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Draw weight for my bow

Hello i have a few questions. I am interested in going elk hunting with a bow. My current draw weight for my bow is at 52 pounds right now, it has a maximum of 60. The reason its so low is that thats what i'm comfortable shooting at and my shoulder isnt that great so i try to take it easy. What would do you guys have for draw weight on your bow?. thank you.

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Draw weight for my bow

The most important thing for bowhunting elk is a good broadhead/arrow combo. So, if 52 pounds is what your comfortable with and you can consistantley hit your target then no worries. Alot of people get wrapped up with draw weight when it comes to bow hunting when they should pay more attention to accuracy and arrow/broadhead selection. A well placed shot with a 52# draw weight and an appropriate broadhead arrow combo will drop an elk faster then a bow with 60# draw weight and a poor broadhead/arrow selection. For elk, I personally shoot a PSE Bruin with a 60# draw weight, and Beaman ICS hunter 400 carbon arrows tipped with cabela's Super Mini Lazer 100 gr. 3 blade broadheads. Hope this helps.

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thanks!

when i'm practicing with my bow i am very accurate, and i have heard the same things over and over again that its too light and it wont do as much. But how i look at it is that just like with a rifle, its all about shot placement, u dont have to have one of those new fancy magnum calibers. thanks again for your opinion.

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Draw weight for my bow

Let me just say, welcome to the board as well as one of the most addicting hobbies on the planet, hunting elk with a bow. I'm glad I could be of some assistance to you, and you hit the nail right on the head. Ted Nugent, one of todays famous modern bow hunters has killed just about every North American big game animal with a bow tuned at 55#. What state will you be hunting in. I hunt the western side of Washington state for the elusive Roosevelt Elk. I have pursued elk with a rifle for several years, but this is my first year archery hunting for them. I'm gearing up for an either sex late archery elk hunt in my favorite hunting grounds, I got from the 22nd of November through December 15th. I was down there hunting for a buck yesterday, and saw 15 cows and a small raghorn bull. Anyhow, happy elk hunting to you, and if you have more questions, there are lots of knowledgeable people on this sight who love to answer them.

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hey thanks again...

I would love to hunt out in washington, i have three friends that live in seattle and one in spokane so if i ever need a place to stay out there i will. But for where i'm going to be hunting, my friend ryan is a hunting guide for elk springs outfitters out of mccall, idaho. I have talked to him about maybe going out there so he can guide me. i'm also looking into the guiding profession. Yeah i was watching ted nugents show the other day and his wife shemane shot a zebra and her bow was only 52#. He also said the same thing i stated and u also, was that its also about shot placement and also being comfortable shooting your bow. Hey thanks again and good luck out there... sometimes i wish i was out west instead of crappy ole michigan.ttyl. Big smile

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Draw weight for my bow

Hit me up if you ever come out to the westside of Washington for some elk hunting. Its awesome out here, the elk population is the highest it's ever been. For two years in a row now, I have seen more elk then I have deer when I go out hunting. While out rifle hunting for black tail this year I saw only one buck in 3 weekends of hunting, but managed to see 4 legal branched antlered bulls (3 point or more on one side) and god knows how many cows.

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awesome!

That sounds like a real healthy population out there. Yeah the only problem with all my friends out there is they are all non hunters, which really sucks for me. If you ever need a hunting partner just let me know, i'm always ready for some hunting. I have been itching to go out west for 15 years now. Hey thanks again for the info and i'll ttyl.

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