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Stump shooting?

So I have got my bow shooting great at the local archery range and have even had to deal with a couple robin hood's since I got the draw length dilemma figured out. I want to start stump shooting but I didn't know if you could do it with a 70lb bow? Will the arrows just blow up? What tips do you guys suggest?

It sounds fun and like good practice.

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Stump Shooting !!!

hawkeye,

It is abosulutely some of the best practice you can do. As far a litterally shooting stumps ? Bad Idea. Get you some judo tips and shoot at little things such as flowers and such and stay away from the rangefinder until after you shoot so you can learn to judge distances quickly.

One more question for you hawkeye, why so much wieght? Are you very comfortable shooting that wieght or do you tire out after so much shooting. The biggest mistake people make is shooting to much poundage.

Good luck with your archery season this year and practice, practice, practice.......

Quinton

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I like to use the rubber

I like to use the rubber blunt tips.  You may ruin some arrows but the rubber blunt tip absords some of the impact which will save alot of arrows.  the one thing you can't do is take too close a shot unless you wanna losse the arrow.  Most time the arrows are still good, but as always....PLEASE.......PLEASE check those arrows after every shot.

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I don't really tire out while

I don't really tire out while shooting but my draw is definitely not as smooth as it is with a 60 lb draw. I guess I have it cranked because I like how flat it shoots and my brother convinced me that bows are the most efficient when they are maxed to their peak draw weight. I still have lots of time to tinker with it before the season starts. 

What draw weight are you shooting? 

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Bow draw wieght !

hawkeye,

I am shooting 58 pounds right now and never shot above 63 pounds since I was 18 except for one time. One year I did shoot 70 pounds, but you must be able to draw back when that heart is pounding and the adrenaline is pumping, and you want to be able to pull your bow back smoothly with limited movement. My dad has been shooting 52 pounds for years and has taken several elk shooting that wieght.

A good sharp broadhead will win every time over poundage and then the main key is where you put that arrow. So you must be very accurate with your bow. Keep practicing and I hope to see a big bull elk taken this year with your bow.

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don't know that one

Is it too silly to ask what you mean by stump shooting? That’s not a term that I am familiar with.

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Stump shooting ???

Mike,

 Stump shooting is just litterally that, stump shooting ! Big smile Back in the days of the recurves and long bows guys/gals would walk through the woods and spot and old rotted stump and try to hit it. With our bows of today if you shoot an old log with a carbon shaft you will more than likely kiss it good bye. I pick out small flowers (with hopefully soft dirt behind it) or sticks and shoot them simply by guessing the yardage and letting it rip. Very good practice !!!!!

Quinton

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elkkill06 wrote:

Mike,

 Stump shooting is just litterally that, stump shooting ! Big smile Back in the days of the recurves and long bows guys/gals would walk through the woods and spot and old rotted stump and try to hit it. With our bows of today if you shoot an old log with a carbon shaft you will more than likely kiss it good bye. I pick out small flowers (with hopefully soft dirt behind it) or sticks and shoot them simply by guessing the yardage and letting it rip. Very good practice !!!!!

Quinton

 

I feel dumb now ;) lol

Thanks for the explanation for the simple minded.

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i wouldn't try it with a

i wouldn't try it with a compound. lots of people try it, but you will go through quite a few arrows. mostly, because it's hard to find enough stumps in the correct phase of decay to shoot, and then remove an arrow from it.

as an alternative. i recommend shooting at a target uphill of your position. this sounds like it wont be as helpful, but when you consider what muscle groups you use when shooting uphill, you're building muscle on a group that you don't use if shooting from a tree stand. just excercising those muscles will get them coordinated properly to take shots in uncomfortable positions.

if you're having problems judging range, just get a rangefinder and pick objects and check your guess. there's no substitute for experience.

 

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FYI - hay bales work!

ndemiter wrote:

i wouldn't try it with a compound. lots of people try it, but you will go through quite a few arrows. mostly, because it's hard to find enough stumps in the correct phase of decay to shoot, and then remove an arrow from it.

as an alternative. i recommend shooting at a target uphill of your position. this sounds like it wont be as helpful, but when you consider what muscle groups you use when shooting uphill, you're building muscle on a group that you don't use if shooting from a tree stand. just excercising those muscles will get them coordinated properly to take shots in uncomfortable positions.

if you're having problems judging range, just get a rangefinder and pick objects and check your guess. there's no substitute for experience.

 

 

Hay bales seem to work well!

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Bad Idea

Yeah, stump shooting tends to be a bad idea, lots of wrecked or lost arrows in my experience.  Elkill has the right idea shoot at other things like leaves and flowers wher the arrow will just bury itself in the ground.  Another piece if advice it to take a good (retriver) dog with you.  The wife and I did a lot of this a few years ago and took our golden lab once.  All the arrows that deflectd off something and went knocking through the forest and gone, that dog would watch and listen and take us right to the shaft!  It was actually quite something to see.  Ol Joe-dog went with us on all our "stump shooting" excursions after that.

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