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#6894210 - 09/21/17 08:17 AM You first bow and that first hunt
Hunter Daddy Online   content

Registered: 08/27/14
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What was your very first bow and what gadgets did you have on it for hunting? What was your very first deer?
My first bow was a Bear whitetail II with eccentric wheels. Used a finger tab with no site at all. I just "gun barreled" the arrow at the deer at less than 20 yards. This was in 1986. My first deer with this set up was a 6 pointer down in South Texas. I sat 20 feet up a big mesquite tree.

#6894251 - 09/21/17 08:43 AM Re: You first bow and that first hunt [Re: Hunter Daddy]
varnoldi13 Online   content
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Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 382
Loc: Watauga, TX
looking forward to responses. Just got my first compound and this winter hoping to get my first kill with it.
"If you put a Yeti sticker on it, you'll get another 50 FPS"-soonerorlaters

#6894274 - 09/21/17 09:10 AM Re: You first bow and that first hunt [Re: Hunter Daddy]
Bobcat4119 Online   content

Registered: 09/22/16
Posts: 247
Loc: NE Texas
I stared shooting with a little Bear recurve and learned the mechanics at 5 years old. I finally got me an older hand-me down Bear bow and worked really hard at 11 years old to pull the 40 pound "min weight at that time". I had a stabilizer and a little plastic arrow rest, no sights or peep, but could stack them in a paper plate out to 30 yards! My 1st year in the stand was a learning curve I as had 2 does duck my arrow, so the following summer I made it a point to increase my draw weight to speed things up. I think I was pulling between 45-50 pounds that following season and was ready to make it happen! Dad and I were hunting on government land and it was the very last day of season and I had climbed up 20 something feet in a huge white oak tree and had a doe come in the last 45 min of daylight. At 35 yards and being 20 ft up, it was a long shot to say the least. I anchored down on her and let it fly... Just as I had envisioned it, she went to duck and my arrow hit it's mark! Once the dust settled and the woods settled I had the biggest case of buck fever in the history of the world and I was HOOKED FOR LIFE!! When dad come by I was still shaking and couldn't hardly speak and instantly knew what had happened so we took up the trail and found her roughly 75-80 yards away. She only field dressed 35 pounds and dad still can't believe I made the shot... I, "we" will never forget that evening!

#6894319 - 09/21/17 09:45 AM Re: You first bow and that first hunt [Re: Hunter Daddy]
charrisonLSON Offline

Registered: 12/16/10
Posts: 88
Loc: Dallas, TX
1999. Bought a Matthews MQ32 and, to this day, still the only bow I own and shoot. 60-lb draw and arrow speed is about 275 fps. I've upgraded the gadgets, but it still shoots great- I love that little bow.

My first animal with a bow was a Canadian black bear. Learned real quick the killing power of an arrow when that 350-lb bear only made it 20 yards. Been hooked ever since.

#6894369 - 09/21/17 10:28 AM Re: You first bow and that first hunt [Re: Hunter Daddy]
GLC Offline

Registered: 02/25/09
Posts: 5078
Loc: BenBrook Texas
Me too, Bear Whitetail bow back in 1982, first bow. Practiced a lot but no joy on a deer. As far as gadgets, shot finger with no release. Tried the "fishing line tracker" on it but it sucked. Used a thumb release hand held, ok but not great. Clamped a light on it for hunting raccoons at night. Wrapped it up with stick on cammo tape. Got out of hunting for a while when I moved to El Paso, where there are no deer to speak of. Moved back to north Texas in 2005. First archery deer taken with Martin Cheetah in 2006 and it was a doe but I could have not been happier.

#6894376 - 09/21/17 10:32 AM Re: You first bow and that first hunt [Re: Hunter Daddy]
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Registered: 08/12/05
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Marin Bengal set at 40 # when I was 13. Ordered it from pats archery in Oklahoma.

Hunted with it for several seasons, only I shot with it was a squirrel. We hunted in east Texas, one buck and landowner was anti doe harvest

Didn't get a archery deer until 2013 I think
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#6895018 - 09/21/17 08:28 PM Re: You first bow and that first hunt [Re: Hunter Daddy]
kmon1 Online   content

Registered: 09/27/06
Posts: 23488
Loc: Texas
First bows were from Hickory saplings. From that toa 25lb fiberglass bow bought with S&H Green stamps. From there to a 45lb Ben Pearson 45lb recurve. Got a few deer and rabbits with it.

