Getting daughter started

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  1. redbellybum

    redbellybum Newb

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    My six year old daughter has expressed interest in learning to shoot a bow. I'm new to bow hunting myself and am not really sure how to go about getting her started. Anybody got any tips on how to go about this? Recommendation on a bow for a six year old girl? Should I have her wait a few years before getting her a bow?
     
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    Strike while the iron is hot. Go to your local bow shop and see what they have for children's bows. One of the favorite activities we did when our children were young was to shoot at balloons. Always fun and even a challenge for you if here is a good wind blowing.
     
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    Thanks elkguide that sounds like great advice
     
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    Of course your daughter gets to shoot from 5-10 feet and you need to be at least 20 yards away
    to make the balloons a lot of fun and a challenge.


    (but let your daughter move before you shoot! :o)
     
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    One of the things that I did with my JOAD kids on the last night of our ten week sessions was to put about 2 tablespoons of flour into the balloons and then inflate them. It makes a real good puff when you shoot them. Do it outside though, cuz it makes an awful mess inside. I have seen a lot of kids that age with the Diamond Atomic. If she can handle a Genesis Mini that is not a bad way to go because they tend to hold their value pretty well. When I sold the Mini that I bought for my boys it went on EBay for about $20 less than what I paid for it.
     
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    Sorry for the late reply. My daughters started shooting when they were about 4.
    There is a pink bear brave bow that is compound style. It works really well for kids.
    Also, keep in mind drawing back the string, it can really hurt some fingers. I found a finger release at walmart on super clearance for a few bucks, works great. Kids still love to shoot and they're 8
     
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    I started my son off on the diamond nuclar ice. I think the up dated one is the atomic but they are small and light and are highly adjustable as they grow. Joad or a group of guy to teach good habits are key. Have fun they progress quickly


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    Great to start early. If u think about getting her a bow go local so your daughter can hold it and try a few shots before u buy it. The balloon shooting is a great way to entertain them while they're little.once they get good at 5-10ft. then go back to 10-15ft. and so on. One more thing, Patience is a virtue!

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    There are several good little bows on the market now. They use the Genesis bows in school shoots. I had some good small aluminum shafts made after they got fairly good at hitting the target. Those arrows made a big difference in how well the bow shot.
    My kids invited their friends over for "range "day and my daughters were so proud to out shoot the boys. It has got to be fun!
     

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