MMA  > General MMA  > Any Bow Hunters out there?
October 14, 2010, 10:01 AM
Sorry for putting this on the MMA catagory but there is no Hunting section. And this is where I spend most of my fannation time, either MMA message boards or Throwdowns.

Any \way I recently took my hunters safety course so I can get my New York State hunting license and would like to try my hand at some deer hunting. I'm looking for a couple of ideas for a beginner like me.

What would be a good starter bow? I have practiced with a bow just a few times.

Any tips for a virgin deer hunter would also be appreciated.
October 14, 2010  10:37 AM ET

Any brand names that you think I should stay away from (poor quality) or steer towards (good quality)?

Unfortunatly I don't think I have a Bass Pro shop or a Cabela's neer by here on Long Island.

Thanks

October 14, 2010  11:14 AM ET

be a man, a knife and a bottle of water...

October 14, 2010  11:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

be a man, a knife and a bottle of water...

Water I assume is to clean the knife off after the kill?

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October 14, 2010  01:17 PM ET

Brock blah blah blah

October 14, 2010  01:22 PM ET

i went looking for bows this year and i found that the small shops know the most and the best guys at the big shops will just sent you to a small shop
you will probably want to get a higher priced bow package *NOT JUST THE BOW it should have sights, arrow rest, possibly a vibration reducer and quiver

buying a package gets you a ok bow with enough on it to start shooting right away if you just buy the naked bow then you will need to buy everything separate which adds up quick and gets even more annoying

also make sure the salesman teaches you proper maintence of a bow and points out "proper shooting technique (this should be one of your first questions so you know if he is a knowlegeable sales rep no just a guy at a counter)

if you are getting a compound bow a trigger release will be a good investment and if you are not that knowlegeable about a bow a wrist guard can help you avoid some discomfort and some serious string burn on your arm

i dont know what it is like in hunting stores there but here the best stores have a bow range so you can test fire a perspective purchase

good luck :) hope this helps

October 14, 2010  01:25 PM ET

I practiced Archery for 3 years (when I was 18), but it was "regular" archery, not hunting.

October 14, 2010  01:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I practiced Archery for 3 years (when I was 18), but it was "regular" archery, not hunting.

portugese hunting sounds like a lot of fun

untill the zoo kicks you out :(

October 14, 2010  01:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

i went looking for bows this year and i found that the small shops know the most and the best guys at the big shops will just sent you to a small shop you will probably want to get a higher priced bow package *NOT JUST THE BOW it should have sights, arrow rest, possibly a vibration reducer and quiver buying a package gets you a ok bow with enough on it to start shooting right away if you just buy the naked bow then you will need to buy everything separate which adds up quick and gets even more annoyingalso make sure the salesman teaches you proper maintence of a bow and points out "proper shooting technique (this should be one of your first questions so you know if he is a knowlegeable sales rep no just a guy at a counter)if you are getting a compound bow a trigger release will be a good investment and if you are not that knowlegeable about a bow a wrist guard can help you avoid some discomfort and some serious string burn on your armi dont know what it is like in hunting stores there but here the best stores have a bow range so you can test fire a perspective purchasegood luck :) hope this helps

Thanks for the input. I never would have thought to ask about the proper maintenence of the bow.

October 14, 2010  01:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Thanks for the input. I never would have thought to ask about the proper maintenence of the bow.

its not much but it lets you know if you are talking to a moron or a bow guy if you dont know alot about bows

are there any archery clubs or ranges locally or in the area you will be hunting ? gun clubs or ranges might also have a bow range to practice at

do you have any hunting experience ??

October 14, 2010  02:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

its not much but it lets you know if you are talking to a moron or a bow guy if you dont know alot about bowsare there any archery clubs or ranges locally or in the area you will be hunting ? gun clubs or ranges might also have a bow range to practice at do you have any hunting experience ??

I've been goose, duck & pheasant hunting numerous times.

October 14, 2010  02:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

its not much but it lets you know if you are talking to a moron or a bow guy if you dont know alot about bowsare there any archery clubs or ranges locally or in the area you will be hunting ? gun clubs or ranges might also have a bow range to practice at do you have any hunting experience ??

I've been to Texas 3-4 times to go goose and duck hunting. Done plenty of pheasant and duck hunting here on Long Island and have gone to Wisonsin twice to go bird hunting also.

So thats it. only bird hunting.

October 14, 2010  03:10 PM ET

I personally shoot a Pearson Bulldog. I bought it cheap from a friend and I really like it.

As to what a nice bow is, that is really hingent on your price range. If you have $700 bucks to blow, buy a Hoyt.

If not, look into Bowtech and PSE stuff. I've shot with both of their lower price range bows and they are very nice.

As for general deer hunting tips: don't get sucked into spending all your money on the dumb **** they market hard. You don't need scent eliminators and hundreds of dollars of camo gear.

My biggest tip would be just to be patient and sit still. If you jostle around a lot or make noise you will never see anything, no matter how good you are at shooting. Get used to sitting still for several hours and seeing nothing: that is what it takes to eventually kill somehting.

October 14, 2010  03:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I've been to Texas 3-4 times to go goose and duck hunting. Done plenty of pheasant and duck hunting here on Long Island and have gone to Wisonsin twice to go bird hunting also. So thats it. only bird hunting.

ahhh just wondering

i had a mental picture of you killing a deer, pulling the body into the back seat of a car ( i pictured a honda civic but thats because i hate them) and driving to the nearest butcher shop and dropping it off saying "just cut it into steaks" ;)

October 14, 2010  03:48 PM ET
QUOTE:

$700 is what a good bow cost now ? Maybe it has been even longer than I thought since I messed with bow hunting.I guess it was the late 80`s the last bow I bought, you could get a top of the line for $350, I think a Mathews was maybe $450, the most I ever gave was $175.I never used sights even until the last 4 years I hunted, my out of date info is sounding useless here......lol !

when i asked my hardcore hunting buddies what to spend on a bow they said
spend abut 700 $ on the bow and about the same on accessories and that will be a decent setup

but as my Girl is a vegatarian i didnt need to go all out plus i did not get draws for moose or elk and im not really that excited about deer. There are so many of them they are like rats! and because we dont have rats there are even more of them :(

October 15, 2010  07:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

ahhh just wondering i had a mental picture of you killing a deer, pulling the body into the back seat of a car ( i pictured a honda civic but thats because i hate them) and driving to the nearest butcher shop and dropping it off saying "just cut it into steaks" ;)

Give me some credit, I have a Nissan Altima Coup. lol just kidding. Well not about the coup. I know better off than to eat deer steaks. I'm just looking for the tounge!

October 15, 2010  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#21):

Give me some credit, I have a Nissan Altima Coup. lol just kidding. Well not about the coup. I know better off than to eat deer steaks. I'm just looking for the tounge!

And Bas Rutten would remind you that the Liver is delicious!

October 15, 2010  10:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#22):

And Bas Rutten would remind you that the Liver is delicious!

maybe instead of bow hunting I should pull a page out of Bas' Big book of combat and just grab on to a deer and give a "knee to da liverr" that ought to slow em down then I could RNC the deer to death. No ammo costs!

October 19, 2010  11:56 AM ET

I will be researching and purchasing during this season. Next season is when I will pop my Deer Cherry. But I will keep you informed. Maybe I'll ask Santa for some of the supplys on christmas

 
October 19, 2010  01:10 PM ET

hey i bowhunt...and fight MMA!

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