It all depends on the season. In the winter it's 20 yards because thats most of my competitions. In the spring I will setup my 3D/Field bow and I spend almost equal time at distances from 20 feet all the way out to 80 yards.
For hunting I am a firm believer in shooting 20 yards beyond your self-imposed hunting limit. I shoot my broadheads out to 80 yards and I enjoy it.
In any given practice session....
5% @ 50 yards
20% @ 40
50% @ 30
10% @ 25
10% @ 20
5% @ 15 / 10 yards
While I only plan to take 20 yard shots or less at deer, the practicing at longer ranges does a couple things for me. (1) Makes me confident that I could take a longer shoot if presented (doubtful though in Wis woods), and (2) most importantly, makes 20 yard shoots very boring (easy) - which is exactly what I want.
I usually shoot one group at 20 and 30 to make sure they are sighted in still, then all of my practice occurs at 40 and 50 yards. It makes the average 25-30 yard shot in 3D seem like a chip shot and forces me to hold steadier.
I never have made a shot over 30 yards and probably wouldn't because I respect the animal and want to make as humane of a kill as I can.
But, I am more of a target shooter than a hunter. I consider the hunting season the slow time of year for my archery hobby. I routinely shoot 50 and 60 yards. If I am practice for FITA shoots, I will do quite a bit of shooting at 90 meters or 99 yards.
I will also be doing quite a bit of indoor target shooting at 20 yards and 18 meters.
Don't shoot 20 a whole lot - find I sometime start getting sloppy with my hunting gear as it's too easy (different story if I'm indoors trying to shoot X's).
I also shoot 40 yds. quite a bit and some at 50 yds. I actually like shooting at 50 yds. the best as I really have to focus on my form and a clean release. Sometimes my groups at 50 are as tight as 20-30 yds. groups as my concentration level seems to be higher. Shouldn't be the case...I should have that same high level of concentration on every shot but it just doesn't seem to work out that way on a consistent basis.
most of my practice is at 60 to make the closer shots seem easy. hunting shots i limit to 40yrd max for elk and 35 for deer. longer range practice gives me confidence to make a follow up shot at longer distance if need be. so far i havent needed to but i know one day it could happen.
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