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Rudy F., Wasilla, Alaska
A: I think 280 fps is a fast arrow for si most people. If you are shooting 70 pounds, then 290 is realistic. For you to shoot 280 fps, you would have to reduce your arrow weight by about 60-70 grains. That would put your arrow at 350 grains, just under 6 grains per pound of maximum draw force. There are tradeoffs--you will give up a bit of penetration to gain the speed. You don't have to shoot that fast to be successful with a bow, but it does help somewhat in three situations. Speed makes shooting through small openings (flatter trajectory) easier. It reduces the effects of misjudged range if you can't use a rangefinder and it helps you beat animals that may move after you release the arrow.
Q: I had a shooter buck walking by quickly at 35 yards. I used my can call and he stopped and looked my direction, but (presumably) because he didn't see a doe, he kept going. Is there anything else that I should have tried to get the buck to come in my direction?
Mac McSweeney, Corydon, Iowa
A: I don't like to call when deer are close. sit is risky for the exact reason you suggest: the buck doesn't see anything and then gets uneasy. In your situation, I would have let the buck get at least 75 yards away before trying to call him back, I would start with the grunt call, then try the snort/ wheeze if that doesn't work. If the cover is thick, you can call sooner. That is my best advice. Don't call when they are close. It rarely works and often alarms the buck.
Q: There are many does behind my, 13 house, but there aren't any scrapes or rubs on my property. It is a main travel area between feeding and bedding areas. Would it be good to hunt there during the rut even though there is no buck sign?
Max Tendero, Ada, Mich.
A: You can simplify the rut by doing what the bucks are doing: hunting the does. If you are hunting near concentrations of does, or between two areas where they are living, the bucks will eventually be there. During the rut, this is a good strategy. I would hunt that area as often as you can without alerting the does. It can be hard to hunt around a group of does for days at a time without them soon realizing you are lurking in the shadows, but if you play it careful (always have a foolproof way to get in and out without detection, and keep to the downwind fringe of their core area) you should have some buck
Q: I am getting old. As I get fatter, so do my glasses. I am having a harder time gaining a clear visual of my target due to the curvature of my lenses. Do you have any advice?
Mark Henderson, Arlington, Texas
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