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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-29-2018, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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Bow Hunting Tips for Beginners

I am sure I will get a lot of different opinions here but thought I would ask.

I am looking to get a bow and had a deal come through I was not expecting so I want to buy the best bow I can and have the funds to get the best out there. I drew a Wyoming non resident elk tag.
What are some suggestions for top of the line and are the new scopes that have the range finder in them good. I know expensive but anyone shot with them and like them or not?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-29-2018, 11:40 PM
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Just check out the site for BOW: 10 Best Bow In 2018
And this one is for RANGEFINDER: Best Bow Rangefinder Ever

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-09-2018, 09:36 PM
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go to a pro shop and shoot several bows. You will know which one best fits you and feels right.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-04-2019, 09:02 PM
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Is thermal binoculars a decent thing for beginners? By chance, I found this site where there are a lot of different thermal optics. Would you choose it as a tool for beginners (or even to pro)?
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Nice, thank you. But I am looking for something different now. Can I ask you what was the best cheap thermal scope you bought? I got the chance to test drive the 2-8X form before acquiring in light of the fact that a mate of mine had one. Following a night of chasing with it I quickly needed to buy my own. With the high level of warm goals, locating in was a breeze. I had the option to see the paper target effectively against the screen even after 10-15 mins of being presented to a similar sun/heat as the foundation and after 30 mins furthermore, there was a fair qualification between the objective and the fence. The 384 picture goals is ideal for my needs as I may shoot at targets 100 yards or less.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-18-2019, 07:41 AM
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All depends from your preferences. For example, you can use scopes or binoculars for deer hunting. For example, I have CenterPoint 72002 1-4×20 MSR Rifle Scope. Built with a rugged construction for durability, the riflescope is a great extension for AR rifles, sturdy enough to handle the recoil and powerful enough for ranges up to 250 yards. I decided to buy it after reading review
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-28-2019, 08:20 AM
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I think for many this is a useful topic
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-03-2020, 06:58 AM
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I hunt with both open sights and optics. Love them both. I have an old marlin 39A with open sights as well as two CZ 455 trainers and a Win 75T with aperture sights. I find shooting something like rabbits with them much more effective with fast target acquisition. It is easier to get tight groups from a scope on a bench, but if shooting freehand I believe that the lighter and better balanced rifles with open sights can group better. I do three things to facilitate shooting with open sights.

First, I always keep both eyes open and on the target. That helps with fast target acquisition and gives better depth perception.

Second, you need to make sure that your rifle fits well - shoulder placement, cheek weld, etc so that when you bring your rifle up it is on target and the rear and front sights are in proper alignment.

Third, if your gun fits properly and your sights are in alignment, then only focus on your front sight and your target. This helps with old eyes and focus. Trying to line up the rear sight and focus on it, your front sight and your target is just too much for even many young eyes.

If I am out in the field using open sights, I can usually out shoot others (and myself) who are using optics when shooting targets of reasonable size - this may be 4-6 inch targets out to 100+ yards. Shooting small targets like a ground squirrels head poking out of a hole is better done with a scope.
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When you first start out bow hunting, you have to learn a lot of information very quickly. Not only do you need to know about the bow that you're using, how to shoot it properly and effectively, but you must also know the animal that you're hunting. For a novice bow hunter there's two tips that are by far the most important.

First and most importantly, if you can find a mentor who knows bow hunting like the back of his/her hand, then learn all you can from these people. Reading will only get you so far; You need to get out in the field and give it a try. A seasoned bow hunter can tell you what to do and what not to do so that you don't spend a lot of time hunting with zero results. There's nothing more discouraging than never getting a chance to even take the shot, so study and learn from someone with more knowledge than you and you will be much further ahead.

The second most important tip that a novice bow hunter needs to know is to choose the right bow. While plenty of bow manufacturers will claim that their bow is best, there really is only a handful of bows that really deserve a lot of attention. Don't be fooled by expensive marketing campaigns and nice pictures; You want a bow that will perform, give you a nice clean, fast shot and will ultimately have what it takes to get the kill. Martin bows are one such bow that deserves your attention and respect. With decades in the industry and some of the best bows on the market, Martin bows are an obvious good choice for a beginner. Even young bow hunters will benefit from making their first bow a Martin bow.

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