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Thread: First animal in 28 years with the bow

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    First animal in 28 years with the bow

    Back in 1991 I started bow hunting. I shot a few goats, rabbits, possums and flounder. In Dec 1992 I managed to get a deer.
    I was bush stalking on a soaking wet day in Waihaha, Pureora. I was hunting up a ridge when a deer appeared across the gully to my right at about 30yds. I managed to get an arrow in it, she took off running across infront of me and stopping perfectly broadside. I donít know what I did but I managed to hit it in the knee joint. I have it 15 minutes and followed it up. After 50-60yds I could see her standing quartering away. This time I placed a better shot behind the front leg, angling forward through the heart and out the brisket. I gave her another 15 minutes and found her dead not long after.
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    I gave up bow hunting a year or so later, breaking arrows etc was quite expensive compared to buying ammo.
    Roll forward 28 years to April 2020. Stuck at home over lockdown I watched few YouTube archery hunts and got inspired to get a bow again. Having a 31.5Ē draw limits the bows available. I eventually decided to get a PSE EVO NXT 33 70lb. I fitted it out with a Black Gold Mountain lite 3 pin slider sight, Hamskea limb driven rest and tight spot quiver.
    Finding arrows was bit difficult but eventually found some Victory RIP TKO and used a 170gr Tusker two blade broadhead. The arrow ended up weighing 527gr with 19%FOC. Iím really glad it ended up that high.
    Last night I was up in the hills looking for a deer. I had sidled down a brushy face looking for a deer I had seen. I could t find the deer but heard some stones rolling round to my right. I sidled 10 closer. I heard a few more rocks rolling and was surprised when a big pig appeared. He was about 48yds away and moving down hill. When he went behind some brush I dropped slightly lower and closer. The boar came out again at 32 yds and about 25 degrees below me. Looking at the chart on my rangefinder I figured I needed to use my 20yd pin.
    I drew back and looked through the peep sight and put the pin behind his front leg. Releasing the arrow I saw it hit where I wanted and the boar dropped at the shot and then rolled down the hill about 50 metres.
    I had to go about 100m back up the hill to get my pack and then back down to the boar. He was still alive, moving his head but nothing else. I figured I must have spined him so I went over and stuck him
    When I was cutting him up I worked out what the arrow had done.
    Iíd hit him higher than I thought with the arrow just clipping his shoulder blade it went went toward through the spine and exited at the back of his cheek. It hadnít entered his chest cavity at all. He must have quarter away further than I had thought. I had also bracketed the 20and 30yd pins on him rather than just using the 20yd.
    I was really glad of the mass and FOC of the arrow. Smashing and severing his spine was impressive damage. I managed to find the broadhead and it was completely unmarked.
    I was stoked to get another animal with the bow, is I just need to get a deer.
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    Well done, jeez you were a good looking bugger back in the day Stug.
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    Awesome writeup @stug, nice setup you have there!

    I used to do target archery but quit as it is very expensive and got boring after a few years.

    Bowhunting would get me back shooting tomorrow but sadly it's illegal here.

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    Solid looking pig, with the price of ammo arrows might be cheaper. Good effort to finish the year off

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    @bigbear my arrows are $30 each plus the broadhead. Broke 1 and lost 2 practising. The arrow I shot the pig broke as he rolled down the hill. So gets expensive. I also lost one out of my quiver on the walk in, had my bow strapped to my pack. Didn’t find it until the work out, so that saved $40 odd dollars.
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    @stug be like.......

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    Awesome stuff, this has given me the motivation i needed to get my bow out again! thanks
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    Good stuff @stug now you need to do it with a proper bow!
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    When I first tried bow hunting I tried without sights. Man that was difficult. I did use bare fingers though. Release aids were only just coming out then.
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    Nice work there Stug
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    Nice work Stu
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    Shut up, get out & start pushing!

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    good on ya. a real nice challenge... one im not really prepared for with sambar but those kiwi deer,... Good on ya mate
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    Nice one
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