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Title: Look What I Got...
Post by: nOnAmE on October 07, 2009, 07:54:11 PM
for free!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v162/noname1/Misc/3200d6a7.jpg) (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v162/noname1/Misc/dc86b6f7.jpg)

It's a PSE Polaris Express with a magnesium riser, though, so it might asplode on me...but hey I'm not gonna complain and you can't beat the price!  My neighbor gave it to me out of the blue which was incredibly kind of him.  So it looks like I'm going to be able to get out sooner than I thought this year! :D

I've never even shot a bow before so I probably won't even be able to hit anything, though. 8)
Title: Re: Look What I Got...
Post by: Techno on October 07, 2009, 08:19:38 PM
My first bow was a free PSE and my second bow is a PSE Nova. The Nova ain't exploded on me.
Title: Re: Look What I Got...
Post by: 2Nutz on October 07, 2009, 08:52:12 PM
Hell ya!!! Hey there Tech, where you been hiden?
Title: Re: Look What I Got...
Post by: bohicajuan on October 07, 2009, 09:12:36 PM
I want your cat!
Title: Re: Look What I Got...
Post by: nOnAmE on October 07, 2009, 09:30:21 PM
I want your cat!
...to eat? ???
Title: Re: Look What I Got...
Post by: MOSPARKY on October 07, 2009, 09:57:47 PM
Nice score. Man you think you got hooked on squirrels, just wait till you head to the woods for deer with that in your hand. You don't have to even see anything, but somehow the thrill of just carrying it to hunt, will hook you for life.
 Now get yourself a release aid and get some practice.  O0
Title: Re: Look What I Got...
Post by: Big58cal on October 07, 2009, 10:09:46 PM
The wheels on that thing are round aren't they?  Not egg shaped?  If they're round wheels instead of the cams then you really have nothing to worry about on the riser.  Another thing is measure the sight window (cut out area of the riser above the rest).  If it's 6" then you're OK.  If it's 7" then those were the ones that were exploding when combined with cams. :shock:

Pretty good score for sure.  When I first saw the title of the topic and then opened it up, I thought, "He got a cat?"  ;D ;D ;D

Now you DO need to find a sportsmen's club or archery / shooting club somewhere around you and start going to it.  Bow shooting is one of those things that it's a pain in the butt to learn and try to figure out on your own.  It's much easier if you've got someone that can show you and help you.  O0
Title: Re: Look What I Got...
Post by: bohicajuan on October 07, 2009, 10:17:27 PM
...to eat? ???

Actually I'm a cat lover...the ONLY one here!! :shock: :shock: :shock:

I have a cat and a parrot and while they may not take the place of a good woman.....Since they no longer MAKE GOOD WOMEN....I'll stick to my critters!!
 :wink: :wink: :wink: O0 O0 O0
Title: Re: Look What I Got...
Post by: Meat Hunter #737 on October 07, 2009, 10:41:55 PM
what Big Cal said..........find someone who knows something about bows, and go shoot that thing.......
Title: Re: Look What I Got...
Post by: nOnAmE on October 08, 2009, 09:24:41 AM
The wheels on that thing are round aren't they?  Not egg shaped?  If they're round wheels instead of the cams then you really have nothing to worry about on the riser.  Another thing is measure the sight window (cut out area of the riser above the rest).  If it's 6" then you're OK.  If it's 7" then those were the ones that were exploding when combined with cams. :shock:

Pretty good score for sure.  When I first saw the title of the topic and then opened it up, I thought, "He got a cat?"  ;D ;D ;D

Now you DO need to find a sportsmen's club or archery / shooting club somewhere around you and start going to it.  Bow shooting is one of those things that it's a pain in the butt to learn and try to figure out on your own.  It's much easier if you've got someone that can show you and help you.  O0

 ;D Yea it does have the round wheels but the cutout in the riser is 7".  Oh well, I'm not too worried about it...chicks dig sweet scars. O0
I actually had all the papers to join the club where I took hunters safety but I've been out of work for so long that I didn't want to spend the money to join.  But my neighbor (the one who gave me the bow) said that he was gonna take me out shooting soon and also my uncle bow hunted his whole life and he has a little setup on his property. :)

Actually I'm a cat lover...the ONLY one here!! :shock: :shock: :shock:

I have a cat and a parrot and while they may not take the place of a good woman.....Since they no longer MAKE GOOD WOMEN....I'll stick to my critters!!
 :wink: :wink: :wink: O0 O0 O0
I love cats...both metaphorically and literally. O0  I don't know how well you can tell from the pics but she's a bengal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bengal_%28cat%29) so she looks pretty cool, although she lost her rosettes as she got older.  I had another one that was marbled and that thing looked awesome but it started pissing and meowing non stop so I kicked her ass out of here.

