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I have taken the plunge into archery hunting

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Just signed up for archery lessons at a local outfitter. Had a buddy who just upgraded give me a bow to use, nothing special but for the time being it will work for now. I got it fitted today, draw adjusted etc, put on new sights and a whisker biscuit.

 

I am almost 36 yrs old but I have never shot a bow in my life so I have no idea what to expect. My first arrow flung will be next week when I start a private class 1 on 1 with an instructor a week from Friday.

 

I have also never taken any big game ever with exception of turkeys and those were with a shotgun and rifle. No desire to deer hunt but maybe it will come some day. My main focus will be for turkey. I am tired of hunting public, and although I appreciate the challenge over the years I have had too many close encounters. I have also found knocking on doors with a firearm to hunt turkeys isn't as welcomed as it is with a bow. I already have some contacts lined up to use my bow if all goes well.

 

Wish me luck!

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Good luck!  I think the way you are getting started is excellent and I hope you find it fun and an exciting ride.  Good luck!  If you have questions or problems, post 'em up here and we'll try to help.  

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I took up the sport at the same age basically (2-3 years ago) and it is fun and a good way to pass time.  I have increased my shooting as time goes as I didn't shoot as much as I should have the first year or 2 and am now making a weekly routine to shoot a couple times all year round to keep muscle memory and just cuz it is fun!  Hope you enjoy the sport!!  Good Luck

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I started up the same way 3 years ago when I was 33.  A buddy gave me an old bow to use and I took it into a shop to get it fit for me.  Its an older bow but still shoots just fine.

 

I didn't do any private lessons more than the pointers I got from the guy at the shop. I just went out and shot a ton of arrows the first year and then a ton more the next year.  Every trip out I could see my groups shrinking and becoming more consistent.


Last season was my first full season of deer hunting with a bow and I loved it. Only got out a few times due to having a baby at home but I had some close encounters that got the blood pumping.  Turns out I put all my energy into bow and didn't even rifle hunt last year and I see that as probably being the trend for awhile. 

 

I just enjoy getting out to shoot which I try to do 2-3 times a week from spring through the fall.

 

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Been Shooting for 14 years and it still hasn't gotten old. Deer hunted for 13 or those years and just this year shot my first Archery turkey. Next year hopefully arrow my first bear.

I think you will have a blast it is a fun sport, even if not to hunt 3d shoots are a good time.

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Sweet!  Let us know how it is going.  I started shooting with my dad when I was 10-12 and we never thought about draw length, poundage, and tuning at all  haha.   It took me 7-8 years to really get comfortable with a bow and shooting good groups past 20 yards.  

Part of me wishes we had the money for better equipment and lessons, but its all good and most of what I have learned over the years has been self taught.  

 

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It's a great sport and stress relief. I have been doing it for 30 years now and see no end in site. 

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Traveling out of state has kept me from getting lessons started. Shot my first ever arrows today and it went well at 10 and 20 yards.

Took a few arrows to get it sighted in. In fact it went so well that I got my first Robin Hood.

At first I was upset that I ruined 2 arrows but then instructor got all excited and had to run and get his camera.

He asked if it was my first one and I was like first what? Then I learned what a Robin Hood was and started to realize what all the fuss was about lol.

Hopefully the first of many memories made in a new hobby. 

Im using an older bow and was told handle is a little wide where newer ones are more thin. I'm finding I'm clenching and maybe rolling my wrist gripping to hard and need to relax my grip. 

I saw improvement with each arrow I shot so will just have to keep practicing.

Its crazy what you can spend on a release, sights, whisker biscuit, arrows, tips etc. gonna be an expensive hobby I think. :)

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welcome to the addiction. yes indeed relax that grip. a small wrist sling is something to consider if you havnt. 

the vid below is a good start and the guy has lots of videos. have fun!

 

good video

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Sounds like you have a good instructor for him to be excited for you when you are shooting well.  

Positive encouragement!  

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Recently discovered the SD Gfp just put up a range on some state land about a mile from my house:

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Did a little sundown shoot and it went well except for one oops. Lost an arrow that got stuck in the wood after a mosquito messed me up.

I am pretty confident at the 15yard target and thats where I did most of my shooting. I did move up to 25yards for a few shots and I was on the target but not very consistent.

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My first year of shooting it took some time for the groups to come together.  Then once the did I starting moving my groups all over the target.  One day high , next day low left, next day something different again.  It took a lot of work to develop a consistent and repeatable routine.  For me it was all tied to my grip and then consistent anchor point.

 

Having a nice range like that close to home is awesome.  I have a range about 10-15 minutes from work that sneak out to over lunch a few days a week.  Some days I'm out there shooting in a dress shirt and dress pants but whatever I'm still out shooting.  The first year I caught myself on the forearm with the string on 2 consecutive shots so had a pretty nasty welt on my arm when I got back to work.  That was hard to explain.

 

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