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.
Understanding wind currents and thermals in hilly, broken terrain can often be incredibly frustrating. I've found that collecting and storing milkweed seed pods during the late summer has made me a better hunter in the bluff country that I hunt. These little feather like seed dispersers will float on the lightest of air currents and will show you what the wind is not only doing right at you're location but more importantly down range. I like to use the off season to float them...