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    So I came across this on the wonderful world wide net.
    The guy said he shot it at 50 yards with a crossbow and the deer turned.

    Okay so this is a perfect example of what NOT to do and what boils my blood!70027665_1347034535444139_5211223239170195456_n.jpg
    I don't care how good of a shot someone says they are, or how fast their bow is, whether it be a crossbow or compound, etc., these bows despite what manufacturers say are not for long range shots on live targets. It's irresponsible! For a bow, anything past 30 yards is pushing it for the very reason shown in this photo. You're bow hunting. Learn to get close which is what bow hunting is about. It may shoot like a rifle but it's still a bow and a deer can still jump the string or turn like the one did above. The guy just got lucky is all!
    What ticks e off is how many times things like this happen and they never find the animal. It's irresponsible to take long shots like this!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Kavanagh View Post
    So I came across this on the wonderful world wide net.
    The guy said he shot it at 50 yards with a crossbow and the deer turned.

    Okay so this is a perfect example of what NOT to do and what boils my blood!70027665_1347034535444139_5211223239170195456_n.jpg
    I don't care how good of a shot someone says they are, or how fast their bow is, whether it be a crossbow or compound, etc., these bows despite what manufacturers say are not for long range shots on live targets. It's irresponsible! For a bow, anything past 30 yards is pushing it for the very reason shown in this photo. You're bow hunting. Learn to get close which is what bow hunting is about. It may shoot like a rifle but it's still a bow and a deer can still jump the string like the one did above. The guy just got lucky is all!
    I absolutely agree. Some of the outdoor reality shows that show long range archery shots on Mule Deer and Elk,IMO,are extremely irresponsible and need to rethink their depiction of big game hunting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trimmer21 View Post
    I absolutely agree. Some of the outdoor reality shows that show long range archery shots on Mule Deer and Elk,IMO,are extremely irresponsible and need to rethink their depiction of big game hunting.
    What bothers me so much about this sort of thing is new, inexperienced hunters will see things like this and think that's the way it should be done. A new hunter won't know any different and not understand that regardless of what kind of bow you shoot, a deer can still very easily jump the string at those longer yardages. I hear people say all the time, "I made that shot at 45 or 60 yards", and brag. That's not okay though because with a live animal things can go bad very fast and very easily.
    Basically I posted this for the new hunters out there who think it's okay. It's not!

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    Jeff... I agree 100% with everything you've said here. The new bows are fast, but the speed of sound is much faster. String jump will still be a problem. Realistically, these new bows have added 5 to 10 yards over the crossbows that were available 10 years ago.

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    Anybody who has any experience in Bow Hunting has seen string jump and seen how a good shot can go bad real fast when a animal has time to move before the arrow gets there.

    I have arcs of fire ranged off at 30 yds and the the trees marked.....won't take as hot farther than that no mater how many points it has.
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    A lot of guys don’t realize how far 50 yds actually is !
    IMHO, even with the fast bows now, it’s too far. All my deer have been shot at 10 yds or less, bow deer that is !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Kavanagh View Post
    What bothers me so much about this sort of thing is new, inexperienced hunters will see things like this and think that's the way it should be done. A new hunter won't know any different and not understand that regardless of what kind of bow you shoot, a deer can still very easily jump the string at those longer yardages. I hear people say all the time, "I made that shot at 45 or 60 yards", and brag. That's not okay though because with a live animal things can go bad very fast and very easily.
    Basically I posted this for the new hunters out there who think it's okay. It's not!
    You are right Jeff-THESE kind of things would HAVE to be included in the Hunting course-what NOT do to.AND why!

    Anyhow,i passed on more then one deer because the exact same reason.I have let the biggest buck in my life walk(never to come back)because he was 50 yards.He was full broadside,and he did not move.Yet i decided not to shoot ,because of the distance,and the many things can go wrong by the time the arrow gets there.
    Good topic for Young hunters...........and the rest too.
    Last edited by gbk; September 15th, 2019 at 07:22 PM.

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    Crossbow mfrs and "learn your arc" optics being advertised mentioning 100 yard distances doesn't help either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by canthitathing View Post
    Crossbow mfrs and "learn your arc" optics being advertised mentioning 100 yard distances doesn't help either.
    Yes, that's just it and where much of the problem comes from. Manufacturers keep pushing and promising ridiculous things to compete and try and sell a product. The entire industry is bent on moving product. It all gets pushed down the line and puts a message out there which is very, very wrong for new and inexperienced hunters.

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    I think that some hunters panic, thinking they may not get another chance and shoot off a hail Mary.

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