New to bow hunting, have some questions

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  1. Brent Hardy

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    I’m a new bow hunter, I bought a Hoyt Vectrix. I’ve got the draw weight set for 80 pounds, I’ve been using the Carbon express heart attack arrows (from dicks) i think they’re 30” and I’ve been using 100 grain field tips to practice with, I’m shooting pretty tight groups at 20-25 yards. I’ve got Mechanical broadheads, they’re 2 blade Rage 100 grains and I’m just curious to see if that sounds like a decent setup, I’m not sure if I should change my arrows or if I should try out fixed blade broadheads or what, hoping to get some recommendations, thanks a lot!
     
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    Sounds like a good setup to me. I took three deer already with almost the same setup. Mathews bow at 67lb.

    Take a few practice shots into a soft target that can handle expanding blades. Assuming you don’t have the dummy heads. Maybe use the same arrow if you don’t have replacement blades. You want your blades as sharp as can be to take an animal.

    You may find that you need to tweak your sights or change your aiming point a bit.

    My main concern for you is your let off at your poundage. I’ve been learning this art on my own, well because I’m stubborn and like all the variables that I can play with. I have a press and fletch my own etc.

    I’m also “new” to bow hunting and have found that I have to move very slowly or they will lock on and bolt before you have a chance to even draw. Slow is the key.

    That being said, the times I have taken a deer I was usually holding my draw for a while before letting go. At 80lbs even with an 80% let off on your Nitrux? Bow, your still holding 16lbs at a position that really isn’t natural. How long can you hold that till you get a clean shot? Something to think about and try. It’s good practice. You might even find a new stance. Pinching your shoulder blades together, etc.


    For us bow hunters shot placement is paramount for a clean ethical kill. I have 100 grain rage on Easton axis arrows. All three arrows passed clean through. The animals went about 30 yards at most. I just put on schwackers and when I get a chance to use them I will try to remember to update here.




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    I appreciate the response! I’ve definitely noticed that as well, The other night I was out with a buddy of mine and a 6 point came by, I’ve got a pop up arrow rest and when I went to draw back it made a small sound and he heard it and ran from my 20 yard mark to about 30-35 yards, so I was sitting there for a good couple minutes at full draw trying not to move and that was definitely a nice arm workout lol (unfortunately didn’t end up getting the deer)
     
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    I think that’s the fun of bow hunting. I learn something every time I go out. As for the pop up rest, put it up when you nock your arrow. One less thing to worry about.

    When I’m stalking I have mine up and can let my finger loosely lay over the arrow and it holds it nice steady and quiet.




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