i have been bowhunting for quite a while. i feel like i have fine tuned my setup, to be about the most efficient hunting rig, not 3d, that i could possibly have. i will share my setup with you. some may not think its the best, but it sure works for me.
a good modern bow, shooting close to 300 fps, with carbon arrows, and 100 grain heads, should be able to shoot flat enough to only need one pin, out to 30 or 35 yards.
Browning F5 Tornado, with a draw weight of 72lbs
arrows, Gold Tip XT Hunters, around 27.5 inches long.
Whisker Biscuit arrow rest. this is, in my opinion the best "hunting" rest ever built. when in a treestand, you dont have to worry at all about your arrow falling off the rest. you can lay it across your lap or whatever.
2'' Blazer Vanes, with Blazer wraps. these short vanes have very good flight, and are not affected at all by the bristles on the whisker biscuit, like 4'' vanes are. the reason for the wraps are, the vanes seem to adhere better than to the bare shaft, and they look cool too!
100 grain NAP Spitfire Mechanical broadheads. i swear by these things. they fly just like field points, and leave an excellent wound channel. i have had complete pass throughs on every deer i have shot, except for two spine shots. i bought three of these heads in 1999, and am still shooting two of them. the third i lost when i missed a deer, (shooter error) and could not find the arrow. they have practice blades available for them, and a set of refill blades is only about 15 bucks. they have no o rings or washers to keep the blades closed, it uses a thin piece of steel with a "detent" on it to keep them closed.
i have the Sims Limb Savers, and string leeches. they are worth every penny at reducing bow noise.
i like the string loop over the metal d loops. the string can still be torqued with the d loop, but is almost impossible with a string loop. also, the d loops are heavier, and on drastically reflexed bows, the can actually make the string fly forward enough to strike the shooters wrist. (seen it, pse baby g)
a caliper release with a wrist strap is what i use. strap it on and it is always right there. i use a cobra, but there are many to choose from. get one with an adjustable trigger, and you can get as sweet a pull as your favorite rifle.
peep sights, keep it simple. something that is easy to see through, lets in enough light, and turns the same every time. i use the ones that have three slots for the string.
sights, as much as you want to spend. i am still using a cheapo cobra fiber optic 3 pin sight, but my buddy MO HUNTER just bought a trophy ridge vertical in line sight, and i now have sight pin envy. we shot last night right before dark, and his pins looked like l.e.d. lights compared to mine.
get a good dampening type stabilizer, but not one that is real long. Sims makes a good one, i use an NAP Shokblocker.
with this setup, my pins are, top pin, 0 to 35 yds, second pin 45 yards, third pin 55 yards. 65 yards is third pin on top of the deers back. now before the ethics police nab me, i practice all summer at 45 to 65 yards, so 30 yarders are like throwing rocks in the ocean, you cant miss. shooting at long distances during practice sessions ensure that you will fine tune your form to shoot consistent groups at that distance.
hope this helps you, and good luck, BG12