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What is the furthest distance you would shoot a deer?

Old 12-29-2009, 01:31 PM
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Default What is the furthest distance you would shoot a deer?

I've been tuning my bow off and on for a couple of weeks.
I have 3 pins on the sight.
Before working on it, I had the 3 pins sighted at 10, 20 and 30 yards. But really 10 yards is allmost worthless.
I shoot heavy arrows so I don't think penetration would be a issue.
The arrows weigh 400 grains plus a 100 grain muzzy broad head.
The bow is at 60 bls. draw weight.

At the moment I sighted it in at 15,25 and 35 yards.
But was thinking of sighting it in at 20,30 and 40 yards.
Any suggestions?

What is the furhtest distance you would shoot a deer?
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Old 12-29-2009, 01:41 PM
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I have a 5 pin sight that goes like this 20,30,40,50, and 60. I also have points on the sight that I practice at 70 and 80. Practicing out to that yardage makes the 50 and under shots seem pretty easy. I would feel comfortbale out to 50 yards. I would like them 30 or less though optimal.
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Old 12-29-2009, 03:27 PM
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As I get older it seems as though I like them closer and closer. For me these days, even 30 yards seems pretty far. I am right at 30 yards being my max.
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Old 12-29-2009, 03:30 PM
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I shoot competitions out to 80 yds. When you practice at that distance 40 and 50 seem real easy. I have taken a Doe at 48 yds but did not feel real comfortable with the shot, she only ran 40 yds ( double lung) I don't think I would try it again though.After 40 yds there are too many variables out in the woods.
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Old 12-29-2009, 04:05 PM
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First off, I pride myself in not missing. I take sure shots, and still have had some!!!! I can still remember a twig I didn't see at a deer broadside only 16 yds away, or the string that was stretching that I missed the same deer 3days in a row. I changed the string and got the 8 pt the next day. This year a doe at 38 yds and that was not my long shots. A few years back, a buck at 51 yds, double lunged and went 100yds. before dropping. If you hunt the west you will either get good at long ranges or come home empty. A Moose in Alaska at 70 yds and that is almost daily that people do shot those shoots at Elk and Moose. Now your pins, 3 should be set at 20-30-40 yds. I did say should!! What arrow are you shooting that weights soo much. A heavy aluminum is less than that in most cases.Your arrow combo 500grs for a 60# bow is almost what I call too heavy. Shoot something 350 and no more than 400 will get you better flight and the ke might come out the same or better.
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Old 12-29-2009, 04:29 PM
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Well I shot one last night at 150 yards with o sight and new arrows. It was running to. Then I woke up and relized I had a dream and needed to lay off the pain pills kidney stone or no stone. LOL
I have changed my yardage a few times. I bought a new $100.00 5 pin sight with hopes of 60 yards. With seeing how my arrow flight was at 40 not sure I want to nothing wrong with the flight just took alot of time to get there. This spring I will be practicing at 60 and will make that choice then. I would say right now 40 maybe 45. Honestly not sure what I would due if a big one was at 60 tomorrow. I made the mistake of making a 68 yard shot with 10 arrows through my bow with the new sight. The pin was still alittle off and end up dropping the arrow right below her belly and never recovered it that was 10 bucks down the drain.

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Old 12-29-2009, 04:34 PM
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I have one pin sat at 17 yds. I really do not want to shoot at anything past about 35 yds, 40 max.
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Old 12-29-2009, 04:38 PM
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The longest I have shot a deer at is 42. I would say 45-50 is my limit.
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Old 12-29-2009, 04:51 PM
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30 yards is it for me. Heck, some of my spots you cant even see past 25 yards or so.
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Old 12-29-2009, 06:14 PM
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I shoot up to 80 yards in some competitions but 40 is my limit for deer hunting. I let them get as close as I can though.
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