On shots like this, I know compound shooters who have missed shots because they couldn't get lined up fast enough, and also because they didn't have time to get their release on the string in time to draw, whereas I can shoot with my bare fingers if I have to. From the time I hit full draw, the average time until I release the arrow is usually less than 2 seconds. Compounds definitely have higher arrow speed, but I'm not convinced that they are any more deadly. The recurve I'm using has about a 75-pound draw weight and slings a 575-grain arrow at 195 feet per second. With a heavy arrow like this, and a heavy two-bladed, single-bevel broadhead, it will do some serious damage. Extensive penetration studies by Dr. Ed Ashby conclude that heavy arrows with single-bevel broadheads just plain penetrate better than lighter, faster arrows. On top of that, my broadheads fly like a dream, and I am getting very comfortable out to 45 yards, which is probably as far as most compound shooters would want to chance a shot on a brown bear.