I’ve shot an elk and a deer at 60. I’ve been drawn back on a deer at 76, but he moved on me and I had to let down. In ideal conditions, that would be about my max. I shoot to 100 regularly. 3D targets help a lot.
60 the farthest I’ve killed one but he was eating and staying put very calm. He made it 10 yards don’t think I’d do that again I shoot out to 100 in the yard all the time. I know I can make 60 yards on a target but to much can change at that distance. If I was Levi Morgan yea no problem.
If you have respect for the animal you will not take risky shots. It's OK to let someone else learn that for you so you can learn from their mistakes.
For Whitetail dear back in AR, my maximum shot would be 35 yards. Deer can do too much stuff before the arrow gets there. I shot a buck standing broadside from 40 yards once. I hit him and he dropped dead in just 10 yards travel. What I didn't know was the broadside deer turned 90 degrees before the arrow got there and I hit him in the right ham where the brown hair joins the white. It went in to his chest cavity so every time he took a step it was shreading his vitals. I learned a lot from that shot. It could have gone horribly wrong.
No one will impress me with 100 yard bow shots on live animals, no matter how good of a shot they are. If you don't respect the animal enough to do your utmost to make an ethical kill, you aren't a hunter.
I only practice out to 50 yards with a compound. The furthest shot was 38 yards. With a recurve it is 25 yards. I routinely practice out to 25 yards with my recurve. I shot a pig in Texas at 22 yards with my recurve.
40 on Midwest whitetails. It’s fun to practice out further but too much can go wrong. If I hunted out west, ( Elk Antelope etc.) I’d probably have to get better at longer distances and reading animal behavior ✌🏼
60+ years of bow hunting & have never killed a deer past 35 yards & in that time period have killed a ton of white tails & antelope. With my bow would take about 1 1/2 to 2 seconds at 100 yards & a deer can cover a lot of ground in that time period. At 100 yards I have never had a target move on me.
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