I do not shoot a recurve anymore but when i did, it was about 20 yards. In practice I could shoot to 30 yards, but not under hunting conditions. I dont know many recurve or long bow hunters that shoot beyond 30 yards.
I saw a show the other day and I tuned in the middle of it so I was surpised to see the slowness of the arrow and the lack of deep penetration when it hit the animal,, but then it made sense when I saw that the hunter was using a recurve. They just don't generate the speed or penetration that modern compounds do.
It is a real accomplishment to take any animal with a recurve, but those that have taken grizzlies or mountain goats with them really are special.
When I was shooting mine I figured that a 30 yard shot was a long ways, perhaps that is why I don't shoot my compound past that either. But then I was also shooting home made cedar arrows. For practice I could go out to 50 yards but I just didn't feel comfortable shooting that far when I was hunting.
I always admire you guys that not only shoot traditional bows but make your own arrows too. i saw an episode of tred barta where he made his own stone points, i think for a grizzle bear hunt. Now that is cool.
Wind is one of the most crucial variables in any kind of big game hunting. It helps level the playing field between a hunter with a scoped rifle and the game animals being hunted. This is not novel information. Any hunter who has consistent success in the field knows this. I have tried a couple different techniques for keeping track of the wind. Here are a couple.
The most simple and obvious is to just stay cognizant of it. It is amazing how slight of a breeze you can sense if you just pay...