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banjoman

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From what I have read online, longer draw lengths mean a longer bow. But I also see that most of the hunting recurves seem to be on the short side. How much affect does the length have?

For example, I have a 29" draw length and I stand 6' 1" tall. The Lancaster Archery website suggests:

28-30 inches……………….68-70 inches for a recurve. 

That seems long for hunting. Any experienced opinions?

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would think those numbers = target bow types

hunting probably any length that is designed so you dont get finger pinch 

as a general rule i'm thinking 62-64" for a recurve 

I'm on the other end of the scale (have a pigme draw)

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I shoot a 62" recurve and a 68" ASL. My other stats are just like yours. You can get away with a shorter recurve than longbow because of the curves. I wonder if you are confusing the recurve suggestion with longbow. I think so.
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With a 29" draw, the Black Widow recommended draw length-bow length chart puts you comfortably in the 60-62" bow length range.  A 64" bow would be slightly more comfortable to shoot, but you'd sacrifice a lot of maneuverability if you're hunting from inside a blind. With my 27" draw, I shoot recurves that are 58-62" with 60" being my favorite for hunting.
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  I have no trouble at all hunting with a 64+ inch recurve or longbow and actually prefer them for several reasons.
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Thanks all- I thought this might be the case but it is good to have it confirmed before getting a bow.

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I have a 28" draw and am very comfortable hunting with 58" & 60" recurves.  Longbows 64" and longer.  Frank
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I have a 28” draw and I shoot 58” to 68” recurves and 68”-70” longbows. I have a tendency these days to grab my 62”-66” recurves and ignore the others.
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I have a 28” draw and I shoot 58” to 68” recurves and 68”-70” longbows. I have a tendency these days to grab my 62”-66” recurves and ignore the others.

Ditto for me!

62 ~64 is just right

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Like Chuck said, it's more about the overall design of the bow and how the design factors work together.  Two bows that look the same may not accommodate equal draw lengths.  I have a 54" recurve that will draw to 10.5" without stack.  OTOH, I have shot a few 62" recurves that stacked up at 27".  Your best option is trying bows until you find what you like.
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