Archery equipment has come a long way since the days when longbows and recurves dominated the market. And as equipment has improved so has the ability for bowhunters to make long-range shots, but does that mean we should take these shots?
There are a lot of bowhunters who practice daily and train at triple-digit distances. I personally think long range shooting is both fun and challenging. It’s incredible to watch the arch of an arrow and it’s seemingly sudden drop once it reaches its long distance target.
While many archers today can reach out to the 50-yard mark in hunting situations, pushing past that distance quickly weeds out the wannabes from the true long-range shooters. I’m a firm believer in practicing at distances that are further than you would attempt in the field, but there’s a lot more that comes into play when you’re dealing with a live animal compared to a stationary target.
In this video, the hunter makes an impressive and lethal shot on a deer at 110 yards. It’s hard to say how far the deer went after the shot, but from the looks of the shot and the deer’s reaction, it doesn’t look like they had much of a tracking job. However, the frontal shot is always one of controversy. If you practice this shot routinely and really understand the vitals of your quarry, then it can be a lethal shot and put game down quickly. Personally, I wouldn’t take the shot even at close range, but that’s because I don’t practice it, not because I don’t believe it’s a lethal shot.
That being said, when you add distance to this angle, like 110 yards, the factors working against you begin to increase. If you’re consistently putting arrows in a grapefruit at 100 yards you might think that you can take an animal at 100 yards in the field, but what happens when that animal takes one step forward? If you took the shot at 20 yards you’d simply hit a few inches farther back on a broadside deer, but at 100 yards you’d be lucky if your lung shot would turn into a liver shot at best. If you weren’t so lucky you’d probably end up with a gut shot deer or even worse a wounded deer with an arrow in its hind-quarters.
What’s your take?