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Offline Dadsaster

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New to bow hunting with practice questions...
« on: December 31, 2018, 08:17:56 AM »
I live in Vancouver, WA and I'm interested in starting to learn to bow hunt now so that by next fall I'll be ready to go out for deer.  I only have enough room for 20-25 yard target in the backyard.  I know there is a range near me and I plan on taking some lessons.  I'm wondering if there is somewhere I can go and shoot at longer distances when the time comes.  There are several playing fields near me but I have no idea the legality of shooting in public spaces.

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Re: New to bow hunting with practice questions...
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2018, 08:23:44 AM »
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Re: New to bow hunting with practice questions...
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2018, 08:40:07 AM »
Do you have a bow? What kind? Traditional or compound?

Have you deer hunted before?

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Re: New to bow hunting with practice questions...
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2018, 08:43:28 AM »
Go to a archery range, most ranges have from 10-50yds. That is usually about the distance you'll be shooting. Watch YOUTUBE, don't pay for lessons. Pretty basic honestly.
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Re: New to bow hunting with practice questions...
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2018, 08:58:51 AM »
Thanks for the responses.  I've shot targets with traditional bow and arrow as a kid.  I've shot a compound bow once or twice.  I have about 20 years of rust to knock off.  I haven't purchased a bow yet and am looking to check out my local pro shop this week.

I would imagine that range fees add up quick.

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Re: New to bow hunting with practice questions...
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2018, 09:00:05 AM »
Dadsaster - don't do it!!!!!!!   It's a horribly addicting sport.  I'm hoping I can get diagnosed with an addiction soon so Blue Cross can start picking up my expenses.  I took the nock above class at archery world a few years ago when I got back into archery after a 20 year hiatus.  I shot recurve because that was what my wife was shooting.  Really doesn't matter what you shoot for the class the fundamentals are the same.  The class really improved my shooting and the staff was very helpful.  Shooting there in general has also been helpful.  Other shooters on the line will sometimes give you pointers.  You can tell who knows what they are doing and who doesn't.  Unfortunately that does not solve your yardage issue as they only go out to 25 yards at the shop.

Finding a buddy or coworker with property that will let you shoot at their place is an option for yardage.   My solution has been to drive up to Gifford Pinchot or Larch Mtn and find a spot.  A short walk will normally get you away from the rifle / pistol shooters.

I would not suggest shooting at a local practice field.  People tend to loose their minds in town about "shooting" in city limits and you are really opening yourself to liability because you can't control someone walking their dog in the morning or something like that.  I applaud your efforts though as I used to shoot at our high school football practice field when I was in school.  Just had to be very early in the morning before the walkers came out.   Even when they did come out no one called the cops.  Times were a bit different in the 80's in backwoods Pennsylvania!

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Re: New to bow hunting with practice questions...
« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2018, 09:04:54 AM »
Thanks for the responses.  I've shot targets with traditional bow and arrow as a kid.  I've shot a compound bow once or twice.  I have about 20 years of rust to knock off.  I haven't purchased a bow yet and am looking to check out my local pro shop this week.

I would imagine that range fees add up quick.

You can go down to either Shilapoo or Vancouver Lake hunting areas and will have plenty of room to set up targets at whatever yardages you want. PM me with you name and phone number and I'll call you with directions or other suggestions.
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Re: New to bow hunting with practice questions...
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2018, 10:15:34 AM »
  I haven't purchased a bow yet and am looking to check out my local pro shop this week.

I would imagine that range fees add up quick.
Your local pro shop is a great place to start and ask about where to shot. Range fees are fairly cheap at most places.
I'm not sure.

