Originally Posted by bear1010
This is an old thread but the first one to come across as a new member. To those of you who say bull---- to a long archery shot being possible please take the time to watch a copy of Ben Pearsons greatest hunts. While I don,t advocate anybody shooting beyond their ability, it doesn,t mean it can,t be done. If you wish not to take the time to watch the video, Ben shoots a polar bear at 80 to 100 yrds and a javalina at close to 300. This is with a recurve bow in the 1940,1950 circa. I believe. In my early days of bowhunting, 1980s, I shot a small forkhorn blacktail buck at 135 yards facing me straight on. the arrow went in at the base of the throat and into the heart. Pure poophouse luck for sure and would not attempt ever again knowing what I now know. While it is cool to watch a waterfilled milkjug explode way out there with a rifle, shooting a mature, unaware blacktail buck at six feet is a rush. Do I wish to aquire the skill to shoot a rifle accuratley at longer ranges than I can now? Yes, most certainly. That is one of the reasons for coming on board this sight. Thanks for welcoming me in and I hope I can contribute something positive, or at least humorus for the members. P.S. Let me tell you about the time a steelhead jumped in the driftboat with me. HA! HA!
Welcome aboard, everyone's input is different than the next person and
usually adds to the previous post. I began my archery career in 1957. Shooting a recurve, our shooting regimen consisted of practice every day
and shooting 100 yards at a forty-eight inch face with a nine inch yellow
bulls eye. Any hits out of the red were frowned upon.
Yes, I have seen both Ben Pearson's and Fred Bear's Hunting movies along with several other notables. Thoses guys didn't hesitate about taking a
long shot at well over 200 yards. Keep in mind they shot a competition of
180 yards at all of the NAA Nationals. 36 arrows at a forty eight foot circle
on the ground. The center marked with a flag on a pole. This competition is
still shot, but at 235 Yards for compounds. So it's no wonder they felt confident at the yardage the chose to shoot.
Note. Most of the arrows shot from compounds hit the ground at less than 45
degrees. More like 10 to 15 degrees.
It's more fun when you keep them in the middle and Practice, Practice Practice.