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How many pounds to pull

I was wondering how many pounds you guys pull on your bows for pronghorn, is 70 pounds pushing it

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I pull 67 pounds.  If you

I pull 67 pounds.  If you pull 70 and are confrontable with it you will be fine.  I hunt with a guy that pulls 70 and another that pull 75+.

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i pull

i pull 73lbs on my bow havent hunted antelope with it but if i did i wouldnt change it..

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How many pounds to pull

I think my bow is around 62lbs last I had it checked, and don't change for the game I hunt including Antelope. To me I wouldn't get hung up on the poundage per se, but that you can pull comfortably/smoothly in varied positions, kneeling, etc. I think you should be able to pull the string back smoothly without moving the bow, having to grunt, etc. I suggest a good setting is that in which you can hold the bow out in front of you, and draw straight back and hold without moving the bow and shaking and all; best if you can do it from a sitting position.

Don't want to sound like I'm preaching, but I see too many guys with bows set too high for the varied hunting conditions that arise in my mind. I have a friend of mine that insists on a high weight in the 70's, but can't draw it unless he points the bow in the air and brings it downs as he draws. To me that is just far too much movement and unnecessary. But that's just me...

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I'll have to practice drawing

I'll have to practice drawing my bow when i'm on my knees and in other non-normal positions

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I'll have to practice drawing

I highly recommend it myself. It's just that in my experience, not many shots are like at the range with feet spread equally, flat ground, all warmed up etc. For example, the majority of my treestand shots have been from the sitting position, some on the ground as well, some from kneeling be it one knee or two, uneven ground... it goes on. I'm just a firm believer that excess movement to get into a better or perfect position ruins too many a fine opportunity... it did for me in the past anyway.

Once I had a nice buck come out of a wash on me while I was standing with my bow flat against my chest, catching me off-guard. I was stalking with a buddy about 100 yards apart side by side as we moved forward and he signaled me he saw deer. I lost sight of him in thick cover as I came to an open area, and decided to just wait and not ruin his approach/stalk, not knowing what he was up to. When the buck came out he was obviously moving to the deer my buddy had signaled me about, crossing in front of me from right to left. When he was about just past being in front of me, I turned my bow just slightly out and he stopped dead... looking in my direction. It seemed like forever, but he was like a statue and we stared at each other, but I could tell he didn't really know what I was, or what that movement he saw for sure was. I couldn't take it anymore, and rather than move the bow out and then draw on the string, I pushed the riser forward instead with my left arm. Thunk... nailed him good, LOL. Anyway, definitely not the best position to be in or shoot from, but I think if my bow was at too high a weight I wonder if my weaker left arm could have pulled that stunt off? You never know what will happen... ha!

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60-70

I now pull 72 but last year with my old bow I was pulling 60 and my brother at 57 and we both shot goats and both passed though like butter now thinking about dropping my poundage for hunting season 5lbs.

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I pull 67 lbs. I would say

I pull 67 lbs. I would say it's a matter of how long you can hold the bow at that poundage and how acurately you can shoot it. But 70 lbs is plenty enough to get the job done.

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It is all up to you on how

It is all up to you on how much you want to pull but I would ask what are you practicing at?  If it is 70 then leave it at 70 if it is at 50 leave it at 50.  People get way too caught up in the adjustments that they can make in any newer equipment and then forget how to shoot it properly.  I have my bow set at 75 and leave it that way no matter what I am hunting weather it is rabbits or an elk.  The big thing about bow hunting is consistancy. 

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