I'm in agreement with pretty much everyone on here. I will have a different range than others and it will change depending on the situation. I would also caution you that just because you can punch paper doesn't mean you can kill an animal. When you get up to an animal for the first time, speaking from experience, you have to be mentally prepared to not completely forget everything you have been practicing. I shoot out to 100 every time I shoot even if it is windy. Does this mean I have to look for arrows? You bet, but it also lets me know what my arrow will do during certain situations. It also lets me find out what my range should be when I encounter those situations in the field and not just say... "Well I think I'll take 20 yards off or so because of the wind." If I know how far my arrow will move, why not still take the shot if you have done it before? You see, the thing about archery is that what your broadhead hits is what counts. You don't have the reload capacity or bullet shock like a rifle to get another one in the animal as fast, and the animal may be way out past your comfortable range for a second shot if you were pushing the limits to begin with. Lastly, penetration is what really makes me balk at shooting long distances at animals. A shift of the leg puts your arrow in the shoulder, glances off a rib, or some other scenario. I lost a buck I shot last year because of this very thing. I was in my comfort zone, but just before I released the arrow, he moved his front leg back and I hit his shoulder. If you want to feel like crap, watch an animal run away from you towards private ground with your arrow in it knowing you may never find that animal.
Now therefore, please take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me.
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To the original poster; long distance shooting is not necessary out West to be successful. In fact, it lends to a higher percentage of wounding, IMO. Learning how to stalk and get close is what it's all about. Out of all of the deer I've arrowed over the years (100+) the majority were arrowed at less than 40 yards.......and only one in the 60 yard range. That includes the Sonoran Desert environments.
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