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Location: Arizona
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Archery elk

For hunting I use a fixed 3-pin fiber optic sight. It's a personal choice, but I think the fewer pins is better for easier selection during the hunt, especially at the distances you are mentioning. I also try to think in colors like "red range", "green range", "yellow... without getting hung up on what pin to select at a critical moment, letting it come natural to me.

Years ago I had a 5 pin, but with today's flatter shooting bows found I didn't need it, and it seemed better served for range shooting when trying to hit exact bulleyes or scoring points so to say. Anyway, my two cents.

Good luck, and have fun. 

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Location: Hegins, Pa.
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Thanks for the replies. I

Thanks for the replies. I really like the "green range, red range" idea. I imagine after a while of using you don't even think in yardages. Do you use a rangefinder? I have a friend that has marks on his slider and I'm sure know the yardages for each mark but when we shoot 3-D he looks at the target and picks a mark on his slider and shoots. He doesn't seem too concerned with the actual distance except that that target looks like it's this mark away. PaLuke

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red range etc.

That's actually the idea in a way, to not get too hung up on "exact" yardages, second guessing yourself on pin choice, etc. in the excitement of the moment; a problem that plagued me for quite a while after I first started and had a pretty slow old bow. Again it is personal, but I try to separate range shooting from hunting. Most people will set their bow pins to hit bullseyes at the range, say 20, 30, 40 yards etc. Mine are set to be in a range so to speak, like maybe 2" inches high at 15, and 2" low at 25 for example (red zone) when the pin is centered on the X of a target at the shooting range, imagining a "kill zone" and concentrating on tight groupings in that zone, as opposed to actually hitting an "X". The next pin is set to pick it up from there (green zone), and then the next pin on so on. With the bow I have now, the three pins have been sufficient, and it is extrememly rare for me to shoot much more than say 40/45 yards anyway, most less than that. To fine tune if you have your wits about you in the field, I put my pin on a spot, a little higher or little lower maybe, but it depends on the distance and having a good feel for how your bow/arrow hits. It will vary on the bow of course, and how flat it shoots out to a certain distance. Kind of hard to explain by typing, LOL.

If taking a stand, in a tree or on the ground, I have a range finder that I will pre-measure distances to a rock, a bush, certain tree etc., and then imagine yardage circles like dropping a rock in water creating rings if that makes sense. I never use one when stalking, just too much movement and all for me. The less body movement for me the better I've found... the hard way, LOL.

I've never done any real 3-D shooting, or contests, but I know they are trying to be more precise for points and all, and I would probably set different for that to win. I only hunt and practice shoot etc. So I try to keep it as simple and clean as possible in my set-up. It's been rare for me to actually shoot at an animal like a person shoots at the range as well, usually caught sitting, kneeling, bent at odd angles, uneven rocky ground, and all that nature offers; not mention my heart when caught off guard, LOL.

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