I was talking to my buddy the other day about old times, and the subject of us both getting into bowhunting came up. We both started at the same time, and the same way, learning together... two uninfromed virgins on a mission!
When I first moved here we were having trouble getting drawn for the rifle hunts we wanted, and for a couple years in a row ended up picking left-over tags in a second draw just to go anywhere. Then the hunts seemed too short in days for me, etc., and the following season so long a wait to even apply again. In a way, that was a blessing in disguise in coming years for a few reasons, and glad it worked out that way now.
I noticed at the time back then that archery hunters had two seasons, could go anywhere, and had about 2 and a half months or so of time to do it in. That seemed like the way to go for me, I had "the fever" and I wanted to spend more time in the field, even if it was harder. I got my buddy talked into it, and we both got kitchen passes from the wives to spend some money... though not much, ha!
So... not knowing squat about bowhunting, or knowing anybody that did, I decided to dive in, LOL. I started reading some magazines I could find in the market, and asking around found a guy that knew something about it, and gave me some tips, but not much else in the way of help. First thing I learned was that you had to be measured for a bow which shows just how much I knew, heh. We got that done, and decided to buy from a catalog by pluck and luck, LOL. Yeah, I know, should have gone to a pro shop, or at least tried picking one up first for feel and all, but...
I soon found an ad in a magazine for a place that had all kinds of discontinued models for sale, and ended up with my third somewhat random choice over the phone, finding my first two sold out. I ended up with a Jennings T-star (I think that's the model?) that was 48" ATA in length, and with two smallish wheels. I wasn't even quite sure what it would look like at the time, but soon a pretty green bow arrived at the door. I bought a sight, plunger rest, etc. and started out shooting fingers with arrows that flew like slow telephone poles, ha ha.
It also weighed a ton, a real boat anchor, and after an all day hunt sometimes I could barely lift it up to the tailgait of the truck at the end of the day without using two hands, LOL. I used a hip quiver eventually to help that out some after some frustration trying to use a quiver slung across my back; and to this day still prefer using one. I also went from using to a glove, to tabs, and finally said screw it I can't hit a barn door consistantly and bought a release. My frustration eased some then... but not completely until I bought the correct type rest... live and learn
I had to use that bow for about 12 or 13 years mostly because of money issues, new babies seemed to come along, a mortgage, and all that goes with that, but I made it work. I still have it retired in glory, and learned almost everything I know the hard way with that thing. A lot of disappointments with missed shots, blown stalks, etc., but also some great days and stories to talk about over campfires.
The rest is history, and bowhunting became my passion...
So what did any of you guys start out with?