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New to bow hunting

I bought a used bow last week.  I took it to my local archery shop and had it tuned for me.  I had to replace the arrow rest, but have been practicing at the archery range.  My groupings are good, but not used to the sights on it, I want to get a new sight for it.  Thewolfieone is going to make a target for me to practice at home(hay bales).  I went online and found a few websites to print my own targets at home.  I still have to take a Bowhunter safety course and am waiting for them to call to let me know when it is.  I have been wanting to start bow hunting for a few years since it will extend my hunting seasons.

I am absolutely horrible at judging distances so I will need a rangefinder.  There is one called Dead On Rangefinder that is for attaching to your bow sight that looks promising.

Any hints or tips for this extremely novice bow hunter would be welcome.  The last time I shot a bow and arrow was in high school gym class and had those bows that looked like fiberglass sticks.

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Welcome to the wonderful and

Welcome to the wonderful and frustrating world of Archery hunting!!!

Just curious, what bow did you get?

The best advice I can give you is shoot, shoot, and shoot. And when you are done, shoot some more. Wink

Also, make sure to vary your shooting position so you are not always shooting from the same flat, 20 yards in front of the target.  If you can, find a tree, throw up a stand, and shoot into a target on the ground. 

If you do not have a tree near where you live or shoot, then shoot from some elevated position, like a deck.

Good luck!

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the bow I got

Ca_Vermonster wrote:

Welcome to the wonderful and frustrating world of Archery hunting!!!

Just curious, what bow did you get?

The best advice I can give you is shoot, shoot, and shoot. And when you are done, shoot some more. Wink

Also, make sure to vary your shooting position so you are not always shooting from the same flat, 20 yards in front of the target.  If you can, find a tree, throw up a stand, and shoot into a target on the ground. 

If you do not have a tree near where you live or shoot, then shoot from some elevated position, like a deck.

Good luck!

The bow I got was an older model Browning SummitII.  The pro at the local range said it is in great shape and should serve me well.   Thanks for the advice on shooting from a deck, I should be able to practice from my veranda as there are no good climbing trees here.

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Sounds good.  Now, when that

Sounds good.  Now, when that 5 feet of snow that you have in SD melts Wink, get out there and shoot.....

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I agree with Vermonster on

I agree with Vermonster on what you should do.  As far as not being able to tell or judge distance very well you'll just need to practice at how far things are at.  Using a range finder no matter what kind all depends on what type of hunting that you do.  If you are sitting in a tree stand then you can get ranges to different objects before a animal shows up.  If you are spotting and stalking the animal and you are by your self I personally believe that the best range finder out there is your mind, in my opinion.  To get good at estimating range pick an object the next time you are out for a hike or just walking down the road.  Take a guess at how far it is and then pace it off and see how close you can get to the distance.  Practice this for a few weeks and it may surprise you on how close that you can come as far as the distance is.  Also if you go the the Hunting Tips section of the forum you will find some good tips on estimating distances. 

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range is the key

Estimating range is the hardest thing ever to learn.  It is why I quit bow hunting.  I could hit targets all day long - at known distances - but judging 30 yards from 35 in the field - cost me a couple of deer.  Good luck!

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I agree with CA_ shoot a ton

I agree with CA_ shoot a ton and shoot some more. Also take critters advice on judging distances, you dont always have the time or ability to check with your range finder, i wil judge a distance and check it with my rangefinder and now i'm getting pretty darn good at it, it will take a bit of time, good luck with yur new endevour its really adicting.

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yes it seems to be

Yes it seems to be very addicting.  It's all I can think about and talk about and read about.  Yes I usually go overboard with research, at least that's what Scruffy says........lol.  But especially with things I haven't done before, I do a ot of research and ask for a lot of advice.  Before I shot my 1st deer with a gun, i read everything I could about aiming, shooting, field dressing and anything else I could think up questions for.  Scruffy says he has created a monster, but it's a good monster.........lol.  Now that I am planning to bow hunt, I am driving him nuts again.   I have a "wish list" made up of accessories and things I want for bow hunting.  And I also am looking at adding more tags for the other seasons and bow season so I will have more opportunities to fill the freezer.  Now, I just have to get a job to pay for them.

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A trick I do to help figure

A trick I do to help figure out the range is take it 10 yards at a time.  Like look 10 yards in front of you then 10 yards after that and so on.  It helps me and anyways i'm just going to be sitting in a stand so I range a few trees so when a deer comes in I know how far it is give or take 5 yards.

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Thanks

Thanks to everyone for their good advice.  I also have more questions.  I put a different pin sight and arrow rest on my bow but it seems I'm still shooting low and left.  I have my sight set as far left and down as it can go and my top pin as low as it can go and can't adjust the other two pins.  Would a peep sight help so I can raise my sight and pins?  Scruffy says the short distance from my shoulder to my eyes is one reason for this.  Also, I need to get my field points and broadheads weighed and get the correct screw dimensions to replace them.  Any and all advice would be appreciated.

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I am just getting back in to

I am just getting back in to archery, but I wanted to chime in.

First, some background questions:

Are you shooting right or left-handed?

Are you shooting fingers or a release?

Thoughts:

Are you holding your follow-through?

Can you move the entire pin-site bracket?

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