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Kill. Miss. Unrecovered. ?
On the longest shot you ever took at game which of the three outcomes above was your result. Don’t need to know how far or what you shot at. First shots only. Follow ups on previously hit game don’t count.
killed all 3 at the same max range - three different species
Sure it matters how far. Did Levi ever send you the free hat?
Killed. It seems I tend to concentrate more on the long shots and have been very lucky. Of course, a long shot for me is not all that far.
Killed but I don't shoot very far compared to most I suppose.
Last Sept, double lunged an elk. It was down in 30 yards.
Double lung whitetail buck, wasn't SUPER far though, however on the fringe of my max distance.
I’ll say it 52 yards, Elk, he went 80 yards
Kill. Way beyond my “effective” range.
I'm sure these answers aren't biased at all
Missed at about 150 yards with a Kodiak Magnum when I was 17. Because Howard Hill made the shot, figured I could try too.
Killed, whitetail, only 1 shot needed.
Back when I shared a compound I think I shot a deer at about 45 yards?, Good shot quicker recovery With a traditional bow, 35 yards at a nice buck. Resulted in a less than desirable shot about 6 inches back of where I was aiming and long tracking job although I did recover
The two longest shots I ever took were 40 yard shots at whitetails. The first was a long, long time ago and it was a 40 yard shot at a whitetail 60 yards away. LOL. You can guess the result. The second was a 40 yard shot at a whitetail in a rye field out of a ground blind about 5 years ago. I swear the buck swapped ends by the time my arrow got there. Another swing and miss.
Killed 2 of 2 with one arrow each. Same distance different species (elk and mule deer).
Center punched a mule deer, died within seconds
Kill....not proud of the shot placement, but no follow arrow necessary. Stalked in for a finishing shot, but got busted. He bolted about 75 yards downhill and died on his feet.
Killed and watched them go down. One died 8 steps from the arrow where he was hit. The Shot distance does not matter. 10yards is too far if you can not hit where your aiming.
Killed but not a shot id attempt again today was back before y’all thought me better.
Killed, but like fubar, I would not take that shot today. Not because y’all taught me better, but because I couldn’t make it.
Killed, but not that far.
Missed an elk at 53 yards. Shooting uphill at him. Shot right under him.
Killed. About 200 yards in a field at a rabbit. Aimed the bow up in the air and basically never thought I could make the shot and it was right on the top of its head. Never be able to do that again!
Max range on a healthy deer, 80 yards, heart shot.
I'll share.. 73 yards down hill, one shot and dead!
Missed at 125 yards. Damn jack rabbit heard the arrow coming, looked up for the hawk and ran like hell. Arrow hit right where he was standing, I swear! 30 people were watching....
On the ground, 53 yard kill on a 6 pt Buck the last day of the early season in N. Wisconsin. Killed, dropped 10 yds from hit. 53# Groves Spitfire & a MA3 blade on a Microflite #8 fiberglass arrow. Longest Compound (Darton 60#s & 2219 Aluminum tipped with a Rocky Mauntain 3 blade Razor) 42 yd pass thru, kill on a Cow Buffalo that went maybe 70 yds.
Complete miss on a muley that was well over 30” wide when I was 15. Now that I’ve gotten a little older, and slightly wiser the furthest shot I’ve taken was at 85 on a buffalo and she was dead within 15 seconds.
I guess I’ll be the first.
Missed, hit a tree branch
Woodchuck. 70 yards. With a 35lb stickbow and field point when I was 13. Head shot, killed.
I think my arrow is still in flight! Miss is the answer to your question.
I'm about 90% recovery on hit animals counting the years when I was inexperienced and overenthusiastic
Missed. Wrong yardage caused arrow to go over his back.
Killed, on a bull moose, all on video
Wounded. Unrecovered. 100 yards... divided by 3. It was a buck too. The ones that are more important than does, you know? Lots of ace shots at all ranges here though.
My longest bow shot hit spine. Resulted in kill. It was the last time I've taken a shot that was on the long side of my comfort zone.
I have however messed up my fair share of shorter shots...
Elk and caribou tied for distance both kill.
Edit......Oops! I musta jumped Nick the first time through......
Kill, recurve and a whitetail. I admit I shot out of frustration but 10 ringed him. Shawn
Shot 40ish deer. Longest shot - 25 yards. Killed and recovered.
60 yrds cow elk stuck it in the front leg, got my arrow back and she lived to see another day
Missed multiple times. When I was 16 I tried shooting into a flock of turkeys somewhere between 200-300 yards. Found all my arrows, mostly stuck straight up out of the ground.
Mulie 74 yards. Thpined im. Then shoved another couple into him quick for good measure. Dead calm day and it just felt right after shooting judo's at things from 50-125 yards. Confidence was sky high.
Compound kill with follow up shot required
70 reports so far..........
49 kills with the longest shot 70%
17 misses on the longest shot 24%
4 unrecovereds on the longest shot 6%
I am sure everyone that has looked at this and stuck a arrow in a animal never to see it again just posted it right up for the world to see. I would hope they would not. Bou you seem hell bent on being the fan club for making bowhunting a long range sport. Give it a rest.
Catalina goat in Texas. 60 yds double lung broadside. My old PSE Citation shot my 2419's at 215 fps.
I have missed and wounded on some stupid close shots as well...
Good to see there are some honest hunters, Tavis! I've had a few screw ups. Kicked myself each time
I'll answer this question with 100% honesty as well. My longest attempt was 106 yards, clean miss, perfect left and right but just over the back. I have no wounded critters at anything over 45 yards, but do have maybe half a dozen clean misses. I have lost one elk, one mule deer, and two whitetails in my bowhunting career. All of them were shot at under 45 yards. One of the whitetails was stupid close, 7 yards. I had no idea a buck could drop that fast, punched him right through the backstrap. I have killed 3 mule deer and 5 whitetails at ranges over 50 yards with no wounding. It will happen someday I'm sure, stuff happens when bowhunting. I've also passed up a lot of shots over 50 yards that I was not comfortable with the situation or did not feel I could make. Every situation is unique and different. If I only took shots that were 100% certainty in the result all I would be shooting is tequila, because it will 100% make me sick AF after 8-12 of them. :)
Bou just stirring pot as usual.
When I read the title I thought it was about Brett Favre………………………….
I don't see this as promoting long range shots or dishonest hunters not admitting to their mistakes.
First the longest shot for one person may be one quarter what it is for another. So this is not so much of a question of range but of individual comfort zones.
I honestly answered that I killed on my longest shot, yet all my misses or failures happened at less than half that distance. And well within what I considered my comfort zone.
I think some thing else is showing in the numbers, like maybe when the shot is on the far side of your comfort zone hunters are subconsciously taking a little extra care in the shot. Yet we screw up at ranges we are confident at and think it's a done deal so to speak.
My long shot was a very special situation, the bull was standing behind a cluster of aspens with only the vitals showing, I knew I could make the shot and I also knew if I screwed it up I would just get a tree. Without that safety net I would not have taken the shot than or now. Just to be clear I had practiced at that range just never planned on shooting at uninjured game that far out.
LFN please don't let sense, literacy, and facts get in the way of a good conspiracy theory. It takes all the fun out of it for some.
the original post specifically did not ask what was the target, irrelevant be it rabbit or rhino, nor did it ask how long it was, be it 10 or 310 yards. If people chose to provide more detail on their own so be it.
"On the longest shot you ever took at game which of the three outcomes above [ hit, miss, or unrecovered} was your result. Don’t need to know how far or what you shot at. First shots only. Follow ups on previously hit game don’t count."