I shoot all year with a 70lb bow to build and maintain strength, and then hunt with a 60lb bow. This way when I'm cold and stiff from sitting on stand the 60 pounder still comes back with ease.
I must be the odd man out. I turn my bow down to 63-64 lbs during the off season if I'm going to be shooting a lot - mostly just to make it more enjoyable and so I can shoot longer without getting tired. When hunting season gets closer I'll crank it up to 68-70 lbs and get ready for hunting season. Not that I necesarilly need it, but I like to think a little extra oomph helps.
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I'm the opposite of Justin. I turn mine up to 68-70 during the off season and can shoot this comfortably. Then about a month before season I turn it down to around 63lbs. I hunt whitetails and I have no need for anything higher than that. Plus, i can pull and hold 63 for a very long time after conditioning myself all year at the high weight.
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I am of the oppinion you shoot what you can comfortably draw and shoot.(maybe even a little less for those what if moments) Poundage and speed are both overated. My bow never gets changed onced i am tuned. Usually around 58#. If I were to go on an elk hunt, since I can comfortably handle a few more pounds, I might go up a couple pounds but nothing more.
If you are shooting serious 3-d or indoor spots, then I would recommend lowering the weight well below what is comfortable. This will save the wear and tear on your shoulders as well as prevent fatigue in later rounds.
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Normally not, however this year, I did some thing to my left shoulder wrestling with my son so I turned my bow from 70 to 60lbs. I will make small increases until i`m back up there.
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I shoot all my bows just about bottomed out, once I have them set up I don't change the draw weight as it affects too many variables in the bows tune. Draw length, arrow spine, ect ect......
I do have several bows( 60, 65 and 70 limbs) so depending on what I want to shoot, I will choose another bow.
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Interesting two worlds of thought.
My idea was kind of conditioning myself physically and mentaly.
I just don't want it to change my set up and confidence in my bow.
70lbs for hogs during the summer and 65lbs for deer season.
Ill probably just leave it at 65#
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I have mine set at 72 all year round. Can affect accuracy if you change it..
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