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Reply with quote  #51 
15 yds. or less. 

Maybe up to 20 yds. with an unobstructed clear view at a deer sized kill-zone over open flat terrain on a nice bright day when I am not hot, cold, or tired.

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Reply with quote  #52 
As close as I can get, foremost, but as far as my bow will shoot my arrow unimpeded.

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Reply with quote  #53 
I don't ever shoot anyway, so moot point for me.

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Reply with quote  #54 
Before I got busted for having an illegal range in my backyard in Pennsylvania. I would have said 15-18 yards. My new favorite distance is 7 yards. That's how far it is to the target inside my garage with the door closed. Fortunately for me Tim King has a number of blinds down at his place in Texas where 7-10 yard shots are fairly common.

(And for the record, Chuck does actually shoot quite a bit. Have helped him track animals he has hit on 3 of the 4 hunts we have been on together in the past few years. He is just more patient than most guys. It's a blessing, not a curse.)

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Reply with quote  #55 
There is no difference between a regular glass longbow and a decently built selfbow. 
For deer, same rules apply as with glass longbows, and as shown in Bowhunting October Whitetails. Under 18-20 yards and above 32 yards.
In between the deer jumping the string will affect your hit (or miss). That doesn't mean a bowhunter should get as close as possible, but the lethality at 16 yards is almost the same as at 35 yards.  Selbows are also very quiet on release, so there is no reason to not treat a selfbow like a normal glass backed bow. Now, if you use stone points where it is legal, like where I live,  I would not shoot past 15-20 yards at deer.
I want to have a pass-through due to the decreased width and the 2 blade design.
I highly recommend bleeder blades or three blades for deer in wooded terrain, as it will give you good blood trails to follow and recover the animal.
Slim 2 blades like Magnus, Bear Razorheads without bleeders etc. will just make a slit and the fat layer under the deer's skin tends to close that channel which prevents from a visible bloodtrail. The animal will die, but even 60-80 yards in heavily wooded terrain is hard without a good bloodtrail. I speak from experience with or without bleeder blades.
I feel sorry for you living in a place where you cannot shoot a bow in your backyard because of city rules or HOA ordinances. A friend lives in Philly and amazon would not even send a bow to him, lol.


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Reply with quote  #56 
15 max 10 and under prefered

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Reply with quote  #57 
Just saying for a friend. I may not know the right distance, but I sure know the wrong distance.
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