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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old 07-07-2019, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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Draw weight and age

Turning 63 in Nov and pulling 63 lbs on my PSE.

Not gonna lie, it’s a struggle, but I am just starting to shoot for the year... it will get better.

My question is, will reducing draw weight to 58 make a big difference, in both shooting and effort, and what are other guys my age pulling?

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post #2 of 52 (permalink) Old 07-07-2019, 07:23 PM
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Arrows kill by hemorrhage. So as long as you have enough power to get deep enough penetration with your broadhead how many pounds your bow is matters not. Arrow weight matters as mush as draw weight but you seldom hear that mentioned because these days it all about speed. I killed several deer with a 45 pound draw recurve. With the heavy cedar arrows that bow had a trajectory like a rainbow. But those arrows, while slow were heavy and penetration was not a problem.. I shot one through a galvanized metal trash can at 30 yards on a bet. Ruined a good broadhead.
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I am 58 and shooting #65 with my elite,im good for about 40 shots then i quit do to bow arm starts to tire, I would have no problem moving to 58# or 55 for that matter.I shot alot of deer at that weight and never had pass thru problems with heavy setups. My advice is shoot what will keep you in the game and keep you accurate. My son killed his first 2 bucks with a 42# draw complete pass thru if that helps.
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post #4 of 52 (permalink) Old 07-07-2019, 07:36 PM
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I was shooting 70# and it got to the point I was kidding myself thinking I was 25 again. I'll be 67 in September. (Bummer). I moved down to 50/55 and it's fun, not a struggle, to shoot again. Like any thing else you have to practice at that draw weight. 45 or 50 pounds will do a job on any deer in PA with the right broadhead. I went on a carp shoot a week or so a go and the bows were about 30 pounds draw weight. Had a blast.
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post #5 of 52 (permalink) Old 07-07-2019, 08:08 PM
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I shot 78 lbs. until I was around 40, then 67 for a few years, down to 62 for some more years. Then I had surgery on my triceps as I had both reattached 18 months a part. Went down to 55 lbs. after surgery and took a few more bucks and a 250 lb. bear all with total pass throughs. Now I shoot 3D during the summer with 53 lbs. at age 73.

Fifty or a few less poundage with a straight arrow and a sharp broadhead is more than enough to harvest the biggest whitetail in PA.

The only difference in harvesting deer with 78 lbs. and 50 lbs is it is easier to pull the bloody arrow out of the ground with the 50 lb. set up.

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MY draw weight depends on how straight I can draw my bow back in a tree stand under hunting conditions, I don`t want to have to draw my bow pointing it up to the sky and then down when that nice buck is in range, he may catch the movement and bolt. If it is cold out it is a real struggle to draw a heavy weight with minimum movement.

With that being said, right now I`m 72 and drawing 62lbs with my Hoyt, but I would not lose much FPS and would still be confident enough for a quick kill even if I lowered my draw weight to say 55lbs as long as I could pull it straight back, that is the key for me....
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At 51, I am still at 70lbs. However My set up has changed a bit. FMJ arrows really made a difference for distance consistency and penetration was never a problem moving rom old Easton 2219's to the FMJ really was a no brainer. In the coming years, I can see dialing the weight down a bit, but I know one thing... My arrows never, ever stick. I get 2 holes no matter what.
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I'm 57 and shooting 65# out of my Bear Kuma 30 ! I have been shooting most of the year when it wasn't raining !
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Prior to my shoulder surgery I was hunting with 62 pounds and my target was at 54 pounds. I would shoot well over 100 arrows with the target bow on some nights. This year I bought a 40 to 50 pound Elite Energy 35 and plan on hunting at around 45 pounds.
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Since shoulder surgery in '08, I shoot 53 lbs. When I pull the arrow out of the dirt , the deer don't know I was only pulling 53lbs. So its only 3" in the dirt instead of the 8-10 that it did at 70lbs.

Your 35 will get the job done. Be patient & take good shots in your lethal range.
I have killed deer out to 36 yards with a 53lb GT500. Your 35 is real close to the GT in specs.
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