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Bowhunting Eqipment?

I'm an Englishman now living in Regina,Saskatchewan. I have recently become interested in taking up Bowhunting. How much will it cost to get "kitted up" on a low end budget? Also, how hard is this sport of Bowhunting? I don't have a great deal of time but I could manage one day a week. How long does it normally take to become sucsessful? I know it depends on luck and practice but what is the average time (in months years or whatever) it takes to make ones first kill?

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Bowhunting Eqipment?

Hello, your bowhunting question was moved to the archery forum where it is more likely to be seen by bowhunters.

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Hey there. I'm not a bowhunter, but did toy with the idea of taking it up. A average bow will cost about $300-400 Cdn, then there are arrows, etc etc that will drive that up real quick.

My friends who bowhunt use 25yds as a working range...longer shots are possible but its so dependant on the skill of the individual (like long range rifle shooting).

Since you live in Regina (I know something about Sask - I grew up there) I would suggest the Qu'Appelle Valley, given your limitted available time. To get within 20-30 yds it's much easier if there is bush around, and as I remember there is a bit of bush in the Valley. But deer will hide where they can, so if you can find a patch of bush/brush/scrub down in the coulees you'll probably find deer.

I would imagine that you should be ready to hunt next year, but I doubt you'd be able to swing it this year.

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hey..i am a bowhunter and am glad to say that i have shot a deer every year...of course im only 17 so that doesn't add up much..u were right about the luck thing but also putting ur time in the woods will help u out alot..my father told me that to shoot a big buck u have to get inside his head and find his routes..so walk out in the woods and find some trails and scrapes and rubs..that will determine the kinda of deer ur looking for..this being my 6th year hunting i have shot a 10,8,7,6 and a spike buck..not to mention all the deer with the gun..sure bowhunting gets pricey..but when that first deer walks into bow range(for a biginner should only be 15-20 yards)and u get to full draw on him..and watch ur arrow fly through him...theres no better feeling in the world...trust me!!

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I am a bow hunter and i am also 17. I have got a deer every year i have hunted also. if u want to get a new bow it can cost a lot. i would sugest starting with a old bow. its all about puting in the time to make sure when u get the oppertunity to shoot you make a good shot. if u have any questions e mail me at baller838929@aol.com

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Welcome aboard to the bowhunting world. I can tell you that equipment can be costly, but you usually get what you pay for. There are many decent low end products out there, go to a local shop and shoot some to see what you like best within your budget. As far as hunting with a bow you get out of it what you put into it. You can be successful hunting one day a week if you have done your homework before the season, remember to get close you have to be scent free and hidden, usually your shots will be less than 30 yards especially when you are new to bowhunting. Many folks can shoot at the range much farther than that, but when it comes down to shooting at the real thing anything can happen, nerves, the deer ducking the string. A quiet set up bow is one of the most important things you can have, if the deer hears the bow go off at 20 yards it can duck under the string and you can miss it. Whatever you choose make sure it is as quiet as possible. Good luck.

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hey saskcarp dont spend your money on a bow. buy new carp gear!!!! you should be posting on the cag board =) =)

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More then likly it will cost

More then likly it will cost ALOT more then you want it to!! :lol:  I look for deals and not afraid to buy used good equipment and still can be into it for 800 and up when you include EVERYthing

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It can cost alot to get

It can cost alot to get starting in bow hunitng.  as a matter of fact it costs alot to stay in bow hunitng.  technology changes every year and new products are always coming out.  It's not like gun huntiing, guns stay the same, bows keep getting faster and quiter.  I bought my first bow set up from Hunterfriend.com.  The sell package that come with everyhting you need to get started in bow hunting...bow, arrows, rest, quiver, release, stabiliazer, broadheads, field tips and even a case to carry it in.  You can also find some real good deals on archerytalk.com.  My one suggestion would be if possible go out and shoot all the bows you can and pick the one that fits you best.

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Holy Moly, I think this sets

Holy Moly, I think this sets the record.  An 8 year old thread....lol

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What can I say, Im slow to

What can I say, Im slow to think Big smile

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