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Hey folks. I am going to delve into the wonderful world of bowhunting and I thought I would ask some advice as to what things I should get to get me started. I realize I need a bow, but what other extras or add-ons do you reccomend? I talked to a buddy of mine and he said the first thing I need to do is figure out my draw length. Does anyone have any reccomended pro-shops in the area? I live in Shakopee.

Besides the bow and getting fitted, what other extras are a must? Im an avid gun deer hunter so I have plent of treestands, cammo, and I am big into the scent free stuff.

Thanks for any advice!

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cupper,I'd start introductory, don't get too fancy or you can have a lot of money invested, make sure that its something you like, and have the TIME for. When you go get a bow at a shop that knows anything about archery, they will help you determine your draw length. You will also want to know a little bit about let off, again, they should be able to help you with that kind of stuff. Find a bow that feels comfortable to you.

Top musts:

Multiple Stands

Time To Practice

Patience

Time To Practice

Time to hunt

Time to Practice.

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Cupper- welcome to the world of bowhunting... its awesome... I would not set my sights on hunting this year... but do your best to shop around your area for a good proshop. I live on the other side of the cities from you, so I am of no help there.

Finding a bow that fits you is much more important than the amount of money you spend on the bow. As stated above, practice and more practice is the most important.

You didn't state if you were a deer hunter(gun) to begin with or if you are new to deer hunting all together? If you already were a hunter and just now getting into bow hunting, you will already have an idea of what you may or may not want. Distance of your shots is important.. a rangefinder is very nice to have. Camo, more camo, stands.. ect.. you will find out wht you want!

again welcome!

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Thanks guys! I actually do deer hunt already so I have plenty of stands, cammo, etc... The extras I am referring to are things that go onto a bow. The little extra gadgets that don't usually come with the bow.

Thanks again for all of your help. My timetable for getting started will be next year.

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Cabin fever in Victoria is the place you want to go.

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Cupp- well, Here is a list that you may or may not want... Some people do use these some do not?

Peep Sight

Stabilizer

wrist strap

kisser button

string silencers

quiver

These are just things I thought of that are attached to the bow... there is a huge list of things that you may or may not want that are not attached.

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Cupper,again welcome to the world of bow hunting.If you are really interested in getting started right,do yourself a favor and stop in at Cabin Fever Sporting goods in Victoria.You could talk to either Jeff or Neal or one of the other guys and they WILL do you well.You do not need to worry about your draw lenght as they will figure all that for you.They also has a indoor range for you to try things out and get set up right.No,I am not a stockholder of Cabin Fever,its just that I have sent numerous people to thier shop and all have been very pleased.

Here is there contact info.

Cabib Fever Sporting goods

1550 Arbortum Blvd

Victoria,Mn

952-443-2022

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Welcome to the sport of stick and string! Deitz has a great point about waiting until next year to hunt. I work in a bow shop and it always irks me when a guy comes in a day before the opener and says he wants a bow so he can go hunting tommorow. Sure, its easier to learn now with the technology but it takes quite a while to become proficient. On that note, don't get discourage either! Archery can be a year round affair. There's 300 leagues in the winter, turkey hunting in the spring (my favorite), and 3D shoots throughout the summer. If you really want to go for it there's even bowfishing. Don't get me wrong, you can still hunt this year for deer, but I would take a month or a month and a half to get well acquainted with your gear before going out. You have chosen a great sport filled with really nice people. Welcome to the family!

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Thanks again guys for all of your advice and help. I am dead set on waiting until next year. I am not going into the woods until I feel 100% confident that everytime I pull back the arrow is going where I want it to.

Cabin Fever sounds like the place to go. I stop in there often for bait... I love that place. I totally forgot they had an archery pro shop as well.

Thanks again and take care!

cupper

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Cupper- if once you start shooting you have any questions... Please feel free to use the boards here again to ask advice!.. we have quite a good crew here!

I hope to see more of your posts in here as you get better shooting!

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Thanks Dietz. I will definately continue to post here... especially once I get a bow and all the fixin's.

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