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hawkdriver55
05-07-2013, 09:22 AM
I know you guys out west shoot out to 70 yards all the time. But back east we mostly shoot deer inside 30 yards. I set the target out to 50 yards and just had some fun with it. (around here 50 yards is a long shot) This cougar really shoots well!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OufxTAJMfWI&feature=youtu.be

Hutch~n~Son Archery
05-07-2013, 03:43 PM
Love it! I use to shoot 60 to 70 yards all the time. Haven't in the last 2 years. Guess I will have to be doing it again


Hutch:cool:

typically8
05-07-2013, 07:42 PM
My top distance is 35 and I suck at it. Mainly because I have to open the back door and shoot from inside the living room to the target in the yard (wife does not like it much). 25-30 is my max. I did make friends w/ aguy with a round bale thats 30 minutes away. So until then....

HawgEnvy
05-08-2013, 04:37 PM
I've been trying 40-50yd groups but much past 35 my eyes are terrible. No biggie for me. I set up for insanely close shots anyway. Most of shots I could use the 20yd pin and still have to aim low

Dale817
05-10-2013, 11:29 AM
Nice shootin' ,I was shooting out to 50 and 60 yards yesterday could only manage group about the size of a pie plate tho.when you shoot those distances the dot seems huge when you move back up to 20.lol

hawkdriver55
05-10-2013, 12:36 PM
Nice shootin' ,I was shooting out to 50 and 60 yards yesterday could only manage group about the size of a pie plate tho.when you shoot those distances the dot seems huge when you move back up to 20.lol

I had read on ArcheryTalk that some guys shoot out at 40 plus yards on a regular basis. Then when they have shots at "normal" distances like 20 yards, it seems like a slam dunk. After shooting a few times out at 40 and 50 yards I would have to agree with them. You really have to focus on the shot and your form to make shots at that range. It does make 20 yards and closer seem easier. In the real world of hunting I would never shoot past 30 yards. Just too much that could happen between the release and the arrow hitting the deer at those distances. Some folks can do it though......just not me.

Dale817
05-10-2013, 12:54 PM
I agree,I like to "practice" some shots at longer distance but when hunting I like to place my stands for an anticipated 15-20 yrd. shot

wscywabbit
05-10-2013, 12:57 PM
I regularly practice at 40, which is the longest my range at home has right now. After I clear some of the woods behind my house I'll have a short 3d walkthrough with a couple of longer shots available. Whenever I go camping ( a couple times a summer, and then at deer camp) I practice out at 60 or more. Theres an archery range not far from where I live, that has a target out at 80 for regular compounds, and their 3d course has a couple shots around 70.

Practicing at the longer ranges definitely makes 20 a cake walk... I don't shoot at the same dots anymore, too many cracked shafts and broken nocks. Even at 30 I can stack them pretty close. The longer ranges really make you watch your form and follow through!

Double S
05-10-2013, 01:05 PM
I shoot out to 70 yards alot. I hunt open fields so I practice like I'm hunting. Not many tree's where I hunt. I use rubber blunts and shoot at a thick rubber ball. I think it's some kinda of a livestock toy ball. It's about 12 - 14 inches in diameter. I place it on the grass in front of my hay bales and start out at 70 yards and shoot and walk in. I take two shots at 70 then walk in to 60 and shoot another two shots repeated until I get to the 20 yard line. I think it helps with stamina. If I started at 20 and walked out to 70 my arms would be burning and I'm less accurate. So I start fresh at 70 yards and walk in. Rubber blunts on rubber balls are great. They bounce off the ball crazy. Sometimes they will come back 30 yards. No damage to the arrow or rubber ball. I get bored easily shooting at my big green target. I tried shooting at a basketball and even at 60 yards, the rubber blunt arrows makes entry instead of bouncing.

wscywabbit
05-10-2013, 01:23 PM
Nice DS, I may have to pick up some blunts and hit the feed store! :)

Arrow Splitter
05-10-2013, 03:39 PM
I also agree with you guys. Practice out beyond 20-30 yards will make bulls-eye shots at 20-30 much easier.

