Ok let's give this a try,
I still can't post these. I cut them down to 233 kb. Can we post wavs?
Okay , I hate to do this but bear with me with some math. (Engineering background, ya what a geek)
Assuming a 300 fps arrow speed and a distance of 15 yards (45 feet) the arrow reaches target in .15 seconds. The speed of sound is approximatley 1000 fps. So the string sound arrives in .05 seconds. That gives the deer .1 second to react and get out of the way, or "jump the string". Sounds doubtful to me for a shot that close. Of course, increasing the distance and/or reducing the arrow speed increases the probablity of the deer racting fast enough to avoid the hit.
I think in many cases, the deer's reaction is to what he sees vs. what he hears. If the bow is in the deers sight , either directly or peripherally, then he can see the arrow movement, string movement and possibly even the hunter's hand or arm movement. All the more so if the deer is alerted to the hunter's presence.
With a shot of 25 yards or greater, I prefer to release when the deer has no chance of seeing me. Less than that, I take my chances with the bow speed vs. the deer's reaction time.
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