Hi everyone. I will be getting my first oppurtunity to bow hunt this fall and I was wondering if anyone has any ideas as to what type of bow to buy? It must be lightweight and easy to carry. I have a little expierence shooting a compound bow, very little! Any help with sights, releases, arrows, broadheads etc. would be very much appreciated. TTFN, Cathy
I would have to turn you to your local pro shop. You can look at the many diff. bows and hold them to get the feel. You can get the proper draw length and shoot some also to see what you like. I am sure he will also fix you up with all the latest sights, rest, arrows and quiver. You just cant beat being able to put your hands on the equipment. I hope this helps.
Obstacles are what you see when you loose sight of your goals.
The Parker Challenger is very light and a nicely built bow. Also the Mathews Mustang is great.
You have to go top a proshop to get "fitted" with gear. No other practical way to do this and make it work right from the start. Most folks who try this with friends or on their own will struggle and fight the equipment eventually giving up.
Those that do keep at it still struggle but do not realizre they are struggling because they think they are doing well. Once you have the right gear and practice a little bit with the help of a good proshop expert coaching you,.......you will just lay arrows into the bullseye one after another and it will be fun and easy.
Just be prepared to spend a few bucks. It's cheaper to buy a rifle and a scope then good archery gear! One other tip, insist on the new B2 wisker biscuit for your arrow rest. There is no other functional option for a serious hunter who will hunt on foot. It's also a far better choice for a beginner then anything else.
Let us know what you get and how you like it.
I am going to throw a long list of items at you. I agree with the other guys that you need to go by a pro shop to get fitted. Without the proper draw length everything else is just a waste of time. A good thing to do also is look at the Cabela’s or Bass Pro Archery catalog. You can also go online if you want to. This will give you some base prices to go by before you purchase anything. All of the stuff I have listed is in the Cabela’s catalog so you can see what I am talking about.
Reflex Excursion bow. Has a 25”-27” draw length, 40-50 LB pull, 34-1/2” axle to axle length and only 3.9 pounds.
Shop’s wholesale price will be $200 to $215. He should not charge you over $260.
Easton C2 Carbon arrows to match bows pull weight.
Ultra-Knock XL for knocking point.
Sims Limb Savers and String Leech for noise dampening.
Fixed blade broadheads. Easier for beginners. 100 Grain four blade Muzzy’s.
Field points. For practice to match the grain weight of your broadheads.
Wisker Biscuit Arrow Rest. New Deluxe QS. Expensive but worth every penny!!
TruGlo EyeSite 2000. Middle of the road. There are better ones.
Peep sight. Look at the thread “No Peep Peepsight” helpful information.
Winn C-10 Free Flight Release. This is a glove type. It has a grip in the palm of the glove. This makes misfires less apt to happen. You squeeze the grip and keep your finger off the trigger.
TruGlo Axis Quiver, 90,180,360. Also expensive but great.
And a target.
A real long list but you will need all of it. If you know ahead of time, the sticker shock will not be as bad.
There's a fine line between Hunting,
And sitting in a tree looking Stupid!!
I will have to agree with Nickf,
My wife has a parker challenger a she really likes it. She is shooting about 38 lbs. and it shoots very fast. It weighs in at a mere 2.6 lbs. check out their website for all of the details. http://www.parkerbows.com/challenger.html
I have seen them on ebay for a decent price if you decide to go with one.
Both my daughters shoot Bowtech SD's and the speed is impressive for what they are pulling at their drawlengths.
Thank you for all of your replies. I priced some of the bows you guys mentioned and WHOA! talk about sticker shock!! I do already have a Browning compound bow and it looks like that is what I will have to stay with. I have only shot my bow with a rubber rest, tab and no sights. We took it to the man at Bass Pro Shops to see what he could do! YEAH!! He put a plunger rest on, a fiber optic three pin sight and sold me a release. TALK ABOUT A DIFFERENCE!! I put 11 of 12 arrows into an 18" target at 30yds the next day!! Believe me, that type of consistency is a huge improvement for me!! I am shooting every chance I get, the season opens on Oct.1 here.! Wish me luck!! TTFN, Cathy
Sounds like that guy did you ok by you except for the rest. If I understand you correctly he gave you a rest with a side plunger? If so that is a rest designed for finger shooter. You would be much more acurate shooting a tm style or fallaway rest. With a release the arrow mainly flexes up and down while with fingers the arrow flexes side to side hence the diferent style rests and the need to use the proper rest.
Congrats! I would have to agree that a fall away rest is the way to go. Also keep in mind that in TX you have to shoot a min of 40#'s to hunt any game. Good Luck and have fun! Also a fall away rest will remove some of the common rest area problems that most have.
Sorry about my description Arlow. The rest he put on my bow has a rubber nub coming out from the riser into the window about 1/4". Then there is a spring arm that moves up and down. Is this the right thing Arlow? C. Hey Shadow He put it on the scale and it is exactly 40lbs.Yeah!! I am trying to work up another 10lbs to 50 by mid Sept. C.
That sounds like the wrong rest Satchmo. The arrow should be supported solely from underneath with nothing on the side.
Uh Oh! Gotta go see him again. Thanks Arlow. TTFN, Cathy
Thank you Shadow. The rest he put on my bow is the huntmaster 2000 by golden futura. Sure enough, what Arlow said is right, FINGER SHOOTER REST! But I am shooting so much better with it!! Should I keep it or get rid of it? TTFN, Cathy
Get rid of it and get a rest designed for a release! Make the guy that sold it to you take it back and give you full credit torwards the proper rest. After all it was his mistake not yours. Your groups will shrink in half I bet! Try a Drop away rest. I have not swiched yet but I plan too. I currently shoot a TM hunter style Quicktune 2000 by NAP. It gets the job done for now.
Wow Arlow! If they shrink in half I might have to start calling myself WILMA TELL!! I will take your advice and go see him though. TTFN,Cathy
I just switched over to one of the Quick Tune rests by NAP last weekend. It would have made my start in archery a lot easier than using prongs over the last three years.
I shot some really tight groups with it today. I think they definately make a difference. A fall-away rest with wide prongs/forks holding the arrow in the rest will make a big difference for you since you don't have to worry so much about keeping the arrow nocked just right and on the rest.
Have fun and enjoy~!
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