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    Heres a guide i have saved that might help with figuring draw length. Might make a good sticky?

    Draw Length

    When your bow is fitted at the proper draw length you will be at your most comfortable and accurate body position. If the draw is too short your peep will be too far from your eye for a clear view and your shortened power stroke will cost you speed and energy. Too long a draw and your release hand may not anchor firmly against your cheek, your bow arm will want to hyperextend causing a loss of control, and your bowstring can contact your cheek or clothing destroying the accuracy of your shot.

    Here is an easy way to find your draw length, simply stand upright with your arms stretched out (hold naturally, do not hyperextend) and measure your armspan from fingertip to fingertip. Take this measurement and divide by 2.5. This will give a good starting draw length for your bow. Many bows are adjustable in draw length and can be changed if you want to try a different draw. However I recommend you stay with the starting draw, straying too far will lead to instability and reduced accuracy. Use the following chart as a quick reference on choosing your draw length.



    Draw Weight

    Your ideal draw weight is one you can pull in a smooth, controlled manner under hunting conditions. If you hunt in cold weather which most of us do, the combined effects of cold muscles and adrenaline will reduce your controlled draw weight 10 to 15 pounds from what you can manage indoors or on a warm day. Every year I encounter hunters who failed to reach full draw in the presence of game animals! Don't make this mistake, the modern compound bow is highly efficient and maximum poundage is not required even for large game animals.

    Most men find somewhere between 55 to 65 lbs to be their comfortable maximum, for women it is 35 to 45 lbs. The following chart shows my recommended bow adjustment range for adults. Keep the following points in mind when using it to fit your bow.

    Bows are adjustable over a ten to fifteen pound range but work slightly more efficiently when set in the upper end of their range. For example if you would like to shoot 60 lbs it is better to choose a 45-60 lb bow then a 55-70 lb one backed down to 60 lbs.
    When in doubt choose the lower poundage, you will have plenty of power for hunting and will be sure to stay in control.
    New archers will increase the poundage they can handle by 10 or more pounds in just two weeks of daily practice.


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    I made this post a sticky so it wont get covered up,Thanks HuntR
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    You would think they would cut them some slack that really suks ...
    Very sad!!! No slack what so ever...honestly one finding after a 6 month audit!! Guy had two choices...to fight it in court (no win!!) of forfiet his dealers license.....very sad

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlloyToy View Post
    Very sad!!! No slack what so ever...honestly one finding after a 6 month audit!! Guy had two choices...to fight it in court (no win!!) of forfiet his dealers license.....very sad
    How many years were they in business?
    This is not right for them to pull his dealers license there must be something they could do ?????
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    How many years were they in business?
    This is not right for them to pull his dealers license there must be something they could do ?????
    The business has been there for years.....this new guy aquired the business about 8 years ago....

    Here is the story:

    Just about everything was on sale at Valley Sports Center on Tuesday, but bargain hunters cashed in with heavy hearts.

    Owner Timothy L. Divoll has announced he will close the sporting goods store on Route 10, a mainstay for area hunters and fishermen, on July 25. The abrupt closure comes on the heels of an inspection by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

    No one, including Divoll, was willing to say much about the inspection and its ramifications, but the going-out-of-business signs appear to be related to it.

    Longtime customer Shawn P. Connelly, of Easthampton, expressed his condolences to Divoll while buying a bucket of bait. Out in the parking lot, Connelly said he will miss both the inventory and the service.



    "There's not any place where you can buy live bait," he said. "I don't know where I'm going to get minnows."

    Connelly added that Divoll was a big part of the shopping experience. "He's just such a nice guy," he said. "He's a respectful hunter and fisherman."

    Robert W. Recos, of Chesterfield, also had good things to say about Divoll but was suspicious about the factors that are driving him out of business. "I think it's a back-door approach to gun control," Recos said.

    Divoll, who has owned the business for nearly eight years, declined to talk about the ATF investigation. He did say that 80 percent of his business comes from gun sales, and now that he is no longer allowed to sell guns, he cannot survive.

    His customers, Divoll said, have been overwhelmingly supportive. "There's an awful lot of frustration," he said.

    Shopping the aisles of Valley Sport Center is a little like roaming a zoo. The heads of elk, deer and antelope look out from the walls, and an entire stuffed black bear stands side-by-side with a huge turkey. In addition to his stock of guns, Divoll carries compound bows, fishing reels, lures, bright orange hunting hats and tins of strong scents that are appealing to deer, bear and other critters. A sportsman himself, Divoll said he does just about everything except bow hunt....

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