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DDawg
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I hunt with a Holm Made River Runner recurve at 45#.
I practice off my 12ft porch at 20yds.
I am in my 3rd year of trad hunting, and my general rule is no shots over 20 yds.
I had a doe this Saturday morning broadside right at 30yds. Except for the range I was in the perfect shot situation, but decided it wasn't worth the risk of wounding the animal.
Is a 30 yard shot feasible with a #45 recurve?

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Bisch
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It is feasible, but no way am I taking a 30yd shot at a deer! Closer is almost always better, and a lot can happen to make he outcome bad atnlong distances. I think you did the right thing.

Bisch

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Yes it possible, but I would never take a 30 yard shot at a deer.
You did well. ^5

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Eric Krewson
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I have won more traditional archery tournaments than I can remember back in the day, I wouldn't take a 30 yard shot at a deer.

When I first started bow hunting in the early 70s I took a 40 yard shot off the ground at a deer that was looking at me. Before my arrow got there the deer took 4 or 5 rapid steps. My arrow only hit the air where the deer was once standing. This taught me a lesson on taking long shots.

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Some may so no but if your confident you can make the shot I say take it. Close shots can turn into bad shots just as easy as long ones it's all up to you.

I don't hunt by what others say,I have my own ethics which I was brought up on by my dad since I was very young. The more you practice the more confidence you will get. Have fun and enjoy.

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I believe we all have our own choices to make and ethics to live by. That being said I believe it doesn't matter how good you are like Eric said above wild animals instincts are survival. None of our bows are faster than the speed of sound so they do have the advantage to react no matter if your slinging a compound or longbow.
I shot competitive compound for years and was close to sponsorship before I gave it up for traditional archery tackle. To me Part of the allure of our sport for me has been getting as close to a whitetail or game of any kind as possible to make my shot. I find I'm more and more impressed by guys killing animals within the 10 yard radius on the ground than I am by a booner at 30yards cause I can't seem to get drawn on anything in close hahaha.
I believe you made the right choice, I would have made the same. There're plenty of guys here who would have taken and probably made that shot and good on them if they can, everyone's game is different. Hunt your game and hunt with confidence.

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You did the right thing. Over 20 yds. with any trad. bow is a recipe for disaster, more times than not. JMHO

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I know people who have killed animals at much farther than 30 with a tradbow, I also know people who've missed them at less than 15 due to them reacting to the shot. I think the situation matters a lot. I will take a 30 yard shot an an animal, but everything will have to be absolutely perfect.

Personally, if the deer is looking your way, or on any kind of alert, I wouldn't shoot.

Here is a video from one of our very own that a great example of how fast a deer can move.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxmjHtWJ_hk


At the end of the day, we live with our decisions and letting an animal live another day because of lack of comfort is a shot is always a good decision, imo.

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dirtguy
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First of all, you didn't feel comfortable, so you didn't shoot. Good job following your gut feeling.

Second, there is a big difference between "feasible" and "advisable"

From my porch to my target is a little over thirty yards. Because I've practiced from that exact spot often, I can stick it. I doubt that I could replicate that on a hunt.

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quote:
Originally posted by Bisch:
It is feasible, but no way am I taking a 30yd shot at a deer! Closer is almost always better, and a lot can happen to make he outcome bad atnlong distances. I think you did the right thing.

Bisch

Considering Whitetails in a hunted area, I agree completely...(learned by experience since 1967) I am sure you did the right thing.
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Michael Arnette
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I've gotta think pretty hard past about 28 yards
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Mark R
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If I feel uncomfortable with a shot no matter what distance I've already made my choice not to shoot.
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You have had bowhunting lesson #1 -- Let the critter walk if the right shot does not present itself.

Well done.

For me the "right shot" is 15-17 yards or less, a calm animal, clear arrow path, broadside or quartering away.

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TIM B
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Ya 30 pretty far for me on whitetail.
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It's all situational. I've passed shots under 15 and killed over 25. The deer's current state, wind conditions, and my "feel" tell me when to shoot or not, not yardage. If you feel the shot, take it.
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