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Old 12-18-2003, 11:33 AM
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as some of you know, i'm totally new to bow hunting. what's the furthest distance that you would practice shooting at??
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Old 12-18-2003, 11:37 AM
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The farthest I can practice comfortably is 40 yards. I have my Tru-Glo 3 pin sights set for 20,30,40 yards. I have done 10 yard shots when experimenting with something and have ruined the fletching on a couple arrows, because I hit the same arrow with another arrow! []

My best range to practice over and over and over is 25 yards and 30 yards. 40 yards is okay but always seems waaaaaaaaaaaay out there for accuracy.

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Old 12-18-2003, 11:39 AM
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40yds on target. But 30 is my max hunting! And most of the time I stay with in 25 yards when hunting.
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Old 12-18-2003, 11:40 AM
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I really like practicing at longer distaces. Many times I'll sit at 45-50 yards, and just take shots from there. Helps me with my stability, and getting my pin on the target.

Also helps out by making a 30-40 yard shot look close and easy. When I have enough room I will also take shots just to "see if I can do it" at 60 yards.

I take the longer shots about every third time I practice.

Other than that, I shoot at 40 yards and in, practicing shooting from stands, shooting in akward positions, and so on.

In the field, I'd never take a shot at a deer further than 40 yards. At 40 yards the deer has to be completely broadside for me to take the shot.

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Old 12-18-2003, 11:48 AM
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yea once u get to learn your bow, start moving out to longer distances like 50+ yards. the more you shoot, focus on your formand make sure you are teaching yourself the right way to shoot. Head to the archery shop and ask one of the staff to watch you shoot for a little bit. they can normally point out and imperfections in your form. after that warm up with some 20 yards, then 30 then 40 then 50 even 60 if you want. If you can start to hit pretty constant at 50 yards, move back to 20 and see how well you shoot. At 50 yards u may not be in the hitting the 10 ring everytime but trust me when that deer walks by at 20 yards, u'll be right on
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Old 12-18-2003, 12:00 PM
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I do most of my practicing from 30yds and closer. I go back to 40 every now and then just because i can but not very often. The majority of my shots on deer are about 25yds and closer.
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Old 12-18-2003, 12:17 PM
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I'll practice out to 40, mostly at 20 though. Shots at deer are 25 and under.
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Old 12-18-2003, 12:24 PM
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I practice out to 65yds that is all the room I have I regularly shoot 50 but keep my hunting to no more than 40 I do feel comfortable at that distance
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Old 12-18-2003, 12:34 PM
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Most of my practice is done at 35-40 yds. Less damage to the arrows then when shooting at shorter distances. I shoot a little bit at 50-70 yds too as a way to keep my form in check. It is all about focus and follow through. Practicing at longers ranges makes normal shots very easy and 35 yds possible as well. My average shot is less than 20 yds but my two biggest bucks were closer to 35 yds.
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Old 12-18-2003, 12:42 PM
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Whatever distance the arrow will deliver enough energy to kill subsequent with your confidence level. If you can group them and are positive it will kill the animal than go for it. That's something you have to find out. Myself I'm not venturing over 29 yards.
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