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Shot distance with bow

Hello everyone,

Just wondering about an upcoming archery elk hunt and the distance most elk are taken at. We're going to Idaho in Sept. and would appreciate some input. Thanks for the replies. 
PaLuke 

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The 5 that I have taken with

The 5 that I have taken with a bow all have been under 30 yards with the closest being 4 short steps away.  I try and limit my shooting between 30 and 40 yards with most of it at 30 for the extream.  Depending on what type of cover you will be hunting in and what you have been practiceing at should determine what range you will feel comfortable shooting.  At most I don't think that I would push it past 50 yards. 

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Thanks for the reply. I'm

Thanks for the reply. I'm sure our max will be 45 to 50 yards. We practice with broadheads at 60 more than any distance. When we shoot at 40 it makes it seem that the bullseye is the size of a basketball. Hopefully if things go our way our shots will be much closer. Thanks again. PaLuke

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If you are doing good at 60

If you are doing good at 60 you should be just fine.  Hopefully you will get a shot like I did at 4 yards and then you can do it by hand.  The problem with real close ones is trying to decide on witch crease in the muscles that you want to put the broadhead into.  Thumbs up

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I have only bow hunted one

I have only bow hunted one year and was able to get one shot. I figured the shot to be about 30 yards and shot under a nice 5x5. Make sure you are good at guessing ranges if you don't use a range finder. Or if you do and have time range some lanes out in front of you so you know the distances beforehand. That was the mistake I made and under shot him. 50 yards is my max. I would recommend only shooting as far as you are accurate, every person has a different limitation.

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 i practice out to 60 yards

 i practice out to 60 yards but i wouldnt shoot an animal past 40 yards, only shoot to the distance your comfortable with.

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I practice out to 60 yards

I practice out to 60 yards but the only way I would take a shot at animal at that range is if the animal in completly calm and the wind is not blowing too hard.  I just do not want to wound an animal because I rushed a shot or made a bad decsion in shooting.  I thimnk most elk are killed 40 yards or less.

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good call

GooseHunter Jr wrote:

I practice out to 60 yards but the only way I would take a shot at animal at that range is if the animal in completly calm and the wind is not blowing too hard.  I just do not want to wound an animal because I rushed a shot or made a bad decsion in shooting.  I thimnk most elk are killed 40 yards or less.

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Shot distance with bow

My closest was just a couple yards at best, and the longest probably 30 give or take.

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Thanks for the replies. We

Thanks for the replies. We shoot everyday and go to 3-d shoots as often as we can. Now that it's only 6 weeks away we shoot broadheads all the time at my house. I'm lucky with my set-up in that field tips and broadheads group the same to 60. I shoot a Hoyt 737 at 65 lbs. with Easton Epic 340's and 100 gr. Wasp Boss broadheads. Now if the elk cooperate. Thanks again. PaLuke

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I didn't know they still made

I didn't know they still made Wasp broadheads.  It's been awhile since I shot a Wasp. Good luck and good hunting

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