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.
Don't assume that when fall comes, or hunting season, that the big bucks, and big bulls leave. Whitetail deer bucks especially, simply hide. And they hide very well. Mule deer bucks may leave a little. Bull elk may leave, but don't assume they do. Don't assume any of them do. I mean - where would they leave to? (Just another place where, for the most part, they would be hunted.) These big animals have the ability to hide in very small, very obscure places. So, embrace the fact (...