a bad shot. I practice at long range and shoot at moving targets with recurves a lot too. When I'm deer hunting i set up in areas that will limit my shooting to ranges inside my comfort zone.

Bob

bowhntr4lif
06-11-2012, 09:06 AM
Holey crap........you must have a BIG backyard if you can practice out to 10080 yards :)
My phone was messing up i meant to put 100 yards.

nvarcher
06-11-2012, 02:19 PM
I went out to 100 yards for the first time yesterday. I ended up with a couple 5 " groups!

Old Hunter
06-11-2012, 08:50 PM
I watched Wydell make an 82 yd shot on TV last night. He took a 2nd shot, but both arrows hit. It seemed like it took forever for the arrow to get there.

packer58
06-11-2012, 11:30 PM
I watched Wydell make an 82 yd shot on TV last night. He took a 2nd shot, but both arrows hit. It seemed like it took forever for the arrow to get there.

Well lets say he's shooting 280 fps and his animal was 246 feet away..........arrow "time of flight" was 0.878 seconds, a little over 3/4 of a second...........by the math it doesn't seem like much but watching the arrow fly it seems like it takes forever to get there.

nvarcher
06-12-2012, 12:12 PM
Well lets say he's shooting 280 fps and his animal was 246 feet away..........arrow "time of flight" was 0.878 seconds, a little over 3/4 of a second...........by the math it doesn't seem like much but watching the arrow fly it seems like it takes forever to get there.
Well that's if you don't take into account the decrease of an arrow's velocity. That would be true if arrows lost zero energy.

velvetfvr
06-12-2012, 01:51 PM
Out to about 100 yards. Won't take a game animal past 80 though.

Rock 2.0
06-12-2012, 03:46 PM
40 for me, practice out to 60 though.

nvarcher
06-12-2012, 05:03 PM
If i was shooting as good last year as I am this year I would have a 200inch Muley!

packer58
06-12-2012, 11:00 PM
Well that's if you don't take into account the decrease of an arrow's velocity. That would be true if arrows lost zero energy.

That's a very good point...........good catch.

bluedunn0
06-13-2012, 06:11 AM
Practice to 80 confident to 40 given the right conditions.

Six-Gun
06-13-2012, 12:58 PM
40 for me, practice out to 60 though.

^^^^^^This.