Any bow hunter recognizes that an arrow is going to experience fall as the range of your shot gets longer. Hi-tech compound bows are really quick, and frequently see a small amount of arrow drop at ranges within 20 yards.
Gravity will have an effect on your arrow as the range nears 30 and 40 yards. The velocity of the arrow will decrease and the arrow will start to fall more rapidly. A bowhunter that incorrectly estimates the range estimate by as little as 5 yards on a 40 yard shot can injure a deer or under shoot it all together. For this reason, range approximation is one of the most crucial factors in establishing the accuracy of your shot.
Know what your bow is able to do. Know how distance affects the flight of your arrow. Some archers utilize an adjustable single pin sight, but sights with multiple pins are most usual. These sights will have pins set at different distances in 10 yard increments. Once your bow sights are suitably adjusted, you can do an easy procedure to see how you can blow your shot if you misjudge your range. A paper plate is roughly nine inches long. This is give or take the top to bottom size of the area of a deer’s vitals. So lay a paper plate on your target. At a range of 40 yards, aim at the target with the bow sight pin that was tuned in for 30 yards. Now look at your 40 yard pin. The 40 yard pin will probably not even be touching that paper plate, and you can simply envision how you will miss your shot. You will probably end up missing the shooting opportunity, or possibly injuring the deer.
I’ve consistently encountered good results when taking shots on deer within 25 yards. All of my inaccurate shots or deer that I unluckily injured and never found occurred closer to 30 yards and beyond. For that reason, I never felt as confident taking 30 to 40 yard shots, and would usually not even attempt a shooting opportunity outside of 40 yards.
It is hard to recover that confident feeling in the stand. There is a big difference in practicing at the range at pre-defined distances, and shooting from the deer stand with approximated distances. Confidence was gone after missing shots from the stand due to bad estimation of distance. My confidence level began to return when I started using my first portable rangefinder. Deer would usually be moving as I ranged them though. So there was still some uncertainty by the time I could bring my bow to full draw and actually shoot my arrow.
A bow mounted range finder, such as the Leupold Vendetta and the Dead-on rangefinder, can go a long way in helping to solve these problems. You can shoot with confidence when you can determine the range your deer at full draw.