Originally Posted by css_encore
I have a couple of questions.
I just started 3D and I'll be a bit more frank.
1. Can you use a hunting bow in competition?
2. How good do you have to be?
This depends on how much money you are willing to spend.
To start you should be able to hit a pie plate at 20yds consistently.
This will mean that starting with White Stakes, the closest and generally a max. of 20 yards away.... you will at least hit the 3D target most of the time.
The real risk here is most courses are not 'groomed' and if you miss a target, then there is a good chance of a) leaving your arrow as a decoration in a tree b) never finding your arrow. Either way, you probably just doubled the cost of your round.
The last shoot I went to the group ahead of us were shooting Hunter Open and one guy lost 3 arrows. That is probably around $24 on top of his course fee.
So, if you can hit a pie plate at 20yds and you don't let your ego push you immediately out to blue or yellow stakes, then you can get in some good practice and not lose much money.
If you dont mind the risk of some arrows, can hit a pie plate from 35 yards and want to practice your ranging, then go for it.
I've shot 1 round at white stakes (no misses) and 2 rounds at Blue/Yellow stakes. I missed 1 target each round. One was a croc, so the arrow was right behind it. Second was a bedded deer in a hollow. I just missed over his back, so I could find that arrow as well.
3. How do you get involved in competition and when tournaments are?
I just found some shoots online and went.
4. Is there anything else i need to know before i start?
Many 3D courses will let you shoot rounds for a fee outside of competition.
Practice, Practice, Practice.
I am unlucky in that the closest 3D courses are 40 minutes away.
So I dont get to practice much.
If you want to shoot hunter class (max 35 yds):
- no scopes
- no stabilizers over so many inches
It is fun. It is addictive.