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Old 10-04-2018, 11:43 AM   #1
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Default Farthest comfortable (confident) shot on game?

I tried searching for a similar thread but for some reason it won't let me. But anyhow, what do you guys and gals think is your longest comfortable shot on either a white tail, pig, or anything worth eating?

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Old 10-04-2018, 11:50 AM   #2
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I'm fairly new to bowhunting and definitely have some room for improvement. The furthest I would shoot would be what I practice. 30yds. Would feel comfortable stretching It out a tad bit if conditions were right. I understand the importance of practicing at longer distances to tighten up your short game but I'm simply not there yet.


Wait... just realized you didn't specify. Bow or Rifle?

If you're speaking rifle, then I'd be comfortable out to 200yds. I've got a 6x scope and don't practice like I used to since picking up the bow. That's about what I'd limit myself to.
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Old 10-04-2018, 11:54 AM   #3
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WT~40yrd
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Old 10-04-2018, 11:56 AM   #4
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Old 10-04-2018, 11:56 AM   #5
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It all depends on your proficiency, what distances you practice, lighting, how calm the animal is, angle of shot, etc. Roughly on deer i probably wouldn't go past 40 (I can shoot accurately in practice out to 60). However, on hogs, I don't have a limit. Kill them any way possible.
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Old 10-04-2018, 11:59 AM   #6
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The older I get the closer I want them to be.
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Old 10-04-2018, 12:03 PM   #7
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Just attempted my furthest shot this morning on a good GA buck at 42 yards and just missed over his back with that said Id take the shot again. 40 yards on whitetail id try 60 on a pig I guess
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Old 10-04-2018, 12:04 PM   #8
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It depends on the demeanor of the animal. If they are relaxed, out to 50 yds, if not relaxed they cant be close enough, 25 and less.
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Old 10-04-2018, 12:06 PM   #9
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The older I get the closer I want them to be.
Me too. I'm 51 and my distance vision is good. Up close is the problem and I'm just not as comfortable sighting as I was 20 years ago ...
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Old 10-04-2018, 12:07 PM   #10
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25 or less on white tail. Too many variables to risk longer shots.
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Old 10-04-2018, 12:15 PM   #11
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I like 12 yards but have been known to stretch it to 15.
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Old 10-04-2018, 12:17 PM   #12
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30 yards for whitetail, unless its a schitzy little doe. I like them under 30.
40 yards for larger game.

I have a 50 yard range at home. When you practice shooting 50 yards, 20-40 yard shots seem effortless.
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Old 10-04-2018, 12:22 PM   #13
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25 yards with bow
250 yards with rifle

I gun hunt with a 20-inch barrel .308 not designed for longer shots, so that's why I don't reach out there further. If I were using my 7mmag, it'd be much longer, but I don't use it for deer or pigs.
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Old 10-04-2018, 12:51 PM   #14
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I use 1 pin, set at 20.
Any further, he walks.
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Old 10-04-2018, 12:55 PM   #15
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25 I think is the furthest that is ethical on a white tail with a bow.. I practice out to 50 keep my shots on deer at 20..
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Old 10-04-2018, 12:57 PM   #16
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Depends on the situation and how the animal is acting. But whitetail 60ish, pigs about 90 cause any lower my arrow will hit the sight

But as a disclaimer; most of the shots I take are 25 and in. Just confident further out
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Old 10-04-2018, 12:59 PM   #17
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Longest kill was WT at 26. I would say 30 for me.
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Old 10-04-2018, 01:04 PM   #18
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WT: 35 yards
Hog: 50 yards

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WT: 300 yards
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Old 10-04-2018, 01:08 PM   #19
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I practice out to 60 but on a deer I wouldnt shoot over 40.
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Old 10-04-2018, 01:08 PM   #20
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Bow - WT 25-30 yards. pig - 50yds. Squirrel - 20. Never killed anything with mine and haven't hunted in a few years.

Rifle - WT - <400 yds with good conditions. Pig - as long as I can see it.
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Old 10-04-2018, 01:21 PM   #21
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I've never had a set up where over 30 yards was even possible. So, I've never even adjusted my pins for anything over 30 and don't practice further.
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Old 10-04-2018, 01:36 PM   #22
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I use 1 pin, set at 20.
Any further, he walks.
Same here
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Old 10-04-2018, 01:38 PM   #23
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I've killed big game out to 70 with my bow, would have no issue shooting 80-90 but I shoot all the time. Rifle I've killed to 750 but shoot out to 1k often at the range.
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Old 10-04-2018, 01:43 PM   #24
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I tried searching for a similar thread but for some reason it won't let me. But anyhow, what do you guys and gals think is your longest comfortable shot on either a white tail, pig, or anything worth eating?
Do a title search for kill ranges. I was curious about it too and was surprised at the answers

Or just click on my name and look at posts started by me

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Old 10-04-2018, 01:53 PM   #25
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<30 yards on anything with a bow, prefer <=20. Whatever your target is, it deserves to die quickly....including pigs.
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Old 10-04-2018, 01:57 PM   #26
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WT doe-15 yards
WT buck 30 yards
Pig - as far as I can see them!
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Old 10-04-2018, 01:59 PM   #27
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Whitetailed deer doe, no farther than 25, like 'em under 20... just too dang jumpy...
WT Bucks, I'd take a 35 yard shot if EVERYTHING were perfect conditions, but normally don't shoot deer past 25 yards...
Elk 60 yards, though my first one was with my recurve at 12 yards... THAT makes for a comfortable shot.

