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Old 03-11-2018, 10:32 PM   #1
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Sup guys I'm new to archery and I just got my first bow. It's a diamond provider RAK. I took it to bass pro shop and got it sighted in at 20 yards, what advice would you all give to a new bowhunter?


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Old 03-11-2018, 11:04 PM   #2
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You’re doing good. Keep shooting. ��
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Old 03-11-2018, 11:11 PM   #3
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Best I advice I can give is learn the right way from the beginning. Pay more attention to for and proper shooting than where you arrow hits right now. Once you develop muscle memory with proper form from repetitive shooting, then you can start focusing on the rest. There are a lot of good online sources for proper form. Read and start off right. It is way easier than trying to fix bad habits.


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Old 03-12-2018, 12:18 AM   #4
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You like to talk archery? Well this might not be the site for you - ironically.
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Old 03-12-2018, 12:29 AM   #5
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no advice, but welcome in
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Old 03-12-2018, 01:07 AM   #6
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Practice practice practice. The most common mistake beginning bow hunters make is developing bad habits and buying too many gadgets. Learn to shoot your equipment properly and with proper form, but most importantly have fun.
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Old 03-12-2018, 02:22 AM   #7
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Don't just practice standing up at 20 yds. Get up in a tree, ground blind, sitting in a chair, kneeling, etc.

As far as the actual hunting part...that could take weeks to discuss!

Play the wind. If the wind is wrong, don't hunt the stand. Have multiple stands at each site for different winds if possible. Wind is the key. Bad wind equals no deer or nervous deer. Both suck. Don't take a shot that's not dang near perfect (broadside or slightly quartered away animal, within your comfortable range, relaxed animal that's not looking at you, etc.
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Old 03-12-2018, 02:33 AM   #8
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You like to talk archery? Well this might not be the site for you - ironically.
He's asking for advice..You don't like to talk about Bowhunting?

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Old 03-12-2018, 02:35 AM   #9
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Learn to tune,and work on your bow yourself.There will come a time you'll have to...When you find a release you like buy two or three of em!

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Old 03-12-2018, 04:47 AM   #10
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He's asking for advice..You don't like to talk about Bowhunting?

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Old 03-12-2018, 04:58 AM   #11
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Fight the urge to crank your limbs down. Guys often get caght up in the need for speed. Shoot a weight that you can comfortably draw and hold without raising the bow over your head. This will pay off big time when you do start trying to shoot at an animal. Shoot often but not to the point that you get sloppy. Try to make every draw, anchor, sight picture, release and follow through the same. If you get tired and your form falls off, take a break. Pay attention to your arrows, weights, spine, heads and broadheads. Shoot what flies best from your bow. Tons of information out there, use the search feature to find it, or just ask. Despite what else you will learn here, many of us still love archery.

Welcome to the fire and to the addiction that is bowhunting!
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Old 03-12-2018, 08:09 PM   #12
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As a fairly new bow hunter myself, I’ve found that when I try to make my first shot my most important one of practice then I only go up from there. Focus on making the first shot you take each day to be the most accurate, as it will be the most important and only chance you get in the field. So do your best to be consistent as possible. Consistency is a big key in being accurate. Always know your anchor point.


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Old 03-12-2018, 08:18 PM   #13
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Just go shoot something lots of tracking dogs on here
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Old 03-12-2018, 08:33 PM   #14
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Don't get in a tree without a harness. Keep practicing, you're doing fine.
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Old 03-12-2018, 08:41 PM   #15
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Old 03-12-2018, 09:02 PM   #16
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welcome to the fire
you can shoot at targets all day but it all changes when you
shoot at a live one. if you can try a hog first then a deer.
have fun and be safe
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Old 03-12-2018, 09:14 PM   #17
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Good luck !
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Old 03-12-2018, 09:24 PM   #18
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practice practice practice and practice even more in hunting situations out of a blind in a chair are out of a tripod are tree stand which ever way you plan to hunt! And use broadheads when you practice as well ! Get a range finder it is your friend but learn distances in your mind after you have shot with known ranges . Good luck you will probably have some tough times and you may miss but remember when you finally connect on that 1st animal you will be hooked on one of the greatest pastimes ever good luck and go have fun ..
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Old 03-12-2018, 09:26 PM   #19
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Take it to Rocky if you have any issues/questions.
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Old 03-12-2018, 09:28 PM   #20
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Shoot 3D and then shoot some more 3D


If you live anywhere near DFW, come see me at CCR. We can get out on the 3D range, shoot inside, give some shooting help or whatever you’d like.
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Old 03-12-2018, 09:38 PM   #21
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Shoot until it's natural... then keep shooting..
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Old 03-12-2018, 09:43 PM   #22
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Practice is good, but I've seen a lot of people who think quantity, rather than quality. I think it's better to shoot 10 good shots with good form and technique, than making 100 mediocre shots. That's when you start to develop really bad habits - the kind that are really hard to break.

