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.
The goal of all hunters is a quick, humane kill where the animal drops in it's tracks and is dead within seconds. But in a pursuit that has as many variables as hunting, sometimes things don't quite go according to plan. However, game can be tracked and recovered with the right skills and with patience.
First of all, you need to wait the right amount of time after the shot before tracking a wounded animal. I've heard estimates of waiting 30 minutes for a hit in the vitals and 5-8 hours for a...