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Old 09-22-2020, 09:42 AM   #1
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Entered the lottery for the deer permit around Lake Grapevine as a way to get into bow hunting and got one. I have a lot of hunting experience none of it with a bow. Bought a tree stand and have used it a few times scouting the area. What would be the 3-4 most important tips you would give a new hunter?

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Old 09-22-2020, 09:44 AM   #2
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Practice
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Old 09-22-2020, 09:49 AM   #3
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Lots of practice, try shooting from your tree stand too. That's how I got into bow hunting, I applied for a permit at Lake Georgetown and got drawn. Had to go to the local archery range and get qualified. Opening Morning I shot a mature doe. Hardest part was getting her to my truck thought I was going to die carting her out over a mile. Good Luck!
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Old 09-22-2020, 09:51 AM   #4
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Spend more time learning areas to set up for 20 yard shots. It’s a completely different skill set. Work on approach and exits, and spots that give you a slight advantage. These will help you far more than shooting your bow in the yard. Still practice that, but don’t place so much emphasis on that part. That’s a mistake I made and didn’t even get to draw back on anything my first two years.
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Old 09-22-2020, 09:54 AM   #5
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Buy a couple Thermacells.
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Old 09-22-2020, 09:54 AM   #6
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Spend more time learning areas to set up for 20 yard shots. Itís a completely different skill set. Work on approach and exits, and spots that give you a slight advantage. These will help you far more than shooting your bow in the yard. Still practice that, but donít place so much emphasis on that part. Thatís a mistake I made and didnít even get to draw back on anything my first two years.
Agreed. If you can scout and get a good idea where they may go from bedding to feed/water and find a pinch point to hunt you probably have a good chance with a good wind. Ive never been there so im not sure what its like
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Old 09-22-2020, 09:57 AM   #7
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shoot your broadheads into a target and see where the hit
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Old 09-22-2020, 09:58 AM   #8
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do those actually work?
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Old 09-22-2020, 09:59 AM   #9
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do those actually work?
Thermacells?
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Old 09-22-2020, 10:01 AM   #10
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Thermacells?
yes thermacells?
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Old 09-22-2020, 10:03 AM   #11
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Old 09-22-2020, 10:03 AM   #12
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yes thermacells?
Yes they work. I use them when hunting in East Texas and it makes a big difference. I always have one in my hunting pack
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Old 09-22-2020, 10:14 AM   #13
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practice. It is not a part time hobby. Accurately shooting your bow consistently takes practice, practice, practice.
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Old 09-22-2020, 10:24 AM   #14
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Thermacells?

The single best piece of hunting equipment I have ever purchased in the last 10 years!
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Old 09-22-2020, 10:25 AM   #15
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The single best piece of hunting equipment I have ever purchased in the last 10 years!
Agreed. I dont hunt without one in my pack. Never know when a swarm of west nile warriors are going to attack lol
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Old 09-22-2020, 10:46 AM   #16
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Thanks for all the comments
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Old 09-22-2020, 10:46 AM   #17
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Thermacells, scent control/wind, patience, practice shooting different scenarios
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Old 09-22-2020, 10:53 AM   #18
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Welcome to the fire. Your addiction has begun.
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Old 09-22-2020, 11:02 AM   #19
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Practice getting in different trees with your tree stand, before you decide to walk into the woods with your tree stand.

Practice shooting bow from said tree stand.

Buy a range finder, attach it to your chest so itís always ready to use.

Get a screw in bow hanger with an elbow on it. Having it further away from the tree makes for a more comfortable grab and spin if necessary.

Walk in and hunt with the wind blowing away from where you think deer are coming.

Wear a harness.


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Old 09-22-2020, 11:28 AM   #20
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Along with a lot of the other great advice. Don’t feel like you have to buy new. MAKE sure you get measured and know your bow and ideal draw weight. Just because you can hold 70lbs in a shop doesn’t mean you can in a treestand. I can hold 70 but choose to hunt with 50lbs. I have a good used sight you can have for free if you want. Always consider that “new or expensive” equipment Is not as important as the shooter and the practice going into it. Don’t second guess yourself and wish you had done more stuff. Find a decent platform for you and use it.
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Old 09-22-2020, 11:35 AM   #21
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Practice getting in different trees with your tree stand, before you decide to walk into the woods with your tree stand.

Practice shooting bow from said tree stand.

Buy a range finder, attach it to your chest so itís always ready to use.

Get a screw in bow hanger with an elbow on it. Having it further away from the tree makes for a more comfortable grab and spin if necessary.

Walk in and hunt with the wind blowing away from where you think deer are coming.

Wear a harness.


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I vote for ^^^ especially the harness.
Looking forward to hearing how it turns out!
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Old 09-22-2020, 11:40 AM   #22
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Control your scent.
Wait to draw until all eyes are off of you.
If you're in a ground blind, clear debris to make sure you can move your feet around without making noise.
A 20 yard shot from ground level vs. elevated could be a different pin.
Make sure you have clear shooting lanes. An arrow grazing literally anything doesn't end well in my experience.
Even after a well placed shot, give 'em time.
When you're practicing, practice letting down, as well as finding a comfortable holding position in the event you can't let down.

Best of luck!

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Old 09-22-2020, 12:33 PM   #23
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1. Quiet clothing! On a windless morning you will not be able to draw successfully with scratchy, noisy clothing or gloves. (In my experience) For me that means wool or fleece.
2. Be mindful of the wind direction. Reduce your scent as much as possible with scent killing laundry detergent, sprays, ozone generator, etc. But wind direction is king.
3. Practice yardage estimating. Sometimes there isn't an opportunity to use a range finder. You can also pre-range a few landmarks to give you a quick reference if it all goes down fast.
4. Wait after the shot. Unless I see them go down in sight, I wait 30 min. before quietly following the blood trail. Depending on what blood I find I may back out and wait longer.
You don't want to push a wounded critter.

