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Bronson2017
Auburn Fan
Birmingham
Member since Feb 2019
313 posts

re: How did you get started in bow hunting?
I’m in the Birmingham area. Like you said I’d like to have someone take me hunting and show me the ropes first.


JohnDoe00
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Feb 2019
278 posts

re: How did you get started in bow hunting?
Youtube my man. The Hunting Public did a video on how to scout around Alabama I believe. I have watched countless hours of hunting gear reviews, treestand/saddle videos, and have spent hours in the woods. Its going to take time and self learning. I have learned more walking by myself through the woods then anyone has actually showed me.


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SmokinJoe
Mississippi St. Fan
everywhere
Member since Jun 2015
164 posts

re: How did you get started in bow hunting?
WMAs and NWRs are gonna be your best bet for public hunting to get started. It’s gonna be tuff hunting starting out. It’ll be a test for sure. Watch the hunting public and catman on YouTube to learn how to scout. Pick you out a stand your comfortable in and feel safe. If you hunt off the ground, please WEAR A SAFETY HARNESS. Search classifieds like archerytalk for a reliable setup and save some money right out the gate.
I grew up in a family that bowhunts primarily. My dad and uncle are some of the finest woodsmen that I know of in this part of MS. So I’ve learned most of what know from them plus what I picked up on my own. Good luck on this quest. You’ll learn a lot. You’ll sweat a lot. And you’ll swear a lot but in the end it’s the most fun a man can have outside of his “time” with his SO


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speckledawg
Mississippi St. Fan
Somewhere Salty
Member since Nov 2016
1884 posts

re: How did you get started in bow hunting?
My older cousin gave me an old hand me down PSE when I was 13 or so. I practiced night and day in the yard and thought I was pretty good. My first sit in a tree with that bow, I had a doe walk out and I was shaking so bad, I bet I shot 5 ft over her back.
I kinda lost interest for a while and then really picked it back up about 7-8 years ago. My BIL was real into bows and was having success and kinda sparked my interest back up. Since then, I will only rifle hunt if my son (5yo) wants to go with me. Kinda hard to bow hunt with a young kid.


Practice, practice, practice
Get a rangefinder
Always wear your harness
Pretty much any modern compound bow will kill deer just fine. I got a sweet deal on a Mathews Z7extreme several years ago and have zero desire to get a new bow.


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namvet6566
LSU Fan
Member since Oct 2012
4425 posts

re: How did you get started in bow hunting?
Go visit Chag's in Metairie and see Sammy, he is the best in the region


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ducksnbass
LSU Fan
Member since Apr 2014
604 posts

re: How did you get started in bow hunting?
I started bow hunting when I was in high school but didn't have the patience for it. I'd always get bored and go back to the camp, get my 22 and go squirrel hunting.
After rifle hunting most of my life, I actually bought a used PSE and a lock on stand last year and bow hunted most of the season. It was so much fun being back in the woods and not sitting in a box stand. I didn't kill a deer with it, but I did shoot a 200lb boar which was pretty exciting.


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257WBY
Baylor Fan
Member since Feb 2014
1833 posts

re: How did you get started in bow hunting?
Hunt the Bankhead NF. Buy a rifle and a seat cushion. Sit up on the ridges where you can look down into bottoms. No stand needed. You also might want a deer cart. Keep the wind in your face and the sun at your back. If you like this, try archery the next season. Archery is much harder to succeed with than a rifle. Good luck.


ducksnbass
LSU Fan
Member since Apr 2014
604 posts

re: How did you get started in bow hunting?
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Archery is much harder to succeed with than a rifle.

But, it can be more rewarding also because you actually have to scout and get where the deer want to be. Be quieter and more stealthy, pay attention to scent, wind direction, etc.



Slickback
New Orleans Pelicans Fan
Deer Stand
Member since Mar 2008
27141 posts

re: How did you get started in bow hunting?
Got tired of seeing the In Stand Threads in here while I was sitting on my arse waiting for rifle season. Went got one fitted and rigged and bought it and started slinging arrows in the yard. I’m still a (10-year) newb, but once I have a place that isn’t dreadful to hunt in October, I’ll be ready. I average about 3 bow hunts a year now.


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Farmtiger
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West "By God" Monroe
Member since Dec 2003
2244 posts

re: How did you get started in bow hunting?
Hunted in a big club for years and stopped about 5 years ago. Walked away from hunting. 2 years ago I got the bug to shoot a bow and called a buddy. After talking we decided we would go try out a Refuge hunting later in the year. I went and bought a Mission by Mathews bow and have fallen in love with it ever since.

I shot my biggest buck with a bow to date that season and now have tags to hunt Kansas this fall.

You can go and spend all the money you want to spend on a bow setup. For the money though, I love my bow and it is very forgiving. Check them out.


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257WBY
Baylor Fan
Member since Feb 2014
1833 posts

re: How did you get started in bow hunting?
Archery is awesome. But it’s a tall hill to climb when you’ve never hunted anything before. Success builds confidence. A rifle offers the new hunter the best chance for success. A poster around Birmingham needs to help this poster get started.


speckledawg
Mississippi St. Fan
Somewhere Salty
Member since Nov 2016
1884 posts

re: How did you get started in bow hunting?
I have to agree with this. Jumping straight into bow hunting, especially on public land as mentioned, can really turn one off from hunting quickly.


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GATORGAR247
Member since Aug 2017
627 posts

re: How did you get started in bow hunting?
I got invited on a bow hunt by a couple of my buddies. I bought a used bow 3 weeks before we went. They told me I wouldn't kill anything because I just started shooting.. ended killing 3 deer that weekend. I hardly pick up the rifle anymore. I feel like if I can see em I can killem with the rifle..
I bought a new mathews vertix this year. Shot a bowtec insanity for the past 6 years..
This post was edited on 8/14 at 6:28 pm


mfiredog
LSU Fan
Stonewall
Member since Oct 2016
263 posts

re: How did you get started in bow hunting?
Go to local bow shop and get properly measured. Nothing shoots worse than a bow that doesn’t fit you. I have no problems with a good used bow. But make sure whatever you buy will fit you.


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ducksnbass
LSU Fan
Member since Apr 2014
604 posts

re: How did you get started in bow hunting?
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I feel like if I can see em I can killem with the rifle.


Exact same thing my dad said years ago when he first started bow hunting.


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Nicky Parrish
Member since Apr 2016
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re: How did you get started in bow hunting?
Saw an Eddie Rispone For Governor commercial


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PetreauxCat
LSU Fan
TX
Member since May 2009
837 posts

re: How did you get started in bow hunting?
Any thoughts on the Mission by Mathews bows?


Arkapigdiesel
Arkansas Fan
Arkansas
Member since Jun 2009
3225 posts

re: How did you get started in bow hunting?
Hard to beat bow hunting. My heart pounds outta my chest on a buck or doe when bow hunting.


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PetreauxCat
LSU Fan
TX
Member since May 2009
837 posts

re: How did you get started in bow hunting?
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Mathews Z7 loaded


I’m interested


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