View Full Version : Where can I get information on bowhunting?

September 30, 2007, 05:41 PM
I am looking for a break from hunting deer with a rifle. You see the deer...boom....and its over. I would like o start bow hunting and I know NOTHING and that is not an exaderation.
Thanks guys!
P.S. It is firearms related...it has to do with my boredom of hunting whitetail with them.

Hard Ball
September 30, 2007, 05:49 PM
Start by checking your state hunting laws to learn what is legal and what the seasons for it are.

September 30, 2007, 06:58 PM
Go to your local bow shop or archery range and talk to people. Learn to shoot, learn to judge range, learn all you can about your prey, and learn to stalk and hunt. Until you get that down, it's frustrating. After you get that down, it's addictive.

Wild Bill Bucks
September 30, 2007, 07:22 PM

If you think "Buck Fever" is bad with a rifle, wait till you harvest your first Bow Buck.

As has been stated, find yourself someone who has bow hunted a few years, and listen to what he has to say about the equipment. There are a lot of great bows out there and like anything else with hunting, there is a lot of gizmos out there that are made to get your money. Buy the best you can afford, and practice, practice, practice. Don't get discouraged if you don't get immediate results, as this is a sport that requires more than the traditional " Bang Flop " that you are used to.:)

October 1, 2007, 10:33 AM
I'll strongly recommend Archerytalk.com and Bowsite.com. The first is the biggest archery site on the net. I frequent the site coz i'm a bowhunter first, rifle and revolver hunter second. You can also buy used bows, arrows, broadheads and just about anything related to bowhunting.

October 1, 2007, 10:38 AM
You usually have to take a bowhunter saftey course prior to getting your first liscense - When you take that, you will meet a lot of people in similar shoes to yours. It is a great sport in that it is a close range hunt, there are less people in the woods, and the weather is usually better. As already stated, buck fever can be intense when the buck is close enough that you can smell him!

October 1, 2007, 10:56 AM
My personal advise is to find a good mentor. I live in an area with no good archery shops. There are a couple of archery product dealers and one guy claiming to be a true archery shop, but they are very poor. I found a mentor that was very good at bow tuning/setup and he even sold me one of his older bows for a very cheap price. Last year, only 2 months after picking up a bow for the first time, I took my first deer. I also missed two pigs - but we won't talk about those.

October 1, 2007, 07:22 PM
Here's to start. Go to an Archery pro shop in your area and have them measure your actual draw length. You also need to determine what comportable bow poundage you can draw. Most pro shop have demo bows you can try on. Try as many as you can. New bows range from $400 - $ 750 depending on what brand. You can also get used bow from ebay. Before you can hunt you will need a lot of practice, develop a good shooting form ( repeatitive anchor, aiming and release ) There's a lot to know a bout Bowhunting from Bow tuning to arrow/broadhead tuning. It took me a year before I actually hunt with a bow. I already harvest for 4 pigs and 2 deer with a bow.

October 5, 2007, 05:22 AM
Ever considered hangun hunting? I am a long-time bow hunter but now get as much of kick out of hunting with my .460 as I do my Hoyt--and the blood trails are much shorter:D

October 5, 2007, 11:45 AM
+1 on a bowhunting education class to learn and make some contacts that could maybe take you along.

I took a bowhunter ed course when I was stationed in upstate NY in order to hunt military land. I had been bowhunting for several years and went in thinking it was a waste of my time. I learned a lot, made some friends, and was impressed enough to get certified as an instructor myself.

Many states do not require it to hunt, and in those states you will meet a lot of very experienced bowhunters at class. They are there because many of the big elk states DO require it.

It is a great addiction!