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#1328407 - 05/15/09 01:35 PM Bowfishing Questions
12 Point

Registered: 04/06/07
Posts: 6318
Loc: Nashville, TN

Got no replies on the General Forum, so I thought I'd ask here...

So I bought an AMS Bowfishing combo deal with a reel, an arrow rest, and two arrows. I put them on my old PSE compound last night. I'm going to take off the string silencers, the string loop, and the peep sight.


Do I keep the kisser button on the string? Will this be my anchor point, or is there no anchor point when shooting instinctively?

Do I need my stabilizer? Or is that just excess weight I won't need for instinctive shooting?

Do I dial down the bow poundage? What weight should I be drawing if I'm normally at about 60 pounds?

Where do I get a big carp bucket for my boat deck? The only ones I have are to skinny (will fall over) or have wheels like a rolling trash can.

Somebody said something about a golf glove. Is that what I use to pull back and release the string? Two finger release?

Thanks so much.
It is not the killing ...; it is the contest of skill and cunning. The true hunter counts his achievement in proportion to the effort involved and the fairness of the sport.

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#1328437 - 05/15/09 01:43 PM Re: Bowfishing Questions [Re: gil1]
12 Point

Registered: 03/31/08
Posts: 6710
Loc: B-Y-B to the double E

ok... I kept the kisser button on my rig to have an anchor point

My reel attaches to the stabilizer hole so I don't have one. I don't see a need in having one though.

I dialed my weight down from 60 to around 50.

Just a small 20 or 30 gallon trash can.

The golf glove is used on your opposite hand that you rip the bow with. Use it to get the carp off the arrow. Those things are nasty. I hope this helps and remember I'm no expert just what I have done and my suggestions.
If ducks are fooled by plastic decoys, you are really just doing them a favor by shooting.

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#1328994 - 05/15/09 08:33 PM Re: Bowfishing Questions [Re: Seminole39]
8 Point

Registered: 10/10/02
Posts: 1169
Loc: Castalian Springs, TN

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I use a 40# recurve. I really couldn't tell you how to set up a compound. Just remember to have fun with it. Don't get discouraged, shooting at an underwater target can take a little getting used to.
Turkey hunting, the most fun you can have with your clothes on.

#1329217 - 05/15/09 11:39 PM Re: Bowfishing Questions [Re: m_allison71]
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18 Point

Registered: 03/12/99
Posts: 20326
Loc: lenoir city,tn

when shooting fingers(3 fingers) instinctively, i anchor my middle finger in the corner of my mouth.
as for the stabilizer, get rid of it. just something for the line to catch on.
i have the "no glove" rubber things on my bow but before that, i just used a regular archery glove. a golf glove wouldn't be thick enough.
a 30 gal. trash can would work. i have seen 55 gal. barrels with the tops cut off used.
i wouldn't want to pull much over 50 lbs. i am not sure exactly what mine is but it's within 3 or 4 lbs. of 50.
experienced hunters know its not just a bushy white tail, its a big middle finger.

nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught

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