Hey Y'all, I have been a bow hunter for many years now and my maximum effective range is 40 yards but under ideal conditions I could feel comfortable shooting as far as 50 yards, but conditions rarely ideal. I feel that long range shooting (50 yds +) is a great way to increase your focus and shooting at shorter distances but that it has no place in the deer woods after live game. I wrote a short blog at http://www.deer30outdoors.com/far-shots-are-long-shots/
that further explains my position on the matter. But what do you think? With today's equipment is this range extended?
In the hands of the right archer, with the proper conditions? Yes. In the hands of the vast majority of the archers in the woods today, under typical hunting conditions? No.
I'm actually glad that today's fast shooting and forgiving bows were not around when I began bow hunting. Back in the day, I limited myself to 20 yards, and even then I was guilty of taking shots I should not have taken. I just didn't have the necessary judgement to carry a hot bow. Kind of like a teenage driver with a sports car. It's an invitation for disaster. Today I shoot a high end bow and make the same groups at 50 yards that I did at 20 yards in 1994. The difference is, today I know better than to shoot at the edge of my skill set.