Small game and turkey, out to 35 yards or so...

Same for hogs... my dang arras cost too much for me to just fling one at 'em, at ANYTHING...
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Old 10-04-2018, 02:00 PM   #28
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60 yards max for me.
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Old 10-04-2018, 02:07 PM   #29
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Preferance is as close as possible.
Comfortable range is 30.

Elk
Same preference as WT
Comfortable to 60

Pigs
My slider goes to 120 and I practice at this range so 120 it is. Killed one last year at 97.
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Old 10-04-2018, 02:20 PM   #30
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I like 12 yards but have been known to stretch it to 15.
Fun thread. Nice to see how far guys with compounds can shoot -- impressive, I must say.

Then comes one of the most legendary traditional hunters alive, Buff, that might "stretch" his comfort range to 15 yards. This is a man who -- with trad gear-- has killed an elephant, lion, Cape Buffalo, water buffalo and all manner of other critters. He likes em close.

I agree with 12-15 yards.

By the way, Buff has a great test of shooting "comfort" range: put your 3D target in front of your new pickup and walk back as far as you feel comfortable to shoot at game. Fire away.
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Old 10-04-2018, 02:23 PM   #31
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<30 yards on anything with a bow, prefer <=20. Whatever your target is, it deserves to die quickly....including pigs.
same
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Old 10-04-2018, 03:16 PM   #32
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Comfortably 40 on WT, 60 on pigs. My belief is how far can I hold a 1-2" group for WT which for me is 40 yds. At 60 I can keep them within a 4-6" circle, which I'm fine with for the swine.
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Old 10-04-2018, 03:26 PM   #33
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By the way, Buff has a great test of shooting "comfort" range: put your 3D target in front of your new pickup and walk back as far as you feel comfortable to shoot at game. Fire away.[/QUOTE]

This seems like a heck of a way to truly test out your confidence!
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Old 10-04-2018, 03:30 PM   #34
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30 yds, try to keep my setups where 20 yards is my goal.
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Old 10-04-2018, 03:46 PM   #35
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I will be shooting a recurve at 10 yards this year.
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Old 10-04-2018, 03:52 PM   #36
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30 yards is comfortable for deer. I would shoot up to 50 if it was my only option.
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Old 10-04-2018, 04:09 PM   #37
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Even when I used to practice out to 100 yards, I wanted 35-40 yards or less on a relaxed and calm deer. If the deer is nervous or jittery, I usually pass even if they 15 yards out. In 30 years of bowhunting I am certain I have passed up more shots than I have taken.

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I once killed a doe at 250 yards with a 7mm-08, that was the farthest. I'd probably shoot out to 400 if I had a rifle I trusted.
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Old 10-04-2018, 04:10 PM   #38
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Practice to 50
Comfort to 40
Rifle out to 300
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Old 10-04-2018, 04:20 PM   #39
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When I used to shoot all the time it all depended on the conditions. I've killed a deer at 42 yards, shot a javelina at 100 once cause who cares (couldn't have done better from 20 yds, it was perfect!). Today, I would probably be hesitant to shoot over 30 yards, I just don't practice like I used to.

Rifle I would let it fly anywhere out to 300 without question. Buck in my avatar was 230 yds with 7mag last year.
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Old 10-04-2018, 04:33 PM   #40
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I just shot a doe at 35 yards and im not gonna lie id probably not do that again for awhile, she died in sight my confidence isn't there yet on live game. ive practiced 30 yard shots often and 5 yards more aint much but when i released and seen how much time she had to react ill probably take 25 yards next time. may be just me but i want to wait to practice more!
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Old 10-04-2018, 04:36 PM   #41
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I like my whitetail about 20 yards, but have killed one at 43 yards. I also killed a blackbuck doe at 42 yards last weekend, but prefer closer. I mostly try to stay in the 20 years or so range.
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Old 10-04-2018, 04:50 PM   #42
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WT Doe- 20 yards
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Old 10-04-2018, 04:53 PM   #43
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As far as my single pin will take me
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Old 10-04-2018, 05:21 PM   #44
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30 yds, try to keep my setups where 20 yards is my goal.
This
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Old 10-04-2018, 05:26 PM   #45
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I won't take a shot at a deer over 30-35 yards. Any further and too much time for the deer to react and result in a bad hit. Probably 90% of the deer I've shot have been 20 yards or less.
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Old 10-04-2018, 05:27 PM   #46
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15 to 17 with a trad bow. 30 with a compound. Would rather they be at 15 with the compound as well.
Rifle, blind with a solid rest. 275-300 if the situation is right.
Or it's a coyote.

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Old 10-04-2018, 05:31 PM   #47
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Conditions allowing, 35-40. Normal 30. High alert 25. Pigs 100 ( don’t have a pin past 100)
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Old 10-04-2018, 05:35 PM   #48
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By the way, Buff has a great test of shooting "comfort" range: put your 3D target in front of your new pickup and walk back as far as you feel comfortable to shoot at game. Fire away.
This seems like a heck of a way to truly test out your confidence![/QUOTE]Very good rule here. Maybe I'll feel froggy and give this a shot... Would have to record it for sure

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Old 10-04-2018, 05:35 PM   #49
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Old 10-04-2018, 07:41 PM   #50
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