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Getting back into archery

After being frustrated by how long it takes to draw some of the CO tags that I want, I decided that it was time to get back into archery to increase my annual hunting opportunities.  It had been over a decade since I last shot a bow, so it was a little overwhelming doing the research to try to find what I wanted to purchase.  Thankfully, my dad and brother helped me pick out a Hoyt Kobalt, as well as the necessary accessories to get started. 

I have been shooting my bow in my basement at 10 yards nearly daily for about a month now.  I have not adjusted anything after the salesman set it up for me at Cabelas because I wanted to concentrate on my form first since I felt that would have a bigger impact on grouping than the setup initially. 

Now for the questions:

What timeframe would a rookie expect for their form to really become consistent?  (I realize this varies drastically from person to person, how much shooting is taking place, amount of coaching etc., but humor me please)

How frequently do each of you typically adjust anything (sight pins, rest, etc.) on your bows?

That is all for now. 

Thanks

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Good for you, I've enjoyed

Good for you, I've enjoyed bow hunting alot and wouldn't stop doing it for nothing. Every one here in Michigan are now trying to hunt with a cross bow, but I will stick to my bow till I can't pull it any more. 

I have only had to "tweek"  my sights a couple of times since I bought my bow, a used Mathews Q2 and I set it up in 2001. One of my best home made additions was to my T M hunter rest I made it so it sprang down and then I hooked a piece of old bow string to the rest and the other end to my cable and when I pull my bow string back my rest comes up. I made my own drop away rest and it works great.  I had the string replaced once in 2005 and the shop liked my addition. I believe the more you shoot the better you will be and I believe confidence in your weapon means alot in a persons success, but I will say some mistakes are only learned by you doing them and everyone never stops learning!

I used to shoot alot of the 3D shoots there alot of fun and help in many ways I believe. I also did alot of the indoor video tech shoots but I believe they can cause some bad habbits, getting on a spot shooting league would be good practice. 

Good luck and shoot straight! 

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Thanks for your response.  As

Thanks for your response. 

As much as I have enjoyed simply shooting my bow in my basement, I am rather sure that I will enjoy archery hunting.  I think it adds so many new dimensions to hunting.

I think my dad has a non-modified TM Hunter rest on one of his bows, and he likes it.  That is good to know that once you get the setup you like, you shouldn't have to mess with your settings much, it at all. 

I need to find some 3D shoots in my area.  From reading about them, they sound like alot of fun. 

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Once you get your pins

Once you get your pins adjusted to the yardage you want you should have to tweek it very much at all, unless it gets bumped out of alignment. I practice just about daily. Most of the time i shoot in my livingroom. at just about 10 yrds, thats pretty much to stay consistant. when the weather alows I'll go to the range and shoot at farther distances. I recenty joined a league that shoots weekly at my local shop, its good off season practice. good luck and hopefully you will arrow a big one this year.

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Good to hear that I shouldn't

Good to hear that I shouldn't have to mess with my setup much after getting my pins adjusted.  I am still waiting to do that until I get the opportunity to move some of my practice outside.  It is also good to hear from someone else getting the majority of their shooting time indoors at about 10 yds. 

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A friend of mine just traded

A friend of mine just traded me a Hoyt bow thats only a couple of years old for a safe that I was not using. Like you it's been closer to 20 years since I last used one but am ready to try it again.

I assume since you mentioned getting it at Cabelas you are on the western slope somewhere. If thats the case there are a lot of 3d shoots around most of the year. I know my friend competes a lot. Just ask around at some of the shops in your area.

 

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Sounds like a win-win

Sounds like a win-win situation for you and your friend.  Have you got a chance to shoot it much yet? 

I am actually along the front range.  I went to the Cabela's in Sidney, NE.  I need to take the time to find some bow shops in my area, and then I will be sure to ask about 3D shoots. 

Thanks and good luck!

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