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Newbie Kansas Bow Hunter

Hello all,

I have rifle hunted Whitetail for years in the Great Lakes state (MI), since moving to the state of Kansas I have decided to take up bow hunting. I recently purchased a Mathews LX, which hopefully I will receive this week. From everything I have read on bows Mathews seems to have solid reputation. If anyone has any great tips or tricks on getting started I would be greatful. I am not sure which arrows to use or which release to use? I have plenty of time before next Bow season to get used to the bow and become accurate. Hopefully next year this time I can have a freezer filled and maybe even a decent rack to admire.

Thanks for your time,
Viperman

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Location: Summit, IL
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First off...Welcome to the world of Archery....Now...The very first thing you should do is as soon as you get that bow, Take it to your local bow shop and have it fitted and tuned to you. Make sure you go to a reputable shop as they will be more than happy to help you fit up and probably be able to offer you some very good tips in shooting and form. As far as releases go..Im a Scott Archery fan and have been for many years. Ive never had one fail me in competition or in the field. My field choice is the Scott Mongoose but you will need to pick one that fits you. They have a very large variety to choose from. As far as Arrows I shoot the Carbon Express line..Going with the new Maximas this year so I shall let you know. I generally give very detailed field reports on anything new I try. I have been shooting the Carbon Express Cx300's for the past 4 years and have one arrow that has been through 4 deer so far. Wont get that out of ANY aluminum. Carbons are either Straight or broke...No inbetweens. As far as broadheads go I have been using the Montech G5's with EXCELLENT results. They fly identical to my field tips with very good penetration and blood trails. One tip I would definatly recommend is to have them tie you on a string loop to your bow for your release. It aids in 4 things, No noch pressure, direct release pressure, relieves string torque from improper form, and stops serving wear on your string. Now as far as practice goes, do it often...from many angles and also ,if at all possible, practice from a tree stand or an elevated position equal to the elevation that you will be hunting from. Many seem to neglect this and it costs them a shot on a beauty alot of times. The best thing in the world you could do is find an experianced archer to practice with and to teach you proper form and practice tips. I grew up using a longbow and recurve. When I switched to compound it was like I was on a different plane of reality. So practice practice and most of all PRACTICE LoL.

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Newbie Kansas Bow Hunter

Welcome Aboard Viperman Big smile
You got some good advice for cam, you've made a good choice in trying your hand at archery here in KS. That rut fits right in to the last part of the archery season. You'll have a good chance at seeing some big bucks!
What part of the state you located and where do you plan to hunt?

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Newbie Kansas Bow Hunter

Welcome to archery.
As was mentioned earlier. Have someone show you how to properly tune a bow and learn how to do it yourself.
Be sure to keep the entire string waxed.
Use only dry lubes on a bow.
Practice as often as you can.
My personnal opinion is. The Easton/Beman HIT (Hidden Insert Technology) arrows are the best choice with a NAP Nitrous broadhead. I've shot this combination into a concrete wall. The arrow was undamaged and the broadhead held together. You also get a pass through and plenty of blood with this combo.
Tru Fire also makes some very fine releases and a bit easier on the pocketbook. My personnal choice is the Hurricane.
You didn't mention anything about accessories. Sights (5 pin are handy, set at 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 yds), Rest (fall away is a great choice), Quiver (I use a four arrow one piece that has zero vibration. It depends on how many arrows you want to carry), Vibration dampeners (if needed), peep sight (should be large enough to see the entire sight), etc.....
Every time you add something to the string it slows the speed of the bow by approximately 5 fps. A nock set, a D loop (if you find it neccesary) and a couple of sting dampeners are all that is usually neccessary.
A reputable archery shop will be able to set you up with any parts and tools that will be neccesary for that particular bow. For example, Allen wrenches are a neccessary item when adjusting and setting accessories.
Refine your form and releasing the arrow. Try to stay consistant at any position. Use your entire body, not your arms and shoulders.
Until you condition your muscles. It would be wise to do some stretching and keep yourself hydrated.
The lighter the arrow and the higher the poundage on the bow. The less forgiving the shots become.
Anything you don't do exactly the same will have an affect on the released arrow.
Don't get frustrated. Practice your form and release.
Welcome to BGH.

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Newbie Kansas Bow Hunter

Thanks for all the great information Thumbs up ....I am located South Central Kansas....I cannot wait to get the bow and get started. The accessories that I have for the bow are string peep, knocking loop, tru glo sights, bodoodle arrow rest, doinker stabilizer and a 4 arrow quiver. My plan this weekend is to find a bow shop that can help me get started. I have found that it is very hard to get into any really good hunting locations, it seems like everyone leases thier property. I did come across one half section that I think I can get into for reasonable price. I am determined too hunt though.

Viperman

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by noching loop I do hope you do not mean one of those aluminum jobs...They are loud and very heavy on the string...They also tend to loosen up after a bit of time. Get a string loop...They are quiet...Lighter...And you can SEE if they are loosining up or freying. Other than that it sounds like you have a good setup.

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