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Re: New to bow hunting with practice questions...
« Reply #8 on: December 31, 2018, 10:24:39 AM »
I would caution anyone getting into archery to not get too focused on shooting from longer distances.
There's no difference between a 25 yard shot and a 50 yard shot in regard to form/technique.
You nock your arrow, draw back, anchor, release, and follow through the same regardless of distance.
Taking that daily dozen shots at 20 yards in the backyard is going to give you more than if you wait to take 50 shots at 50 yards on the weekend.
Also, don't fall for the trap of thinking you need to draw 80 lbs. Start at a comfortable draw weight and increase as your shoulder allows. All you need is a 45 lb draw weight to hunt deer legally.
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Re: New to bow hunting with practice questions...
« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2018, 11:33:56 AM »
I think your on the right path, If I could go back and tell my younger self to get a couple lessons from a trained archer i would. Would save breaking habits down the road. As far as distance don't sweat it, 20 yards is enough to build reps. It can get boring, so challenge yourself with small spots, games with buddies and mix it up whenever you can to shoot longer ranges or 3ds.

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Re: New to bow hunting with practice questions...
« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2018, 11:40:00 AM »
Nearly complete list of clubs And pro shops in the state

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Re: New to bow hunting with practice questions...
« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2018, 11:49:34 AM »
Seahawk and blackvelvet beat me to it

I wanted to follow up and say there is A LOT to cover in your garage to 25 yards.  Reps is the key.  Can't beat going through your shooting montra (sorry just what I call mine) - stance / grip / draw / anchor / - you get the idea.  I do plenty of just blind bale shooting to make all that second nature.

Do I challenge myself with long distance shots - you bet.  I enjoy it.  Also no better way to throw $20 into a bunch of trees to never be found again if you push it a little to far!

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Re: New to bow hunting with practice questions...
« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2018, 12:19:31 PM »
Any time I get a new trad bow I start at 5 yards. I put a target of a blank piece of cardboard or white construction paper and put 6 black dots about the size of a quarter on it. One arrow per dot. Donít move back until you can shoot all 6 arrows into the black. Touching counts. Then go to 10 yards. Then back to 8. Then 15. Then 20. Etc. it really helps you build your form. Now with my compound I started at 10 and Iím just moving back 10 yards at a time.
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Re: New to bow hunting with practice questions...
« Reply #13 on: December 31, 2018, 12:50:16 PM »
Seahawk and blackvelvet beat me to it

I wanted to follow up and say there is A LOT to cover in your garage to 25 yards.  Reps is the key.  Can't beat going through your shooting montra (sorry just what I call mine) - stance / grip / draw / anchor / - you get the idea.  I do plenty of just blind bale shooting to make all that second nature.

Do I challenge myself with long distance shots - you bet.  I enjoy it.  Also no better way to throw $20 into a bunch of trees to never be found again if you push it a little to far!
   :yeah: once your pins are set and every shot is essentially the same. My backyard is only 14 yards but it's plenty how to build muscle memory. I shoot 10 perfect arrows and night and whether I'm feeling good or not I hang it up after 10. Fatigue will build bad habits quicker than anything so if you keep your practice session short you'll mitigate that. Adding Bungie exercises can help build draw strength more quickly.
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Re: New to bow hunting with practice questions...
« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2019, 10:01:36 AM »
I'm blown away by the responses here!  Thanks everyone.

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Re: New to bow hunting with practice questions...
« Reply #15 on: February 02, 2019, 08:52:01 AM »
I have just started archery as well. There is so much good information online. Also if you can find a a couple 3d shoots they are really fun and about as close to a hunting experience as you can get.

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Re: New to bow hunting with practice questions...
« Reply #16 on: February 02, 2019, 09:42:30 AM »
Find a local shop that has an indoor target league during the week once you get your setup.  Great way to build muscle memory and spot concentration.  Then shoot 3Ds during spring and summer. 
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Re: New to bow hunting with practice questions...
« Reply #17 on: April 10, 2019, 07:12:00 AM »
All good advice.. there is also an archery field in Washington Park that is not that far from you when the weather is on your side..
I do agree a home 25 yrd range is great for practice but I regularly shoot out further to really dial in the bow itself.

 


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