As we age......?

Discussion in 'Bowhunt or Die® - Web Show' started by CamoKoop, Aug 1, 2020.

  1. CamoKoop

    CamoKoop Newb

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2016
    Posts:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    St. Charles, MO
    As we age; watching Bowhunting or Die web show now for over 10 years (Congrats). I, like most of your older loyal fans are facing some age related challenges. I want to be able to extend my use of my(a) bow as long as possible before having to convert to a cross bow.
    As men (and women) age it becomes more difficult to maintain strength and flexibility. What adjustments to our equipment can be performed to help us stay in our tree stands with our favorite bow as long as possible? i.e. draw weight, % of let off, etc....
     
  2. Fix

    Fix Grizzled Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2016
    Posts:
    5,434
    Likes Received:
    6,009
    Dislikes Received:
    19
    Location:
    Western NY
    Welcome to the forum!

    Never stop working out or give up with status quo . A sedentary lifestyle is never a good idea for bow hunters. Keep moving!
     
    cantexian, oldnotdead and dnoodles like this.
  3. SharpEyeSam

    SharpEyeSam Legendary Woodsman

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2011
    Posts:
    10,817
    Likes Received:
    306
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    Welcome to the Forum! As Fix said, keep moving. Strength training is key to being strong and capable as we age. I will soon be 52 (not old by any means) but I still climb trees by grabbing the branches and pulling and making my way up. I say this because so many people stop doing the things they once did and they no longer use those muscles. Stay active and use those bow shooting muscles as much as you can by shooting often and working out. Good Luck hunting this year!
     
  4. oldnotdead

    oldnotdead Grizzled Veteran

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2019
    Posts:
    3,188
    Likes Received:
    3,052
    Dislikes Received:
    9
    What the guys said and understanding your equipment. I shoot 49#'s and know I can get clean pass throughs at 35 yrds.. That is not on an alert deer though. Not on one with it's head down able to drop faster than my arrow. So knowing your game as well. Dr Woods has some good stuff on that subject. I'm not a gym goer anymore but I do own a suspension gym which is great for your arms shoulder strength and an elliptical for your legs and cardio. Though nothing beats a daily hike, working the woods and any land you can.
     
  5. John T.

    John T. Die Hard Bowhunter

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2018
    Posts:
    1,075
    Likes Received:
    430
    Dislikes Received:
    1
    My son took possession of his PSE bow with 60-70 lb. draw. He was surprised as how his muscle tone had diminished, even at 60 lb.
     
  6. Justin

    Justin Administrator

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2008
    Posts:
    9,361
    Likes Received:
    3,781
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Algonquin, Illinois, United States
    "Shooting a bow" muscles aren't ones that are used often in daily life - especially if you happen to have an office job. I've seen grown men who regularly hit the gym and are considered in good shape have a rough time drawing back a 70 lb bow. So, I would say that's totally normal. The positive note is that it seems to come back fairly quickly - for me anyways. A few arrows a night is all it takes.

    As for the original question - it's certainly something that a few guys on our team have faced in recent years. Todd has bad shoulder problems and has reduced his draw weight from 70 lbs down to 60 lbs to help compensate for that. I believe that's the quickest and easiest method for people struggling with shooting higher poundage. Keep in mind you will likely need to adjust other things - arrows (spine), sight pin gaps/sight tape, etc.

    I haven't personally seen anyone adjust letoff or move to a higher letoff bow, but that certainly wouldn't be out of the question. Being able to hold steady at full draw is an important part of archery. You may also consider lightening your setup wherever you can to help with that.

    And as everyone else has said - staying physically active, exercising, stretching, and eating right are all great ideas for all aspects of health - not just hunting. We don't all need to be Cam Hanes, but hitting the gym a few times a week, doing stretches at home, trading soda/beer for water, and getting off your butt more often are things just about anyone can do.
     
    tynimiller and oldnotdead like this.
  7. LIVIT

    LIVIT Newb

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2020
    Posts:
    31
    Likes Received:
    10
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    SC
    Due to damages I got in Military, my age had made them get worse. I can no longer hold a bow at full draw long enough to feel comfortable shooting at an animal. I finally had to make the switch to a crossbow several yrs ago. After workin in pro-shops for yrs and being a sponsored 3D shooter it was hard to go with a Xbow. I never really did like them, always thought unfair advantage etc... My opinion of that has changed. Yes my Xbow is deadly out to 75 yds or so and I have taken Yotes in a field almost that far out, but would never try a deer beyond 45 -50 yds, so same as when I was hunting with my compound. Don't let getting older or a physical disability stop ya from hunting like I did for a couple of yrs. Big mistake on my part ! Good luck and stay safe this Season.


    Center Point (Crossman) Sniper 370 inexpensive but deadly !
     
  8. Mod-it

    Mod-it Weekend Warrior

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2019
    Posts:
    719
    Likes Received:
    686
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Idaho
    I will also add, many states that do not allow crossbows do allow them to be an option with a special permit if a Dr. is willing to sign off on your not being able to physically draw and hold a bow.
    Crossbows aren't allowed here in Idaho except for during an "any weapons" season, they aren't legal for "archery only" seasons.
    The regs do say however that if you can't draw and hold a bow due to physical disabilities, than a handicapped permit can be acquired to use a crossbow during an archery only season. I don't know the exact procedure, but a Dr. signing off that you can't use a "regular" bow is required.

    So even if crossbow's aren't allowed for archery only seasons, there may be exceptions.
     
    LIVIT likes this.
  9. Vabowman

    Vabowman Die Hard Bowhunter

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2009
    Posts:
    2,924
    Likes Received:
    910
    Dislikes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Southeast Va
    I lift weights and run. I also don't pull 70 lbs any longer. I can very easily, however I don't want to..I will last longer that way
     
    Fix likes this.
  10. LIVIT

    LIVIT Newb

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2020
    Posts:
    31
    Likes Received:
    10
    Dislikes Received:
    0
    Location:
    SC
    Tks, had forgot to mention this. Also from what I'm understanding any Disabled Vet in all states can use a Xbow if you carry your letter of disability. Here is the most recent list of Crossbow regs. I could find state by state. Of course verify any of this with your DNR first. Good luck this season.

    http://www.bestcrossbowsource.com/crossbow-hunting-regulations-by-state/
     
  11. Vabowman

    Vabowman Die Hard Bowhunter

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2009
    Posts:
    2,924
    Likes Received:
    910
    Dislikes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Southeast Va
    xbows have been legal in VA for over 10 years...anyone can use one
     

Share This Page