• RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

rundrave

I have taken the plunge into archery hunting

Recommended Posts

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!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.  

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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

IMG_1475.JPG

 

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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On ‎6‎/‎8‎/‎2017 at 2:59 PM, nofishfisherman said:

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.

 

sounds like draw length is too long

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On ‎7‎/‎28‎/‎2017 at 1:21 AM, ZachD said:

sounds like draw length is too long

 

When I took my bow into a an archery shop to get it set up for me the guy said he felt like it was actually about a 1/2 inch too short after maxing it out. I believe he said its set for 30" or 30.5".  Keep in mind I'm 6'4".

 

Either way those issues were a couple years ago and I got them resolved in a couple weeks of practice and establishing a solid anchor point.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well officially passed the South Dakota Bowhunter Ed Course and now have my Certificate. Test was a breeze but was good learning opportunity for a newbie like myself.

 

Shooting the bow has definitely taken a backseat though and I need to get better at making time for it. 

 

Not sure if I will target anything this fall yet for deer. But the plan for sure is to target turkeys in the spring.

 

Been shooting an older bow and arrows are grouping well for me but I have been looking to upgrade already to something newer.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 6/5/2017 at 8:46 AM, rundrave said:

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

IMG_1475.JPG

 

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.

 

 

Is this in Brandon at the state park?

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you've got the opportunity to target deer this fall and are confident in your ability I would highly encourage you to get out there and try it. Even if you don't take a shot there is still a rush to be had by playing the game and trying to get close to deer. My first year in the field with a bow turned into a series of mistakes that prevented me from taking a deer but it was still a great season of hunting.  I feel like bow hunting requires about 100 things to go right in order for you to take a deer, if only 99 things go right and 1 thing goes wrong it won't work.  After my first season it seemed like all 100 things had to go wrong at one point or another in order for me to learn from the mistake.  Fortunately I think i got them all out of the way the first season.

 

Last season was my 2nd season and it went much better.  I took my first deer in the afternoon of my first day out. 

 

If you do plan to hunt deer this fall I would recommend you start figuring out which broadhead you plan to use and then make sure to practice with them before hitting the field.  I went with the Muzzy 3 blade and they do have the same point of impact as my field points but they are a bit less forgiving and tend to show any breakdown in form.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, rl_sd said:

 

 

Is this in Brandon at the state park?

 

just north of Lake Alvin right off of 273rd street

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, nofishfisherman said:

If you've got the opportunity to target deer this fall and are confident in your ability I would highly encourage you to get out there and try it. Even if you don't take a shot there is still a rush to be had by playing the game and trying to get close to deer. 

 

I get that and I am still undecided. I am not sure where my confidence ranks yet, and who knows where that all goes when you get buck fever lol. But in all seriousness I think I could make a good shot if I got a deer in range.

 

I would have good deer hunting on private land minutes from my home. No desire yet to trophy hunt for antlers if anything I would be out shooting a doe for some meat in the freezer. I also have never taken any big game ever in my entire life outside of turkeys. Biggest animal I have shot has been coyotes. Just never been a big game hunter. Any free time I have in the fall is dedicated to my dogs and hunting grouse and pheasants.

 

Someday I could see me catching the deer bug but right now with a young family athome I am already limited on any outdoors time. If I get any free time outdoors my #1 passion outdoors before anything else is shooting a bird over my dogs on point. Maybe bow hunting will replace that but as of right now it hasnt :) perhaps that will change

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm in the same situation in a lot of ways.  Young family at home and also a lot of other fall activities that pull me in multiple directions. I'm also not really a trophy hunter, I hunt more for the meat and the experience.  If a trophy walks by then great but I'm ok with whatever deer presents an opportunity.   I also hadn't hunted big game until was in my 30's, a couple years with a rifle (unsuccessfully) and then 2 years with a bow.  Last year was my first archery deer and also first deer ever.  

 

I'm lucky if I get 3 weekends during the entire archery season to hunt. I also hunt private land that my aunt and uncle own.  Having them there affords me a nice place to sleep and the opportunity to bring my kids along which is amazing.  I can go hunt in the morning and they'll feed the kids breakfast and keep them busy until I come in mid morning.  Then I get to hang with the kids and eat lunch together and then go back out in the afternoon for the evening hunt.  I can then be back in for dinner and to put the kids to bed.  Without that luxury I probably wouldn't hunt more than 1 weekend a year right now. 

