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RedShaft
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If you shoot purely instinctively and don稚 shoot gap how far do you shoot at game?
I wouldn稚 shoot over 20 yards unless something made me feel I could make it.
Small game I would stretch that out some.
Was just curious at to what distances you guys comfortably shoot out to purely instinctively hunting?

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LittleBen
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For me it depends a lot on how much I've been shooting. I do gap sometimes, but once you do it for a while, it kinda just becomes instinctive. I don't consciously measure the gap anymore.

I've had times I was shooting well at 40 and times I wouldn't go past 15. Also depends on the bow setup sometimes .... I'm not shooting a sapling bow 40 yards at anything but a target.

Right now I'm comfortable to about 25 or so, maybe 30.

Best thing IMO is to take a test shot or shots out of the stand .... what's 30yards from THIS stand .... that tree? That one? .... I can Never seem to judge that well.

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20 yards is my preferred. In my basement there is a 20 yard "alley" I shoot daily. I might try 25 yards if the conditions were ideal.

I practice on stumps out to 80 yards (or more) but they have no tendency to move or startle. One of the best shots I ever made was a red squirrel at 25 yards that would not shut up. He was running back-and-forth along a fallen tree trunk and I picked him off with my single blunt from a 60# longbow. Had his tail on my quiver for years until I absent-mindedly set it down near the door and our cat had himself a great time.

I shoot purely instinctive (at least I don't use any conscious gap or such) to 20 yards. After that I just start to focus on a different impact point that the arrow hopefully eventually hits. So if I normally focus on a spot centered in the lower 1/4 of a deer's chest at 20 yards I'll be focusing on that tiny spot low in the upper 1/3 of the chest at 25 yards (compensating for an elevated stand as needed - I think about where the arrow would exit). There is a 3-D bag deer target I keep in the woods beside my barn and practice out to 25 yards on that. But even so it would have to be one of those "cherubs fluttering and heavens opening" offerings to chance a 25 yards shot.

But I have passed up at 15 yards or closer if it just isn't a good angle or does not "feel" right. Blocking cover, alerted deer, bad angle, etc.

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I practice out to 20 yards so that is my comfort zone. Could probably shoot to 25 yards by picking a spot a little higher on the deer but conditions would have to be perfect for me to even consider it.

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Never gave it much thought...??
If it feels right, shoot it!

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quote:
Originally posted by woodchucker:
Never gave it much thought...??
If it feels right, shoot it!

I tend to agree with this, but generally if hunting I try to keep it inside 25 yds. This helps account for in-flight time and animal movement.

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It just depends on my current shot confidence level. Usually 20-25 but more if it feels right. Unlimited for a follow up shot though.
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For under 25 yards and shooting split, the sight picture is familiar and that probably equates to more of an instinctive shot for many. On longer shots, which takes lots of practice, the arrow is higher is visual and the for many that familiarity is more noticeable. I shoot in practice with taking a definite note of the position of things without taking my eye off of the mark. In short order that becomes automatic, but at long shots the mechanics of aiming are a little more relevant. I like 20 to 30 yards, being a ground only hunter. I never back up when the shot is under 20 yards, closer is always good if the cover is good.

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quote:
Originally posted by woodchucker:
Never gave it much thought...??
If it feels right, shoot it!

Yep, this how I look at it too. [archer]

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I have always done best limiting my distance to 20 yds. I have been working on 25 yards, but health issues have greatly limited my shooting.

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20 and under, 25 if the planets are aligned properly. I learned the hard way as a teenager hitting a Pepsi bottle at 35-40 yards is a lot easier than hitting a deer. Had one take a step just as I let one fly. He wasn't spooked or anything got him right through the gut. Never found him and never took a shot like that again.

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Would prefer 20 yards and under. But I like practice out to 30 yards even with broadheads. I am a ground hunter, no tree stands, anymore. Areas I have hunted out here are somewhat open. Not much foliage in the woods like back East. So that 25-30 yard shot is more likely to happen.
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I am in the if it feels right let it fly camp. But for deer, it is not going to be much over 20 yards. But no stump or clump of grass, within eye sight is safe.

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Targets, stumps, leaves just about any distance. Animals be it big or small need us to do our part and for me it has to feel right.
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15 yards at an animal. That's what I'm comfortable with.

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