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Old 08-16-2013, 05:51 PM   #1
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Bow Hunting quick question about Hunter's Friend

Ok so I've never hunted in a place like where I'm moving.

When I lived in a city or heavily populated area before, I'd just leave the guns back at my pop's house and forget about getting out to do anything (except some handgun practice and plinking)


Now I'm moving back to an area where you can't use long guns, and the best way to deer hunt is bow.

I've got the better half enrolled in classes, and I'm up next. I've never done this before, but I figure it'll be worth the fun.

The question: Are the "ready to shoot" combos at Hunter's Friend a good start once we have our classes done and are ready to buy?

Or should I try to find a local shop once I get moved?

The prices seem more competitive than the big outdoor retail type stores I've checked (Bass Pro, Gander).

I figure there's more than a few bow hunters in this bunch who can at least confirm Hunter's Friend as a place to buy. It seems to be the "Quadratec" or "Morris" of the bow hunting bunch.

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Hit a local shop or a couple if you can find more than one. They have a vested interest in your doing well.
And used equipment is a GREAT way to get started. At least until you gain more experience and develop a technique. And try a few different bows (and arrows) to see what best suits your style of shooting, hunting, et c.

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Old 08-16-2013, 08:38 PM   #3
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Yeah. I will have to drive a bit to find one or ask the dudes who teach the course on base where they would go.
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Go to a local shop. The ready to shoot combos do save some money, but unless the bow actually fits you well and you have shot it and a few others to get a feel for your options, I wouldn't recommend it. Used equipment can be had fairly cheap. Just make sure whatever you go with, it's what fits you. I cannot stress that enough. And I almost forgot, be patient. It is a frustrating thing to pick up and be capable of ethically taking an animal with consistently. Practice, practice, practice.
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Thanks.

I won't make this fall's season due to timing, so that'll give me extra time to find a fit and practice.

Those "ready to hunt" kits are tempting. I did some more reading elsewhere, and pretty much everything (except "consumer" type marketing stuff) say you have to "like" the bow, the fit, the pull, etc or you won't practice enough.... and if you don't practice enough you can't get a proper harvest.
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Thanks.

I won't make this fall's season due to timing, so that'll give me extra time to find a fit and practice.

Those "ready to hunt" kits are tempting. I did some more reading elsewhere, and pretty much everything (except "consumer" type marketing stuff) say you have to "like" the bow, the fit, the pull, etc or you won't practice enough.... and if you don't practice enough you can't get a proper harvest.
The RTH kits will get you out of the door with some mediocre equipment but in my opinion you are much better buying a bare bow and putting the accessories that fit you on there. I was an archery tech/instructor for 6 years and shot competitively for 2 of those 6. If you have any questions at all shoot me a pm.

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