It also wouldn't hurt to pay for some archery lessons to make sure you are doing things correctly, and that you are shooting in a safe and efficient manner.

Years ago I provided HR support to a Q&Q (Quality and Assurance) group in a factory setting. I asked one of the guys to define the group's job, and he said that quality is how good something is, or is not, and Assurance (also known as "Reliability") was good quality over time.

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Old 03-12-2018, 10:02 PM   #23
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Be patient.
Aim small miss small.
Be still.
Play the wind.
Wait before tracking, pushing animals equals frustration.
Have fun.
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Old 03-12-2018, 10:13 PM   #24
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Welcome to the addiction

Find someone to shoot with that can work with you.

Where are you located?

GS is pretty big and you probably have a few folks near by.
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Old 03-12-2018, 10:19 PM   #25
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Don't rush your shot
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Old 03-12-2018, 10:20 PM   #26
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Shoot 3D and then shoot some more 3D


If you live anywhere near DFW, come see me at CCR. We can get out on the 3D range, shoot inside, give some shooting help or whatever you’d like.
Take this man up on this offer.....
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Old 03-12-2018, 10:21 PM   #27
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What chew said plus limit your range to where you are comfortable, say 30yd max.
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:46 AM   #28
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Thanks everyone one..


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Old 03-13-2018, 07:19 AM   #29
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x2 He will make you ware short cut off shorts. I hear
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Old 03-13-2018, 07:20 AM   #30
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Practice like you will be hunting... if taking your shots standing, practice standing and if sitting practice sitting
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:54 PM   #31
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Old 03-13-2018, 07:33 PM   #32
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x2 He will make you ware short cut off shorts. I hear
Not until the second date.
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:05 PM   #33
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Are there hogs where you are hunting?
If so, go hunt some of those this spring.
You'll learn a lot by figuring out the mistakes you make.
Shooting at a live animal is a lot different than a block target. When you draw back on one you'll see what we're talking about.



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Old 03-13-2018, 09:16 PM   #34
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Pay the $ for lessons at a pro shop and don’t have to un-learn bad habits. Archery is all about form and repeating the shot sequence every shot.

As a bowhunter, when I practice the only arrow I ‘score’ is the first shot, cold.

Hunt with the wind always in your face.


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Old 03-13-2018, 09:22 PM   #35
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Get the best equipment you can afford but don't get caught up in buying new stuff all the time. Practice some, hunt more. Paper and 3D targets don't act like animals. If you want to be a shooter, kill all the paper and 3D animals you want. If you want to be a hunter then get in the woods. Yes, form is important and accuracy is important for an ethical shot, no need to practice at 30+ yards. Sight your bow in for 20 yards and get the animals close, you will learn their behavior, their patterns, and what will spook them(probably more this than anything for a while), then when it all comes together you harvest your animal. It could take one sit, or several seasons. Stay with it, don't be discouraged on a bad shot(they will happen), and find someone nearby that can shorten the learning curve. You will get all types of info on this website, some good and some bad(not intentionally), take what works for you and discard the rest. Once you get the hang of it, share archery/hunting with a friend. Get them into it so we can pass on and grow this type of hunting/activity with as many folks as we can. Best of luck
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:25 PM   #36
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A shot is forever. There is no taking it back or reset button. Take your time. Mentally practice as much as you physically practice.
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:28 PM   #37
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First deer might take a while. Don't get discouraged, well that's what I tell myself as I am still waiting 5 years in.

Enjoy flinging arrows!
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:40 PM   #38
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Don’t know which bass pro you went to, but I hang out around Katy. And they used to offer classes through Katy ISD extended education on archery. Really liked the teacher. Not sure if it is still offered.

