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#3006969 - 10/30/12 06:56 AM Re: Getting started bow hunting... [Re: UTGrad]
scn
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Google Randy Ulmer and go to his website. He has (or at least used to) several articles on shooting and hunting setups. I find him to be VERY knowledeable, and his info has always been on the money. It might shorten the learning curve a little.

The key to successfully shooting a bow is consistency and repeatability. You need a good anchor point on your face that you pull exactly to EVERY time, and a good, relaxed, "open-handed" grip. Spending a few minutes with someone that knows what they are doing and can make minor form corrections for you can shave off a lot of the learning curve.

It also really helps to have a bow that fits. Most archers tend to shoot a bow with too long of a draw length. So, before you buy, you need to be properly measured, or do it yourself. If you google measuring for bow draw length, it should take you to a way to measure using outstretched arms and a conversion formula.
I'd do that before trying to buy a bow to know what you need to be looking for.
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#3007106 - 10/30/12 08:50 AM Re: Getting started bow hunting... [Re: scn]
UTGrad
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 Originally Posted By: scn
Google Randy Ulmer and go to his website. He has (or at least used to) several articles on shooting and hunting setups. I find him to be VERY knowledeable, and his info has always been on the money. It might shorten the learning curve a little.

The key to successfully shooting a bow is consistency and repeatability. You need a good anchor point on your face that you pull exactly to EVERY time, and a good, relaxed, "open-handed" grip. Spending a few minutes with someone that knows what they are doing and can make minor form corrections for you can shave off a lot of the learning curve.

It also really helps to have a bow that fits. Most archers tend to shoot a bow with too long of a draw length. So, before you buy, you need to be properly measured, or do it yourself. If you google measuring for bow draw length, it should take you to a way to measure using outstretched arms and a conversion formula.
I'd do that before trying to buy a bow to know what you need to be looking for.


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Well said and good info here.

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#3007140 - 10/30/12 09:14 AM Re: Getting started bow hunting... [Re: UTGrad]
bowtch huntr209
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Pretty much what everyone else has said.

I would recommend looking at the link posted below that can be found on Archery Talk "The Nuts and Bolts of Archery" very informative

http://www.archerytalk.com/vb/showthread.php?t=1399457

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#3007867 - 10/30/12 05:19 PM Re: Getting started bow hunting... [Re: TNDeerGuy]
Radar
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 Originally Posted By: TNDeerGuy
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


Ditto , I'd stay away from Achery talk . Tndeer is a good place to learn about bowhunting right here on this forum . It's also a good place to meet fellow Bowhunters who may help you along the way .
I would suggest going to a proshop and get setup properly with a bow that fits you and find a good mentor . It's not something you can jump right into , it takes plenty of practice to become proficient with a bow , so prepare now for next season and you will be more successful .
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#3008883 - 10/31/12 09:34 AM Re: Getting started bow hunting... [Re: Radar]
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Very good advise. I would also add take all advise with a grain of salt and not gospel. There are a lot of options out there. Listen to all advise and then learn from it.You will start to figure out what's good and what's bad. the key though is to start out with the proper draw length. that needs to be done at a bow shop that knows what they are doing. Its a great year round sport.
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#3009468 - 10/31/12 03:15 PM Re: Getting started bow hunting... [Re: pookie]
StalkingWolf
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Are you familiar with deer hunting at all, or just not the archery part?
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#3012612 - 11/02/12 12:24 PM Re: Getting started bow hunting... [Re: StalkingWolf]
pookie
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 Originally Posted By: StalkingWolf
Are you familiar with deer hunting at all, or just not the archery part?


I am. But I've only ever sat in a stand during rifle season. I've not done any stalk hunts, and never bow hunted. Even my rifle hunting has not been as often as I would like lately.

A little back story, we moved from SC to Murfreesboro about 5 years ago, and moved to Knoxville about 2 years ago. Since the move we've started our family and my free time has been spent at home, or fishing. (I love to fish, and so does mini-me) Where I hunted in SC had one of the longest rifle seasons ever, August 15-Jan 1. But since the move I've not gone like I used to. I am going back to meet up with some buddies in the coming weeks so I'm stoked about that.

Which is where the interest in bow hunting comes in. First, I'm interested in it as what I've seen on tv and the stories I hear it sounds awesome. Second, I'd like an option that gives me a longer window to get in the woods here in TN. Third, I have another buddy who lives in North Wisconsin and has invited me up to deer hunt. Rifle season in his area only comes in the Sat before Thanksgiving, and goes out the Sun after. That's a bad week to try and travel to WS for a hunt. But bow season is much longer out there so again it gives me a longer window to go up. Hunting in WS would be a dream hunt. Fourth, I think our current house gives me a perfect place to practice, and I'm looking it as something I can use to relax during the work week. Other people play golf or whatever, I work on cars, and would like to shoot archery in my back yard.

I've been on forums before and know the old rule of not believing anything on the internet. So, I was looking for some good books or links to get my knowledge started.

I hope that helps explain a little more, and thanks again for the help.

Also, can anyone recommend a good shop to get measured in the Knoxville area.


Edited by pookie (11/02/12 12:28 PM)

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#3012799 - 11/02/12 02:06 PM Re: Getting started bow hunting... [Re: pookie]
StalkingWolf
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The best advice I can give is to shoot your bow until you are very comfortable with it. And then shoot some more. There is no way you can have all the answers without some experience. Shooting at deer is the best way to solve that. It would also be good if you could find a bowhunting partner who already hsa some experience.
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#3013058 - 11/02/12 05:11 PM Re: Getting started bow hunting... [Re: StalkingWolf]
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I'd have to disagree with the statement "you can't believe anything on the Internet" . These forums are a great place to shorten the learning curve , you just have to know how to sort out the BS from good advise .
Look for unbiased advice from experienced Bowhunters . You will figure out who to learn from .
The best place to start is your pro shop during the offseason . This is a time when business may be a little slow , and they are able to spend more time with you . Archery is not a hobby you can pick up within a week or two and become proficient at . It takes some dedication to a practice routine with a bow that is correctly setup .
Bowhunting is different than rifle hunting as well . Stand placement is more critical . Setting up stands in bottlenecks in cover and terrain within bow range of deer travel routes is the key to success .
My first bowhunt was in 1980 , I have been hooked every since . I no longer put my bow down during rifle season .
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#3013130 - 11/02/12 06:21 PM Re: Getting started bow hunting... [Re: Radar]
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Find a friend that bowhunts or shoots a bow and let him guide you. Start will all used stuff, save as much as possible.
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