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: Non-Fishing Topic: need bowhunting advice

Tod D
11-28-2001, 11:53 AM
Anyone out there a bowhunter and, if so, what advice would you have for someone contemplating taking it up?

After many years of discussions w/ bowhunting family members & friends, thinking about giving it a go in 2002. Have already looked into MA's hunter ed & bowhunter safety courses for the spring, but would appreciate any and all advice on getting started - do's & don'ts, 'beginner' equipment advice, and for those of you south of Boston any local clubs or shops that have archery ranges, etc. .

Don't know that the local SE Mass deer population has anything to fear for the forseable future though. May have to dust off that Boy Scout archery merit badge...

Thanks in advance.

11-28-2001, 12:15 PM

very interested in this - I can't give you any advice.... not much bowhunting going on over here ...but I'd like to hear how you get on.

I do a bit of shooting myself especially at this time of year. Anybody else in here into this kind of thing?


11-29-2001, 05:53 AM
I can't give any information on bowhunting, except here in RI one has a long season, which runs from October to into February. I do hunt with a muzzleloader, and a shotgun. This year I should have stayed fishing as the season has been to warm. Everytime I have gone I have come back home sweat thru all of my clothes. I just got thru sending for an order of snow from one of my friends in northern Maine, as he sent me a picture of about 3 inches of snow yesterday. If I was younger I would take up bow hunting, as in most states, they have a long deer season, asnd an arrow will kill about as easy as a rifle with a well placed shot, and it is silent.

11-29-2001, 06:37 AM
Stop by Smitty's.

He will surely give you some advice, he might even let you tag along to one of his "provate" spots.

I also have a good friend in the cranberry industry, an avid bow hunter, with a ton of private land who would probably help you out as well. Let me know if you want an introduction.


Tod D
11-29-2001, 10:04 AM
Thanks gents. I'll keep you posted on progress.

Roop - I'd also heard that Reedy's in Middleboro is another good resource. Are you familiar w/ them by chance? I'll definitely pay Smitty a visit though. He has a great set up & has always been extremely helpful anytime I've been there. I'd definitely like to take you up on that intro offer - once I get my act together and am halfway proficient (5 years should do it ;)). With all the bogs around Pem/Dux/Plympton etc there is a lot of 'prime' habitat.

Mylo - after dodging the deer around Killarney (Sitka?), I'd be interested in perhaps lassoing one or two...

11-29-2001, 10:25 AM
I can enthusiastically endorse Reedy's Archery in Middleboro center as the place to go for bowhunting equipment and info. Chris and his staff will set you up with what you need.

Smitty is a traditional archer shooting instinctively with stick bows. Some can shoot this way. But based on 100's of 3D shoots I can state that there are darn few guys who ever become proficient using this equipment.

I think that this is a link to Reedy's site:

Bowhunting is great fun. I used to shoot year round and deer hunt in the fall. The equipment advances in the past several years are nothing short of amazing. Time constraints and a sore shoulder have curtailed my pursuit of this endeavor.

Have fun!