What's your maximum distance?

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  1. TheChurchArchers

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    In the wind my max is 35 no wind in a open plot or field i'll do 50
     
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    I would feel comfortable at 40-45 yards and thats if there is no wind. Most of my hunting scenarios, I will not have more than a 30 yard window in thick stuff of east tx. Both deer and hogs I have shot have been 20 yards give or take.
     
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    Being my first full season this year I would be comfortable to 30.
    Shot three deer this year all under 20.
    Closer the better!
     
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    I practice at 50 to 60 yards. I'm very comfortable shooting that at a target. But shooting at whitetails is different then a target. I would limit my self to 30 yards still pretty new to the sport (4 years). I have shot 40 gut shot. Was my first deer bumped her when I went to check blood ran for over a mile and crossed a big creek and never found her. Felt horrible and have learned from my mistake one don't shoot that far to much can happen and 2 wait it out if you're not sure on the shot.

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    On target-80 yards
    Elk-60 yards
    Deer-too thick for shots past 30 yards


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    Longest whitetail 32 yards. Shot a Corsican ram in one of those canned hunt places at 46 yards years ago when I was younger and would hunt anything I could. Maximum yardage is an individual thing. The animal, the conditions, the equipment, the situation and the archer all are elements in the equation. This is a question each archer must make for themselves. For what it's worth there are game animals missed and wounded at short yardages every year. Not a scenario anybody should become comfortable with but for some archers a 50 yd shot is well within their effective range and a miss at long yardage for that archer is no different than a miss at 20 yds for an inexperienced archer
     
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    At deer its about 30 yards. Maybe 35 depending on how the deer is positioned and the scenario.
    I practice mostly out to 40 yards to help make my closer shots easier. Most of the stands I hunt it would be even more difficult to get a shot past 35 so most shots are going to be 30 and closer for me. Now In some spots I could see a 40 yard shot presenting itself and if everything was perfect. (no wind, broadside, head turned and not alert, etc.....) I feel pretty confident I could make the shot however 99 percent of the time I want them 25 and closer.

    * My farthest shot on a deer was this past season. 22 yards.
     
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    I tend to wait for the right shot regardless. Because I hunt in a ground blind in fairly a dense thicket, all my shots are seated. I'd take the right deer at 40, otherwise 30 is max. I shot one at 25 this year from seated position.


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    I practice out to 60 yds. The situation dictates the shot for me but I won't shoot whitetails over 40 yards, mule deer, elk and antelope at 60. Killed an antelope at 63, two whitetail bucks at 32, a moose at 40, an elk at 27 and a hog at 50.

    Bow hunting for me is about how close, not how far. That said, I can't always get within 20 yards of everything I hunt so I try to be as prepared as possible given shots in my comfort zone.
     
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    Not over 30 yards for me.


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    My max distance is 40, max i've killed at is 38 yards.
     
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    Calm oblivious deer I'd go 45 with ideal conditions...otherwise limit is 35 all day.

    Longest I have taken a shot was 33...only shot over 27 yards ever.
     
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    Yup about 30yds. is my limit too. I shot an 8pt. this yr. on video on this site. He was at 32yds. You can see him drop and turn to run at the sound of the shot in slo motion. Way too many things can go wrong in the woods on a live animal. I was shooting a bow going 321fps.
     
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    30 yards max for me. That said, 38 is my longest actual shot. Did not have time to range and thought he was just beyond 30 based on what I had preranged trees at. In the heat of the moment I judged him off the wrong tree, ended up to be 38 but my 30 yard pin did the job regardless. Too many variables past 30 yards imo.
     
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    I wouldn't shoot past 60yds, that's what I'm most accuarte at that max distance, I hope to be able to increase that as I get better. If your confident and able shoot as long distance as you want, some guys can kill out to 125yds and a lot can't hit a barn at 20yds.
     
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    40 would be my max shot distance taken. I feel comfortable target shooting at 40 and can hit the mark consistently at that distance. The only problem would be it seems to me 40 yards is the danger zone for the deer having enough time to react to the shot. I'd have to take into consideration the bucks alertness before taking it.

    Max distance I've shot a buck is 20. I've been lucky with keeping them close.
     
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    took hogs at 35 and 30. was very comfortable with those shots. currently feel 30 yards is about my max.
     
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    So many variables, but on whitetails 40yds absolute max, and that's only under perfect conditions and with some background noise to muffle the sound of the shot. Most of the time 30yds max for me, and I prefer 25yds or less. My longest kill, 42 yards, wide open shot, oblivious deer, and an airplane going overhead!
    It's not that I can't shoot straight enough, but because I've learned that anything further is just not fair to the animal, too much can go wrong.
     

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