Archery Practice Distance

Discussion in 'Archery Equipment' started by HillsNHardwoods, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. Deer4Me

    Deer4Me 6 pointer

    May 8, 2011
    I regularly practice at these distances in the following order, 40,35,30,25,20, the maximum I practice is 40 yards. I will probably never shoot anything out to 40 yds. because I hunt hardwoods here in Western Kentucky. I don't have any problem shooting close groups out to 35 yds. but when I go to 40 yds. it loosens up a little. I have decided that if I have a really good shot out to 35 yds. I'll let'er fly but will probably only shot from 30yds on in. Good Luck.
  2. Fat Tony

    Fat Tony 12 pointer

    5 yard increments trip me out. There's no way I could get my pins close enough to each other.
  3. 1wildcatfan

    1wildcatfan 12 pointer

    Jan 2, 2009
    raised n Bullitt Co.

    i couldn't either, but they may be shooting a 40 or 50 lb bow.
  4. keith meador

    keith meador Got the Spotted Fever

    Those settings are for 3d ranges. They work very well, and can easily be used for hunting applications.

    I use 5 pins, the longest set at 60. I practice from 20 to 60.
  5. top_sgt

    top_sgt 6 pointer

    Jul 10, 2007
    lexington, ky
    I have a 20 yard and a 40 yard pin! practice at distances 15 to 40 yards, and off the deck to get used to stand elevation.
  6. BowOnly

    BowOnly 8 pointer

    Mar 6, 2008
    2 pins.

    A 20 yard fixed pin and a movable 2nd pin from 35 to 75. I practice from 5 to 80 but have only killed 2 deer over 40 yards.
  7. Mepperson

    Mepperson 12 pointer

    Apr 7, 2005
    Murray, KY
    I have my HHA single pin marked from 20-60 and practice mostly from 30-40. I do sometimes shoot from farther but would never attempt it on a deer unless it's tied to a tree and I have a dozen arrows.
  8. westkybanded

    westkybanded 12 pointer

    Feb 23, 2004
    Murray, Kentucky, USA.
  9. Blevins Gap Outdoors

    Blevins Gap Outdoors 12 pointer

    Nov 9, 2002
    Louisville, KY
    I shoot 3 pins, 20, 30 and 40. At my age, that's about all these cross eyes can keep up with:D
  10. dbd870

    dbd870 6 pointer

    Jun 12, 2009
    I have my sights set up for 3D Hunter Class so my farthest pin is 35yds. and I'd take that shot in the field as long as I had a good look.
  11. bgkyarcher

    bgkyarcher 12 pointer

    Aug 23, 2011
    My pins are 20, 30, 40, and 50. My bow shoots 309 FPS. I practice mostly from 50, and average 5" groups at 50. I shoot at all distances each night, but mostly from 50. That makes 30 yards seem like a tap in putt. I wouldn't shoot at a deer beyond 40 simply because they could take a step or something, and you've got a wounded animal. I highly recommend practicing at long range simply because it makes the short shots seem so easy.
  12. WildmanWilson

    WildmanWilson 12 pointer

    Dec 26, 2004
    Western Ky.
    Three pins....20, 30, and 40. I may take a 45 yard shot on a deer but that would be my limit.
  13. buckfever

    buckfever 12 pointer

    Oct 25, 2002
    Harrods Creek Ky, USA.
    That's the ticket right there. Target shooting at longer distances improves accuracy and confidence at shorter distances.

    Now, this is just an OPINION so don't jump me guys, but I think virtually all hunters should self-limit their bow shots on deer to 40 (or possibly 50 yards for a truly exceptional archer). Any further, and there's simply too much time involved b/t the shot and the impact for something bad to happen. My view is that this should apply to all archers, even the best and most accurate archers shooting very fast bows. It doesn't have anything to do with the archer's skills, because I'm certain there are guys out there that can Robin Hood arrows at 80 yards on a block target. It has everything to do with the fact that we're shooting at a living, breathing and most importantly, moving animal. A perfectly aimed and shot arrow by the best archer in the world is likely to maim or gut shoot a deer if that deer turns or takes a step. I guess 45 yards is about where I draw MY own ethical line in the sand.

    Enough of my rant. . . . :)

    I typically practice out to 40 yards with my compound and feel confident shooting deer out to about 35 yards.

    This year, I've been practicing primarily at between 12-18 yards and have stump shot out to about 30 yards. I feel very confident that I'd kill any deer I shot at out to about 15 yards, and feel good enough about my shooting that I would probably take a 20 yards shot if the circumstances were right. I'm shooting a recurve this year though.
  14. itstherush

    itstherush 6 pointer

    Sep 19, 2010
    Grayson co
    shoot what you sight

    i typically like a 5 pin setup running yardages of 30-40-50-60-70 yards. I know alot of variables go into a shot like that, time lapse, exact yardage, and angle, but i am a firm believer, in if you shoot out to X distance, and are comfortable at
    X distance, why not hunt at said distance. i read alot of ppl that shoot out to 60 - 70 yards but wont kill beyond 60% of their practiced range. im comfortable to know that i shoot and make a nice kill sized group to my 70 yards and if given the chance, i WILL take the kill shot, with adequate practice and homework i feel that is still ethical and acceptable. a well prepared shot at 70 yards is more ethical with proper equipment, than a 30 yard questionable shot with un-proven equipment.
  15. killer

    killer 12 pointer

    May 7, 2004
    "In that good way!"
    Same for me as well.

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