Depends on the place and situation. I killed a Pronghorn at 52 yards, didn't go 30 yards, did a 360° stumble and dropped right in front of me out west. Distance is crazy.Ethical kill, what is the max distance you would shoot at a deer ? I think it's 375 or 380.
I'm using 22" bolts, and out to 40 yards so far. 2nd line down on the scope.
I know I can get to 50 yards no problem. Would you shoot to kill beyond 50 ?
That's why I have never used a bench or a dead rest when I shoot. I exclusively use a shooting stick. I always practice like I hunt. Works for me.50 yards is pushing it shooting at a live animal. It's pretty easy shooting over a bench with a dead rest, but in the field and with adrenalin pumping...I won't take a shot past 40 yards on any game animal. There's a lot of talk about limiting crossbow speed, but the thing we need to limit is the distance at which we shoot at game.
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I hear you. Most of my hunts take place in the bushveld region of South Africa where a 70 yard shot with a rifle is about average distance. With archery gear, I decided for my self to limit the distance to max 40yards. I went so far to take off my Hha Optimizer on one off my crossbows because it's not needed and takes more time to dial in the distance. We do have open areas where an average shot will be more in the region of 200yards but for that application, I will not use a crossbow.That's why I have never used a bench or a dead rest when I shoot. I exclusively use a shooting stick. I always practice like I hunt. Works for me.
Go west sir on open prairie public land and lets see how close you get. 40 yards is the starting point if you are stalking a pronghorn or a mule deer with a bow. In a blind different game or if you can hunt with a outfitter in a blind you can get a much closer shot. In many cases the same in a blind in general.
All I can say western hunts on public land is completely different then my back home hunts in Bama. However, I can respect your position. Good approach in general.
With today's crossbows, most arrows will have plenty of momentum left even at 100 yards to get a pass-through or at least reach the vitals on whitetail size game. But at what distance will that buck have time to make 3 turns and bolt out before the arrow gets there? That is the question. The Impala and Warthog here in SA are notorious string jumpers and will be gone in a flash, long before the arrow reaches it if long shots are taken. So it largely depends on the game animal hunted, its state of alertness and so on I would think. And do we dare open another can of worms! Can it be that at a long distance the buck will not hear the shot that loud and will look at the sound rather than string jump?The question is ... at what range does the bolt loose enough energy, that it's not ethical for a kill shot ? ?
I will stop hunting or move to dangerous game hunting if I ever lose that feeling. I'm not talking about an uncontrollable shaking, but that shaking of the hands after the shot, fast heartbeat, and so on when everything came together and you were able to send an arrow flying. Nothing beats that.Believe it or not, some of us are actually immune to "buck fever" and massive adrenaline surges while hunting. When I was much younger and newer at it, yes it was prevalent. After one has harvested enough game and spent enough time in various situations, it is possible to no longer be affected by the "surge". Now if I were hunting dangerous game it would probably be much different, but as far as deer and predator hunting goes, I'm "As cool as the other side of the pillow" under pressure. For the record, I'm still not shooting over 50 yards though. LOL!