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#3319287 - 08/11/13 03:47 PM Nugent on draw weight - do you agree?
Vermin93
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This article interested me. I'm a new bowhunter and was unable to draw my bow one time last year when I was at a slightly awkward angle in my stand. I may dial it down a few lbs more than I already have. Curious if some guys shoot less weight than they need to just to give their shoulders a break.

Ted Nugent Texas Wild blog
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#3319304 - 08/11/13 03:59 PM Re: Nugent on draw weight - do you agree? [Re: Vermin93]
Wes Parrish
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I agree.

When I started bowhunting, a MAN's bow weight was 45 lbs.
They started going up with the advent of the compound bow, which at 45 lbs, produced comparable or more energy than the 45-lb recurve "manly" hunting bow. It was somewhat a marketing gimmick to get hunters to buy a new bow, by making them think they "needed" more poundage.

In my own personal experiences, I've lost shooting opportunities by having "too much" bow, and can't say I've ever killed a deer that a lighter poundage wouldn't have done same. I have had a 70-lb weight bow fail to bust a deer's shoulder, so bad shots can be bad, no matter what the weight you're pulling.

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#3319315 - 08/11/13 04:06 PM Re: Nugent on draw weight - do you agree? [Re: Vermin93]
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With most of the bows that have come out in the last couple of years you can shoot well under 60lbs of pull and get plenty of speed and even down to around 40-45 lbs with the right weight arrow and good broad head take any hog, deer, etc. Here is a example: 2 days ago shot a high country extreme set at just a hair over 57lbs and a bow tech experience set at 58 1/2 with the same arrow at 7.4 GPI 29+/- inches long and got 296 out of the high country and 299 out of the bow tech.
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#3319377 - 08/11/13 05:17 PM Re: Nugent on draw weight - do you agree? [Re: Grill-n-man]
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I agree 100%

Although I currently shoot 65 lbs on 60-70 lb limbs no problems I want to go to 50-60 lb limbs in the future.

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#3319440 - 08/11/13 06:35 PM Re: Nugent on draw weight - do you agree? [Re: Wes Parrish]
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What's interesting about that is you are shooting a bow with a 58 lb draw 299 FPS. Just to demonstrate relativity Lakota Compound bows have the option of a 90 lb draw @ 315 FPS...food for thought.
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#3319477 - 08/11/13 06:57 PM Re: Nugent on draw weight - do you agree? [Re: eweisner]
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I agree, but I shoot 70lbs and can draw that easy in any situation. That has nothing to do with natural strength either.. I have friends much stronger than I am that struggle to draw it. When I first got it I set it to 60lbs and drew it three times every night and would hold it until I couldn't hold steady. I was drawing 70 no problem after a month or so. If you struggle to draw a bow at 60 pounds, unless injured, try the method I mentioned.
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#3319512 - 08/11/13 07:29 PM Re: Nugent on draw weight - do you agree? [Re: Master Chief]
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I bow hunt all season in the Midwest , and temps get in the single digits in late fall into winter , making drawing back from a stand much harder than practicing in the backyard .
I got injured drawing a macho 80lb. Bow on a cold morning hunt back in he early 80's , and I still suffer from that njury , even though I lift weights and shoot frequently . It's not necessary with today's more efficient bows to shoot that much draw weight . I like 60-65 lbs , but broadhead design should be consideration when shooting lower draw weights .
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#3319611 - 08/11/13 08:38 PM Re: Nugent on draw weight - do you agree? [Re: Radar]
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The bow I started hunting with was a 40# High Country with about 25" draw. I killed several deer with it...shooting Easton 2213s with 125 grn Thunderhead broadheads. Pass through every deer I shot with it. My wife done the same thing with her bow @ 38 lbs and 26.5" draw. If you put an arrow in the rib cage of a Tennessee size deer, 40# will do it every time and stick in the ground on the other side. The only thing higher poundage helps on, is if you make direct shoulder hits and or pushing 2"+ cut mechanical broadheads through. Otherwise, a double lung hit with it just means it will drive up in the dirt further with 70+ lbs. I'm shooting 60 and might back it down more.
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#3319713 - 08/11/13 09:36 PM Re: Nugent on draw weight - do you agree? [Re: Crow Terminator]
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 Originally Posted By: Crow Terminator
...38 lbs and 26.5" draw.., 40# will do it every time and stick in the ground on the other side...


That is the lowest I've heard, and good to know. My little girl and wife want in on this deal. My daughter wants to hunt with the bow but I've not read about anything less than 48lbs. What bow does she shoot?
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#3319903 - 08/12/13 06:13 AM Re: Nugent on draw weight - do you agree? [Re: eweisner]
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I started in my twenties a long time ago.

I shot 75 pounds and heavy arrows.
My bow speed MIGHT have been 240 fps.

Every deer I shot was a pass through unless I hit leg, humerus (sometimes incorrectly referred to as shoulder).

Not only have bows, cams, strings and cables evolved, but arrows as well.

Now, at 57 pounds of draw weight, my arrow shoots 310 fps.

I will add much heavier arrows for hunting and slow the speed down considerably but my KE and thus pass through potential will increase.

I agree with Ted on this topic.

No matter how good of shape you are in, or how young, repetitive shooting takes its toll on rotator cuffs over the years.
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