Here’s a plan to effectively and ethically extend your effective bow range on opening day.
GALLERY: 5 Steps To 15 More Yards of Effective Range
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- First and foremost, it’s time to be honest. To start this process, decide on what actual distance you feel is the far end of your effective range. This is the farthest distance where you could stand and fire arrow after arrow into a small bull’s-eye. It’s safe to assume the average whitetail hunter’s magic yardage is 30. Beyond 30, groups loosen up and the occasional flier turns into a common occurrence.
This is where two different lines of thought diverge.
The first is that it’s prudent to subtract a certain yardage from the distance where shooting accuracy peaks. For the 30-yard shooter, this would mean that in hunting scenarios actual effective range would be 25 or even 20 yards.
Personally, I don’t subscribe to that line of reasoning.
To me, if you can shoot really well at 30 yards, then there’s no reason not to shoot that far at a deer in the right circumstances. This though, comes with a caveat — if you stretch out to longer distances at the range the line between punching paper and shooting at a living animal becomes razor thin.
This step might require a few weeks of tune-up shooting in the summer. Spend time shooting at varying distances to determine your last, most-comfortable distance. Once that’s established through quality practice sessions, it’s time to move on.