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    Oldfarmsblueman
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    Getting it right with a bow

    I see a lot of things being said that I don't agree with on bow hunting
    deer.A pro shop can only get you off to the right start.You need to
    lurn most of the things your self.Pro shops want to sell you things!Just
    keep that in the back of your head!.I would stay away from a big place
    like Cabala's.Go to a small shop that SHOULD take care of you if you
    buy a bow from them.It takes time to figure out which arrows are the
    best for your rig! And don't forget you might start at a lower poundage
    and as you get stronger go up.That can play havoc with arrow spine.A
    new bows string will stretch no mater who tells you they don't.They do.
    You need to play around with differant size field points.I have 75-85-100
    and 125's and interchange them just to see how it affects the arrow.
    You also have to play with fletchings and arrow rests that all make a
    differance.Now BROADHEADS.They are not all born equal.YOU DO NOT
    JUST PICK A COOL LOOKING ONE PUT IT ON AND GO HUNTING.!!!!!!!
    There are sights that test them and show which ones are better than
    others.The Archersedge is a good place to find out things on broad heads.
    They test for accuracy-penetration into a wet phone book-shoot into a
    one inch board and through the scapula of a deer.They test for out
    of the box sharpness and see how many shots it takes into a Rinehart
    target before they will not cut the rubber band tool.Some are great killers
    and some are not.BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS WHERE YOU STICK THAT
    ARROW !!!!!!.A poor shot with a $1200.00 bow and a cool looking blade
    is not as good as a good shot with a $300.00 bow and the right arrow and the
    right broadhead.For new bow hunters PRACTICE,PRACTICE,PRACTICE !!!
    Standing and sitting,up hill and down If your hunting shoot out of that
    tree stand.See how it feels-see if you can shoot right and left with out
    interference.Learn to judge distance and if you can keep your arrows in
    a two inch groop at 20 yds-three inch at 30 and four inch at 40 you are
    ready to hunt BUT I would not take a shot over 25 yards untill you have
    a few deer under your belt.(clean kills) Last but not least learn where to
    hit a deer and the best angles to try.Every bow season someone shows
    a picture of a deer walking with an arrow sticking out of it.ITS BETTER
    TO PASS UP A SHOT IF IT DOESN'T FEER RIGHT!!!!!!! AND GET A BROAD
    HEAD TARGET AND SHOW YOURSELF IF YOUR FIELD POINTS AND BROAD
    HEADS HIT IN THE SAME SPOT----- .All JMO


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    I have the same opinion. Do not buy your first bow (or any bow) from a big chain. go to the guy that can provide you an honest answer and will continue to be your "go-to-guy" for any/all bow related advice and service.

    pertaining to taking a long shot and being accurate to 4" at 40 yrds:
    If you are ultra confident in your accuracy and you would take your most expensive arrow with the most expensive broadhead and can shoot it through a 4" hole cut into a steel plate without missing; you may be ready to take an animal at that range. but like Oldfarms said; get several deer kills at 10-25 yrds first so you can learn how deer can jump the string and how important it is to not shoot long range at that wall hanger if he is supper nervous. your shot may be dead-on, but that buck can drop his body 12" and spin before the arrow gets there. Now you end up with a miss or something worse (a wounded deer)

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    There realy is not much more to say on this topic! If you read this and do not take it to heart. You are just another idiot with a Bow! or a Gun for that matter! I have met a few people who would openly state they would take unethical shots at any distance. " If I can shoot that far, at least I tried." Stupidity! They seem to care more about getting a shot off. I had the biggest Deer I have ever seen walk 12 yards in front of me
    ( stopped behind a bush). I could have placed a shot in his hind quaters and then another to put him down, and I know a few who said they would have!
    It's not worth the risk!

    DON'T BE ANOTHER MORON PRETENDING TO BE AN OUTDOORSMAN!
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    There is some good points and some bad points here.

    Good points: PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE you can't get enough of that but only if you are doing it right!!! Last year I had a problem with target panic, it wasn't easy to beat but I did. I went to Andover Archery and told Gary that something was wrong with my bow. He took me outside and had me shoot and after three shots he said that the problem was me. So with that said there is more inconsistencies with you (your anchor point, the way you hold your bow and the release of the arrow) than a small change with a arrow, fletching or target points.

    I still can't judge distance, I rely on my favorite tool my range finder..... As for broad heads it is personal preference. I like the Muzzy MX-4's and some people don't like them and say that don't fly good. You need to find what works for you! Don't let someone tell you you need something that you don't or fool with something that you don't need to fool with.... just be sure that you buy quality products and have a good Pro Shop help you set it up. JMO!!
    "Go afield with a good attitude,with respect for the wildlife you hunt and for the forest and fields in which you walk. Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person." FRED BEAR

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    Oldfarmsblueman
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    I had a problem with peeking.I figured it out with the help of people
    on the archersedge.Yes a pro or an experienced archer might be
    able to point out what you are doing wrong but you have to fix
    the problem.I see people who shoot and can't even adjust there
    own sights.They have someone else sight it in for them.Broad heads
    might be a personal choice but it should be based on more than looks.
    Many heads do not hold up when hitting bone.Some create a better
    blood trail.I double lunged a buck last fall and watched it run 180
    yards and go down.The head was a fair killer but there was very
    little blood.I will not use that one again.I also a week later had a
    buck move and my arrow hit way to far forward.The broad head I
    was using saved my butt.The broad head made a poor hit into a
    deer that was down in 200 yards.As much as we try to make a
    perfect shot it doesn't always happen.The right blade can help
    with a bad shot (some times).
    I have never given muzzys a try but always heard that slick tricks
    flew like field points.They don't for me.They might kill good as I found
    a 6 pt buck with one in his butt that killed him.But the shooter never
    found him.I talk with many people that shoot lots of game mostly
    deer and hogs.They show blood trails wounds and how the broad head
    looks after it is recovered.
    Not sure if this will work but I'll try to post one of the Archersedges
    tests.Also JMO.
    http://btreviews.proboards.com/index...lay&thread=464

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    Gary Hall is most definatly one of the Best in the area! If you need help with tweeking go see him for sure. Bill at Columbia Sports also!
    " Bowtech RPM 360 70#, Bowtech Invasion 60# Carbon Express Red, Carbon Express Maxima Hunter, Carbon Express F15, GrimReaper SS, Rage Hyperdermic"

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