Sadly though, the public usually puts physical strength on a pedestal and forsakes the more cerebral approach. Some archery hunters will take the manly approach and draw as much weight as they possibly can. Not only can too much draw weight possibly cost you a deer, it could be hazardous to your health.
Ever seen this guy on the archery range? Just as he is about to draw his bow, he aims it to the heavens, spreads his feet into a wrestling stance, and begins to draw back his bow. His lips are pursed and his eyes bug out a little until the cams roll over and he gets into the valley. As he brings his bow on plane at full draw, his body quivers, he aims quickly, and at release, exhales loudly in relief of the pressure.
This guy could be big or small but it’s obvious that he is drawing WAY too much weight. Chances are good that he will eventually pull a muscle but chances are even greater that if he goes through those gyrations on the stand, every deer within 100 yards will see him! So how do you know if you are drawing the right weight for your body style and strength level? Here’s the test…sit on a chair with both feet flat on the floor. Hook your release and bring your bow arm up on the plane with your target. You are drawing too much weight if you are not able to come to full draw in that position while keeping your pins on the target.
You only need about 35 pounds of kinetic energy (KE) for the average whitetail deer and arrow velocity is part of the formula for determining KE. Arrow velocity is partially determined by draw weight. Don’t suffer the fool well who is bragging that the draw weight of his bow is set at 82 pounds…..unless he can smoothly come to full draw and hold it there. Then you might want to consider just staying out of his way.