Cupped-n-Committed wrote:The average shot quoted by bowhunting surveys was said to be about 10 yards. At 300 FPS you can just about shoot any weight arrow you want and have killing KE. I like to go heavy as at 15 yards I gets lots of KE and little drop off.
Do you actually shoot 40 to 50 yards with your bow? Every guy I have ever talked to shooting those yardages has wouded deer from string jumps and just deer moving at the shot release.
I am lucky. I make all my own bows and arrows. I like to make deflexed bows that only have 10 pounds or less at brace height. That leaves very little energy left in the bow for noise. I do not use string silencer and have still had people comment on how quite my bows are. The only thing animal hear is the arrow hitting the ground. plus my bows only weight about 4 or 5 ounces.
Although I do a few arrows with high fletching for very close shots as they stabilize the arrow from archers paradox very fast. My bows are old shool and are not center shot like compound risers are design now.
ive shot them out to around 37 yds (even though i would prefer a 15 or 20 lol). but i know if i needed to make a 40 or 45 yd. shot i could. i shoot compound not recurve. some of the guys i hunt with have made out to 52 yd shots on deer. they've also missed 50 yd. shots. then again, i know people who have missed 12 yd. shots. there is a trick to long distance shots. first of all you have to be just as comfortable at 40 yd as you are at 20. and if the animal suspects somethings up or is moving DONT MAKE THE SHOT. at 50 yds. a spooked deer can jump even the fastest bow. as far as silencers, they are a must on my setup. especially long shots. you need that quiet shot. hats off to the recurve shooters. theres something about a more primitive bow that makes a kill even that much more rewarding.