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.
Here is the scenario... you sit in your 2 piece climbing stand and your foot inadvertently bumps the lower section while there is no weight on it - and it slides down the tree, out of reach!
OK, you are safe - you have a string tied from the upper section that you are sitting on and the foot portion that slid 4-5 feet down the tree. All you have to do it pull the other section up, reposition it and you are back in business, correct?
Have you ever tested this theory?
I have -...