Ethical Hunting and the Risks of Long Shots
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.