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#1116954 - 01/06/09 09:02 PM My first problem shooting a bow
16 Point

Registered: 12/01/07
Posts: 10229
Loc: Franklin, TN

Well, I went to BPS and shot a Bear Game Over today. It was my first time to shoot a bow. The draw weight was 60#. It was a b*** pulling it back to get it to let off. The first two I was able to get it to let off, but the third shot I couldn't get it. After waiting a bit I got it to let off. I was having to aim high to get leverage to get it to pull off. Well, after reading some of y'all's draw weights, I'm a little concerned. Should I get a 60# bow, have it tuned down to 50# to practice and build some strength, then bump back up to 60#? I feel 50# is too light for deer hunting.
#1117049 - 01/06/09 09:42 PM Re: My first problem shooting a bow [Re: UTGrad]
10 Point

Registered: 08/09/04
Posts: 2912
Loc: TN

50# is fine for deer hunting. I know people who kill deer with less pundage than that. You're probably using different muscles than you do for anything else. It won't take long and you'll build endurance.
#1117064 - 01/06/09 09:48 PM Re: My first problem shooting a bow [Re: UTGrad]
6 Point

Registered: 10/30/08
Posts: 511
Loc: Dunlap/Sequatchie Co.

Try a single cam bow, or a double cam bow with less aggressive cams. The more aggressive the design of a bow's cam or cams, the faster the bow is. But you pay a price for this increased speed. Bows with aggressive cams are hard to draw and can be difficult to shoot accurately.

I suggest you try several bows before you purchase. When I started back bow hunting I went thru five before I found one that fit the way I wanted it to. You'll get a bunch of differing opinions and can spend a lot of money on setups but only you will know when its right. ;\) And beware of anybody that starts throwing brand names at'cha!

BTW, I shoot a BowTech! \:D \:D \:D
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#1117089 - 01/06/09 10:02 PM Re: My first problem shooting a bow [Re: Yank]
16 Point

Registered: 12/01/07
Posts: 10229
Loc: Franklin, TN

I will try some different models and poundage weights. I hope to build some more strength for getting the bow to let off.
#1117274 - 01/07/09 04:20 AM Re: My first problem shooting a bow [Re: UTGrad]
Buck Assassin
10 Point

Registered: 05/08/08
Posts: 2955
Loc: cocke county, TN

50# is fine for deer hunting.When I bought my kronic back in May I couldnt even get 60# halfway back the guy turned it down to 50# and I could shoot 10 to 12 shots before I got tired.I took it home and after abought a month I turned it up to 55# and now can pull 60# no problem.So your muscles will strengthen pretty quick.
Its not a passion,It's an obsession!

Round here we follow the motto "K.I.S.S" KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID!

#1117277 - 01/07/09 04:30 AM Re: My first problem shooting a bow [Re: Buck Assassin]
16 Point

Registered: 07/17/03
Posts: 12784
Loc: Middle, Tn

I have watched very strong guys struggle to pull 65# back. Different muscles, timing etc. Within a few days drawing 60# will be very easy...unless you are related to jokerp. Ha!
#1117300 - 01/07/09 05:49 AM Re: My first problem shooting a bow [Re: richmanbarbeque]

Registered: 08/19/01
Posts: 31209
Loc: Kansas City, Mo.

Bows have different draw cycles based on cam design . You should opt for a smooth draw cycle with less emphasis on speed . A good pro shop would reduce the draw weight to a manageable weight for you to try out .50 lbs. is enough to kill a deer . Ted Nugent uses a bow with a draw weight around 50 lbs. , so if Uncle Ted can , you can too ! \:\)

#1117854 - 01/07/09 12:14 PM Re: My first problem shooting a bow [Re: Radar]
4 Point

Registered: 12/01/08
Posts: 296
Loc: Nashville, TN

I've been out of bow hunting for about 8 years now, but my dad is setting one up for me to get back into the sport. When I went to draw back his bow, it took me a few minutes to be able to smoothly draw it back. His is set at 62 pounds. I was able to draw it back 3 or 4 times, but it will take me a little bit of time to retrain my muscles.

Like others have said, start at 50 pounds and work your way up. It won't take long for your muscles to get used to the motion.

#1117859 - 01/07/09 12:17 PM Re: My first problem shooting a bow [Re: NateUK]
10 Point

Registered: 11/20/07
Posts: 3008
Loc: Knoxvegas

My wife has killed deer with just under 40#. A well placed arrow is the key.
"I have two for each of ya."



#1117873 - 01/07/09 12:27 PM Re: My first problem shooting a bow [Re: bobthebowhunter]
10 Point

Registered: 09/02/08
Posts: 2933
Loc: Maury Co

The poundage draw is bow specific.
I can draw and hold a 70# Drenalin,easier than some other 70# bows.

But I shoot a lot and already have rotator cuff issues,so I shoot 60# limbs.

It's a deer killing machine at 60#,and am glad I went with these limbs. I gave up some arrow speed,but it is great for the hunting I do.

It's all about the hunt.
Taking game is just a bonus.

It's the Indian,and not the Arrow.

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