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Hutch~n~Son Archery
10-28-2011, 02:07 PM
Hey guys and gals, How did you get into archery? I started when I was 12 years old. I would shoot with my cousins. They were all good shots and that impressed me. They only had re-curves. I remember them waiting till dark, then turning the outside flood light on and aiming for the garbage cans. At that time I didn't know that they were shooting at a skunk. Of course they had to hit it and that ruined the shooting for a good week. Years pass and I hadn't shot. My son asked me to get into archery and here we are. Been shooting for about 10 years. And enjoying it immensely.


10-28-2011, 03:16 PM
When I was 3 years old I begged my dad to buy me a bow since he was just starting to bowhunt. Finally when I was 4 he bought me a fiberglass compound made by Bear. Been shooting ever since.

10-28-2011, 04:15 PM
in '94,my younger brother had a bow given to him by a friend of his that bought a new one. it was a Bear Super Strike XLR. then my older brother picked one up from a guy he worked with a few days later. then a couple days after that, a friend of mine asked if i'd trade a .22 and a PSE F2(or maybe an F4...IDK) Maxis for my electric guitar. that was in the spring of '94. at the end of the summer i decided to buy a new one. it was a Bear One cam. i took 14 deer that year and 13 the next. i was hooked and still am,though i havent been able to rack up that many kills since.

10-28-2011, 05:07 PM
Started when I was 17 years old to extend my Deer season,been hooked ever since.Now 57 years old.

10-28-2011, 05:49 PM
i started pushing elk for my best friend during bow hunting time about 3 years ago and had a blast.when we got back i shot his 90's bengal and loved it.then i shot his 2009 bengal and loved that more....so i went out and bought a brand new 2010 bengal..this was over a years time that i thought about buying one then i bought one.and im not going to stop anytime soon.i want at least 5 or 6 more bengals,then i want to get 2 or 3 E bows

10-28-2011, 11:38 PM
I was at a Martial Arts training festival in Dublin (Eire) in 1986, and one of the optional activities was archery. The guy teaching was named Mitch and he worked at the American Embassy in Dublin. After five minutes watching me throw arrows all over the place with a recurve, he got out a compound and said 'try this', that was better, I was able to make nice groups in the gold. He asked if I shot pistols or rifles, I said both and he said "that explains your grip".

When I got home from Dublin, I visited the local archery shop (one of only three in the UK at the time) and bought an end of line Hoyt, with a bunch of Bear aluminium arrows a glove a bracer and a foam target, took it home and taught myself archery. Been at it ever since.

10-29-2011, 02:38 AM
When I was 10 my parents bought my brother and me a 35# fiberglass recurve for Christmas. Knowing nothing and hardly being able to draw the thing allwe did was fling arrows around. Fast forward to 1971 and I bought myself a new Bear Kodiak Hunter and Walmart for $35.00. Had some banana shaped cedar arrows with Bear Razorheads on them and went hunting. Missed 10 deer that year. Joined a local archery club and began to practice, then got into field shooting in '72. Did well, taking first place in my class during my very first shoot. Following year got a used Jennings model I compound target bow and continued the field competitions. Made friends with one state champion who became my coach. Several years and bows later I was seeded 9th in my state. The rest is history.

10-29-2011, 06:13 AM
I was hooked into archery when my dad used to take me deer hunting. I couldnt hunt as i didnt have a bow but it was fun to sit in the tree while my
pops hunted. After i got out of the army I bought my brothers old bear compound bow. After that got stolen, the wife and i decided to buy brand
new bows with our 2010 tax return. We both bought 2010 Bengals. Been shooting ever since(seems like forever ago).

10-29-2011, 08:01 AM
Pretty much got bored with gun hunting,didnt offer a challenge to me anymore so i took up bow hunting and it offer's me what gun hunting doesnt.That's it no extravagant story.

10-29-2011, 08:26 AM
I had one of those green fiberglass Bear? bows as a kid. I entered a shooting contest at a "sportsman's show" in the basement of a city auditorium and shot some moving balloons and stuff and thought that was cool. Nothing ever came of it and guns became my thing. Fast forward 30+ years and my son wanted to hunt. Here we are with two Martin bows and assorted other hunting paraphernalia. He has gotten his first deer with a bow already and the old man is still waiting!

