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  • December 29, 2012 at 9:55 pm #497408 Back to Top REPORT
    Hi everyone, I am new to archery, and of course bow hunting, I bought a new Mathewes Helim and I’ve been reading bowhunting magazine and practicing like crazy and I’m loving every second! I wish I would have gotten started a lot sooner and I’m getting deployed in the first of may. When I get back I want to plan a bear hunt and a safari hunt. If anyone has any tips or advice please let me know. I’m new to hunting with a bow and can’t wait to get started!
    December 29, 2012 at 10:23 pm #545528 Back to Top REPORT

    Age: 58
    Joined: 3/14/2009
    Location: Missouri
    December 30, 2012 at 2:03 am #545529 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 3/15/2008
    Practice and knowing your quarry are key. You have to get a lot closer bowhunting than gun hunting, that’s the fun part. Make practice fun. I shoot a lot of 3D, shooting dense foam replicas of game animals at various ranges outdoors. The shots are set up to imitate what you would find while hunting. Throw in a few buddies a grill some burgers and soft drinks and you have a fun afternoon shooting!
    December 30, 2012 at 3:18 am #545530 Back to Top REPORT
    Thank you guys and I will make sure to learn all I can and make shooting fun and challenging! I know I will not have a problem enjoying shooting my bow and getting close to my quarry. Thanks again
    December 30, 2012 at 10:30 pm #545531 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 11/27/2008
    Welcome to forum!

    Allot of good information on here to learn from!

    December 31, 2012 at 1:27 pm #545532 Back to Top REPORT
    Thank you rsutton.
    December 31, 2012 at 2:04 pm #545533 Back to Top REPORT

    Age: 30
    Joined: 8/4/2006
    Location: Ohio
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    December 31, 2012 at 2:55 pm #545534 Back to Top REPORT

    Age: 45
    Joined: 3/7/2005
    Welcome! Know your equipment as in become one with it really. Also, know your effective range and wait for the animal to get into that range. Control your nerves when it comes time for the shot and above all, just have fun! Enjoy! :thumbup
    December 31, 2012 at 3:17 pm #545535 Back to Top REPORT


    Age: 64
    Joined: 12/10/2009
    Location: Upstate NY
    In today’s world of media there is a ton of stuff to read, watch and listen to, but there’s nothing like getting out there and learning from your experiences. The prime consideration is playing the wind, but get to know the deer’s patterns in the area that you hunt. Where they bed down, what & where they eat and water, how they get from one area to the other and the time of day (or night) that this occurs. You’ll make plenty of mistakes, but they’ll all be for the good. Enjoy your journey and good luck!
    December 31, 2012 at 4:51 pm #545536 Back to Top REPORT

    Age: 67
    Joined: 11/26/2004
    Location: South Dakota
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    December 31, 2012 at 5:38 pm #545537 Back to Top REPORT


    Joined: 12/2/2008
    As stated there is a lot of info out there, but don’t think your hunts are going to like the ones you see on TV. There is a ton of stuff to learn……..getting some prime property is at the top of the list……..deciding what type of stand you are going to use (if you are using one). Learning what to do after the shot is imperative….Try and get hooked up with some experienced guy’s that you get along with….. the list goes on and on.
    Coming here was a great first step :thumbup
    January 1, 2013 at 2:39 pm #545538 Back to Top REPORT

    Age: 45
    Joined: 5/10/2012
    Location: Wisconsin
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    January 1, 2013 at 6:53 pm #545539 Back to Top REPORT
    Thank you everyone for your warm welcome! I can not wait to go and start hunting when the season opens again. I look forward to sharing many hunting adventures and stories with all of you
    January 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm #545540 Back to Top REPORT


    Joined: 4/13/2012
    The one thing I would recommed, aquire or develop a shooting routine for crunch time when a deer is approaching. Sometimes or often when that first deer ever, first deer of the season or big buck approaches all that practice and prep flies out the window because of what they call….BUCK FEAVER. This is when your heart starts to beat and you loose all mental capabilities and you just rush your shot and blow it because your not used to fealing what you are fealing.

    A pre shot routine keeps you focused and it has helped me over the years in these big situations when they come and they come out of know where usually. I talk myself through a routine which goes somewhat like….; Ok…squeez off release don’t peak and pick a spot. I find talking to myself and saying this everytime a deer comes in keeps me focused and keeps the negative thoughts out of my head. Just like every sport if you develope a routine it keeps your chances of becoming consistant greater.

    January 2, 2013 at 5:49 pm #545541 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 11/26/2010
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    Welcome fro VA.
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