I'm in West Philly but we are often up at our archery club near Pottstown. We hunted French Creek and nearby areas over Christmas break. I actually hunt with a 12 gauge and a 20 gauge shotgun (deer and squirrel). I am actively looking for a used bow right now, though. We joined an archery club before we had bows because we are a little backwards like thatKaitlyn Fitz said:I thinking for next year, I dont do the red tag program. I hunt with my bow for majority of the time, I wouldnt mind meeting up with you sometime and maybe we can shoot our bows a little, if you live in west philly youre about 40 mins from where i live
WPF~ If your deadline for getting a bow is September of 2014, I would strongly encourage you to hold off on hunting with the bow until Fall Archery 2015 so you can practice a lot with it before heading out into the field.WestPhillyFam said:That's my deadline for getting a bow (September).
Is that this one? That is a nicely priced bow.Kaitlyn Fitz said:I agree with Janie. Definitely not trying to sound like were being negative but inexperience with a bow while hunting deer is not a good combo. Ive seen some bad shots on deer and then the meat is spoiled or you have to track for hours sometimes days because they keep running. Needless to say I LOVE LOVE LOVE my bow I pick that over any gun any day!!! I have the bow tech diamond infinite edge was not too pricey and very light I love it!!
It's about an hour away, not counting bad traffic. We can practice with our firearms most Saturdays at an indoor range, but bow would be tough - the range we belong to up north is actually closer than my family's (also an hour but better on traffic). We have a long alley that I thought about trying to use, but with ricochet and all, it would be too dangerous. It's a shame because the range we go to used to have an indoor archery range but as there are fewer interested, it's been turned over to tactical training and Act 235. Maybe someday we'll move farther out... For deer, I am not happy with the slug gun situation, though. I use slugs at max 30 yards in my older 12g, which is a far from fantastic setup. I've just hated every modern slug gun I've tried. This lady hunter business is sometimes tough to find the right equipmentJanie said:WPF~ I don't know if your family's property is close to you or not but I don't see why you couldn't target practice there? That's what I would do.
We're in special regs, but I would much prefer rifle. Just doesn't make much sense to concentrate on rifle around here, though, since there are so many deer in the SRA that need attention.Janie said:I don't use slugs for deer. I have a rifle but in all honesty, I may just give it up because I prefer my bow and feel so much more accurate with the bow and guess what?! It's lighter than my 270! lol
I may bow hunt during rifle this year. I shot a deer with my 270 at 10 yards during the second week of rifle. I could have killed that doe with my bow... I live for those close encounters.
Good luck WPF!
I get that but with family asking us to help them out, I am less concerned with a challenge than with helping them out, KWIM? The deer bed down in their garden next to the house!Kaitlyn Fitz said:If you ever get the chance to try a compound bow I think you will love it, I hunted all season with my bow and wouldn't have it any other way. I personally think crossbows should only be legal for the handicap, it takes away all of the challenge of archery but that is just my personal opinion.
I'll be bow hunting during rifle this year. I feel so much more comfortable with my bow than my rifle. And... I love the close encounters more than anything! You know you're doing everything right when they are less than 20 yards and have no idea you're even there!Kaitlyn Fitz said:Janie- The only time I needed a gun this year was for waterfowl, but I mostly deer hunted this year brought my bow every time!