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Hooverfb 03-06-2019 09:57 AM

What distance do you regularly practice from?
So I still can't shoot (forearm tendon tear), but anxious to get back into practicing. That said, the guy I normally practice with is a compound shooter, so inevitably I start practicing primarily at 10 yds. Then 15. Then 20. Which is all well and good but I walk away feeling like I don't have great consistency, and I know part of it is those ranges with a recurve. I also know I probably need to tune my setup a little better for those ranges compared to 10 yds and under.

RickBarbee 03-06-2019 10:18 AM

I'd have to say, my primary practice distance is rooted in 30 yards (point on distance), with a sprinkling of below 30, and out to 50 thrown in.

Practice sessions at my point on distance as the root, with a few shorter & longer thrown in helps me to get/keep a handle on my gaps & sight picture, but I shoot quite a bit anywhere from 50 to 100 yards as well.


xman59 03-06-2019 10:46 AM

don't rush it, but when you are physically ready, start practicing at unreasonably long ranges to get better at the close ranges,,, it forces better concentration and muscle control,,,, using a compound I like to practice at 100 yards and even farther,, because after that shooting 40 and closer is a breeze...

so if a long shot with a recurve is 20 yards,, practice at 30 if you have a safe back stop

Hunter Todd 03-06-2019 10:47 AM

The majority of my practice is from 15 - 20 yards. But I do shoot out to 30 or so yards and some around 10 yards. Those 10 - 12 yards shots seem real easy after several shots at 30. I'll usually scatter 4 or 5 arrows from 15 to 25 yards and start shooting.

KenWood 03-06-2019 11:36 AM

During deer season I shoot 12-15 yards. 3D season is 10-30.

White Falcon 03-06-2019 11:36 AM

I start at 20 yds and then random distances from there down.

Phillip Fields 03-06-2019 11:59 AM

Most of my practice is at random distances from 10 - 20 yards from different positions. I also will throw in some longer distances.

DRT 03-06-2019 12:01 PM


Originally Posted by KenWood (Post 14032922)
During deer season I shoot 12-15 yards. 3D season is 10-30.



Trumpkin 03-06-2019 02:35 PM

I shoot out to 17 yards at home. That's as far as I can get. But I generally spend several months of the year shooting at a shop so I can at least practice at 20. Distance shooting is really good for developing consistency.

If you can shoot consistently small groups at 20-30 yards you know your shot is pretty repeatable. If you want to be a great shot, it probably would help to practice at 40-60 yards on a regular basis.

Insist on achieving consistency. Accuracy will follow.

hammackc 03-06-2019 02:49 PM

5-28 yards for me, across the street next to the curb is 28, and the majority is after dark, after dark really helps me focus on a spot too!

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strongbow 03-06-2019 02:50 PM

Usually start at 20 yards and work my way out.

jerp 03-06-2019 02:52 PM

From mid-summer through deer season I practice like I hunt - seated, with shots from 12 to 18 yards. I want to have supreme confidence and be automatic from those distances. Like others have said after the season when preparing for 3d I stretch it out to distances I am likely to encounter on the course. I can shoot out to about 45 in my backyard which I do from time to time just because it's fun.

skeeter 03-06-2019 03:28 PM

My back yard is 22 yds fence to fence. I have a 50 yd range at work. I like to practice at 40-50yds. Makes the 20 yd shots EZ!

billythefish 03-06-2019 11:17 PM

5, 10, 15 and 20, mix it up constantly for 'readiness' at any range (that plus I cannot hit a barn door at 30 yards, but then again never trained to)

i use hoyt satori recurve

az2tx 03-07-2019 06:04 AM

Now when I shoot its 20-30
When I lived in AZ I had a 90 yard range at my house and shot mostly 60-90

6.5 shooter 03-07-2019 06:42 AM

30 40 and 50 is where I shoot from.

DRT 03-07-2019 08:52 AM


Originally Posted by az2tx (Post 14034241)
Now when I shoot its 20-30
When I lived in AZ I had a 90 yard range at my house and shot mostly 60-90

Compound bows?


El Paisano 03-08-2019 09:44 AM

Recurve and longbow here. I shoot mostly around 20 yds. This year I am going so start going to the state range that goes to 50 yds with NFAA style targets. I am seriously thinking about more field archery than 3d.

Junkers88 03-08-2019 08:18 PM

For me it's 25 yards. Although it's not so much the distance as it is the slowed down shot sequence. Don't get me wrong I like to step out to 10 yards and grip-n-rip arrows into the target. I truly love to step out to 25 yards and slow things down. My shot sequence takes near to 6 seconds. Bow up and take about 3 seconds to slooowwwwllllly draw to anchor, two seconds to settle in and and get my sight picture where I want it and feel my index finger and thumb on my bow hand just touch at the tips then ease my shoulder blades together. Shooting like this is much like shooting long distance with my rifle, I want to be surprised when the hammer drops. I like the feeling of my fingers just "letting go" of the string while the rest of my stays solid.


gtsticker 03-08-2019 09:42 PM

I shoot from 10-30 mostly for 3D. I will not shoot over 20 at deer. Longer distances make you have a better release and form to be accurate. It makes the shorter shots feel automatic

kingranch 03-08-2019 11:55 PM

30-40 mostly
Then move to 20 for the last round and it always seems so easy

caughtandhobble 03-09-2019 04:04 PM

I practice up to 30 yards at my house. I try to go to the local range at least weekly, there I shoot out to 50 yards.

Like I always say, if you can't hit a quarter every time at 15 yards, don't worry about backing up. :)

Get well soon!!!!

150class 03-09-2019 04:27 PM

Man you guys shooting 40+ and up to 90 with trad gear are pretty dang good :cool:

RickBarbee 03-09-2019 04:46 PM


Originally Posted by 150class (Post 14038676)
Man you guys shooting 40+ and up to 90 with trad gear are pretty dang good :cool:

Didn't say we were good at it. Just said we practice it. :D


RickBarbee 03-09-2019 04:48 PM

Here's some 100 yard shooting I did a while back:



150class 03-09-2019 04:59 PM


Originally Posted by RickBarbee (Post 14038695)
Didn't say we were good at it. Just said we practice it. :D


Lolol :D

brokeno 03-09-2019 06:39 PM

20 30. 40. 50. When I went elk hunting up to 80 for a follow up shot if I needed to but didn't heart shot at 47 yards and ran about 40 yards and fell over. Luck was on my side.

Mexico 03-09-2019 07:36 PM

20 and 30... I'm scared to try anything over :)

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