A.S

hawkdriver55
05-10-2013, 04:11 PM
I shoot out to 70 yards alot. I hunt open fields so I practice like I'm hunting. Not many tree's where I hunt. I use rubber blunts and shoot at a thick rubber ball. I think it's some kinda of a livestock toy ball. It's about 12 - 14 inches in diameter. I place it on the grass in front of my hay bales and start out at 70 yards and shoot and walk in. I take two shots at 70 then walk in to 60 and shoot another two shots repeated until I get to the 20 yard line. I think it helps with stamina. If I started at 20 and walked out to 70 my arms would be burning and I'm less accurate. So I start fresh at 70 yards and walk in. Rubber blunts on rubber balls are great. They bounce off the ball crazy. Sometimes they will come back 30 yards. No damage to the arrow or rubber ball. I get bored easily shooting at my big green target. I tried shooting at a basketball and even at 60 yards, the rubber blunt arrows makes entry instead of bouncing.

Double S, I think you are really on to something with you blunt tips and rubber ball. As long as your arrows hold up, and you never have to replace your target. AWESOME!

Ehunter
06-03-2013, 07:28 PM
I agree. I try to shoot out to 100 yards once in a while, and 60 yards on a regular basis. It makes those 30 and in shots seem so much easier. Also does wonders for helping with form, and a steady hold. I say practice at least twice the distance of your normal shot range, and you'll be amazed at how well you shoot at your normal range.

Sonny Thomas
06-03-2013, 11:42 PM
Come hunting season I practice out to 40 yards with my hunting bow. Normal distance for Super Senior in ASA 3D is 40 yards. Club 3Ds have been known to put a couple out to 50 yards and maybe a tad once in a while. When I shot Field and Outdoor Target I practiced a bunch. Of course Outdoor target is 30 arrows for each 60, 50 and 40 yards and two days worth for the State Championship. For Field practice took place from 20 feet out to 80 yards. Now, a 5 inch bull's eye isn't all that big when looking at it from 80 yards, but I got ticked if I missed.

Today, I normally practice from 30 yards both at the shop and at home. The X ring of a NFAA 20 yard indoor target gets drilled fairly easily and the bull's eyes is just dead meat. I may shoot 50 to 55 yards and once in a while reach out 60 yards, but it's either I'm playing or French tuning. I stopped shooting Field and Outdoor, dropped the NFAA when our State association eliminated the 3D Championship. Our club also dropped the NFAA. And I did exceptional well shooting Field and Outdoor.

When I was French tuning my MarXman I used 55 yards. Many times I had two arrows touching and one the width of my index finger from the two. A little practice and I think I could drill a 5" 80 yard bull's eye.

bob cooly
06-05-2013, 06:04 PM
Live in the West and would never consider a shot over 50 yards, 55lb max bow with a 2 blade CC head. Yes I practice out to 60, beyond that it's a waste of arrows for me. 30+ years as a crane operator taught me (Lloyd Thompson") closer is always better.

Tosi
06-06-2013, 07:58 AM
Echo Double S, start at 20 and work my way back to a 75 yard shot. Five pin set-up 30, 40, 50, 65, 75 yards. Here in Az it's not in common that your shooting game at 50-75 yards. Last years Bull Elk 68yards shot with a Slick Trick Mag 100g, dead on shot. I practice at 65 and 75 a couple times a week to keep that skill and have the bow set @ 70lbs to keep that flat flight with a 420g arrow. Sight is a Pro CBE .19 and sight axis adjustment at that range is very inportant. I have shot a few Mule deer at 30 yards from a tree stand and blind but it seems that most of my shots over the years become a spot and stock @ 50+. 50+ yard shot the wind needs to become com and your shooting window open or your just another chump out there sling arrows.

Don B
07-08-2013, 06:39 AM
On the practice bales I hardly shoot closer than 45 yards, and I shoot a full field round twice a week along with a 42 target 3-D every Sunday.
Yeah I shoot alot...lol
Don.