10-29-2011, 08:31 AM
Pretty much got bored with gun hunting,didnt offer a challenge to me anymore so i took up bow hunting and it offer's me what gun hunting doesnt.That's it no extravagant story.

but your story holds so true.i have 3 friend that got into bowhunting this year for the same reson as you.they all pick off great game every year but it is to ez.now they are not getting squat because they have to work and be like ninja to get the meat.lol

10-29-2011, 03:08 PM
I started shooting while I was young I think 9 or so. Neighborhood friend was older and had a 20# stamped steel compound bow that we used to take turns shooting to see who could get closest to the fence on either side of the property. I got my own D bow around that time. When I graduated 8th grade used the money to buy a 35# recurve bow. Shot that for four years then when I graduated high school I bought my Martin Lynx Magnum with my graduation money. Shot that for awhile toook a 6 year break and bought my Onza this year so I could hunt more states easier and longer.
BTW I lent the 35# to my cousin and the other day I saw it in his gun closet so I am going to get it back for nostalgias sake.

Money Man
10-30-2011, 07:40 PM
The first "bow" I shot was one my buddy and I made as kids out of a sappling tree which we cut grooves into at the ends and tied string to the ends and pulled them as tight as we could without snapping the tree. Then we would look for smaller straight sapplings and cut a groove in the end of them to make a nock and whittle a point on the other end. Some of the better ones might have gone as far as 15 yards. My first real intro to archery was last year when I picked up my bow from a friend who upgraded to a 2010 TR2. I am having just as much fun now as when I was a kid with those homemade bows.

10-30-2011, 08:07 PM
Well, rifht after Rambo came out I had to run right out & buy a bow like that. At the time I didn't know it was a Martin and thought it was an Oneida so I got the Screaming Eagle. Nobody in town had seen one or knew how to work on it and neither did I. It got used for three months, 5 missed deer and it lived in the closet for the next 18 years. When I went to sell it I was informed that it was a right handed bow that I was shooting left handed, who knew?
My partner at work had been hounding me to get a compound and get back into hunting for three years before I broke down and got one. Got a killer deal on a new 07 Bowtech Guardian in January 2010 and proceeded to kick butt at the 3D shoots so I put in for tags. Have went through a few other bows (12) since then but still have the trusty Guardian. Got my Antelope last year with it. Archery is so relaxing, don't think I could quit now if I wanted. Was looking at the Firecat 360 but think I will go with a Silencer or Ridge Hunter for my next toy.

10-30-2011, 11:39 PM
3 years ago we asked some friends why they hadn't been diving much, and they told us they were doing 3d archery at the local club in the state forest only a few minutes drive away. never heard of 3d nor knew about an archery club in our town. it's a beautiful 50 acre property.turned up on a club day and had some experienced club members with national and international titles guide me through the basics of shooting a club recurve then a genesis with timbers. went to look at the national 3d titles the following week, where a bow shop guy recommended a browning micro midas to get started. bought one and had it set up for fingers without a sight the next week. at that stage i was still playing competition netball and touch footy and running. went strait to 3d, lost lots of arrows in 6 months before i got it together. next thing, i ruptured an achilles tendon in action on the court. 8 weeks non weight bearing with time off work gave me the opportunity to shoot a lot,and work on form, standing to shoot with a chair taking the weight under my knee. once i got mobile in a brace i upgraded the bow to a hoyt rintec XL and learnt to make my own arrows. as i retired from previous sports 3d barebow appealed to my competitive side and i've improved. i've been with my 3rd bow, now a martin mystic. for a year, and will shoot it at the 3d nationals in 2 weeks in the barebow division.

10-31-2011, 01:02 AM
I started off at about age 7 or so, shooting recurves at a boy scout camp. Been hooked ever since. Funny part of it was, everyone else was shooting at the big targets, I was shooting at the small target the instructor was using and hit more bullseyes than anyone else. For Christmas that year, I got a fiberglass recurve, and eventually got into compounds about 1988. Now I can't seem to get enough of them.

10-31-2011, 06:16 AM
When i was 6 or 7 my grandfather made me a stick and string bow, couple of years later i've made one and played with them for some years. When i was 16 i received a longbow from a cousin, but after "Rambo" my dream was a compound and it wasn't enough. Had to wait about 18 years till they started selling compounds here. In the spring of 2008 i took my first compound bow and later the same year i bought my MOAB. Now i'm starting to like more the trad bows again.

11-01-2011, 05:00 AM
My Father does not hunt or fish but he always appreciated the outdoors and encouraged me to do the same. His father was an avid small game hunter and fisherman. He was also a great story teller and always involved me, at a very young age, in his stories of the outdoors. Making sure I heard every detail of the hunt. Opportunity for my G'pa and me to hunt and fish together was cut short by his early death. But between these two devout men I learned enough to venture out on my own. I quickly learned to love the outdoors and I sought out most anything that could be reason enough to get me in the woods. Archery was initially viewed by me as just another option but it has become far more than that. I am hooked to say the least and mostly enjoy the solitude of the bow hunting experience. Sorry for being so long winded.