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I really wanted to put away the compound for a while and get into traditional style bowhunting and for Christmas I recieved an older Ben Pearson Javelina recurve. I think it'll work fine as just a starter, but my only concern is that it only has 40lb limbs. I dont know much about recurves so i'm not sure if that would be enough weight where i could cleanly take an animal. I know for compounds that would be enough but i'm just not sure about recurves. Can anyone clarify?

from Thechief57 on 12.25.12

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from JHP wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

The bow should be fine out to 30yds or so. Only take high percentage shots. My Bear recurve i started shooting instinctively and missed some deer then finally put on a simple one pin sight. Taped it on so i did not have to drill the bow. After that i started to connect.

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from jcarlin wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Chief,
I think this was a great question, I'm looking to go the same route and just bougth a light long-bow for my 9 year old daughter.
I would still check your regulations. In PA our regs specify that archery equipment for deer or bear must have a 35lb minimum draw weight. Your state may or may not have a requirement and it might be heavier.

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from Thechief57 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Thanks guys

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

40# is a good starting point and you have some good advice from these folks. If you like it you can always get a heavier bow later. Most people with enough practice cab be good instinctive shooters. It just takes lots of practice.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I agree with JM, 40# is enough to take a deer cleanly, as long as you use a razor-sharp cut-on-contact broadhead, and keep your shot selection very conservative.
I don't know where you live, but if it's in a state that allows bowfishing for carp and other "rough" fish, that makes for very good instinctive shooting practice, and it's a heck of a lot of fun besides.

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from tylerfreel85 wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

I agree with what JM said...plenty of bow to kill a deer, or even elk, but shot placement is critical, and range will be much more limited than with a compound. First thing is to do a lot of blind bale shooting (eyes closed) at point blank just to develop a good muscle memory for your form..and yea..hold your draw for as long as you can and still shoot accurately to build strength..after your form is down it just takes a LOT of practice to develop instinctive shooting skills, but they will come around.

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from JM wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

-A 40# recurve with carbon arrow shafts and a sharp 2 blade fixed broadhead will kill a deer, but effective range will be the biggest problem for you. Since you are new to instinctive shooting do not attempt a shot on a deer beyond 20 yards; ideally under 15.
-A 40# bow will be a good way to build up the muscles before moving up to a heavier bow. During target practice try to hold it for a few extra seconds before shooting each arrow.
-Another thing is that some people just aren't very good at instinctive shooting(example: being able to judge distance in the woods and adjust their aim for it without sights), so this will give you the chance to see whether or not you can shoot instinctively.

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from tylerfreel85 wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

I agree with what JM said...plenty of bow to kill a deer, or even elk, but shot placement is critical, and range will be much more limited than with a compound. First thing is to do a lot of blind bale shooting (eyes closed) at point blank just to develop a good muscle memory for your form..and yea..hold your draw for as long as you can and still shoot accurately to build strength..after your form is down it just takes a LOT of practice to develop instinctive shooting skills, but they will come around.

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from JM wrote 1 year 16 weeks ago

-A 40# recurve with carbon arrow shafts and a sharp 2 blade fixed broadhead will kill a deer, but effective range will be the biggest problem for you. Since you are new to instinctive shooting do not attempt a shot on a deer beyond 20 yards; ideally under 15.
-A 40# bow will be a good way to build up the muscles before moving up to a heavier bow. During target practice try to hold it for a few extra seconds before shooting each arrow.
-Another thing is that some people just aren't very good at instinctive shooting(example: being able to judge distance in the woods and adjust their aim for it without sights), so this will give you the chance to see whether or not you can shoot instinctively.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

I agree with JM, 40# is enough to take a deer cleanly, as long as you use a razor-sharp cut-on-contact broadhead, and keep your shot selection very conservative.
I don't know where you live, but if it's in a state that allows bowfishing for carp and other "rough" fish, that makes for very good instinctive shooting practice, and it's a heck of a lot of fun besides.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

40# is a good starting point and you have some good advice from these folks. If you like it you can always get a heavier bow later. Most people with enough practice cab be good instinctive shooters. It just takes lots of practice.

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from jcarlin wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

Chief,
I think this was a great question, I'm looking to go the same route and just bougth a light long-bow for my 9 year old daughter.
I would still check your regulations. In PA our regs specify that archery equipment for deer or bear must have a 35lb minimum draw weight. Your state may or may not have a requirement and it might be heavier.

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from JHP wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

The bow should be fine out to 30yds or so. Only take high percentage shots. My Bear recurve i started shooting instinctively and missed some deer then finally put on a simple one pin sight. Taped it on so i did not have to drill the bow. After that i started to connect.

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from Thechief57 wrote 1 year 15 weeks ago

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