It depends on what kind of country you are hunting in along if you are using a stand or not. I restrict my shots to 30 yards or less. But then I also will spot and stalk to within that distance or use a ground blind in heavy cover for deer and elk. The shots that I have taken have been anywhere from 5 yards to just over my 30 yard limit.
i try to stay within 40 yards.thats my comfert zone no need to make a bad shot and wound a animal. but then theres gyes who have bow hunted for a long time that can make 40+ yard shots. arrows are hard to find when they go to far and there too expensive to loose.
Really has to be up to you. You are the only one that knows your ability to make a clean kill shot. Practice, practice, practice! Don't be afraid to push your limits while practicing, really helps with accuracy and a better confidence at closer ranges. Starting out I didn't feel comfortable shooting at an animal over 20 yds. Now I feel confident to 40, and won't attempt anything much past that. I can make shots past 40, but too many variables the further out you get.
There is one tip I have learned over the years in hunting whitetails in late season snow. Do not overlook soybeans left standing on the edges of fence rows, woods, creeks, buildings wherever it might be, this is where the deer will be while the food lasts during late season. December/January will pull deer in from some distance away to feed on the easy to get to food.
I killed one of my nicest bucks off of a very small patch of soybeans that was left after rains created a...