I've seen the fps on different compound bows range from the mid to upper 200s all the way up to 310, 320+ range. What's the minimal fps to effectively kill a deer? What's overkill?
I agree with Harold:up: I can pull 80lbs and shot 320 or so but I prefer to pull 63 lbs and shot 263 fps I can be more accurate with that set up:up:I don't really think there is a right answer to your question. Slow and accurate kills deer, fast and accurate kills deer. Until you get into the slow enough not enough energy range, dead is dead no matter how fast the arrow goes through.
I liked a comment I heard from Harold Knight (of Knight and Hale) about 10 years ago. He was asked about all the new fangled fast bows on the market and how he felt about that kind of speed. He stopped, and in a way only a county boy can, said, "Well, I'm not opposed to it I suppose, but exactly how far into the ground do you need to drive a broadhead after it passes through a deer for it to be a successful shot?"
Yes he is! As far as jumping the string-I think that can be a combination of a few things: a bow that is too loud, not waiting until the deer is looking away (or at least not toward you), and not being concealed good in the stand. The deer may have "saw" you but aren't sure you are a threat but they are more nervous so at the first hint something is wrong, i.e. sound of the shot or movement by the archer, they react quicker than if they think everything is normal. With all that said, I think deer are like people in some aspects; some are just a lot smarter than others and may know something is up even in the best conditions.Ted Nugent is the man.