dont have a pin set at 10. lowest at 20, 10 and 20 u wont notice much a diff anyway. 20 30 and 40 should be perfect setup. play with your 40 for your longer shots. like was said, good luck man
Yeah, I think I goofed on my original post: it is set up as 10, 20, 25, then 30 (not 15) but you're right, since I switched to lighter arrows, 10 and 20 are really interchangeable for practical purposes. Working on 30 through the weekend and I will mess around with 40 heading into the season but with the understanding that my maximum range will really be 30 (no exceptions!)
I see what other guys are saying about practicing at longer ranges and actually shooting at 10 or so yards less in hunting situations because of that mental/confidence factor. 20 yds used to seem like a long shot until I started consistently shooting at 30.
Thanks ivory-I appreciate the feedback. going to need all the luck i can get!
You're getting some absolute stellar advice here. The most important thing I've noticed is that you're practicing. That's something that tends to get overlooked. Keep after it and keep extending your "practicing" range. Try different positions and angles as stater above. That is huge. I can't tell you how many turkeys I've missed because I didn't understand that I needed to practice while sitting down. Best if luck to ya, and I bet you'll be drilling the 10 ring at 40 and 50 yards in no time.
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Thanks Cobb! In fact, I took some advice from another member and I just shot one arrow five times over the period of the afternoon and was able to get within the 2" circle at 30 yds. However, I also meshed in some shots from a kneeling position as was hitting several inches right.
I agree, I am getting stellar advice here and that idea of shooting from different angles and positions is something I've been overlooking but need to be doing!
I owe everyone on this thread another round of thanks!
100% you should be practicing long range. I practice out to 70 yards right now. Pins are set up 20, 40, 50, 60, 70. The more you practice long range the more confident you will be at shorter distances. Plus, you will gain the confidence and ability to take those 40-60 yard shots. That is pretty much the norm out here in AZ. A good amount of guys I know practice out to 150 yards out here. Does that mean they are gonna try to kill something at that distance? No. It means that 60 yards is gonna be a cake walk. Hope this helps ya out.
Don't forget to shoot wearing what you are going to hunt in. Are you wearing gloves when hunting? Practice with them on. You going to have a day pack on? Practice with it.
On top of shooting, know where to shoot the animal at different angles. I believe that to be equally as if not more important than shooting. Being an inch or two off can make the difference between recovery and a very bad day, I learned that one the hard way. Arrows are not bullets, there is no room fore error with an arrow.
Also realize what you do after the shot is more important than what you did before. The hunt is not over till the animal is in your hands.
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Even more good points. I have been practicing kneeling over the weekend and yeah, need to get m at tore confortable at that. I know all bad stories start with..."I have a buddy that shot/did...." but I really do have a buddy that had a bad shot on his first archery buck and he is adamant that you don't shoot an animal quartered toward you unless you are supremely confident that you can put your arrow right between the shoulders. He is pretty sure that the arrow stuck a shoulder bone and simply fell out; he recoverd a bloody broadhead but nothing else. Trust me on this, he felt awful and is doing whatever he can to guide me to not make the same mistake.
Bottom line, that is a really point Timber. Arrows will not smash through bone into hearts and lungs, especially shoulder bones.
There is an abandoned rock quarry near my house I found that I am going to try to haul my target into and do some real scenario shooting; taking DonK's advice and even getting all gussied up. If anyone gets fussy, I'm going to bet the average Pinal county sheriff would appraise the situation and probably understand and worse case, tell me to my crazy butt back home and quit scaring people.
Come later this year, I would way rather be sharing pictures/stories of a healthy buck that got away vs. a story about how I ruined my first archery hunt by getting greedy or making a freshman error-especially since I would know better because I was given all this good advice ahead of time.
Again, I really do appreciate all the advice and support on this one! These are all things I need to be considering and probably would have overlooked otherwise.
Got out to 40 yds today. Had my camera with me to share some pics of groups but still have some work to do before I post those. Amazing how much difference 10 yds. makes, plus there was a breeze. About 12 arrows into the practice, I started to get more consistent (getting them within 4 inches of eachother) but yeah, I can what y'all mean about 40 and 50 making 20 and 30 seem like chip shots.
Thing is, I love shooting my bow so I have no problem getting motivated to practice, its getting everything else done that I'm struggling with!!
One other little piece of advice- don't stop practicing once season arrives. I keep a field point arrow with me while hunting for this purpose. If I'm in a tree stand, I always take a shot at a leaf either at the start or end of my sit depending on the time of day. If I'm out west, I find a dirt bank or other safe stop to take a practice shot into. I also usually have a bag target in camp to use at lunch. Small game or predator hunting also offers some great practice during the hunts. Many rabbits, squirrels, and blue grouse have ended up on my camp fire because I had the a field point or judo point arrow ready. Lastly, you can't believe everything you see on TV but I do believe you can learn a lot by watching various hunting shows. One I really like right now is Western Hunter... pretty realistic IMO.
Good luck and don't forget your camera! We want to see the fruits of our advice...