I'll take the confident shooter in my deer camp any day. Sometimes in the heat of the moment, with your adrenaline (epinephrine and norepinephrine) pumping through your veins, you lose focus and miss the finer details, like if your arrow connected, which direction the deer ran, etc. That's why we do it, "the thrill of the hunt." It happens with bow hunters and gun hunters alike. It even happens to people who hit a long drive, and then can't find their ball because they were so amped up they didn't follow it all the way. If you have killed many a deer, and state you have never nervously searched for your arrow, or then looked for blood on your arrow or the vicinty to tell if you hit the deer, or that you never lost site of which direction a deer headed after the shot, or that you never shot over 30 yards, never wounded a deer, never missed a deer, know the exact yardage of every deer you have shot at, or have never told a tale about the hunt without mentioning what arrow or bow you used, you are not welcome in my deer camp... because you are a LIAR! My response, if a friend came with that quote, would be "grab another arrow! That crack was your arrow hitting bone, not a branch. Let's go get your deer!" Keep shooting, they'll keep hating. That's why we get to choose who we hunt with! I'll tell you what's a really boring camp story... I saw a nice buck at 55 yards. He was really pretty. Then he walked away into the timber. The End.
As far as hunting with family, that's my pick every time. I like what you have taught your kids. That's nice. But things can go wrong at 10 yards, 30 yards, 60 yards, 80 yards. Hitting the vitals every time you shoot at 80 yards is enough with a stationary target. I have wounded deer as a kid with a crappy bow from 25 yards that I would not wound today at 60-80. That being said, 9 out of 10 times I see a white tail at 50-80 yards I am not taking the shot, because of wind, trees, movement, etc. Just because you respect the animal does not mean people who shoot farther than you do not. It's a different comfort level. I always pick a clump of hair when I shoot, good point. But the fact is, my brother and I (and plenty of other people) have had great success with proper practice at further yardage. As we love and respect deer and elk, say a prayer after the kill, only harvest what we can eat, use all that we harvest (including the hide for clothing), own land and plant crop, practice QDM, and donate to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Turkey Federation... I am troubled by the fact that you act all high and mighty, "we respect the animal, you do not" attitude. That's a bunch of crap! Guess what, if I start to injure or miss animals at 60 or 80, Ill stop shooting at this range. Why, because I too would never want to injure such beautiful creatures that I too respect.
Don't hate, CONGRATULATE!!! And it doesn't count as a congratulations if there is a BUT blah blah blah blah blah. Lame~