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Flinging Arrow by Josh Rather

For those who like to bow hunt you know what I mean. It’s time to pull the bow out of the case and start setting it up and sighting it in. I am very excited; this year will be the first time I have hunted with a bow in a couple of years. So far I have had fun just shooting at a 3D target and let me tell you if I was a deer I hope I don’t walk out in front of me.

I am shooting a Fred Bear “The Truth” bow with carbon express arrows and grim reaper 100 grain expandable broad heads, also using an extreme bow sight with fiber optic pins. I like it a lot and it shoots great, I have been shooting it for about 5 months. I have been working on my stance and the way I grip the bow. I am hoping on taking some game with it this year, I have been practicing very hard and try to shoot at least two or three times a week, but being a college student and working its hard to find time to shoot.

I started off shooting at 10 yards and gradually moved out to 40 yards where my groups are about 4 inches. I feel that I can take an animal at that distance with confidence if needed. I have also been practicing shooting out of a stand. I had to learn that when 15 feet off the ground the way you aim changes. I also started off at 10 yards and worked my way back to 40 yards. My dad would help me practice by moving the 3D target at different angles so that I could learn where to aim so that I could still hit the vital areas.

This will also be my sisters first year hunting with her bow; she is shooting a Browning Micro Adrenalin which was my first bow. She has been practicing with me, and my dad has helped us make adjustments on our bows. Her practicing is starting to show, her groups are getting tighter and has been gradually increasing the poundage. She is also shooting carbon express arrows with the grim reaper 100 grain expandable broad heads.

My dad is using a Parker Magnum crossbow with Red hot bolts and 100 grain grim reaper expandable broad heads. It also has a Tru-Glow red dot scope. He won this at our first Hunters Helping Kids banquet. He likes shooting the crossbow because he hurt his shoulder and it hurts for him to pull back a regular bow. Since he is recovering from back surgery I have been pulling back the string for him. He has been practicing from 10 yards back to 40 yards and is very pleased with how it shoots. This will also be his first year hunting with a bow in a couple of years.

Other than just getting our bows ready we have also been busy making sure we have all our gear ready and inspecting our tree stands. We have set up two ladder stands in different locations, one is near a food plot we have planted at my grandmas, which we have seen a lot of deer in, and have taken several pictures with our trail camera of deer walking to the food plot. The other is overlooking a cut over where we have seen several rubs and scrapes in the past. We also have two climbing stands which I have several spots that I want to hunt with them which are some creek bottoms, other cut over’s, and in some hardwoods.

So all you bow hunters out there don’t wait till the last minute to get ready. Grab your bow and a friend and start flinging some arrows. See ya out there.[wpg_thumb height=”200″ width=”180″]

Kevin Paulson

Kevin Paulson is the Founder and CEO of HuntingLife.com. His passion for Hunting began at the age of 5 hunting alongside of his father. Kevin has followed his dreams through outfitting, conservation work, videography and hunting trips around the world.

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