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Old 10-08-2017, 09:37 PM   #1
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I got into bowhunting a few years ago and will never go back to a rifle. I am very intrigued with trad hunting/shooting but know nothing about it. So, a few things...

A. I don't have a bow and I don't know what I need

B. I don't know what else I need to get started (I have targets)

C. Do I need to take lessons or just figure out via YouTube/etc

D. Any other advice for an ignorant rookie, just let me know.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-08-2017, 09:41 PM   #2
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My limited experience says don’t over bow yourself, start close to the target, and practice A LOT!

I’m sure the experts will be along shortly.......hi Bisch!
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Old 10-08-2017, 09:43 PM   #3
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I bought a martin x-200 10 years ago and learned trial and error
It took a year, i still use the martin and its awesome. Lots of good tutorials on youtube as for form and such. I bought a little to heavy 55# might be why it took me so long. Probably should start with 45
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Old 10-08-2017, 09:45 PM   #4
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Practice a lot! People around here are great about advice so ask away.
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Old 10-08-2017, 09:48 PM   #5
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Read the Sticky's above, there's a bunch of good info there!
One thing is go with a light draw weight around 40-45lb
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Old 10-08-2017, 09:50 PM   #6
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Something that served me well when trying to learn is stump shooting
Grt a couple arrows with judo tips and just walk around shooting at catus and sapling cedars
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Old 10-08-2017, 10:14 PM   #7
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Read the Sticky's above, there's a bunch of good info there!
One thing is go with a light draw weight around 40-45lb
Great info. Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 10-08-2017, 10:15 PM   #8
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Make a trip to fort grard in Weatherford and ask for Randy he will fix you up.


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Old 10-08-2017, 10:26 PM   #9
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Don't know where you are located, but the best thing you can do is to find an experienced trad shooter in your area that you can use as a mentor! Go to 3D shoots in your area and meet the local trad folks.

If you go the YouTube route, listen to what guys like Jimmy Blackmon, Jeff Kavanaugh, and Moebow (Arne Moe) have to say. You can learn a LOT of good things from those guys!

Like said above, don't start out with too heavy of a draw weight. Zero % letoff is a lot tougher than most folks think, especially at first. If you are fighting the bow, learning good form will be a very hard thing to accomplish!

Also, know this up front: shooting a trad bow with no sights takes a lot of time and effort to do. It is nit something you get overnight! Give yourself the time to get good. You will know when, and at what distance you are ready to hunt. There are very few things more rewarding (at least as far as hunting is concerned) than walking up to a critter that you shot with a trad bow with no sights and no letoff! The new

Good luck, and welcome to the fun side!

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Old 10-08-2017, 11:28 PM   #10
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Welcome to the best transition ever. Always practiced, but never mastered.

Start at 40# to learn good form. Shoot you can hunt with that weight too.

Feathers not vanes! Take the time to tune your arrows. They should fly like darts.

Samick makes a cheap but decent enough bow to learn off of.

Can't be said enough, find a mentor.
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Old 10-09-2017, 08:10 AM   #11
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My advice: stop thinking about it and just do it already

1. You need a bow - I am a proponent of starter bows like the sammick sage. $150 gets you a bow with a good string. Target 40# draw which will be 40 or 35# limbs. $75 can get you a 2nd set of heavier limbs down the road.

2. Get arrows. Call 3 rivers and let them help you get setup over the phone.

3. Find somebody yo help you out. Be careful though... not everyone who volunteers really knows what they are doing. That might sound harsh and all high and mighty... but it happens.

4. Do it. Stop thinking about doing it and just do it. In the end, everybody gets "there" differently... one thing we all have in common is... we just chose to do it and committed ourselves.

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Old 10-09-2017, 09:03 AM   #12
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All of this advice is great. If I could go back and start over, I would have bought the same bow (Samick Sage) but I would have found somebody to help me get started and to shoot with a little bit. You can learn on your own, but the learning curve is HUGE. At least it was for me. If you're in Mansfield I'm pretty sure you could find one of the guys on here in DFW area to help you. Most trad guys are very helpful. Good luck!!
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Old 10-09-2017, 09:39 AM   #13
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1. Don't overbow yourself. Start with about 40# @ 28".
2. Practice
3. Learn and practice good form. Look at videos like said above.
4. Practice
5. Try to find someone to learn from locally and go to Trad 3D shoots. Ask a bunch of questions.
6. Practice some more.
7. Start at about 5 yards and shoot this until you are confident with your shot placement. Move back about 2 yds. once you are confident. Don't worry about 25-30 yd. shots. Responsible trad. shots for animals are usually within 15 yds. Many can shoot beyond this range in hunting conditions but not for a beginner.
8. Did I say practice. And practice some more.

