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Although the average hunter has a maximum effective range of 30 yards, most bowhunters shoot game from a much closer range. They know that the chance of wounding game increases as distance increases because:

  • It becomes more difficult to hit the vital areas
  • The arrow may be deflected by unnoticed brush
  • The longer the arrow is in the air, the greater the chance the animal will move


When bowhunting, you should never take a shot when a deer or other big game is looking at you because it is difficult to remain undetected when drawing your bow.