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    Archery suggestions

    Not sure where this should go, but I think this is the best fit.

    My daughter (age 31) is not especially fond of guns. She did recently express an interest in archery, though, and Id like to assist her in that endeavor.

    I know nothing of value related to archery.

    Id like some suggestions of a bow for her and whatever accessories she needs. Id also like to know where she can learn to shoot it and practice.

    I am thinking that Santa reads INGO and may well drop off some of the items suggested, but Ill probably let her pay for some of the equipment so she has some skin in the game.

    Thanks in advance!!

    Blessings,
    Bill

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    What type of archery? Traditional such as recurve or longbow? Compound? Target? Hunting?
    Three shops that I know about in central Indiana that have a large selection of bows and employees that know archery are Honey Creek Bait and Tackle, the Outdoorsman, and Bass and Bucks. They also have indoor ranges.
    In June, there is the traditional archery nationals in Cloverdale. There are vendors that sell new and used bows and matching arrows. There is a try out range.
    Be sure she is not overbowed, meaning she can easily pull back and hold full draw.
    the arrows must be matched to the bow to have accuracy.
    Regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill of Rights View Post
    Not sure where this should go, but I think this is the best fit.

    My daughter (age 31) is not especially fond of guns. She did recently express an interest in archery, though, and Id like to assist her in that endeavor.

    I know nothing of value related to archery.

    Id like some suggestions of a bow for her and whatever accessories she needs. Id also like to know where she can learn to shoot it and practice.

    I am thinking that Santa reads INGO and may well drop off some of the items suggested, but Ill probably let her pay for some of the equipment so she has some skin in the game.

    Thanks in advance!!

    Blessings,
    Bill

    Not sure where you are located 'cause I'm running short of bacon too...

    The IWL hosts a group called Women in the Outdoors (a sub-group of the National Wild Turkey Federation I believe). They instruct in the use of bows among other things. Up here in the Fort they have a week long camp in June.

    They might also be able to work on that anti-gun stance a little too by presenting a non-threatening environment in an atmosphere of women instructing women with oversight provided by the DNR.

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    I would suggest starting with a compound bow as it will likely be easier and more forgiving for a beginner to learn with. Something like the Diamond Prism would be a good option since it has a large adjustment range for draw length (18"-31") and draw weights(5-55 lbs.). You will need to take her to a good bow shop to have her draw length measured properly and set up the bow properly for her. Good bow shops are difficult to find, of those already mentioned I only have direct experience with Honey Creek and the Outdoorsman but have heard good things about Bass and Bucks. Honey Creek is good but doesn't have a full time archery person so you should call in advance to see when someone will be there. They do have a fairly nice indoor range though. I can't really recommend the Outdoorsman.


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