Rokslide staff member, Jared Bloomgren, writes some very helpful archery articles. "Long-Range" anything is always a hot topic. Jared takes on the subject in his well-thought out article, Maximum Effective Range:
Maximum Effective Range
That's why an archery hunter should do everything they can to quiet their bow. And I have never had an animal react to my arrow coming to them. As for a reaction.......if anything, the further away they are....the less they react to the sound of the shot. Every animal I've shot at 50+ yards never reacted at all until the arrow had hit them. Jared's example of the deer to me was more important from the motion aspect of the shot than the sound. If you have an animal locked onto you (deer or elk) they are probably going to respond at the shot from the motion.......not the sound. Unless you have a really loud bow.An animals reaction to the sound of the shot is just nothing rifle hunters ever think about but it plays a huge role in the MER of an archery hunter and the situations they find themselves in.
What has increased my M.E.R. more than anything hands down is practice and knowing the equipment that I use.Jared, what pieces of equipment have you've found help increase your MER? Faster bow, heavier arrows, different shafts or fletchings, things to make the awkward positions a little less awkward...?
I shoot a PSE Full Throttle for the sheer performance and force it produces, and the bow has made me a better archer.Yeah, I understand that it's a huge subject and it's mostly personal preference. I'm just curious on your thoughts on why you shoot the setup you do and things that you take in your pack that pertain to increasing your MER.
Are you using your stabilizer to slow down your pin float, reduce vibration, or mainly balance out the weight of your quiver?
Oops you caught me! Forgot about my stabilizer! Ha!
I use the Stokerized Offset SST as I like how it balances my bow. Most bows now-a-days don't even need a stabilizer to shoot well!
My arrows are 532gr going 289fps. My bow (PSE Freak SP) is very quiet. I used to get comments about how quiet my Old Glory was during 3D shoots, and the Freak is quite a bit quieter. I think most of the newer bows are pretty darn quiet anyway. I was shooting some 380gr arrows the other day and really didn't notice much of a difference.I guess what I'm getting at is where do you see the point of diminishing returns on silencing your bow? Won't at some point the arrow start to have the trajectory of a rainbow and make the screw ups on yardage just that much more severe when you can't use a range finder before the shot?