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Maybe bowfishing

Posted: 16 May 2019, 11:04
by gnappi
Back in the day, I shot bow at a club with a very old PSE 30% let off compound. The club was kicked off the property and we never found a new spot to shoot and compete in. I stopped bow shooting some 30 odd years ago.

Fast forward to yesterday, I saw the svelte used compound on the wall of a shop and I looked at the tags. 28" (I'm 27" or so) draw, 40 lbs... nice.

I'm 67 and in pretty good shape but I could NOT draw that thing at all!

I figured time and age took their toll, but I researched the bow and found it adjustable 40-65 lbs. and 22" to 29". So, "maybe" the PO goosed it up to max and I'm not as weak as I thought? I'm thinking it's a combination of the two :-)

Anyway, I found the single arm dumbbell exercise and I'm doing reps with a 30 lb battery for my right arm, and I do 30 push ups daily which may help keep my left arm from wobbling at full draw. Since I'm lefty and shoot right handed my "strong" left arm should't need much more help.

So, beside the exercises I'm doing, are there any other things I can do to get my upper body toned up?

Maybe bowfishing

Posted: 16 May 2019, 23:55
by gnappi
PS, since I'm out of bow gear awhile and recommendations on a brand / model that comes fairly well equipped and flexible enough to switch from target to fishing?

Maybe bowfishing

Posted: 17 May 2019, 09:42
by RiverBottomOutdoors
There are many bowfishing package bows available now ranging in price from $200-$600. Typically people go with either an AMS Retriever bottle reel or a traditional spinning reel setup. Both have advantages and it's personal preference. I hate spinning and love the bottle...and there are people that have the exact opposite opinion. 40# draw weight is what I recommend; it's plenty for bowfishing. Shorter axle-to-axle bows increase finger pinch, so recommend something around the 32" mark.

I have been bowfishing for 15 years now and just last month bought an AMS E-Rad bowfishing bow. I've only had it out 3 times, but so far I like it. Before that all of my fishing bows have been youth bows (Parker Wild Fire to be exact). I've owned 4 of them. Great little bow but Parker just recently went out of business.

Like I said plenty of options these days. A good place to window shop is

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Posted: 17 May 2019, 10:03
by reelfunnm
More than likely an older bow will need a bow press to change the draw length. (Archer shop) If your DL is 27, IMO you'd be better off pull the 27" or maybe 26.5. It will help you reach the let off sooner. Also again, with those older bows just because it says 65lbs max draw weight, does not mean its so. I had an old 80's model PSE that was marked 70 lbs. max and with the limbs cranked down, it was actually 76 lbs. ( bow scale). Happy shooting

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Posted: 17 May 2019, 11:53
by eshaw
I use lever bows like the Oneida and love them. I do lots of bow fishing though so I can justify the cost of them. Both of mine, an Osprey and a Stealth were bought used because they're kind of pricey new. They're almost an infinitely adjustable bow and can be tailored to almost any type of shooting but the best part is the let off feature. You can set the draw weight about anywhere you want it and the let off will make it seem as though you're holding only 20% of the weight. You want to set your draw weight according to the type of water you're shooting. If the fish are deep use more weight, shallower less draw weight. Pass through can be a pain in the butt. Oh, and an Osprey only weighs about 3 pounds so that will spoil you too.