At the Ranch – Whitetail: How Far Out Should You Shoot with a Bow?

In this video I want to talk about how far you can shoot a deer with your bow. There’s a few things that I want to talk about when knowing how far out to shoot with the bow.

The first and definitely most important thing that I want to touch on is comfortability while bowhunting. If you’re somebody that practices shooting your bow only at 20 yards, I would not recommend shooting past 20 yards. If you’re a beginner and you’ve just started, same thing. On the other hand, if you’re someone who shoots your bow and you practice out to 50, 60, or 70 yards, I would say to shoot as far as you’re comfortable shooting. But keep in mind that there are a few differences when shooting a live deer versus a target.

If you’re shooting a target out to 70 or 80 yards and you are very accurate, I’m not gonna say you can’t shoot a deer that far. I wouldn’t highly recommend it just because when you’re shooting a deer, there’s a lot of variables especially when you’re shooting from long distances. Deer can move in that timeframe, there’s wind, and many other factors can get involved in your shot while bowhunting.

For me personally when deer hunting, I’ll shoot a deer at about 50 yards, but the further out I’m shooting, the more that I want that deer to be extremely calm and probably feeding so he’s not moving. You really just need all the conditions to be perfect. I don’t want to be shooting through timber that far out because if it gets to be a low light situation, there can be little twigs that you might not be able to see. In a perfect world, if I’ve got a deer feeding in a field, and he’s perfectly calm – not alert – I’ll shoot out to 50. But again, for you, it’s all about what you’re comfortable with, how far you practice, what the situation is, and identifying what the other variables are. Are you in the timber? Are you out in the field? Is it a low light situation? Is it the middle of the day? These are just a few things that you need to be thinking about while deer hunting when trying to figure how far out that you’ll be willing to shoot a deer with a bow.


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