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Posted: 11/22/2011 2:45:31 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/20/2008 10:07:30 AM EDT
[Last Edit: DrFrige] [#1]
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Link Posted: 6/16/2009 9:27:05 PM EDT
my striped compound has been sitting in its case for 8 years without use what do i do to tune it up . i just found a box of 48 arrows i lost in the move  and i ordered a 6 ft roll of hay for the backyard one of those  from the feed store..i gots a sheet ,never adjusted it or replaced string and lost book that came with it ,also buying  /bought  one of thosr wrist triger thingys  how dou get used to one of those after 50 yrs of fingers only?
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 9:43:33 PM EDT
You'll need someone to show you how to properly use a release.  You don't want to use the trigger like you would on a rifle.  Do you have anyone around that is a good shot that can help?

After seeing how you're supposed to do it, it just takes time, practice, and patience, like everything else with archery.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 10:00:33 PM EDT
Originally Posted By IIRC:
You don't want to use the trigger like you would on a rifle.  

Yep, don't punch the trigger, pull through it...

Link Posted: 9/11/2009 2:31:11 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DrFrige:

So you want to get into Archery & Bowhunting?</center id=center>

By DrFrige & IIRC

First of all, Welcome aboard!! Many of our “brothers in arms” aren’t into archery because they either aren’t interested or they are hesitant to get into something new. Like most new people, they are looking for a place to start. Hopefully, this is where we can help.

Great idea, and Great job to both of you.

Link Posted: 9/30/2009 11:19:45 PM EDT
great, this is exactly what i was looking for!
Link Posted: 10/6/2009 6:22:54 PM EDT
How are PSE bows for a starter bow? Im looking at one for my first bow. Why not goto bass pro or cabelas?

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Link Posted: 10/6/2009 6:30:57 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Sig223:
How are PSE bows for a starter bow? Im looking at one for my first bow. Why not goto bass pro or cabelas?

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PSE makes bows that are very good starter bows, as do most all of the other manufacturers out there.  The best thing to do is to try out a few brands and see what one you like best, regardless of marketing or hype.  If you like PSE the best, Bear, Mathews, Bowtech, or whatever, then that is the best brand for you.

Speaking in very general terms here, you often find a higher quality of help and knowledge at a pro-shop where they specialize in archery equipment.  Many of the bigger box stores are less selective about who works in the archery department.  It takes a good amount of knowledge and skill to fit a person to a bow properly.  A shop owner who makes his living at it will often put that extra effort in to help you and to keep you coming back.

Good luck if you decide to get into archery.
Link Posted: 10/6/2009 9:45:27 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Sig223:
How are PSE bows for a starter bow? Im looking at one for my first bow. Why not goto bass pro or cabelas?

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PSE was my first, 2nd and 3rd bow.  One thing I really like about some of the PSE bows, that really began probably around 1996 or 97ish is their positive draw stop.
I think that's a great feature for a beginner to eliminate creep and help you focus on your form.
The last few that I shot (which has been several years ago) had an absolute rock solid draw stop.
Link Posted: 10/7/2009 6:09:45 AM EDT
Thanks for the info. I like the pse brute.

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Link Posted: 11/11/2009 3:13:23 PM EDT
Well I'm gonna try too.  I bought a Fred Bear TRX new in 04, shot it a few times, but have never hunted with it.  I have deer tracks all around my house and have jumped a few going to work at 4am....I have put a few bags of corn out and stepped off the distance to my elevated back deck where i will hopefully take a shot here soon. I've got the game camera set up about 15 feet from the corn pile, to give me an idea when they are coming around.  Wish me luck, I'm gonna need it!!!!
Link Posted: 2/25/2010 4:47:57 PM EDT
thank this is what i need, just got my first bow, a hoyt trykon xl 75th anniversary.
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 4:18:01 PM EDT
Thanks guys this is a big help!
Link Posted: 9/19/2010 12:38:44 AM EDT
[Last Edit: perimedik] [#14]
A good online course for bowhunter safety

Also, as we all know there are inherent dangers associated with hunting.

Unfamiliar land or terrain can easily get you turned around and lost in no time.
Here are a few links that may be of assitance to fellow hunters, whether you hunt long island or anywhere upstate.
Yes GPS systems are great and powerful tool, however they are a bunch of electronics and can fail.

The first is the New York State Geographic Information Systems (GIS) other Topo Maps may be available for your state or area through the USGS


You can download supper accurate topographic maps, ariel photos of the areas you plan to hunt and print them out.

They use the 1:24,000 scale standard which is what the UTM (Universal Transverse Mercator) coordinate system is a grid-based method of specifying locations.
This is used as a standard by Search and rescue teams.
Here is a link on how to use the UTM in conjunction with a 1:24,000 map from maptools.com

Here is a good link, simple and straight forward on compass reading and orienteering from the US Search and Rescue Task Force

As with anything it will require practice to become more confident and proficient.

