Regardless of what kind of bow and equipment you buy, please understand this.....
It is NOT the state of the art gear you buy or the amount of money you spend that makes you a successful bowhunter. It's CONTINUOUS PRACTICE with your bow that will do that. The more you shoot, the better you will be, and the less you will have to think about anything but where on the animal you want the arrow to hit when the time comes. It is not unreasonable to say that you will need to shoot THOUSANDS of arrows before you are competent enough to hunt with it. And but thousands, I mean like closer to 10 thousand than 2 thousand. I've been an archer for 42 years, and I shoot 10,000 to 12,000 arrows a year....ALL year. For me that's no sacrifice, because if I didn't have to work and be a husband and father once in a while, that'd be all I'd do! [;)]
The other thing as a new bowhunter you need to understand is that when you do start hunting, REDUCE the range at which you will take a shot on a live animal by AT LEAST 1/3 of what your effective practice range is. For example, if you are consistant out to 25 yards before your groups start to open up, then for hunting your max range should be about 15 yards.
The other thing you must realize, is that just because a deer is in your effective killing range, it does NOT mean that you should automatically take the shot. Shot ANGLES in bowhunting are vitally important, and you should NEVER consider taking any shot where the deer is quartering to you. Shots like that are responsible for more unrecovered deer than probably anything else. If you do it right, you will pass up many shots that are within your range in contrast to shots that you take. Bowhunting is not easy. No state of the art gear will make up for bad shot angles. That is purely on the person shooting the bow.
Please continue to ask questions, as there are many knowledgable people here who can help you. Good luck!!!!
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