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#3058256 - 12/01/12 12:37 PM Re: Your farthest lethal range [Re: ImThere]
FOX FIRE
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 Originally Posted By: ImThere
 Originally Posted By: Radar
I look for pinch points in my bowhunting setups that bottleneck deer movement to within 30 yards . Like the old saying goes , "archery is seeing how far away you can hit the bullseye , bowhunting is seeing how close you can get to it ."
Most kill shots on deer are still within 25 yards , I have done polls on numerous forums with hundreds of replies ,,and the average shot is around 20 yards .
The shooter makes the bow , you can shoot the best bow on the market , but if your shooting sucks , it won't make a difference .
Same goes for bowhunting . You can be great on a target range , but lack bowhunting skills , or be a poor shot on live game .

Great post!


Ditto, good post is correct.

30 yards is my limit for now, I shake every time my heart makes a beat, but I dont shoot near as much as I did, practice makes perfect rite .
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#3058886 - 12/01/12 08:52 PM Re: Your farthest lethal range [Re: ImThere]
AlanH
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34 yards longest and only kill
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#3060617 - 12/03/12 05:09 AM Re: Your farthest lethal range [Re: AlanH]
102
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In our group, we have over 500 bow kills.
The average shot is 19 yards.

The farthest is 52.

Conditions have to be PERFECT.

Range positive, wind calm, no brush, relaxed and feeding deer, background noise like traffic or combine preferred.

Radar (as usual) said it best.

If you want to take long shots, archery is NOT for you!
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#3060819 - 12/03/12 08:26 AM Re: Your farthest lethal range [Re: 102]
TNDeerGuy
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 Originally Posted By: 102

If you want to take long shots, archery is NOT for you!


WHAAAAAAT???????? You mean that taking 50-100 yard Spook Spann-style shots at live animals and then bragging about it so I can artificially inflate my own ego isn't cool and makes me look like a complete d-bag??? ;\) I've been doing it wrong all this timeómaybe I should take up frisbee golf! \:D

Great post Radar and 102!
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#3061124 - 12/03/12 11:38 AM Re: Your farthest lethal range [Re: TNDeerGuy]
Andy S.
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30 yards is my maximum. I have determined this to be the case based on 19 years off practice and bow hunting. Your mileage may vary.
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#3063173 - 12/04/12 02:11 PM Re: Your farthest lethal range [Re: Andy S.]
Urban_Hunter
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I'll share my experience. When I was younger and had little to no real responsibilities I had time to shoot my bow every day... and I did. It was a PSE NOVA I bought brand new for $249. I could literally consistently hit bottle tops at 40 yds. My biggest deer ever killed to date was killed with this bow at my longest ever range of 47yds. I had 100% confidence in the shot and the deer dropped. As he stood back up I let another fly and had two near perfect shots into the deer, neither pass through. He ran 10 yards and crashed.

Now I have a Mathews Monster that is 10 times the bow I used to shoot in nearly every aspect. I just don't have the time to practice I used to and now would never even consider a shot past 40 yds. Its just more proof in the shooter makes the shot not the bow.
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#3063478 - 12/04/12 04:44 PM Re: Your farthest lethal range [Re: Radar]
Hoss
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 Originally Posted By: Radar
I look for pinch points in my bowhunting setups that bottleneck deer movement to within 30 yards . Like the old saying goes , "archery is seeing how far away you can hit the bullseye , bowhunting is seeing how close you can get to it ."
Most kill shots on deer are still within 25 yards , I have done polls on numerous forums with hundreds of replies ,,and the average shot is around 20 yards .
The shooter makes the bow , you can shoot the best bow on the market , but if your shooting sucks , it won't make a difference .
Same goes for bowhunting . You can be great on a target range , but lack bowhunting skills , or be a poor shot on live game .


It's times like this that I wish TNDEER had a Like button!
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#3063617 - 12/04/12 06:21 PM Re: Your farthest lethal range [Re: Hoss]
Crow Terminator
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Bows are faster than they ever have been. My hunting bow is the quietest I've ever owned. Yet as the years go on, I find my comfortable yardage on live animals shrinking.

I have enough KE and accuracy to probably kill a deer at 100 yards. I actually have a pin set just for 100 for target shooting...won me $142 at a tourney this year. Yet I've seen how much a deer can move at just 20 yards with a fast bow.

Save the long shots for target archery.

Bowhunting is about getting close.

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#3063785 - 12/04/12 07:43 PM Re: Your farthest lethal range [Re: Crow Terminator]
FOX FIRE
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I dont ever want to stick a deer & lose it, I think its my responsability to kill clean, even if I'm hunt'n coyotes I want the DRT, I'd have to be a really god shot & confident in my skills to try anything over 35 yards, maybe with a newer bow & plenty of practice I mite try to go longer.
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#3064198 - 12/05/12 06:58 AM Re: Your farthest lethal range [Re: FOX FIRE]
hunter drew
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My average yards for kills is 15. I have killed 3 deer 30 yards or more. My biggest buck was shot at 43 yards. I don't get to practice like I use to I don't really shoot past 25 yards now days. But I also prefer the close shots
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