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I Need Bow Basics!!

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Ok, theres already a thred very similar to this one on here, but I dont wanna jack the thread, and when someone replies to a thread I make, it just feels like the answer is on a more personal level.

I just got a buckmasters bow from my girlfriends brother, and Iv NEVER shot a bow. I also know 0... Zero about archery. Im a rifle hunter. I just need to know some basics. What pound drawback should I start with. Also Iv seen pictures of aarows splintering and going straight through a persons hand.. Which Im terrified of. Is that because of cheaper arrows?

ANY feedback is much appreciated, and needed lol. Thanks guys!!

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First on draw weight. Sit in a chair with both feet flat on the ground and your back not against the chair. Hold the bow out in front of you and make a drawing motion. When you A. Either lean back, or B. Your feet leave the ground, then it is too much weight. Drawing a bow isn't about how strong you are, it's about proper technique.

 

As for the arrow deal. First, make sure you have a properly spined arrow. Better to be too stiff as opposed to not stiff enough. And always flex the arrows before you shoot them. I flex them when I pull them and flex them before I load one.

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Better to be too stiff as opposed to not stiff enough.

Words to live by

As for draw weight like jb said I would also make sure to check with state laws some have minimum weights. I have mine set at 60lbs it's not maxed but it's easy and comfortable to shoot that way rather then struggle and get fatigued when practicing .

Practice!!!!!

Fundamentals are still same as rifle hunting/shooting focus on sight picture, breathing, and trigger squeeze.

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Thanks guys. I believe the draw weight is set on 70, but not positive. Its pretty dang tough to get a comfortable full draw out of it.

Also what do you mean by flexing arrows?

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Thanks guys. I believe the draw weight is set on 70, but not positive. Its pretty dang tough to get a comfortable full draw out of it.

Also what do you mean by flexing arrows?

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Back the limb bolts out 1 turn at a time and draw every time until it becomes more comfortable.

 

Just bend the arrows checking for unusual sounds like cracks or pops

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I would visit a Pro shop and have the bow checked, this will let you have experts watch what you are doing and make sure you are aware of any bad habits you are acquiring before they become habits that are hard to break!! Form is important and when you teach yourself, you can teach the wrong thing. The other thing they will do  is make sure the bow is still in tune, an out of tune bow will spoil the experience and possibly cause you to get frustrated and quit. I think the most important thing you have to do is find a form and get consistant with it, to be efficient with any verticle bow you must do the same thing every time, same anchor point same grip on the bow same position with the hand on the grip etc, etc. Once you get this far then it's,,,,,,,practice practice practice!! till 2 years ago I huted with a Hoyt 7 new bows in nearly 30 years, my most favorite weapon to hunt with, once you get good with one they efficient killing machines,,,,,,,Enjoy

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