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View Poll Results: Longest Big Game Kill With Bow
Under 20 yards 20 4.73%
21 to 40 yards 126 29.79%
41 to 60 yards 131 30.97%
61 to 80 yards 78 18.44%
81 to 100 yards 33 7.80%
Over 100 yards 35 8.27%
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Your Longest Archery Big Game Kill

 
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Old 07-03-2013, 05:22 PM
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While it is very possible to make the long shots over 100 yds, it is just questionable about whether or not it should be taken given a number of variables.

As to whether the pros are the best shooters in the world, I have no question in my mind that they are. For one you said the best of a "few hundred shooters". First there are thousands of people shooting tournament archery, and the same handful of guys win all the time. Second, these guys make a living shooting a bow. Reo Wilde made 50,000 in three days at a single tournament in February, and has won that shoot 3 times in the last 5 years. Jesse has won four cars in the last 6 years shooting a bow. If the people not shooting tournaments were better than those guys, they would be shooting tournaments and getting free. equipment from any manufacturer of their choosing. It is simply a quite lucrative profession if you are good enough to win. So YES they are the best shooters in the world.

But to the original post, long shots are possible and sometimes ethical. Other times they are very much not ethical. And that is a personal question and judgement that each hunter has to make. Personally I would be questioning my wisdom to take a shot on an animal much over 70 yards.
Like he said yes Dan, Levi,Reo and Jesse are on the short list for best in the world. I see Dan just won a big tourny this past weekend . I heard he won over $10,000 not a bad weekend.
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Old 08-10-2013, 07:56 AM
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Re: Your Longest Archery Big Game Kill

It will never cease to amaze me how many hunters, sportsmen will continue to go well beyond their limits. I will agree that some train to shoot and long distances however more so are those hunters that think they can shoot what they see and end up wounding and never finding the animal. I would say 70 yards and beyond is pushing the limits. Just like during rifle season when you hear shoots back to back and then at the game check station you hear a guy bragging about how he shot a dear running. the same deer that has 3-4 holes in it and not much meat to take to the butcher. It is not about just killing something it is about spending time in the outdoors, teaching your kids about the woods and putting food on the table. if you just want to kill something go to a game ranch and shoot something. I got into an argument with a few guys on this forum about long range kills where the guy shot the entire chest area out of a pronghorn. guys with 1000 plus yard shots at moose and elk. maybe it is just me.
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Old 08-10-2013, 09:24 AM
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Re: Your Longest Archery Big Game Kill

Nope. It's not just you. Shooting at a range is not the same thing as hunting.
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Old 08-10-2013, 09:28 PM
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I find it amusing that just because some can't do something they don't think it is possible. As far as the pros go, these guys are good but do you really think they are the best in the world just because they are one of a few hundred guys that compete at the game??
I'm new to archery started 2011 and I agree with you. there is very few pro that make a living from archery and lot of them own archery shop,give lesson etc.

I purchase CBE sight with tapes out to 100yds and I've shot in a match 80yds was max. Archery shop I got my bow from has indoor matches start Oct and they have match almost every weekend during the summer state wide.

I've met lot of match shooters that do indoor or 3D just to keep shape for hunting season and that include me. I got a range at the house to 80yds and I got another spot 125yd something going to work on for next year.

I haven't killed anything with the bow, so maybe this year. If I had a good shot I'd take a 60yd shot. Wife and I drove down to Las Vegas in Feb this year for that big match just to see what it was about was interesting.

Big question to me is how good would all those top shooters be if they didn't have lens,aperture sight,lights etc what would there score be like.
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Old 08-11-2013, 07:20 AM
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Re: Your Longest Archery Big Game Kill

indoor shooting wont prepare you for outdoor shooting, with weather, tree stand height, movement of deer and so on. 80 yards is a long ways for an arrow to travel and with deer being able to hear the sound of the shot and often jump, distance leave more room for a miss or to wound the animal.
by all means, shoot targets at 100, 125yards and let us know. however people getting bored punching holes in paper therefore taking up hunting so they can test their skills. if you are hunting to just kill an animal, stay home. nothing worse then guys that go out to the limited hunting areas and light up the woods because they shoot 4 and 5 times at a running deer. I know this is an archery so you won't be sending a bunch of arrows off into the woods but my point is, indoor 3d targets is not real world hunting and we all need to do your best to take animals as effectively as possible.
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Old 08-11-2013, 09:04 AM
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indoor shooting wont prepare you for outdoor shooting, with weather, tree stand height, movement of deer and so on. 80 yards is a long ways for an arrow to travel and with deer being able to hear the sound of the shot and often jump, distance leave more room for a miss or to wound the animal.
by all means, shoot targets at 100, 125yards and let us know. however people getting bored punching holes in paper therefore taking up hunting so they can test their skills. if you are hunting to just kill an animal, stay home. nothing worse then guys that go out to the limited hunting areas and light up the woods because they shoot 4 and 5 times at a running deer. I know this is an archery so you won't be sending a bunch of arrows off into the woods but my point is, indoor 3d targets is not real world hunting and we all need to do your best to take animals as effectively as possible.
What world do you live in? Last time I checked you have to learn how to be accurate with a bow to shoot something so how do you get to that level? practice is practice doesn't matter if it's indoors or outdoors.

At 71, I sure don't need a lecture on how to hunt or when to pull a trigger. Only reason I haven't taken anything is wanted wife to be first one with bow kill and she got her deer at 53yd right in the heart last year and she was 70yrs old. Only took her one shot and shot wasn't from no tree stand.

I spend lot of yrs BR shooting and it sure didn't effect my hunting rifles I have build.

Archery this year got bear,bull,buck archery tags and wife got buck,bull tag and 7 days after archery season closes we'll be in St George, Ut for the senior games. We'll be shooting match 30 arrows at 40,50,and 60 yd for total of 90 arrows. After we get back I've got rifle elk hunt planned.

There an old saying practice makes perfect
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Old 08-11-2013, 09:20 AM
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Re: Your Longest Archery Big Game Kill

It definitely takes a lot of preparation to be able to shoot the further distances. One thing that I notice is the further out the less chance of an animal jumping the string. I try and stay 60 yds and out. I usually hunt spot and stalk so a 20 yd shot is not the norm. There is a lot that I do to prepare. For example all my arrows are within a grain. I only cut from the straightest part of the shaft. I use low profile vanes which really cuts down on the arrow noise going down range. I shoot all my arrows with a shooting machine to ensure they're impacting the same. I shoot a target style set up with side stabilizer to have a rock solid hold. The bow shoots bare shafts out to 40 yds with the fletched shafts. That isn't all that I do for the prep work, but I hunt out west in the open and it is super tough to get that close.

One thing I would like to add is the maximum distance is not always the same. The situation will dictate. Weather, shot presentation, shooting ability etc all come into play. I think the bottom line its an individual thing on the maximum range. You have to be honest with yourself. Kentucky windage even 10 yd gaps in between shots are tough to land consistently. That takes too much guess work. If my rangefinder says 87 yds I set my sight to 87 yds and aim dead on. Then I start squeezing with my back.

I equate shooting 10 yds with a bow to shooting 100 yds with a rifle. Most people that I know that shoot that far with the rifle dial the scope in and aim dead on. Wind is a different deal. But no matter what method you use to estimate the wind you have to practice a lot to get it right. At the end of the day its all about how much you put in to it. Its about the details.
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