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Just curious , When did you start bowhunting and what was your first hunting bow and your current bow ?
I started out in 1980 bowhunting with a Jennings Sidekick III compound . I also have a Bear recurve and a longbow , but I have always hunted with a compound.
I currently shoot a High Country Speed Pro . Bows have sure come a long ways since I started bowhunting .
 

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I grew up shooting recurve bows at rabbits, squirrels, etc.....had a variety of fiberglass recurve bows then graduated to a Bear Kodiak Magum...1966 model. Hunted with that for my first year then went and bought a PSE Polaris. Next came and XI Flatliner, then a Reflex, now my Hoyt Vectrix.

Forgot to mention...got my first "toy" fiberglass rabbit killer in 1974 or 1975 when I was 8 or 9...not sure.
 

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when i was around 24 and it was a garage sale PSE, had a few before my Matthews mq32 and cannot find a reason to change (the bow is 10 years old)!
 

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started at 13yrs old with a 35# bear whitetail. right now I'm shootin an alpine stealth force
 

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My buddy got a bow for his 16th birthday. He let me shoot it enough to where I knew I wanted one also. I was 15.

So, he drove me over to the shop, and I picked up the same model, same arrows, everything. It was a PSE Nova I think. A pretty nice round wheel in 1995.

I brought home the bow and promptly got reminded by my dad that he had bowhunted on and off for almost 30 years, and never killed a deer, so I had just wasted my money.

We shot all the time at the Smithville archery club range.

My first fall of bowhunting was full of a lot of close encounters, and no scores. I found out there was no doubt I needed to come up with a treestand I could pack in and out.

I ended up buying a packable ladder stand that I still use today.

My second fall, I did a lot of scouting to prepare, and killed a 6 point buck my first morning out. I killed my second deer, a doe, that same afternoon.

I convinced my dad to buy a new bow by showing him how accurate my PSE was, and both of my brothers got their first bows at the same time.

One year after that, I got my dad and brothers in on a managed hunt on some prime ground. I took the time to go out and place stands for everyone to hunt out of. The first morning, dad killed his first deer with a bow, a doe. 15 minutes later, he killed an 8 point buck! 31 years after buying his first bow!

The next morning, I killed a doe and my middle brother killed a 3 point buck. My other brother killed two does that night!

We all bow hunt now on a pretty regular basis, and we all shoot Mathews Switchbacks. I shoot an LD because of my monkey arms, and everyone else has an XT.

Parker
 

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I was around 18 when i started bowhunting but didnt get serious about it till a few years later. started out shooting a Indian programmed Cam no sights and 2018 aluminum arrows, talk about slow.
 

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I had a buddy get me started.I was 17 or 18 around 1990.Bought an old York at a pawn shop.Killed a little buck the first year.I currently have a Switchback.
 

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I got my first bow when I was 14 in 1994 it was a fiberglass recurve.I worked the next summer to buy a new compound. I believe it was a martin prowler.I now have a hoyt alphamax
 

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[rquote=1489789&tid=104070&author=Parker]My buddy got a bow for his 16th birthday. He let me shoot it enough to where I knew I wanted one also. I was 15.

So, he drove me over to the shop, and I picked up the same model, same arrows, everything. It was a PSE Nova I think. A pretty nice round wheel in 1995.

I brought home the bow and promptly got reminded by my dad that he had bowhunted on and off for almost 30 years, and never killed a deer, so I had just wasted my money.

We shot all the time at the Smithville archery club range.

My first fall of bowhunting was full of a lot of close encounters, and no scores. I found out there was no doubt I needed to come up with a treestand I could pack in and out.

I ended up buying a packable ladder stand that I still use today.

My second fall, I did a lot of scouting to prepare, and killed a 6 point buck my first morning out. I killed my second deer, a doe, that same afternoon.

I convinced my dad to buy a new bow by showing him how accurate my PSE was, and both of my brothers got their first bows at the same time.

One year after that, I got my dad and brothers in on a managed hunt on some prime ground. I took the time to go out and place stands for everyone to hunt out of. The first morning, dad killed his first deer with a bow, a doe. 15 minutes later, he killed an 8 point buck! 31 years after buying his first bow!

The next morning, I killed a doe and my middle brother killed a 3 point buck. My other brother killed two does that night!

We all bow hunt now on a pretty regular basis, and we all shoot Mathews Switchbacks. I shoot an LD because of my monkey arms, and everyone else has an XT.

Parker
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Cool story about your dad and brothers hunt . :eek:: Is the Smithville archery range still around ?
 

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[rquote=1489782&tid=104070&author=Jeremy]started at 13yrs old with a 35# bear whitetail. right now I'm shootin an alpine stealth force[/rquote]

The Bear Whitetail was a popular bow back in the early compound days . Allot of deer were taken with them .
 

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I think it was 1977 when I took up the bow. My first one was a 4 wheel bear whitetail. I have shot brownings , golden eagles, high country's and Hoyts since then. For the past 3 bows I have stuck with Hoyt. I killed an 8 point buck the second time I ever sat in a tree with a bow. It was tiny by todays standards,,but the deer were not nearly as plentiful back then, so he drew quite abit of attention from family and friends. I loves me some bowhuntin.

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my first one was one i made myself when i was six or seven from a maple.for some reason i was always the indian:D then got me a fiberglass,then a browning recurve.then the ole bear blacktail .i couldn't afford the fancy one henry got:D
 

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[rquote=1489872&tid=104070&author=coyotehunter] .i couldn't afford the fancy one henry got:D[/rquote]

All these years and your still not alot better off. Heck the broadheads your shootin are almost home made:hysterical:

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[rquote=1489876&tid=104070&author=henry][rquote=1489872&tid=104070&author=coyotehunter] .i couldn't afford the fancy one henry got:D[/rquote]

All these years and your still not alot better off. Heck the broadheads your shootin are almost home made:hysterical:

:cheers::cheers:[/rquote]yeah just think if we made those broadheads and how much land we would own now:whistle:
 

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I started bow hunting in 1994, I was 16, and my first bow was a Browning Timber Wolf II, purchased at Dunham's in Royal Oak, Mi. Tank of a bow, no over draw, arrows nearly a yard long, crappy rest, shooting fingers. It could hit the target but I was real scrawny back then and could hardly draw back on the thing. Dad's not a hunter, he bought me the bow but I was on my own after that, I never could afford arrows so I would be lucky if there was two in the quiver at any given time. Hunted with it for 5 years and never killed anything, took a break from bow hunting and started back up again here in Missouri in 2003 after I bought a Hoyt and have killed at least 2 deer per year since...:cheers:
 

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I was 14-15 when I first shot a bow. My buddies dad made us learn how to accurately shoot a recurve from all different angles before we could get a compound. I wasn't able to actually afford a bow until my 18th birthday which was a Hoyt Raptor. I sold the Hoyt a couple of years ago to an electrician's son who was just starting out. I currently shoot a Bowtech Tribute. My buddy passed on a few years ago, but I still think of him and the invaluable things I learned about hunting from him and his dad.
 

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[rquote=1489828&tid=104070&author=Radar]

Is the Smithville archery range still around ? [/rquote]

No Radar, its not open, and I doubt there's much left of the targets or anything.

The closest public range to the area you'll be living will be at Platte Falls CA up in Platte City. Its a REALLY nice range. I always enjoyed going there to shoot.

Come across the right people when you get up here though, and there's all kinds of folks that like some backyard shooting that are just outside of the big city. :cheers:

Parker
 
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