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Old 10-09-2017, 04:33 PM   #14
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Lots of good advice listed above.

I would add, when you are getting advise from others make sure that the person giving the advice knows what they are talking about.

When taking advise from the Trad section on here, try and only listen to what the "seasoned" trad guys say.

When in doubt search a poster's history before you take their advice and run with it.

Get proficient in using the search function in the Trad forum, most if not all of your questions have already been answered.

Read a lot.
Practice a lot.
Don't get frustrated.
Find someone local to you to help you if possible.
GO to Trad 3D shoots. Watch, listen, learn.
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Old 10-09-2017, 04:47 PM   #15
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lots of good advice listed above.

I would add, when you are getting advise from others make sure that the person giving the advice knows what they are talking about.

When taking advise from the trad section on here, try and only listen to what the "seasoned" trad guys say.

When in doubt search a poster's history before you take their advice and run with it.

Get proficient in using the search function in the trad forum, most if not all of your questions have already been answered.

Read a lot.
Practice a lot.
Don't get frustrated.
Find someone local to you to help you if possible.
Go to trad 3d shoots. Watch, listen, learn.
this ^^^^^!!!!!!!!
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Old 10-09-2017, 06:57 PM   #16
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Thanks a lot guys! I look forward to taking the plunge here soon.
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Old 10-10-2017, 11:59 AM   #17
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Jason, I see you live in Mansfield. Cowtown Bowhunters in Ft. Worth will have some traditional 3-D shoots right after hunting season is over. Really a great bunch of guys there you can learn from. Just walk up to a bunch of guys, explain you are new to trad, and ask if you can shoot with them. I am sure they would welcome you. You will be miles ahead if you can find a traditional mentor near you to work with you. That can sometimes be difficult. Many folks shoot compounds only and some pro shops have little or no trad items for sale nor do some of their technicians know much about trad. You can be self taught by reading, Youtube and internet but much less of a learning curve in a group environment as well as more fun. The above posters have given some very good advice here. Ask anyone here on the trad site questions and don't be bashful. Some of these guys are really good.
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Old 10-10-2017, 12:04 PM   #18
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Jason if you donít mind hanging out with some Veterans there is a group that shoots in the Fort Worth area.

One of the shooters makes all his stuff by hand as well. You could learn allot from him.


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Old 10-10-2017, 12:31 PM   #19
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Thanks a lot guys! I look forward to taking the plunge here soon.
Here is a tip for you I just thought of. Everybody mentions 3D shoots, and you are not going to really get to go to one until the spring time. But you can do yourself 2 favors during hunting season.

1) Get started shooting traditional. Get you a bow. Get setup... etc. Enjoy the stress free shooting time when you aren't relying on it to get a deer down.

2) Start looking at your setups at your lease, land, hunting grounds. How far are you setup with your compound? If you were like me, you were setup at 20-25 yards to the feeder, etc. Start looking at cutting that in half. How do you get 10-12 yards from where they will be. If you can't move around your set... start thinking about how you can get them in closer (hand corning.) Getting closer, or getting them closer to you is the name of the game when it comes to traditional bowhunting. Start thinking about that now. Use your range finder and start getting into that frame of mind now.... rather than next year. If you try and kill a deer this year with your compound at 10 yards and are successful... you are gaining some good experience. Also, don't rely on the minute of time you have with the let-off on your wheel bow.
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Old 10-10-2017, 12:49 PM   #20
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Join Traditional Bow Hunters of Texas and attend as many 3D shoots as you can ! Great people, tons of experience and a lot of fun!
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Old 10-10-2017, 02:57 PM   #21
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Chuck (76Aggie) mentioned Cowtown Bowmen in Fort Worth. Starting in January we have club shoots about once a month. (30 target 3d course) There is a traditional class at these shoots - we have a fair number of trad shooters in the club, both veterans and beginners. You don't have to be a member to shoot - you should come join us. Then in late February we host our "Winter Traditional Shoot". If you come you will meet quite a few TBH trad guys. I agree with SwampRabbit that this is a good time of year to get started. If you put the time in, there is no reason you can't head to the field with confidence carrying a trad bow next season.
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