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Cyclic-Rivers
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Part of the reason IO never kill deer is that I stink at judging distance. deer always seem farther away to me but when I pace it off usually they are a lot closer than I know I can hit...

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Cory Mattson
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25 yards is the distance I shoot every day - and I have good control at this distance in the field. Deer in my area are small I have 4 year old does that commonly run 80# so the target is not huge. I like to shoot deer at 15 yards - and hogs at 10. Bears too I prefer a 10 to 15 yard shot. Other game and larger game shooting a little further is OK. Big deer in WV 25 to 30 yards I am good.
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BWallace10327
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A "purely" instinctive shooting may not be concerned with distance.

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Stumpkiller
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Yeah, but an arrow only travels 200 yards or so. ;-)


The 'ol "distance at which you can hit a gallon milk jug every time with the first attempt" rule-of-thumb.

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I am just getting back into trad.... My limit was about 18 yds with my osage selfbow that I made... Shot a scrub rack buck at 16yds that year !!! Next year, I passed up a surefire Boone and Crocket buck... Biggest buck I have ever seen alive.... I had him at 23 yds., and couldn't chance the shot... watched him walk off... I can still see it in my mind like it was today, but I have never once regretted that decision...
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dbd870
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15-20. I've had several deer in the 22-25 yard range that I have let walk in the 4 hunting seasons that I have been using traditional gear. Good on you yard dog - you are a credit to the clan!

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Red Beastmaster
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I remember the old t-shirt saying from the early 70's, "If it feels good, do it!".

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ChuckC
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Although I practice in my yard, and I know, in general, how far I am to the target, I don't judge distance for a shot. I judge the sight picture, silly as that sounds. I like em close, maybe 20 yards max, but I prefer 15 and will take 5. I hunt from the ground, generally in my ghillie suit and a minimal ground blind. i mean minimal.. and there is no excitement like having a deer 5 yards away about to get shot. I can hit five yards.
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RedShaft
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My effect range is under 20 yards. I

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toddster
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When I practice, like most I shoot at 20 yards some 30. But what I found is that shooting instinctively allows me to take shots, without range estimation. I have taken 4-5 animals, when I just looked and shot. Afterward, would of sworn they was 25-30 yards. Few when stepped off was 35-38 and one Doe (bigger than thought) was 42 yards away, which I could not believe made it. It just goes to show what good form, confidence does, over range estimation. I know for me, that when I let all else go and just "focus" on the spot, the shot happens, like it was meant to be.
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Bisch
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I ha e shot a few critters over 20yds, but I’d say 95% were 15yds or less!

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20 yards has been my usual limit with most shots at 12 to 15. I have taken 2 shots over the years that I later paced off at 30 yards, in both cases the arrow went right under the chest, clean misses.

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Hitting a deer target out to 45 yards is not that difficult, but it does take lots of practice at that range. I find it amazing how seldom any deer gives a shooting opportunity that one can take a shot over 30 yards. It happens, but not very often. One step and it is a bad shot. In over 40 years of deer hunting, I have and just four opportunities on deer that I was pretty sure they were unaware of me and would hold still. I got three, but the one that was feeding on a round bale of oats, took two steps while the arrow was in the air and I took hair off of the deer's tail. I had shot at that bale a bunch of times, I knew I could make an accurate shot, but who knew the oats on the other end of bale were better? Stuff can go wrong on long shots, but then stuff can go wrong on close shots as well.

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YosemiteSam
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Still working on finding something legal to shoot at. But my limit is still 20 yards. I'm mostly a gap shooter but it's harder for me to screw up from 0-20 and too easy to do so past there under field conditions.

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David McLendon
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I like being close and having to wait for something to move far away enough to draw. I ground hunt, and a lot of that time is in a ghillie. But my longest shot was on the last day of a 10 day DIY elk bowhunt and it was double lung @ 37 or so yards. Followed by the bull turning 180 degrees and running downhill into the steepest, nastiest, tightest place full of deadfalls that he could find to die in. I'm comfortable accuracy-wise around 35 yards but over-story and time of flight can become a factor.

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