I would suggest a orienteering compass as it is less expensive and designed to be used with this system.
A lensatic compass is a little more difficult for beginners to use with this system.
In addition to a simple survival/first aid kit (whistle, mirror, firestarter space blanket etc), understanding topo maps and being able to give a grid location by radio - even if you can not egress from that location - can be the difference between freezing to death in the woods and coming home to your loved ones.

Hope this helps.
Stay Safe and God Bless

Perimedik - NEREMT-P, CIC, SAR Tech III
Link Posted: 9/19/2010 1:31:21 AM EDT
I can't wait to go bow hunting with my good buddy.  He's been bitching about how if I can spend so much money on guns, why won't the SO let me get a bow. Fucker just had to put it like that.  Today I finished getting in my first 50 shots on my brand new bow, a Matthews Mission BX1, and I can't get enough of it!
Link Posted: 9/27/2010 8:29:44 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/5/2010 2:51:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: Edvvard] [#17]
Is there a stigma against using a selfbow for deer hunting?  I make my own bows from Osage normally and they are all within legal weight range, but I only hear of compound bows being used...  

Or is it not legal to use a self bow in hunting?  I am almost finished working on a short bow for a possible deer hunt later this month.
Link Posted: 10/18/2010 10:12:26 PM EDT
The biggest roadblock I hear from Folks who say they would get into bow hunting is... they already have enough hunting hobbies.

Folks say they want to get into it, but they just bring themselves to manufacture the time needed for yet another hobby.

I get that and I have said that stuff myself.  I thought I was doing my family a favor by not getting into the bow hunting world.

Well guess what I discovered?  My state, like most, gives the bow hunter the ability to hunt Pre-Rut, Rut, and Post Rut oportunities.
For me, that means I'm not corn holed into hunting a limited days with my firearm methods.  And because life happens and plans change, I don't have to tell my wife to suck it up and deal with the kids and the life WE created, on her own, because the prime gun season window is short and I'm leaving anyway.

The bow hunter can easily postpone his trip to the next best time to be in the woods if his life's current situation says he really should live up to his responsibilities.

When duty calls... Duty calls, and I answer it.  I know I'm not alone with this perspective, and as a hunter who MUST be in the woods to keep life in its PROPER perspective, the bow opens the necessary windows.

I know this deviates from the normal beginer bow hunter 'advice' but it has been a saving grace for me and my need to be in the woods.
Link Posted: 10/27/2010 12:38:22 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Flatulence:

Well guess what I discovered?  My state, like most, gives the bow hunter the ability to hunt Pre-Rut, Rut, and Post Rut oportunities.

For me, that means I'm not corn holed into hunting a limited days with my firearm methods

This is exactly why I want to get back into archery (after 20 years.  
Haven't shot since I was 14).  Here in KS, I have 12 days of hunting
post-rut and that is all.  Of that, I am only able to hunt 5 of those
days.  I have a wife and 7 kids to feed, and 5 days is not enough time
to get 4-5 deer, hang each one in the garage, quarter it, and cool it for later processing.  
Having from mid-Oct to mid-Jan gives me a lot more opportunity to fill
the freezer.
The problem is not having the money to get a bow.  I'm trying to sell
some stuff to afford it, but I don't think I have $600+ worth of stuff
that I'll need to afford all the archery stuff.  Heck, I'm trying to sell some new IMG brass for less than new Winchester, Remington, Federal, or LC brass and no one is biting!  At least I have until next spring to get it all sold.

Link Posted: 10/31/2010 12:21:25 PM EDT

Raising 7 kids!!!  Sounds like you're well aware of challenges.

You won't regret getting a bow and being out there.
Link Posted: 11/12/2010 3:17:59 AM EDT
Damn you all.  Was at my buddy's place enjoying a cold one when he busted out his new bow, now I've found this thread, now I'm scouring shops and craigslist.  
Link Posted: 1/16/2011 3:17:23 PM EDT
So i have a question. Where would I go to find GOOD information on repairing, fixing, upkeep, and general keeping a bow in working order for years to come?
Link Posted: 1/16/2011 5:42:54 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/24/2011 10:10:28 AM EDT
Glad I found this and the resources in the links.

I'm looking to start hunting and want to use a bow versus a rifle due largely to me not wanting to buy another rifle and ammo. Also, I've admired bow hunters for a long time because it seems more difficult to get close to your prey and take it down.

So beginner questions are:
How do I determine how much poundage I can draw?
How do I determine my draw length?
Aside from the bow, arrows, broadheads, what other equipment do I absolutely need in order to be successful hunting on public land?

I'm 30 and would like to teach my children the same after I learn enough to teach them. I'm not likely going to make it for this years hunt but when I return from another deployment I'll be looking to set everything up and ready for it.
Link Posted: 7/24/2011 10:34:10 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/31/2011 4:43:21 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/5/2013 3:09:56 PM EDT
So I'm interested in maybe starting bowfishing I did it with one of my step brothers and had a blast are there good starter bows for that?
Link Posted: 11/25/2013 2:46:19 AM EDT
I'm so glad I found this sub-forum.  The wife and I have wanted to try out archery for a while, and the new Hunger Games has given us more encouragement

Hopefully I can make it to the shop this week to try out some bows!
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