45 yards - Paul M

Anyone good out to 45 yards I shot at a compound shoot and they only had one set of stakes, so I shot from there. Any recomendations for shooting that distance?

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Buckshotap
February 12th, 2014 06:02:22am

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Practice at different yardages out to the max you want. For me, I practice out to 40 yds. hoping to build confidence. Most often the results tell me to shoot just for fun at 40. Bustin' balloons, etc.. Would not shoot 40 on animals regardless of how good I get. I shoot 43 & 46# draw wt.. I did shoot a doe at 40 steps yrs. ago with 50#s. Arrow passed through on her.

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Charlie3
February 12th, 2014 11:02:35am

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Fred Bear used to make hunting shots out to 50-plus yards regularly. My favorite thing about practicing the long shots is once I move back to within 20 steps I feel like I can't miss. Personally if I aim at the top of an elk 3-d target's back from 45 steps away my arrow will land in a good spot...or a standing bear's head and it'll drop into the chest area. If you can figure out a couple tricks like that on the 3-d range it'll make it alot easier for ya.

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Buckshotap
February 12th, 2014 02:02:17pm

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From what I've read from his Field Notes, Bear took some really long shots. Without looking it up, seems like I remember that he also shot high draw weights. You wouldn't think he could pull 70# with his slender build. I think learning how high to aim like Charlie 3 says on a target is a good method to help get the elevation right. If you consistently make the long shot, I agree with C3 that it boost confidence at shorter ranges a lot. Confidence in the shot is all important. Plus, it's a lot of fun making longer shots at balloons, dollar bills (gamble with friends) with the shot closest to Washington's head taking the bill. Good way to start collecting money for your next Widow!

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Charlie3
February 12th, 2014 05:02:37pm

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You're right Buckshotap, he used 65 lb plus bows all the way up into his 70s. He was over 6 ft tall so his draw length was likely greater than 28 inches, all things that make the long shot easier. And yes the dollar bill shot is fun! Wish I was good enough to hit enough to buy a new Widow haha

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DennySturgisJr
February 13th, 2014 05:02:53am

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Face walking - but you didn't hear it from me.
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