47# on my recurve and 60# on my Legacy. Both are plenty for deer where I live. The recurve draws smooth and easy, the Legacy I can draw sitting down and hold the bow infront on me a draw it straight back. I can't do that with a 70# bow. Some can I am sure but I ain't one of them. I think most people are over bowed, especially traditional shooters. It dosn't take much to kill a deer.
Early season I like to pull 70 pounds. Late season I will switch it up to 60 pounds and one inch shorter draw length. When sitting in cold temps I tend to stiffen up. The shorter draw length helps with the heavier clothing. Fifty pounds is all that is needed to kill whitetails all day long with fixed blade broadheads. Good shot placement is the main key.
My first bow was a 78# Bear Kodiak Magnum recurve, which I purchased out of sheer ignorance. At the time I was an active bodybuilder in my mid-20s and having pulled my friend's target bow, which seemed exceptionally easy, I felt that the 78 pounder was a better choice for a big strong fellow like me.
So I joined my friend's archery club, spent the afternoon pulling that beast about fifty or so times while learning the basics of recurve shooting -- and was unable to move my right arm for the next two days!
After recovering from that lesson I went at it more cautiously, having learned the hard way that the heavier the draw weight the faster the shooter's muscles fatigue. So I sold the Kodiak Magnum and bought a 47# Bear Temujin, a beautiful, smooth-shooting recurve which was more suitable for target shooting and I was able to pull it at least thirty times before experiencing the first subtle effect of muscle and ligament fatigue.
Today I shoot a 45# compound bow, about fifty times a day, almost every day. I shoot spots only so there is absolutely no reason for me to pull more weight than that.
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