draw weight ??????????????????????

kidoggy

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what would you experienced bow hunters consider the minimum needed draw weight for an elk????? I ask because I want to get back into bow hunting next year but have had rotator cuff issues and bicep and it is going to take me some work to get back there again. right now I struggle to pull 50lbs as my shoulder is still pretty weak. figured I need to work back up to at least 60-65.
what do those of you in the know think is a reasonable minimum pull to achieve adequatte penetration????
 

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Personally I would recommend a minimum drawl weight of 50 pound. This may sound a bit much considering a rotator issue, however the design of a lot of the new bows changes the peak of the draw cycle and where/when are the string rolls through the cams peak cycle that you may be able to pull more than you think.
Just as everyone says with optics, try a few bows to see what feels best for you. I have no rotator issues or lack of strength and can easily pull a 90 pound bow. However I shoot a 73 pound bow because I like to draw cycle. I’m also OCD concerning numbers and stats and I’ve tried most bows just because I love learning and checking out new gear. I won’t make a recommendation but if you’d like more information shoot me a PM I’d be glad to help.
 
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kidoggy

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well that's good to know . maybe I am not as far from goal as I thought I was.

my brother is lending me his old PSE , which goes from 45-75 , I believe. I gave my old mathews to my nephew A few years ago, when I first hurt my shoulder. didn't think bow hunting was ever gonna be an option again. but while still weak it seems to be healing ok. at least the pain is bearable again. don't really want to buy A new bow till I get where I know I can pull a reasonable weight again.
 

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Whats your draw length?

The below resulted in poor penetration and 2 lost elk.
25 inch draw
60 lbs

Another thing to consider. Shoot a broadhead that has a lower angle blade. Gets you better penetration through the initial hide cut.

Montec G5 for a fixed or Grim Reaper for a mechanical.
 
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badgerbob

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Years ago I separated my shoulder and couldn't pull my bow at all. I worked it twice a day with light dumbbells working up in weight as I went along. Injury happened in April and by August I could shoot but with a little pain. Bow at the time was 70 lb. Today I have a 60.lb which is faster and has shot through both deer and elk with Savora broadheads which are a lot like Muzzy Trocars. Newer bows shoot a lot faster which would let you drop weight from what you were shooting and probably give you more speed.
 
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I am definitely not an archery expert, but have done a work-around for the same issues that you have. I have always been in shape, and avoided serious injuries, but a life of wear and tear has left me with a right shoulder that causes me grief from time to time. It's good most of the time, but it tends to get problematic at the wrong times. I went to a bow shop, and shot a variety of different compounds, and found that the draw cycle was a major issue. My problem was the point of let-off, and for some bows it was like a stab of a knife. Luckily. I had always batted lefty and am left eye dominant (but right handed). The bow-pro suggested that I try a left bow, and we were both shocked at how well I shot it. I ended up with a Mathews Classic, and it looks like I may be bow hunting elk with it in 2022.
 

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Whats your draw length?

The below resulted in poor penetration and 2 lost elk.
25 inch draw
60 lbs

Another thing to consider. Shoot a broadhead that has a lower angle blade. Gets you better penetration through the initial hide cut.

Montec G5 for a fixed or Grim Reaper for a mechanical.
30"

thanks slugz . good tips
 

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With the minimum legal draw weight my wife shot through a bull moose at 15-20 yards. There was 20" of arrow hanging out the other side of the moose. Almost a complete pass-through

She buried an arrow to the fetching in a bull elk a year later in Colorado.

Personally, with a sharp broad-head, I wouldn't get hung up on draw weights as long as you dont push the distance meter past 30 yards.
 
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I have a 27" draw length and pull 65lbs. With you having a 30" draw you'll be fine at 55-60lbs. This poundage will be friendly to your shoulders and you'll have no problem killing elk.
 
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marcusvdk

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If i remember right ted nugent only uses a 50lb draw weight on his hunts, bear, deer, oryx and what ever else is on the ranch. Placement and arrow weight , broad head weight and type also play a big part into penetration on the an animal
 
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RICMIC

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I just checked my lefty Mathews bow- 29" draw, set at 60 lbs. My partner will be using a crossbow in WY if we draw in 2022, but those things just never appealed to me. I am inclined to stick with what I have, and concentrate on "aim small, miss small", and upgrading my arrowheads. I found that I can draw up to 80 lbs., but it hurts like hell, I can't hit for crap, and when it's really cold I would be better off using a big rock to hunt with.
 
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DRUSS

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like many have already said 50-60# can be plenty. the performance of our newer bows far exceed what we used to use late 80s early 90s type stuff. it was pointed out about broadheads with not huge cutting diameters or steep angled cutting surfaces. keep shots to better angles than some of the steep quartering stuff. i do shoot a 70# bow but my hunting partner uses a 60# bow and kills elk just as dead as the ones ive shot.

get back into the archery game, i am sure its been missed........
 

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Honestly, you’re not hunting Cape buffalo. With a 30” draw length and today’s bows (efficiency and speed) you could shoot 40 pounds with a cut-on-contact head and shoot clean through an elk. I’ve had complete pass-throughs with my 47# recurve traveling a blazing 195 fps! My wife’s 38# bow with a two blade cut on contact head has blown through everything she’s killed. You’d be surprised how little energy is needed to penetrate big game. Now if you’re wearing a flat brimm hat and shooting expandable heads, you’re going to need to add some weight. 😁