I have a big ??? when it comes to bow hunting

Discussion in 'Archery Hunting' started by northmobigbuck, Feb 28, 2006.

  1. northmobigbuck

    northmobigbuck New Member

    Aug 5, 2005
    Carroll County Mo
    Well last fall was my 1st year bow hunting and I loved it. I mist my 1st 2, but the 3rd time was the charm. I took advice to just shoot each day and now at 40 yards I hit my target time after time.
    Now for my ? I did not use a Release or Sights and my ? is will using them 2 help me a lot more or should I just stick with what worked. Thanks!!!!!!

    Dang I sound like I am 15 Hahahahahah
  2. PMan

    PMan Retired

    Dec 3, 2002
    My guess would be yes---but if you are good instinct shooter------well it might help any way!:cheers:

    The best thing I like about using a release is it allows me to set my anchor point to the same spot every time. I had a real problem doing that shooting with just my fingers!:stickfight:


  3. Rebel2

    Rebel2 Well-Known Member

    Dec 16, 2003
    Ozark, MO
    Im probably the worst for information for bow hunting since i cant hit the broadside of a barn with mine.. BUT, i would venture to say, use whatever feels the most comfortable to you..
  4. FiremanBrad

    FiremanBrad New Member

    I would say if you are hitting what you are looking at out to 40 yds, stick with it!!!!
  5. Bowpredator

    Bowpredator New Member

    Jul 24, 2003
    Licking Missouri
    If you are consistently accurate without a release and without sights, why would you want to add them to the mix? First, you will ahve to re-learn how to shoot somewhat and then, what happens when you forget your release in the truck or you bump your sighting gizmo on a tree and knock it out of whack on the way to your stand. I'd stick with what you have.
  6. MoBowman

    MoBowman Active Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Lee's Summit
    Shooting a bare bow is a challenge in itself, and probably one of the most difficult ways to shoot archery. Basically your shooting the traditional style with wheels, and any traditional shooter can tell you it's not as easy as it looks.

    Here's a small test for you and then a couple of questions to ask yourself afterwards. Shoot 5 arrows from a distance of 20,30 and 40 yards each. Look at the group the arrows make at each of those distances. If your able to cover the holes on each group with your fist, I would say by all means keep shooting the way you are. But on the other hand, if you can't cover each group of holes with your fist, ask yourself, are you content with that? Or would you like to bring those into a much tighter group? If the ansure to that is "yes" than I would suggest going to a sight and release.

    Now, just adding a sight will bring your groups in much closer, you don't necessarily have to go to a release. But, the release will bring those groups in even closer yet.

    Ultimately the decision is yours, shoot the way you are most confortable shooting, but don't be afraid to experiment. Good Luck.

    MoBowman ```---------->
  7. Vector

    Vector VECtor Custom Calls

    Feb 11, 2003
    N/C MO
    You're hitting a softball at 40 yards without sights or a release?! :eek:

    All I can say is: :eek:

  8. Hoytshooter

    Hoytshooter Active Member

    Mar 7, 2005
    Small Buck, MO
    I would say unless you are wanting to be a traditional shooter go for the sights, they will make you better, particularly since you are really just getting into it.
    As for the release, that is a personal preference. I would say it depends on what bow you are shooting. If your bow is long axle to axle then shooting fingers shouldn't cause any problems and a kisser button will take care of the consistent knocking point. If your bow is shorter axle to axle go with a release. Not only will it improve your accuracy but it will be much more comfortable to shoot.
  9. I AGREE!!!

    I know some folks that can't keep it on the target at 40yds. with a release and sights. Keep up the good shooting bud!:eek:

    Oh yeah get ya an 'ol stick and string and come on over to the next Marshall shoot and give 'Ol Brad some competition.:peepwall:
  10. hunter7x

    hunter7x New Member

    Oct 22, 2002
    Since I've never seen you shoot I owuld say as others above, if you can hit a softball at 40 yards by all means stick with it. A release and sights might get you busting nocs at 40 yards but thats not necessary to bowhunt.
    Most traditional shooters I've seen don't shoot as good as release & sight shooters but the "being traditional" mean more to them than a tight group.
  11. henry

    henry Fan Boy aka Mr Twisty and

    I have a brother who used to shoot a compound instinctivley. He was very deadly on targets,,he could out shoot most of his brother (me) who were using sites. His problem came up when he was shooting at deer. He would get excited enough, it completely rattled his cage and he would start trying to aim etc,,and just could'nt hit a deer. He put sites and a kisser button on (few of us used peeps back then) and started wackin deer consistanly. His range shooting did'nt improve much, but his deer success did. If I were you I would stay with what I'm doing and then switch later if the ole adrenilin keeps me hitting only one out of three deer.(.02) ain't bow huntin fun:D

  12. D.R.N.18

    D.R.N.18 New Member

    Feb 13, 2006
    Now you better than to talk about my 40 yard shooting like that!:whinging:

    If you can shoot well instinctively, I think you might have a slight advantage over guys with sights when it comes to hunting, just my opinion. If it works stick to it buddy!
  13. Hatch

    Hatch New Member

    Jul 17, 2005
    OFallon MO
    I myself would at least try a release and sights, you are obviously a naturally good shooter but as far as hunting and shooting an animal I believe that the pin point accuracy of a release and sights is an important factor. And I am not against traditional archery but you will be suprised at the advantages of that equipment. Just muy usual $.02
  14. northmobigbuck

    northmobigbuck New Member

    Aug 5, 2005
    Carroll County Mo
    Well no not a softball, O' I wish! More like a basketball. The hardest thing I found out was holding it on the deer for so long. The 1st pne I missed about 6-10 inches in the front and the 2nd one a foot. I had a friend just come out one day drop off a bow and that was it. So other words I still don't know that much, I aim and let her go. But I guess the main thing for me is so just really read up on eveything and watch a lot a video. Thanks for all the help. I am going to buy me a new bow with the release and sights and see how it works for me. If I start hitting the dirt, or over shooting 70 yards then I will just do what works for me.
  15. Gamegetter

    Gamegetter Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2004
    I used to shoot a compound bow without sights or release. Killed my first archery deer that way. When I upgraded bows I added sights and a release, there was no comparison. My groups shrunk like an snow ball in a hot whirlpool.
  16. FiremanBrad

    FiremanBrad New Member

    I would say a basketball sized group at 40 with a bare bow is good!!! Not too many Trad shooters can do that, although some can...(not me). With my shooting, I personally limit my shots to 20 yds....personal choice...if you stick with the bare bow, that might be something for you to decide for yourself also!!! My equipment will kill em farther out, but I can't put every arrow in the right spot at 30 or 40, so I stick with the close shots...15 or less is even better!!!!