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draw weight for deer
« on: January 08, 2019, 04:56:20 PM »
how many pounds would you suggest for deer hunting?

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Re: draw weight for deer
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2019, 04:59:04 PM »
I shoot 70. I would go with the highest you can shoot accurately and comfortable practicing a lot with. Almost more important is sharp strong broadheads!

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Re: draw weight for deer
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2019, 05:02:03 PM »
I shoot 70. I would go with the highest you can shoot accurately and comfortable practicing a lot with. Almost more important is sharp strong broadheads!

Same here. I started with 60 and killed one deer at that. 70 was no problem to jump up to. Although it took a little getting used to at first. If you’re an average healthy adult I’d go with 70 pound bow and if you’re just starting, you can bump it down to start until you’re comfortable and confident at that weight, and then go up from there.

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Re: draw weight for deer
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2019, 05:03:25 PM »
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Re: draw weight for deer
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2019, 05:05:02 PM »
i am getting a bow soon and i know i can pull 50. do you think that is powerful enough

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Re: draw weight for deer
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2019, 05:27:58 PM »
i am getting a bow soon and i know i can pull 50. do you think that is powerful enough

Ya just get a super sharp broadheads and keep the shots close. I like 70 because I can get pass throughs in elk at 60-70 yards

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Re: draw weight for deer
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2019, 05:29:49 PM »
i am getting a bow soon and i know i can pull 50. do you think that is powerful enough

Pretty sure WA minimum is 40.  A well placed arrow will kill a deer. Just like a well placed 6.5 creedmoor
 will kill a moose :chuckle: :o

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Re: draw weight for deer
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2019, 05:33:48 PM »
It also depends if you are getting a Trad bow or a compound because draw weight is not created equal. I can shoot an 80# compound accurately but only a 65 # recurve accurately. Also, a 65# compound shoots way faster than a 65# recurve with same weight arrow

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Re: draw weight for deer
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2019, 06:17:17 PM »
I'd be more concerned with accuracy rather than draw weight.  You need to practice shooting at the smallest target possible.  We shoot at golf tees.  Aim small, miss small.  Yes 40 lbs is the smallest legal draw weight but you should be able to pull more than that.  hell with those that talk about hitting a pie plate...if you can't consistantly hit playing cards at a certain distance you shouldn't be shooting game at that distance.  Deer ribs are fragile and any modern broadhead will penetrate them with an accurate shot.  Don't listen to those that say draw weight will compensate for a poor shot.  Accuracy is the key.  No matter the draw weight if you don't think you can make a clean shot then don't take it. Bad shots will happen but confidence in your shot before it is made will end up in many more filled tags than just taking the attitude of "aim high and let 'er fly"
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Re: draw weight for deer
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2019, 01:15:34 PM »
i am getting a bow soon and i know i can pull 50. do you think that is powerful enough

My 11 year old daughter killed her buck this year with her bow set at 43lbs. 18 yards pass through...
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Re: draw weight for deer
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2019, 02:11:05 PM »
What others have said, anything 40lbs+ that you can shoot accurately.

Go to a pro shop and have them help you out and cut down your equipment learning curve big time. You can also get some good help at the big box stores but they can be hit and miss depending on who's helping you.  XXX Archery is pretty close to you if you live in Yacolt, I would go pay Cory a visit if I was you.