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I am also an older man but one that has had a lot of health issues in the past. I first shot a bow back in the 60s. But in the mid 70s began actually deer hunting with the bow. Work took priority for several years but got back into it in the 80s. I shot up to 70# recurves and longbows for several years but settled mainly on 55-60# bows. I was pretty mean with the bow back then thru the 90s until brain trauma and other issues stopped it. Numerous strokes left me shooting a compound for a couple of years but I slowly began getting strength back again. However, a botched foot operation left me pretty much crippled and so tended to trip and fall a lot. This resulted in shoulder and arm problems. Throw in Macular Degeneration in the left eye and I no longer have great depth perception. But I have been shooting my old bowfishing recurve, 50# no name. It is just a little bit much and so I had been looking for a decent 35-45# bow at pawn shops. I just recently found a like new 45# 1967 Kodiak Hunter at a pawn shop for under $100. This thing is very smooth and I love it. With my eyes the way that the left is, I would have to keep my shots under 20 yards but that was the norm for me anyways. I have plenty of cut on contact broadheads, 2 and 3 blades that are easy to sharpen and so I will have no problem taking a deer. To me, shooting the lighter bow means increased accuracy and better consistency now with my shots. I will be shooting carbon shafts with heavy brass inserts to help increase FOC to more efficiency. I pretty much am a believer of double lunging the animal with a lower aim of the lungs. The lighter weight bow has brought back the joy of shooting and shooting a lot. I shoot primarily at tiny targets to get my focus back in line and I do shoot instinctive. I just don't like having to think about anything, especially on moving targets. I do love knowing that without a doubt, I can make the shot. Life is what we make it. Learning to focus on what you can do and not on what you can't do is life changing. Knowing how blessed you really are in spite of your situation is everything. 
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good thought process there


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I forgot something that I meant to mention. About thrity years ago after an injury at work, I was desperate to salvage the bow season that was about to begin. I began shooting a 35# bow and was using aluminum arrows with bear razorheads. I had a doe come in from out of the river below me. I was about 14 feet up a tree but she was climbing a steep bank, about 6 feet or so. I meant to spine her between the shoulders as she topped out at maybe three yards. But just as I shot, she jerked her head up to me. So, my broadhead went right between her eyes and still barely stuck in her shoulders. I was surprised at how easily the two blade shot thru her head and still managed to hit where I was aiming. I still have that skull with an arrow sticking thru it, just a cool trophy. Everyone assumes that was where I was aiming but it wasn't. Anyways, the point is that a very sharp two blade is one sharp weapon, especially with decent weight behind it. They can spoil you with pass thru s, even with the lighter poundage. 
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Marv Clyncke has a story in TBM June/July 2020 tells how a buddy kill a Shiras moose with a 40 pound recurve bow. I think you will be fine.
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