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Old 03-31-2012, 09:38 PM   #1
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I'm new to the bow hunting world. I got a new bow, had a friend show me some basics, and totally missed the target. I think maybe my natural reaction was to flinch when I released. I need some coaching, any volunteers?
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:44 PM   #2
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It's the weekend so response may be slow but someone WILL respond.

First step in the process is admitting you need help!!

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Old 03-31-2012, 09:44 PM   #3
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Your going to get 634678432 instructions by ppl over the Internet my suggestion is find a reputable bow shop and get some hands on with them helps having someone there watching and coaching.. Glad to see you've joined the crowd!
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:45 PM   #4
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stand closer to the target...
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:47 PM   #5
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I am a great shoot with a gun man. But I want to learn this more. Got a great deal on a 2011 bowtech 82nd airborne, already all set up. Thing is FAST! I know I just need practice.
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:51 PM   #6
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Practice practice n practice. Like stated above go to a bow shop n let them see what's going on
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:52 PM   #7
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Yep. Stand closer. Start shooting at 10 yards maybe. Just concentrate on aiming, keep everything relaxed and lightly squeeze your trigger till it fires. I owned 2 separate 82nd's awhile back. They are some screamers for sure. Don't get too frustrated and have a good time
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:52 PM   #8
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First of all, WELCOME TO THE FIRE!!!

The FIRST step is getting a bow that FITS! If the bow doesn't fit, you'll develop bad habits that will be very difficult to break later on down the line. Doesn't matter which brand as long as it fits you and it feels good.

After that, remember to hold the bow with an open hand, don't give the bow a death grip. Hold steady, slowly squeeze the release and DO NOT move your body, stay still and follow thru with your release hand in the natural backwards motion.

There's a lot of TBH'ers in the SA area, I'm sure some will offer some coaching.

PRACTICE, PRACTICE AND PRACTICE SOME MORE!!!

Welcome to the bowhunting world, you found the right place for good advice and you'll get a lot of it!
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:08 PM   #9
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What Tubby said is very true. The bow needs to fit. Go to an archery shop / range there is S.A. Spend a little time and money with the techs there. They can tell you if the bow fits and give you you some valuable info.

Don't get me wrong... folks here will help in a heart beat. BUT, ya need some one watchin ya shoot.

Also, as was said, start at 10 yards & work on technic. Get consistent with your groups, then dial it in... after that move back a little and keep practicing.

When you get tired...quit for a while. You make mistakes when you are tired.


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Old 03-31-2012, 10:22 PM   #10
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The Bow Shop on Naco-Perrin (not open Sun/Mon) or Mesquite Archery. Get some help and make sure d/lengthis right, and several other things too.
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:30 PM   #11
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First.. get a tbh sticker
Then check out the equipment forum on here.. lotsa very knowledgeable and experienced folks that are more than willing to hey you lined out either setup wise or form.
But like others have said, don't be afraid to check out the local shops.. usually the same people in there willing to help.
Oh Yeh.. stand closer and work your way back.
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:37 PM   #12
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:49 PM   #13
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Go to Mesquite Archery and have them check out your rig. Make sure its set-up properly. If it is than practice, practice, practice.

And dont let these guys tell you to stand closer. You just need a real big target. LOL
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:09 PM   #14
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stand closer to the target...
Yep

Get your form down first. Even if it is a few feet. Then start stepping back.
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Old 04-01-2012, 12:42 AM   #15
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Where are you located in San Antonio? I might be able to help you out. I'm in the FAR NW side (outside 1604 loop - Alamo Ranch area)
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Old 04-01-2012, 05:26 AM   #16
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I'm around the same area. 1604 and Culebra. I'm free on wed's, and thurs's.
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:39 AM   #17
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Wed works best for me, but I might be able to swing Thur too. Do you have a place to shoot? Send me a PM with a phone number and I'll send you mine as well. We will get you fixed up.
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:58 AM   #18
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Great people with great help here =) You came to a great place
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Old 04-01-2012, 12:05 PM   #19
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My suggestion is to Go to a local archery shop.
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:14 PM   #20
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my best advice to you....

find someone at a pro shop or someone who is a very good shot and have them watch you shoot and critique it....

i used to shoot with my hand closed around the grip, torquing the bow, and i was so used to squeezing like a shotgun, i never really understand what i was doing wrong,

use the trigger just like a long range rifle shot, control breaths, breath in, breath out, focus on the target, breath in, (these should be as slow and steady as possible to calm your nerves) and while on the exhale, focus the pin on the target, and gently squeeze, like a rifle, let it naturally surprise you....slow and steady is the key to the release pull as a small flinch can move the arrow a bunch....

on holding the bow, put the grip in your hand and let your fingers relax, dont close them, dont use them to hold the bow, the force being pulled into your palm will hold it for you....when you release the arrow, a lot of people try to "grab" the grip to prevent the bow from falling, thats what a wrist sling is for, the bow should fall forward some but the sling will catch it....i really had a problem with this, until a freind at a bow shop showed me....and you need to practice on doing it the same way every single time....

i hope thats not hard to understand, im not the best teacher but thats some advice i was givin and it worked wonders....i dont shoot bows much anymore, but i was a pretty good shot, close groups out to 60 yards....and before i was shooting all over the place at 20 lol
if i am wrong i would hope someone would correct me here, but im just trying to give info on what helped me, but i may be explaining it wrong....it takes patience, which i dont have, so give it time, it will come to you....people overthink this bowhunting stuff....you dont need fancy parts, and a $2k set up, i got a mathews drenalin and a good sight and rest and some good arrows and was set, i started with my dads bowtech tomkat, and they were both great....dont overthink it, have fun, try and relax, and enjoy shooting, and it will come easy for you....you will be smackin animals in no time!! good luck!!
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:21 PM   #21
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Go to a pro shop are get with a friend and practice. Have fun with it!
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:22 PM   #22
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ANCHOR, ANCHOR, ANCHOR!! work on your form and anchor point... make sure you are anchoring in the same spot everytime.

but like everyone else said, find somone to shoot with that know's what is going on...

welcome to the wonderful world of the bow!
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:37 PM   #23
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I'm on nw part of sa too, I can help any week day after 630
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:07 PM   #24
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Right on every one, thanks for the words of wisdom, and support .
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:09 PM   #25
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Start close move back, see a pro shop. You will be right where u need to be!! Good luck.
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:40 PM   #26
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Let me tell you the problem I had when I first started shooting a bow. I began by shooting with fingers but I don't think it matters whether you are using a release or shooting with fingers. As soon as I would release the arrow I had a problem with dropping my bow hand to watch the arrow fly. I really had to work on holding my form until the arrow hit.
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:57 PM   #27
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go to a shop shoot around
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:13 PM   #28
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Sounds like you'll be getting fixed up soon! This is I love TBH!!!!!
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:15 AM   #29
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stand closer to the target...
this start at 10 yards
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