Lots and lots and lots of patience
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:51 PM   #39
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Always attach your release to the "GRIP" of your bow so you dont leave it in the truck or at home your first hunt. I say grip because if you attach it around the limd it can get caught in the cam if you pull you bow back. All these and more are lessons learned the hard way.

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Old 03-13-2018, 10:15 PM   #40
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Attach your release to your bow anywhere you want, because you should refrain from drawing your bow back with your fingers anyway and never with out an arrow loaded. This his how dry fires happen.
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Old 03-14-2018, 06:44 AM   #41
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Attach your release to your bow anywhere you want, because you should refrain from drawing your bow back with your fingers anyway and never with out an arrow loaded. This his how dry fires happen.
Yes you are correct, but we all do it sooner or later.

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Old 03-14-2018, 07:00 AM   #42
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Attach your release to your bow anywhere you want, because you should refrain from drawing your bow back with your fingers anyway and never with out an arrow loaded. This his how dry fires happen.
True but about once a week I hear, “my buddy, Dad, girlfriend, wife, kid, tried to draw my bow while I wasn’t looking!”

Soooo...attach your release to something other than your bow.
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Old 03-14-2018, 07:08 AM   #43
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True but about once a week I hear, “my buddy, Dad, girlfriend, wife, kid, tried to draw my bow while I wasn’t looking!”

Soooo...attach your release to something other than your bow.
Nope.
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Old 03-14-2018, 07:25 AM   #44
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Lot's good advice so far. The old saying, practice makes perfect. is true. But only if it's good practice!!

Get either a good shop, like CCR, to help with form or a good buddy that is an archer first before you learn bad form. The 3D range is a good idea, shooting like you are going to hunt (standing/sitting/blind/treestand) and practice some with the type of clothing you will hunt with.

If hunting from a treestand please, wear a harness and practice wearing the harness and putting up your stand many times before tearin *** out into the woods...

Lastly, take a IBEP Bowhunter Ed class. If you're local to DFW we (I'm a bow ed and treestand safety instructor) have a class coming up on the 24th of this month. PM me if you would like details.

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Old 03-14-2018, 07:26 AM   #45
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True but about once a week I hear, “my buddy, Dad, girlfriend, wife, kid, tried to draw my bow while I wasn’t looking!”

Soooo...attach your release to something other than your bow.
Put a zip tie around your string/cable...
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Old 03-14-2018, 07:27 AM   #46
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Congrats for getting into a extremely passionate sport. You will enjoy it because you can do it often and usually in your yard/driveway.
About a dozen arrows a day should get your muscle memory where you need it to be.
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Old 03-14-2018, 07:28 AM   #47
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One more thing, DO NOT put arrows with broadheads installed inside your bow case. Something about RAZOR SHARP and strings don't mix well...
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Old 03-14-2018, 07:37 AM   #48
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Here is advice I wished I learned sooner; don't assume if you are shooting not so great that you need new or better equipment. 9 times out of 10 it's you, not the bow (or sight, or rest, or whatever).

Good luck and have fun. Fill your location in and I am sure someone close to you can offer some shooting advice.
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:20 AM   #49
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Fill out your profile so we know where you are located.

Find a good coach, plenty have offered. A coach will be able to tell you if the draw length is right and make small corrections in the bow and your form. There is nothing worse than finding out two years in that you have been shooting a draw length that is an inch too long.

Most pro shops have either a person who can help you on staff or know of a coach who can help you. For $40-$50 an hour it will be the best $100 you can spend as a new archer.

Lots of practice, as others have stated. I have my students try to shoot a minimum of 30 arrows a day; that's about 11,000 arrows a year. Six arrows, five ends is pretty easy to do for a beginner, but it is the repetition that builds muscle memory and repeatability.

Have fun!
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:41 AM   #50
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Fill out your profile so we know where you are located.

Find a good coach, plenty have offered. A coach will be able to tell you if the draw length is right and make small corrections in the bow and your form. There is nothing worse than finding out two years in that you have been shooting a draw length that is an inch too long.

Most pro shops have either a person who can help you on staff or know of a coach who can help you. For $40-$50 an hour it will be the best $100 you can spend as a new archer.

Lots of practice, as others have stated. I have my students try to shoot a minimum of 30 arrows a day; that's about 11,000 arrows a year. Six arrows, five ends is pretty easy to do for a beginner, but it is the repetition that builds muscle memory and repeatability.

Have fun!
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