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#3002014 - 10/27/12 02:47 PM Getting started bow hunting...
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Can you guys point me to some good books or websites on getting started bow hunting? Heck, even compound bow shooting?

I shot a plastic recurve with wooden arrows as a kid, that's the only time I have pulled the string on a bow. I know that is nothing like shooting a compound, I'm just saying that is all my bow experience.

I have two buddies that LOVE it, and I'm interested, but I'd like to learn a lot more before I go jumping in and buying a setup.

Thanks


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#3002244 - 10/27/12 05:59 PM Re: Getting started bow hunting... [Re: pookie]
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http://www.archerytalk.com
Go the Forums and read everything you can. Particularly the Bow Tuning forum.
Go to http://www.huntersfriend.com and look at combo deals and various articles and bow test reports.
http://www.huntingnet.com/forum - particularly the Archery forum boards. Great information here.

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#3002834 - 10/28/12 01:35 AM Re: Getting started bow hunting... [Re: Buccaneer]
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If you have an archery club around you, that would be a good place to go and learn first hand by talking to fellow archers and looking at their equipment, or a quality pro-shop as well—this time of year they can get pretty slow and will have the time to talk to you.

Be careful about Archery Talk though,it is true that you can/will pick up some good information, but that place is also loaded with some really bad advice/attitudes from people that think they know what they are talking about—the same could be said about any website though.

You can also ask any question you have here, there is alot of us that has been around the block a time or three.

This is link is called "The Nuts and Bolts of Archery" and it contains alot of information that you may find useful and interesting. http://archeryhistory.com/archerytalk/The_Nuts&Bolts_of_Archery.pdf
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#3002990 - 10/28/12 07:43 AM Re: Getting started bow hunting... [Re: TNDeerGuy]
pookie
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Thanks guys. I did just some looking around after I posted yesterday. I'll definitley give the links a look and get back with any questions.

How about books? Can you guys recommend any good archery books?

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#3003406 - 10/28/12 12:00 PM Re: Getting started bow hunting... [Re: pookie]
catman529
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one thing is don't get all caught up in the technical stuff that people will push on you. It helps to some degree but unless you want to hit a golf ball every time at 45 yards then don't worry about it... I have gone the "poor man's" route, using an older bow with cheap Carbon Express arrows from walmart. Bow has a single pin sight, peep sight on the string, nock points w/ release loop, it is a basic setup, pulls in the 60 lb range, and I only shoot deer out to 20 yards or so. So far I have killed 2 with a bow this year and it is my first year taking it seriously. I guess if you buy a compound then take it to an archery shop to have them tune it up to fit you, they shouldn't charge too much, and get arrows that fit your draw length and weight, and remember that even the cheap stuff will still kill deer and you have to decide if you want to be simple and take closer shots or get all technical and have a killing machine out to 40+ yards. I can't offer much more advice because as I said, i just recently got into bowhunting too so I am still learning. This is just what I have gathered so far.
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#3004446 - 10/28/12 09:04 PM Re: Getting started bow hunting... [Re: pookie]
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 Originally Posted By: pookie
Thanks guys. I did just some looking around after I posted yesterday. I'll definitley give the links a look and get back with any questions.

How about books? Can you guys recommend any good archery books?


I can't recommend anything because I have never read a single book on archery—I believe most fall into this category. Everything I know, has been picked up from either personal experience or knowledge gained from talking to others and just tinkering around over the years soaking up information from a vast amount of resources—like links we posted as an example.

As previously stated, don't get to involved in the technical aspects of it right now—there is a something to be said about to much information. Just read the first little bit of that "nuts and bolts" that talks about basic shooting form and the entry level stuff and find a bow and someone that knows what they are doing and start shooting. If you where closer I would help you out, but I'm sure someone up your way could help you out and get you started in the right direction.
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#3004626 - 10/28/12 09:44 PM Re: Getting started bow hunting... [Re: TNDeerGuy]
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I'm with these guys. I would find a used bow on the cheap and get it to fit you right, then spend your time shooting it. Don't worry so much about the books, I believe better information will come from the forums. My biggest recommendation would be to find a good public range to practice at, it will provide good practice at different yardages and angles.
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#3006271 - 10/29/12 05:35 PM Re: Getting started bow hunting... [Re: Urban_Hunter]
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 Originally Posted By: Urban_Hunter
I'm with these guys. I would find a used bow on the cheap and get it to fit you right, then spend your time shooting it. Don't worry so much about the books, I believe better information will come from the forums. My biggest recommendation would be to find a good public range to practice at, it will provide good practice at different yardages and angles.


X2.

I got my whole setup for $150 bucks on craigslist. Spent 50 more bucks on a tru glo sight because I wanted an extra pin. I can tell you right now that was a mistake because I have never used that pin shooting at a deer.

Good luck to you! Hopefully you got a nice big back yard where you can practice there.

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#3006569 - 10/29/12 08:28 PM Re: Getting started bow hunting... [Re: BirdDog123]
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The archers bible by Fred Bear

Gain all the knowldge you can from personal experience and forums like this one even the tech stuff it all will help you put it all together form and function
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#3006782 - 10/29/12 10:36 PM Re: Getting started bow hunting... [Re: ImThere]
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Stick around here and you will learn.

Find a good local shop and learn from them.

Hang out with bow hunters and learn from them.

#1....learn proper shooting form and get a bow with the proper draw length and get arrows that spine match your set up.

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