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Modern bows can shoot arrows more than 200 yards, at speeds of more than 135 miles per hour. Any bow can be dangerous at any range and should be handled responsibly. However, the bow is a short-range hunting tool. Shots are usually limited to 40 yards or less; and at this range, the arrow penetrates and can even pass through an animal. Most shots are taken at 20 yards or less.

Bowhunter drawing a bow