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#6431130 - 08/30/16 10:15 AM Bow hunters???
WestTexasGolfer Offline
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Registered: 10/11/12
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How far of a shot is challenging but acceptable? We are setting 2 bow blinds and wold like to know how far of a shot you are ok with taking towarda a feeder. Note both blinds are about 18ft tall. I was thinking about 35-45 yards but need some experienced bow hunters input.

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#6431153 - 08/30/16 10:27 AM Re: Bow hunters??? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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Registered: 11/25/11
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Loc: Tyler, TX
I have had deer calm and eating corn duck my arrow from 20 yds in 15 ft tree stand. I suppose I would shoot at a deer out to 50 yards if I thought it would be my only shot and they were very settled, but with whitetails past 20 yards you better play for duck IMO.

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#6431161 - 08/30/16 10:30 AM Re: Bow hunters??? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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All depends on your skill level and what you are comfortable with. It also depends on the deer that you are hunting, how much pressure they have seen, how spooky or jumpy they are, etc.

I am not a long range shooter, for me, archery is a close range sport. I practice out to 60 yards and can kill the target at the range all day long, but I personally wouldn't attempt it a deer.

With that said, 30 yards is the farthest that I would shoot at a deer on my Texas place. In Kansas, I would shoot out to 40 yards. In both, my sets are for 15-25 yards but I would reach past that if the situation arouse that I needed to shoot a littler farther.

IMO, most bow hunters and even experienced bow hunters are increasing the chance of wounding and losing an animal if the average shot distance is 40 yards. There is just a lot that can go wrong at the distance, the animal has more time to react and any mistake by the hunter is amplified at that distance.

Nothing wrong with setting up at 35-45 from the feeder, but I would put out a chum pile closer to your stand when you are going to be hunting it. My 2cents
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#6431193 - 08/30/16 10:47 AM Re: Bow hunters??? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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I agree with and pretty well do what txshntr said. I have a self imposed max of 30 and try to keep it in the 25 and closer range.
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#6431194 - 08/30/16 10:48 AM Re: Bow hunters??? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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I have killed deer from 7 to 37 yards but prefer to setup for shots 15 to 25 yards. I practice to 60 and will shoot hogs to that distance if I cannot get closer but to a point the closer the better.

Good advice above about setup at the longer but a chum line for getting them closer.
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#6431205 - 08/30/16 10:53 AM Re: Bow hunters??? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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txshntr is spot on.

I hunt both TX and KS as well. In TX, those targets are a lot smaller and 40 yards is a long way in the woods. I shot my KS buck last year at 43 yards. When I ranged him, I thought to myself, there is no way that he will be close enough to get a shot. In KS, I will shoot out to 40ish. Im hard pressed to shoot much further than 30 in TX.

I also believe that experience plays a big role. In 2008, when I 1st started bowhunting, I would've never shot past 20 yds. Now, the more I shoot, the more comfortable I get. I practice as much as possible and I push my limits while practicing. I often shoot to 80-100yds. I like to practice elevated as well. I sometimes shoot with my jacket and gloves on.
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#6431234 - 08/30/16 11:08 AM Re: Bow hunters??? [Re: txshntr]
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Originally Posted By: txshntr
All depends on your skill level and what you are comfortable with. It also depends on the deer that you are hunting, how much pressure they have seen, how spooky or jumpy they are, etc.

I am not a long range shooter, for me, archery is a close range sport. I practice out to 60 yards and can kill the target at the range all day long, but I personally wouldn't attempt it a deer.

With that said, 30 yards is the farthest that I would shoot at a deer on my Texas place. In Kansas, I would shoot out to 40 yards. In both, my sets are for 15-25 yards but I would reach past that if the situation arouse that I needed to shoot a littler farther.

IMO, most bow hunters and even experienced bow hunters are increasing the chance of wounding and losing an animal if the average shot distance is 40 yards. There is just a lot that can go wrong at the distance, the animal has more time to react and any mistake by the hunter is amplified at that distance.

Nothing wrong with setting up at 35-45 from the feeder, but I would put out a chum pile closer to your stand when you are going to be hunting it. My 2cents


This determines everything IMO. I would feel very comfortable shooting up to 50 yards at our current lease since the deer are so relaxed.
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#6431242 - 08/30/16 11:11 AM Re: Bow hunters??? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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All this bow talk is swellin my neck. It's getting close banana
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#6431256 - 08/30/16 11:19 AM Re: Bow hunters??? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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Registered: 09/22/11
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I keep it around 30 think iv only shot one that was actually standin under the feeder
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#6431289 - 08/30/16 11:34 AM Re: Bow hunters??? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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30 and under for me.

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#6431425 - 08/30/16 12:37 PM Re: Bow hunters??? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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I would not set my feeders further than 25 yards

In a popup I set them right around 20
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#6431457 - 08/30/16 12:59 PM Re: Bow hunters??? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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Registered: 02/19/12
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I hunt from the ground and position my stand at 25 yards from directly below the feeder. That way if a deer is just behind the feeder I know he is 30ish, if he is just in front I know he is 20ish. With a tower, I would do the same except that I would use a rangefinder with a vertical adjustment to position the feeder so that my 20 and 30yd pins correspond with the feeder in the same way. This way you wont have to reach for a rangefinder as often before shooting.

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#6431462 - 08/30/16 01:04 PM Re: Bow hunters??? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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30yds is it for me.
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#6431488 - 08/30/16 01:16 PM Re: Bow hunters??? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
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30 yrds for WT especially inexperienced.

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#6431489 - 08/30/16 01:17 PM Re: Bow hunters??? [Re: WestTexasGolfer]
WestTexasGolfer Offline
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Glad I asked, i will move it to the 20-25 yard range and call it good. Thanks for the input!!!

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