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