Went through a few compounds starting in 81 and bought a PSE Nova in 83 and used it until 98 when I bought a Browning Mirage that I used until 2014 then switched to a Diamond.

Also have a Parker Tornado crossbow that I use mostly when the wind is not right for the bow stand locations. Had Frozen shoulder for 2 years and could not draw a bow back so went to Crossbow the next year when they became legal in Texas.

Have now come full circle, back mostly to the recurves with a couple Bear Kodiak Magnums 45 and 50 that pull a little more with my 29 inch draw. I will still hunt with the compound or crossbow some if the wind is not right for my recurve stand but much prefer shooting recurves, Second Childhood perhaps.
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#6896208 - 09/23/17 06:23 AM Re: You first bow and that first hunt [Re: Hunter Daddy]
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First bow was a Browning Cobra. First bow I took a deer with was a Browning X-Cellerator (only place that sold bows within 50 miles of my hometown was a Browning dealer.)

Deer was a doe. I was 15. Probably the most memorable hunt in my life and my best trophy. And that's saying something over 45 years of hunting. Sadly, I don't even have a photo of it.
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#6896588 - 09/23/17 04:20 PM Re: You first bow and that first hunt [Re: Nogalus Prairie]
ChrisB Online   content
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Registered: 12/20/06
Posts: 1277
Loc: Prosper , TX
I had a PSE NOVA that I hunted public land on for a few years. It had the old prong style rest and a peep with tubing. I didn't get my first bow kill until several years after.

#6896755 - 09/23/17 07:56 PM Re: You first bow and that first hunt [Re: Hunter Daddy]
Thundervee Online   happy

Registered: 06/14/09
Posts: 11592
Loc: Shepherd/Edwards County
PSE nova and killed a doe with it. Was my first bow kill. I had shot a hog with it before but didn't find it

#6897738 - 09/24/17 08:05 PM Re: You first bow and that first hunt [Re: Hunter Daddy]
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Registered: 08/02/10
Posts: 2488
Loc: Azle
Fred bear whitetail ii 1998 bought from oshmans, I was 16. Killed and retrieved a doe the first year at 53 yards. Tried many years after. First and only successful retrieval of a deer. Lost one with the same bow 7 years ago. Gave it up. Went rifle. Killed a few with the ten Point crossbow. Lost another one three years ago, gave it up again, I'm done with a string. Rifle only.

#6898372 - 09/25/17 01:16 PM Re: You first bow and that first hunt [Re: Hunter Daddy]
Kevin Heath Offline

Registered: 01/04/16
Posts: 113
Loc: Midlothian
First bow was a Shakespeare recurve, when I was about 11. First compound was a Bear Whitetail Hunter, with which I took my first archery deer, a longhorn spike, I was 16.
Some days you're the pigeon, other days you are the statue!

#6898531 - 09/25/17 03:48 PM Re: You first bow and that first hunt [Re: Hunter Daddy]
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Registered: 10/27/09
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Oshman's had a sale on Browning bow's in the mid 90s. I bought one, put a peep sight, sight pins and got pretty accurate. 2nd morning in the stand I had a doe come out in the perfect spot for a shot (she couldn't have been better positioned if I had drawn an x on the spot). She was probably 10 yards away. One never forgets watching the arrow disappear into their 1st bow kill. She ran a few yards, stopped and looked back to see what all the commotion was, staggered and ran another 20 yards.

Last week of the season I killed a small buck with the bow too.

I've since switched to a crossbow since i don't practice like I should.


#6899057 - 09/25/17 11:22 PM Re: You first bow and that first hunt [Re: Hunter Daddy]
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Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2189
Loc: Tx Panhandle
First bow was a Reflex Bighorn Hunter kit my dad bought me when I was 16-17. First deer was a fat die at about 20 yards while I was perched about 20 feet up sitting in a hang on stand. Aluminum arrows and 100 grain Muzzy's if I remember correctly.

#6900552 - 09/27/17 08:45 AM Re: You first bow and that first hunt [Re: Hunter Daddy]
whitewing maniac Offline
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Registered: 06/19/13
Posts: 7762
Loc: Katy, Tx
I'm 50 and just got a crossbow this year.
To much arthritis in my hand to keep a good draw on a compound.

Very excited to be in the stand this weekend.

Oh it's a Bear X Archery Fortus, 350 FPS

Edited by whitewing maniac (09/27/17 08:50 AM)

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