February 09, 2011 at 12:58pm
I say the best thing if you are an instructor, and I am assuming most of your students, are beginners or mostly new to bow hunting, is to tell them to try and limit themselves to the distance that they can CONSISTENTLY, put 6 broadheads in an 8 inch paper plate? For most shooters, that will be considerably less than 30 yards. I know that some shooters can do this farther than 30, but most cannot do it CONSISTENTLY. It is ALOT different in the woods, out of a blind or treestand, than it is at the range, in your house, or in your backyard. 30 yards is a LLLOOONNG ways off in the woods out of a tree stand.
Now after much practice plenty of shooters can extend their maximum effective range, and that will depend on the current conditions at the moment of the shot. I think a good rule of thumb, and a great way to reduce the number of wounded animals is to limit yourself to 30 yards.
I used to have some hunting buddies that they proclaim that they can shoot deer out to 70 and 80 yards, now I do believe that a shot like that CAN be made, but not CONSISTENTLY. One of those 'buddies' used to rave about his 70 yard pin and 80 yard pin.........Well, all I know is that I helped him look for a few gut shot deer in Illinois...........
The safe thing to do is tell them to stay under 30 yards, and let them increase the distance on their own, in time.
A lot of things have to come together to get an arrow in a deer?????