Re: Your Longest Archery Big Game Kill
Mechanicaly I think its totally doable to get the vital zone of a deer in calm air and not having been "busted" by the deers senses. HAving said that, a lot of long range shots on white tails have less to do with arrow accuracy than with its hyper active tendency to jump the string. The animal has to be relaxed - better yet, head down and foraging. Struttung around with the ears perked up is an invitation for disaster with longer ranges.
You have to read the animal as much as be able to aim straight. I agree with you however, with todays modern compounds the 40 yard limit is myth drawn up by the point-blank crowd and shooters accustomed to shooting in dense new england forests where you need a bible in one hand and the spirit of fred bear in the other to find an actual clean shooting lane for 40 yards in thick brush.
Under the right conditions though, I believe a 100 yard shot is doable - and not 1 in 1000... but an archer 'has to know the variables at hand.