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Do you have an idea of which part of the unit you are interested in hunting? Are you in good shape? Are you hunting alone? Which season are you hunting?

General Elk Hunting / Re: 2020 Elk Meat Pole
« on: October 19, 2020, 10:29:50 AM »
This is my smallest elk yet. My intentions were to take the first clean shot I got since my freezer is empty. Anyway I was wrong on the range and got his spine with the first arrow. I did follow up with another arrow to his vitals though. And I am happy to have some meat in the freezer!!

Hunt Planner / Re: New Mexico unit 53 rifle elk
« on: May 29, 2020, 07:37:15 PM »
I hunted there a few years back during the first archery. Definitely very low elk densities when compared to many areas in NM. However I will say the potential for a big bull can be very good. Im sure your outfitter will help make it a great experience

Archery / How heavy are your arrows for your trad bows?
« on: September 12, 2019, 09:07:59 PM »
my recurve is a Damon Howat Hunter that is 50# @28.
Brace height at 7.5
My arrows are Warrior 500 full length with tube inserts
Broadheads are Zwicky 170grains
Total arrow weight 560-570 grains.

Seems to work great but Im new at the game. What are your arrow weights for your trad bows?

Archery / Re: Adding Weed Eater Trimmer Line to Arrows
« on: August 24, 2019, 06:12:29 AM »
I tried this method too with some success. I did find it made arrows noisy and if the nock came off you had trim line everywhere. Look into getting the weighted tubes from 3 rivers archery or your local shop. They weigh 5 GPI and cost $1.50 a piece. Ill never mess with trim line again. Keep one thing in mind, these tubes did stiffen my arrow spine so I also went to a heavier tip. Im very happy with these results!

Archery / Re: Speed & Kinetic Energy
« on: July 11, 2019, 06:30:45 AM »
I love overthinking this kind of stuff too! I used to make the same mistake as everyone thinking I needed to get my arrows flying 300+ FPS. Now my arrows weigh 520 grains and I dont care how fast they fly cause they hit harder, penetrate deeper, and fly better than ever before. 

Archery / New to traditional archery question continued
« on: June 09, 2019, 09:14:10 PM »

As I stated I am new to traditional archery, I am using a Damon Howat hunter 50@28".
I cannot say what kind of string the local pro shop put on my bow which of course is an important piece of information. So basically most times I string my bow to shoot the brace height is closer to 7". I was shown to start off keeping it at around 7 1/2'' until I find for myself where it shoots best. So just about every time I shoot my bow I am adding twists. Is it common that new strings just stretch a bit for awhile or is this string the wrong length?

Also, this is a very used bow, 30-40 years old. I am going to explain this the best I can. I noticed the bottom limb where the string attaches as a little more of a curl than the top limb in the same spot. I noticed this because I had just adjusted my brace height and was verifying the string was off the grooves in the limbs. The string was off of the grooves on the top limb but appeared not to be on the bottom limb. That of course made me notice the difference in curl in the tips of the limbs. Is this normal, common, or is one of my limbs warped?

Thank you for the feedback!

Archery / Re: New to Traditional archery, need some help
« on: May 08, 2019, 11:23:19 AM »
I cant help you with what you're describing. Its sounds like you are 'gapping' for your point of aim.

I shoot split fingers, anchor point is the corner of my mouth, focus on the target and the arrow hits that spot. Instinctively aiming.

I tried 'gapping' but just couldnt get the hang of it

I am thinking of trying split fingers and coaching my anchor point in order to hopefully clarify what Im seeing verses a whole lot of arrow and fletching.

Archery / New to Traditional archery, need some help
« on: May 07, 2019, 09:23:33 PM »
Hey guys, hope everyone is doing well. I am not new to archery but I am new to the recurve. I had just inherited a 50 pound recurve, I know it is a lot to start off with but it is the bow I got. The arrows I am using are Warriors 500 spine with a 125 grain tip. The way I am choosing to learn to aim is with 3 fingers under and the knock as close to my pupil as possible. At 10 yards I can put em in there pretty good by placing the arrow about 10" below the center of the target. As I go back past 12 yards the arrows start pushing left. My sight picture on my right eye is mostly string so I try to have both eyes open so that I can see the arrow with my other eye. I am noticing I have have a hard time focusing, the arrow and target is fuzzy. As I go back do I need to hold off to the right as well? My impression I got from what I read about this method of aiming is that I hold the arrow in straight line with the target. I am having a blast with this thing but I am trying to learn right and not develop any bad or counter productive habits. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Hunting Gear / Re: Using a fat-tire Ebike for hunting
« on: May 07, 2019, 06:44:41 PM »
Ive been researching this subject for about a year now. Just about to make a purchase in the next month or so. Check out the RadRover model made by Radpower. Its a company out of Seattle that has been around for 8 years now. They sell directly out of the factory so they dont pay distribution which saves a lot on mark up. Ive seen a few of them here in Albuquerque and people like them. The Rad Rover has a payload capacity of 275 pounds and costs $1,499. Definitely worth checking out. Im buying one this summer

I got a few friends that hunted there last year. Though few and far between, there were opportunities to kill an elk. Dont get discouraged about what you see on other websites, being tenacious and staying after it is the best way to create luck. Im out of town for today but Ill reach out and see if I can find you a starting point for your scouting. Also, not sure what your budget is but my buddies saw a few bears too, they will be in season too 👍

General Elk Hunting / Re: Shoot or No Shot #2
« on: April 12, 2019, 09:40:42 PM »
With a bow Im waiting till he stands. With a rifle the blue dot shouldnt be hard.

Isn't that blue dot a bit high and far forward? What vitals are you going for with that shot?

Not looking at the vitals, Im looking at neck spine.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Shoot or No Shot #2
« on: April 12, 2019, 01:21:37 PM »
With a bow Im waiting till he stands. With a rifle the blue dot shouldnt be hard.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Shoot Or No Shot #1
« on: April 12, 2019, 01:17:01 PM »
Based on the angle of shooter to target in the pic I think the blue dot will get you in the vitals and avoid the shoulder. Still not a shot I want to take.

General Elk Hunting / Re: Shoot or No Shot #3
« on: April 12, 2019, 01:10:28 PM »
With a bow Im waiting till he turns broadside. I believe your window to reach the vitals is the size of a softball. I can hit a softball at 33 yards but it just seems to have too many variables with a live animal. If he was 10 yards closer Id aim at the blue dot. With a muzzy or rifle no question on firing.

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