• DeerLab

    Thanks for sharing as well as putting this site together. I’m heading out to Idaho this year for my first Elk bowhunt and I can’t wait. I really liked the “1-inch-per-ten-yards-rule” and the nine inch “worst case” scenario. Being accurate is fairly easy in the backyard but having a big elk come in huffing and puffing, outside of doing the same just trying to get close, is a whole different story.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks! Best of luck in Idaho this year! Let me know how it goes.

      • Wally

        A real good rule of thumb 1″ per 10 yrd. Key if shooting after raising your heart rate and shooting lanes through branches to understand arrow flight path. Especially if your considering more than 30 yard shots. Thanks for sharing.

  • Patch

    Mark, what are your thoughts on a frontal shot at say 20 yards or less? This is a very controversial shot, and just would like your thoughts. I myself would take the shot if all things were right. 20 yards or less, elk relaxed, little to no wind, confident in my shooting.

    • SoleAdventure

      Great question, Patch! The frontal shot is risky, but I think it is a legitimate shot for someone that is familiar with elk anatomy and confident/skilled with their arrow placement. And as you’ve mentioned, the conditions need to be just right. Personally, as a new elk hunter I would be very hesitant to take the shot, but I can’t rule it out completely.

  • Good article Mark! I like the thought and research put behind this. Thanks!

  • Tim Hill

    I practice at pretty long distances somewhere around 60 or 70 yards. And allot. But I don’t have many intentions of shooting an animal that far. However the reasoning is. Closer shots become easier. This year I’m planning on my first elk hunt so I ‘m seriously gonna consider the 60 or 70 yards shot an actual possibility. With the size of the vitals getting bigger with the target I believe ill be fine.