Speed and Range of Modern Bows
While modern bows can shoot arrows up to 400 yards at speeds exceeding 200 miles per hour, the bow is a short-range hunting tool. 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 15 yards or less.