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I shot a deer with my bow at 60 yards. One of my hunting buddies said I shouldn't attempt shots at that distance, that there was a good chance I would only injure the deer. Is he right? How far is too far when you're bowhunting big game? -J.R., via e-mail

from on 01.02.09

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from deerslayer115 wrote 5 years 24 weeks ago

The slightest error in judgement when shooting at those distances can cause a bad shot. It's dangerous and should only be done if you're positive you'll kill the deer. Shoot anywhere within 40 yrds to be sure of a safe shot.

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from bear hunter wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

35-40 yards

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from outdoorlife-editor wrote 5 years 29 weeks ago

This is a hotly debated question. In reality, a safe distance is determined by the individual archer's skill level. Out West, it's not uncommon for bowhunters to harvest animals at distances past 100 yards. Mention these distances to Southern bowhunters and they're liable to expel you from their hunt camp. I recommend that archers only attempt shots they can routinely execute on the practice range. If you practice at 35 yards and are consistent, your effective range is 35 yards. If you're accurate on the range past 50 yards, then it's a safe bet you can drop an animal at long distances. Keep in mind that Olympic archers compete with recurve bows shooting fingers at 90 meters (that's 98 yards). You simply can't put a yardage limit on shots; it's all about your competence level.

-Todd Kuhn, Bowhunting Expert

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from outdoorlife-editor wrote 5 years 29 weeks ago

This is a hotly debated question. In reality, a safe distance is determined by the individual archer's skill level. Out West, it's not uncommon for bowhunters to harvest animals at distances past 100 yards. Mention these distances to Southern bowhunters and they're liable to expel you from their hunt camp. I recommend that archers only attempt shots they can routinely execute on the practice range. If you practice at 35 yards and are consistent, your effective range is 35 yards. If you're accurate on the range past 50 yards, then it's a safe bet you can drop an animal at long distances. Keep in mind that Olympic archers compete with recurve bows shooting fingers at 90 meters (that's 98 yards). You simply can't put a yardage limit on shots; it's all about your competence level.

-Todd Kuhn, Bowhunting Expert

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from deerslayer115 wrote 5 years 24 weeks ago

The slightest error in judgement when shooting at those distances can cause a bad shot. It's dangerous and should only be done if you're positive you'll kill the deer. Shoot anywhere within 40 yrds to be sure of a safe shot.

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from bear hunter wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

35-40 yards

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