Any recurve bow hunters?

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I was just looking at photos and this bull was taken with a recurve (link below) and was curious how many of you hunt regularly with a recurve bow? What kind of distance can you get? What about accuracy?


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willfrye027

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I was a recurve hunter. I thought I was pretty good, killed 5 whitetail with it over a couple years and practiced a ton. Last year I missed the biggest whitetail of my life at about 10 yards. I realized I care more about killing a big deer than the method at this point in my hunting career, so I’m back to using training wheels (compound). It’s so easy to miss with a recurve, even chip shots that you wouldn’t dream of missing. Shooting at a target I was very confident at 25 yards (8in circle, first shot of practice/cold bow and no more than 1-2 outside for every 20 or so shots). Shooting at deer 20 yards was the farthest I would shoot at a string jumping whitetail. Probably about the same for elk or mule deer, but I’ve never killed one with a recurve so I’m no expert. With a recurve you have to be OK with missing or blowing stalks on an animal because it’s going to happen.
 

Stonefly

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I used a recurve my whole life, until my shoulders gsve out. I have an old ben pearson i bought at DI for $10 in 1980 used it until 2002. Killed Elk,Deer, and 2 bobcats and a bunch of racoons. My effective range was 35 yds. Shot my biggest Bull, (raghorn 4X5) with it complete pass thro... 9 yds lol. At my draw 31" , its 71#.
 

Cavo

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I use a recurve for general hunts. It is something you have to be dedicated with. Once a week practice the month before the hunt won’t cut it. My limit on big game is sub 20 yards. When I shoot a lot of 3D with it I feel good out to 35-40.
 

wytex

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Longbow now, recurve when I started trad. 20 yds or so is my limit .
Took a shiras moose and pronghorn with my recurve, lots of grouse with my longbow.
A guy the spouse had known for just about all his life made my bow down in Texas. Went to carbon limbs and the pull is much smoother and easier at the same draw weight on my old bow. Stonefly, the carbon bows don't seem very trad but may help you get back into shooting .
 

BOHNTR

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I use my recurve (original Brackenbury) still on certain hunts. I’m fairly accurate out to 35 yards or so. Still really fun to lug around and shoot.
 

Outdoordan

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I have killed one buck with my trad bow. I enjoy shooting it much more than my compound. I also meat hit (too high) a big 6x7 bull with it at 12 yards, just plain rushed the shot he was so close. It is very hard to get proficient at. The buck below was shot at 38 yards, but I had been stump shooting prior to spotting him and just felt "on" when I took the shot. Hit him right behind the shoulder.

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Stonefly

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Wytex, i still archery hunt, i bit the bullet and bought a compound, dang heavy gizmo. It came with sights and a quiver that holds 8 arrows, who the heck needs 8 arrows. On my pearson i didnt use a quiver attatched to it, then found i cool looking one made of leather, it held 5 arrows. Figured musta been made for guys that like to shoot grouse, still leaves 2 for Elk..lol
 

JimNv

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Killed some deer, javelina and a couple of African game animals with both recurves and longbows. As mentioned, it takes some dedicated practice. Quality practice though. Not quantity. You can shoot a hundred arrows/day and suck at it, if not done properly. Better to shoot a few good arrows than dozens of bad ones.

My effective range on a big game animal would be 30 - 35 yards. That said, the best shot I ever made was a 40 yarder on a deer. Most of my animals were taken under 25 yards doing the spot-stalk thing.

I had to go to a compound for a few years because of target panic issues (short drawing/snap shooting). Took a nice elk and mule deer with that, then went back to stickbows. Still a work in progress.
 
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BRETTPSU

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Been strictly recurve for 7 years or so now. Really enjoy shooting and hunting with it. I've had some chances at BIG bucks and bulls that if I still hunted with a compound would probably be on the wall but I don't worry about it. Just enjoy my time in the woods anymore.
 

Outdoordan

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Brett! Awesome bull! I tried in NM, and here in Idaho. Was 55 yards from an OTC giant this year for over an hour. Couldn't get closer with my recurve and kind of wish I had my compound. But, next year I'll kill my first!
 

BRETTPSU

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If anyone can get it done it's you Dan! Took me 2 years till I tagged anything and was beginning to doubt my choice. Makes you think a little outside the box at times haha.
 
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Outdoordan

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If anyone can get it done it's you Dan! Took me 2 years till I tagged anything and was begging to doubt my choice. Makes you think a little outside the box at times haha.
Thanks bro, I wish I had the same confidence you have. LOL. I'll keep trying. BTW- that's a damn nice looking bow.
 

Bocephus

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Zwickey that posts on here occasionally hunts with a recurve almost exclusively now days. He took a great bull in Idaho this year with it. He hunts Utah deer with my Dad and I and he has given me the bug. We are headed to SD in a couple weeks to hunt whitetails. My plan is to fill my antlerless tag with my recurve.....that is the plan, but I've missed several inside 20 yards in years past. So we will see! I respect someone consistently getting it done with trad gear!
 

HeatherSmt

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I like to use a compound bow, but I have also used a recurve bow sometimes. One of my friends is using one of them, and I decided to test if there is any difference between them and which one is better. It was very strange for me to use a recurve bow because it's was feeling very strange in my hand, even if it was much lighter than my compound one it was much harder to shoot with it, and I have to make more effort than with my compound bow. Also, it requires to be closer to the target than the compound bow, I can't say that it's worse than the compound bow, but I would surely like to use a compound one.
 
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elkchaserreturns

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Brett! Awesome bull! I tried in NM, and here in Idaho. Was 55 yards from an OTC giant this year for over an hour. Couldn't get closer with my recurve and kind of wish I had my compound. But, next year I'll kill my first!
Hello Outdoordan,
I would bet that you enjoyed, and will remember, every minute of that hour! It has been a very long time since I switched from my recurve to a compound. I sure get tempted to make the switch back! When I am (occasionally) successful with a primitive weapon, it is far more satisfying than it ever is with a rifle.

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When I was a kid growing up around the reservoirs I was a dedicated carp hunter with my Wing Nighthawk. When the reservoirs were up in the grass and trees and the cottonwood seeds were in the air it was game on.
 

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