I'm with you Bo.  Aside from the delicious physical aspects, women are stoopid. >:(
No offense Jen.
Title: Re: Look What I Got...
Post by: BBF on October 08, 2009, 11:56:58 AM
and some get even more "stoopider" as they get older >:(
Title: Re: Look What I Got...
Post by: Big58cal on October 08, 2009, 12:51:02 PM
I had another one that was marbled and that thing looked awesome but it started pissing and meowing non stop so I kicked her ass out of here.

I like my cats to have a little marbling to them as well. :twisted:  It makes the meat taste so much better. O0
Title: Re: Look What I Got...
Post by: 2Nutz on October 08, 2009, 02:53:37 PM
nOn, just remember what your momma said, It will put your eye out! ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Look What I Got...
Post by: bohicajuan on October 08, 2009, 05:44:59 PM
I've always liked cats..

Sooo....

I told BC I wanted a cougar....

SOB sent a 65 year old woman to my house in a see through nighty....

I'm still seeing a pshrink because of the trauma!!!
 :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
Title: Re: Look What I Got...
Post by: Big58cal on October 08, 2009, 09:34:41 PM
I've always liked cats..

Sooo....

I told BC I wanted a cougar....

SOB sent a 65 year old woman to my house in a see through nighty....

I'm still seeing a pshrink because of the trauma!!!
 :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:


See!  That's what you get for not being specific! O0  I'z just trying to find someone your age for you. :wink: ;D
Title: Re: Look What I Got...
Post by: Techno on October 08, 2009, 09:36:51 PM
Hell ya!!! Hey there Tech, where you been hiden?

I got locked up with a girl...... I am free now though  ;D She cut into my hunting time a little too much.
Title: Re: Look What I Got...
Post by: 2Nutz on October 08, 2009, 11:48:46 PM
Did you see my post of her for you? ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Look What I Got...
Post by: BigStrutter on October 09, 2009, 11:58:53 AM
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE....then PRACTICE some more. You can never shoot a bow too much especially with you being a beginner. Hook up with your neighbor and listen and learn. Be 100% confident in your shooting ability and your limits BEFORE you go to the woods. You owe it to the animals you pursue to be able to make a quick clean kill with it before you even try.

Ned
Title: Re: Look What I Got...
Post by: John Andrews on October 09, 2009, 05:50:24 PM
I've never had a cat that wasn't good eating.  :wink:
Title: Re: Look What I Got...
Post by: nOnAmE on October 11, 2009, 06:02:54 PM
I shot it for a few hours last Thursday before I left and I actually did a lot better than I thought I would.  Once I figured out the sights, I was grouping 3"+/- pretty consistently at 30 yards.  The sights were way off but I'm going to get a good release before I mess with anything.
Title: Re: Look What I Got...
Post by: John Andrews on October 12, 2009, 08:09:40 AM
I shot it for a few hours last Thursday before I left and I actually did a lot better than I thought I would.  Once I figured out the sights, I was grouping 3"+/- pretty consistently at 30 yards.  The sights were way off but I'm going to get a good release before I mess with anything.
That's pretty good, nO!  O0
Title: Re: Look What I Got...
Post by: nOnAmE on October 14, 2009, 11:42:43 AM
Well I went over to my uncles yesterday to try to sight it in because I was planning on going out today.  The guy that gave me the bow gave me a few arrows with field tips and one broad head but they must have been different grains because the broad head was shooting waaay low.  And it was difficult to sight with only one arrow.

So I bought some different tips yesterday, I'm going over to sight in again today and then I'm off tomorrow to see if I can get lucky. O0
Title: Re: Look What I Got...
Post by: Big58cal on October 14, 2009, 03:06:31 PM
Well I went over to my uncles yesterday to try to sight it in because I was planning on going out today.  The guy that gave me the bow gave me a few arrows with field tips and one broad head but they must have been different grains because the broad head was shooting waaay low.  And it was difficult to sight with only one arrow.

So I bought some different tips yesterday, I'm going over to sight in again today and then I'm off tomorrow to see if I can get lucky. O0

 ;D ;D

Dude, it's rare for a field tip and a broadhead to hit in the same spot. :roll: O0  Get some new arrows and a package of broadheads.  Take 2 of the broadheads and put them on your new arrows and use them to practice with.  Put the 4 other new broadheads on 4 new arrows and put those in your quiver to hunt with.  O0
Title: Re: Look What I Got...
Post by: nOnAmE on October 14, 2009, 04:52:24 PM
Dude, it's rare for a field tip and a broadhead to hit in the same spot. :roll: O0 
Yea I figured they were not going to hit the same spot but it was just radically off.  I didn't expect that much drop.

But what about the mechanical ones that guarantee to fly like a field tip?  I bought some yesterday...I think they are Shockwaves or something like that.  They are like ten bucks a pop and there are three in a package so I can't really afford anymore. I mean I know they are not gonna be exact but they should hit pretty close to a field tip of the same grain, no? ???

