Got my first bow

Discussion in 'The Great Outdoors' started by mkamer, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. mkamer

    mkamer New Member

    May 19, 2005
    For a couple years now I thought about getting a compound bow. Been a gun hunter for past couple year. While picking up Brennan from camp, I met a neat guy that has a custom bow shop in his house. His early career was being a videographer for hunting shows. For the last 16 years he's been on the Darton Archery pro team. I visited his shop this week and made the plunge into bow hunting. Got a 2 year old Darton Maverick Extreme custom fit and tuned to my draw, size, etc. and all decked out for hunting. The Maverick is a middle entry in their pro line.

    While I probably spend a little more money than a first timer should, I feel I've made a good choice here. With my new bow I get free adjustments and tuning from Jerry's shop for life. And best of all, I get anytime use of his archery range complete with advice and instruction from him. In just 45 minutes, he had me shooting 4" groups at 30 yards. Needless to say I'm excited about entering the world of archery and bow hunting.
  2. burley

    burley Well-Known Member

    Nov 26, 2006
    4" groups first day , I'd say you spent your money wisely. Heck my first try at a compound bow took me a couple of days to hit a big round bale of hay and a week to tune it in  ;D
    Having someone to help tune and teach ,priceless. Looking forward to your future bow endeavors  :cool:

  3. 3wbdriver

    3wbdriver Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Nov 2, 2005
    Good luck with it. I've never shot one but have always been interested in them. My last bow experience was in high school in the 70's and it was simply a long bow.
  4. Toney_D

    Toney_D Active Member

    Aug 14, 2010
    Congrats!!! on the bow. ;D
  5. lop

    lop Well-Known Member

    May 20, 2008
    I found that bow a few years ago and really pondered hunting with it, but it just wasn't for me. I really got to hand it to you's guys that bring home dinner with a bow. That is sompfin to be proud of. It extends the hunting season here in Ga and in alot of other states. Is an atlatl next?
  6. torrent

    torrent Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2006
    That's really awesome Mike! Bowhunting is both challenging and rewarding. I use a Darton Pioneer and can attest that Darton makes some very nice bows. Having someone that close who is very knowledgable will make the experience so much better and take the confusion and frustration out of tuning a bow. How do you have it outfitted?
  7. mkamer

    mkamer New Member

    May 19, 2005
    The Darton has 40-60 lbs. of draw weight. Currently pulling about 45 lbs. to get some practice in. Probably add a little weight in a week or two. It has a Dead Nuts 3 pin sight, peep sight, Limbsaver add-ons to reduce vibration and a drop away arrow holder. Also came with a very nice Scot release.
  8. torrent

    torrent Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2006
    Sounds like a great set up to me! Are you planning on stalking the deer this year or hunting from a tree stand?
  9. mkamer

    mkamer New Member

    May 19, 2005
    I think my first venture into bow hunting will be tree stand.