 

In terms of confidence in my ability I didn't take to the field until I was solid at 20 yards.  By solid I mean I could shoot a full practice session and not have an arrow stray outside of maybe a 4 inch group with the bulk of the arrows within a 3 inch group.  The first year I limited my range in the field to that 20 yards.  If a deer was outside of 20 I let it walk.  Last year I was able to stretch my range comfortably to 30 yards but the only shot I was presented was exactly at 20 yards.

 

Now that you're over the hardest hurdle which is actually picking up the bow and starting you've got lots of time to decide what you want to do.  If you don't hunt this year there are many more years ahead to give it a shot. If you never hunt simply shooting your bow at the practice range is still a lot of fun. Plus you can always look at doing 3D shoots or winter leagues if there are any near you.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Careful..... my fall used to consist of grouse/pheasant hunting and the fall run of steelhead on the Brule, all leading up to the rifle deer season.  But then I found archery........Once bowhunting entered my life, bird hunting is something I rarely ever do now and I struggle to make time to hit the river (never even went last fall).  But I also have young kids, so I'm in the same boat with finding free time.  But the few times I do find some free time these days, sitting in a tree usually wins.  It's very, very addicting!

 

I was never a hardcore bird hunter though. I had lots of fun (and still do the few times I still get out there), but for me it was usually a good excuse to go on an armed hike with the dog and look for deer sign. But, I was/am still a diehard steelhead guy, so the struggle is real! 

 

Have fun! 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Here are some pictures from this years trip!
    • How do you keep ants off your feeders, especially hummingbird and oriole feeders? I've tried Toro and Raid sprays on the post but it seeks the birds don't like that smell either and i don't see many for a while. Has anyone else experienced that? Any good ideas?
    • I should’ve looked closer - I have an eyes open pic too. 😌  Tough to tell sometimes on my phone screen.  
    • Among other wilds that have moved into our urban areas, we can now add loons.  There is a breeding pair on the lake formerly known as Calhoun, mostly staying on the west and northwest sides.  But there is also a bunch of yearlings fishing the east side, numbering maybe six or seven and so unafraid that they come right up to the 36th Street dock and try to steal suckers being used for musky bait.  Maybe the call of the wild is not really so alien to the South side of Minneapolis, but it looks like the loons have moved in and can be heard calling from time to time. 
    • Sounds like you guys gave her heck up there to find them. I'd be praying thanks, too if I got that one on! ☺️
    • Quick recap:   Weather was too darn “nice”!  Upper 80’s - 90’s; no wind to speak of; mostly sunny. Water temps were anywhere from 64 - 71 depending on location and day.   We looked the lake over from end to end, marking up our map and returning to some places where we saw fish either later the same day or a couple days later.  We could literally see the transition from spawn to post spawn happening during our stay.  Being new to both muskie fishing and that lake, we spent time in dead water as much as good water but feel like we got a pretty good handle on how to go about setting up a more efficient return visit.  It was a lot work and long hours but I’d go back this weekend if I could so I must’ve enjoyed it.   A few pics as hoped for:
    • big dave 2 and leech, darn good lookin meals!!!!  Dave have a good weekend!!!!
    • Ok Dave have a good weekend. Hope you get over the whole butt hurt Leech deal! Not sure where you got that I don't like folks smoking or grilling things?  I know I do enough. Have fun! 🙂  
    • Heavy rains across northwestern Wisconsin last weekend and early this week have flooded some roads and caused washouts on some highways, roads, state parks, forests and trails. According to the National Weather Service the area has received 7 to 12 inches of rain from Friday through Monday.Several park system property or portions of properties are closed due flooding. Amnicon Falls State Park, closed temporarily but has reopened, though some roads, trails and observation areas remain closed. Pattison State Park is open for camping only; all trails, observation areas, picnic and day-use areas are closed. There are washouts on the dam that forms Interfalls Lake and Highway 35 over the dam is closed. A campground and horse trail are closed at Governor Knowles State Forest and the day use areas along the river at Interstate Park are underwater.Water was roaring over Little Manitou Falls at Pattison State Park.Photo credit: Gervase ThompsonAll rivers in the region are running extremely high. The falls at both Amnicon and Pattison are roaring, but road closures mean observing the falls now is challenging. The Bois Brule and Flambeau rivers are high enough that some canoe launches and campsites are underwater. The water is making its way downstream and the Lower Wisconsin River is running very high with all sandbars submerged and canoeing and kayaking not recommended. The river is expected to crest Muscoda this weekend at 40,000 cubic feet per second. .
    • I'm still going to smoke this fatty while camping this weekend whether Leech likes it or not.....😋       See you fellers on Monday........