I could never get a hold of my uncle today to practice anyways. >:(
Title: Re: Look What I Got...
Post by: Big58cal on October 14, 2009, 06:02:31 PM
The mechanicals should fly close to the field tips, but they still won't fly "exactly" the same.  If you had that much drop, sounds like they were different weights.

If you've only got 3, use 1 to practice with and put the other 2 in your quiver to hunt with. O0
Title: Re: Look What I Got...
Post by: bohicajuan on October 14, 2009, 09:21:28 PM
If I can add my 2 cents here. Since you got the bow for free, if your expenses allow it, try and get some decent arrows.

Either aluminum or carbon.

You don't have to go heavy with broadheads either. 100 grains would be plenty big enough for whitetails.

The big thing then is PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE O0 O0 O0
Title: Re: Look What I Got...
Post by: nOnAmE on October 16, 2009, 09:43:22 AM
My uncle gave me a dozen of some really nice aluminum arrows.  He ordered them too short for his bow but they fit mine perfectly. O0

I went over to practice the other day again with mixed results.  At first I was all over the place but then after an hour or two I was hitting a paper plate sized group at 20 yards.  I was shooting better the very first time I shot the bow so I don't know what that's all about. ???

Anyways, I'm suffering in 3 areas...

1.)  Muscle memory - I'm having a difficult time getting the same anchor point every time on my drawback which I think is my biggest problem.  I sighted it in the other day and then when I went to shoot again yesterday, my arrow went left about a mile!  I re-sighted it and by the end of the day I felt I was anchoring pretty consistently.

2.)  Conditioning - My bow arm is freakin sore!  I would've thought, if anything, that my drawing arm would be the one that's sore.  It's not even like its the muscles that are sore...it's the joints!  I feel like an arthritic old man. :D  It's pretty darn hard to keep that thing steady after shooting it repeatedly for so long.

3.)  Dominant Eye - I shoot left handed with my left eye being dominant but have a right hand bow.  It's not that big of a deal, because I'm right handed to begin with, but it still doesn't feel natural.  I'm sure you guise know what I'm saying, assuming that you've ever tried to shoot with your other hand.

So I don't think I'm *quite* there yet.  I'm gonna practice a few more times next week and then hopefully get out next weekend. O0
Title: Re: Look What I Got...
Post by: Big58cal on October 16, 2009, 11:38:14 AM
The main thing is to have a consistent anchor point.  If you do that, then everything else should fall into place. O0  It may be your bow hand also.  Is there a sling on the bow that goes around your wrist?  If not get one.  The purpose of it is so that you don't have to "hold" or "grip" the bow.  It takes some getting used to, but when you shoot, don't grab the bow.  Let it just cradle kind of on the ball of your hand/thumb.  The purpose of the sling is so the bow won't go flying when you shoot.  But if you torque the bow with your hand when you shoot, it will throw your arrows all over the place. :wink:

If you're left eye dominant, but shooting right handed, you'll need to close your left eye.  Your dominant eye naturally aligns on target, so if it's open it may be causing some of your troubles.
Title: Re: Look What I Got...
Post by: MOSPARKY on October 17, 2009, 12:58:40 AM
Dang it... I a little late again. BC is dead on with the sling and grip info. A relaxed grip can be very important. Don't put the gorilla grip on the bow nor do you want to spread your hand like pool shooting arch. Just let it gently cradle in your hand ( kinda like if you were to just sorta lean against a fence post to wipe something off your shoe). A kisser button might be in order to help with the consistant anchor. Last I checked they were less than 2 bucks and having it served on don't cost much either. You could serve it yourself if you have a decent working knowledge of boyscout knots and such. a little dental floss works great for that.
 Do you have a peep served into the bowstring? If not get one, and have someone that knows what they are doing set it to fit you. It is extremely important that it lines up with your eye when you draw. If you have to raise your head even just a little to find it, your posture and anchor just got compromised and all bets are off.
 Don't over practice with the bow. Sounds odd to say, but what I mean is don't fatigue yourself. I did it one year. I shot til I couldn't pull the bow. Then rested 15 min and shot again til I couldn't pull. I kept it up until after 15 min I still couldn't pull the bow. I paid dearly for that. I lost a whole season because it hurt too much to try to pull, and my shoulder popped every night in my sleep for a couple of yrs, sometimes very painfully. I was afraid I had the dreaded torn rotator cup that pleagues so many over-zealous archers.
Title: Re: Look What I Got...
Post by: nOnAmE on October 17, 2009, 10:05:37 AM
Oh okay thanks for the tips!  Yes I do have a sling for my bow hand.  I didn't know not to grip the bow tightly though so I will have to try that.  My neighbor (the one that gave me the bow) has a kisser button on his bow and he suggested that I get one too.  I think I probably will pick one of those up sometime in the near future.
The bow does have a peep.  It was never setup specifically for me but it seems to be alright...My neighbor and I are about the same height.

I think I may have already over practiced.  My shoulder and elbow hurt pretty bad.  Hopefully it's just microtrauma and nothing more. :-\