Hope you have fun and much success! Looking forward to seeing your first bow kill.
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Old 09-22-2020, 12:39 PM   #24
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Rage Broadheads. You can't kill anything without them
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Old 09-22-2020, 12:43 PM   #25
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Move like you're on day #3 of the worst flu bug ever..Being still,and deliberate in your movements are still the hardest thing's for me,in a tree.Good luck amigo!

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Old 09-22-2020, 01:38 PM   #26
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New bowhunter??...eff the practice....just get a thermocell and start flinging arrows at the first brown animal you see!
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Old 09-22-2020, 01:42 PM   #27
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Don't forget to have fun
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Old 09-22-2020, 02:15 PM   #28
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practice. It is not a part time hobby. Accurately shooting your bow consistently takes practice, practice, practice.
This is by far the most important thing. You can be the best woodsman that ever went into the woods, have your thermacell and ozonics, have the wind in your face, top of the line camo and whatever else you want......but when it all comes down to the moment of truth....you have to be able to shoot accurately. Lots of other good tips in this thread, but you have to put in the time shooting your bow and getting proficient.
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Old 09-22-2020, 02:31 PM   #29
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Don’t shoot at a deer beyond 20 yards.
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Old 09-22-2020, 02:48 PM   #30
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Aim low. Deer tend to drop, loading up to run away at the sound of the shot. If they do, and you aim low, you're still more likely to hit them in the vitals. If they don't drop, you still smoked the deer. My first errors was shooting over the top of a couple of deer.
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Old 09-22-2020, 04:20 PM   #31
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Entered the lottery for the deer permit around Lake Grapevine as a way to get into bow hunting and got one. I have a lot of hunting experience none of it with a bow. Bought a tree stand and have used it a few times scouting the area. What would be the 3-4 most important tips you would give a new hunter?

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1 Practice with good form
2 Understand how body position affects arrow flight from an elevated platform
3 Know your quarry
4 Be willing to sit all day or most of the day, at least past noon.
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Old 09-22-2020, 05:37 PM   #32
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Some good points already mentioned, but I'll add the following...

1. Be certain that your broadheads are RAZOR SHARP. A broadhead is not a bullet and kills by cutting blood vessels, not by shock or tissue destruction. If they won't shave hair they won't kill quickly and should not be used on an animal. (I prefer a cut on contact fixed blade and will not use mechanical heads).

2. The ONLY shot you want to take is a broadside heart/lung shot. No head, neck, or facing straight on shots! Slightly quartering away is a good shot, but a quartering to shot is a risky one. Arrows can do strange things when hitting rib bones at a sharp angle. You want the exit hole to be low or you may have a very spotty bloodtrail.

3. NEVER release an arrow at a deer that is looking at you. They will move before the arrow gets there every time.

4. After you hit an animal, remain in the stand at least 30 minutes before getting down. The deer may be lay down close by, and jumping him up before he can bleed out usually results in a deer that will run until he dies...and a very poor bloodtrail. Find the arrow first...it will give you clues about where you hit.

5. LIMIT YOUR SHOTS TO 25 YARDS or less. While you may be able to hit quarters at 50 yards, a deer WILL react to the shot and may move enough to result in a bad hit and a wounded animal.

6. BE PATIENT and WAIT FOR THE PERFECT SHOT. It's easy to become overanxious when you have an animal within range. Better to pass up a marginal shot than to wound or lose an animal.

7. Practice from the stand and in the clothes you plan to hunt in. Be sure your clothes don't make any noise that could put a deer on alert, or catch the string when you release.

8. Place markers like small pieces or surveyor tape at 10 yard increments around your stand. It will help you accurately judge distance quickly when the adrenaline starts pumping.
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Old 09-22-2020, 09:33 PM   #33
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All the above suggestions are true. I would also tell you to Find a place to hunt hogs, they are abundant and you can hunt them year round. They are excellent practice target for many reasons. Good luck and have fun
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Old 09-22-2020, 10:15 PM   #34
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Old 09-22-2020, 10:17 PM   #35
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Come see me at the shop to check form, fit and some quick lessons.
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Old 09-22-2020, 10:25 PM   #36
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Old 09-22-2020, 10:32 PM   #37
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Thermacell is a must in Sept.

Hogs are great practice. and good on the table.

Pay attention to deer and learn when it is ok to draw. you will find that a lone buck might be much easier to kill than one of six does(12 eyes).

Once you decide to kill a buck don't look at his horns anymore. Pick a small target and focus on it through the arrow strike. Most misses are due to dropping the bow and jerking the head up to see what happens(the same reason most folks can't hit a golf ball)

Enjoy. Let us know what you think after that first deer walks by you at a few yards and swear that he can hear your heart beating. It is one of the biggest rushes ever.
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Old 09-22-2020, 10:35 PM   #38
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Old 09-22-2020, 10:45 PM   #39
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Practice,practice and more practice. PICK A SPOT and keep your eye on it as you shoot. Aim small, miss small. Don't make the mistake of shooting at the entire deer. Aim 2" above the white belly, no more. They are amazingly quick critters and can get out of an arrows way before you ca.n blink your eye.
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Old 09-22-2020, 10:59 PM   #40
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Take this manís advice.
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