Did I waste my money?

Discussion in 'Beginners Archery Range' started by Joe7Cri, Aug 27, 2007.

  1. Joe7Cri

    Joe7Cri Junior Member

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    Hello Everyone,

    My name is Joe and I'm obviously new here. I'm also new to archery and in my haste to buy some equipment I purchased a used Hoyt/Easton Gamegetter II bow on Ebay (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=220142009160&ssPageName=STRK:MEWN:IT&ih=012). I paid $125.00 with shipping, and I was curious if that was reasonable. I would also like some advise on what necessary accessories I should buy, and can anyone recommend a good instructional DVD for a Newbie. I will also search the archives for some additional information, but I would greatly appreciate all recommendations.

    Thanks!

    Joe
     
  2. outdoorsman

    outdoorsman Senior Member

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    :welcome: depends on what you plan to do with it... if you are new to archery and want to start shooting and it works then no you did not waste money .... got to start somewhere .:noidea: ... welcome to the sport and to the site.... there is alot of information here and many folks that will answer your questions.... no bashing of equipment here..... ask and it will be answered ... and we have fun by hi-jacking and giving folks a hard time all in good fun :frusty: .....
     

  3. outdoorsman

    outdoorsman Senior Member

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    let us know more about what you plan on doing... hunting, 3d, fun, then we can help with accessories
     
  4. Joe7Cri

    Joe7Cri Junior Member

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    Right now just target, but it really depends on how well I shoot, ultimately I would like to Hunt deer. I live in Westchester County NY and they only allow bow hunting here, so I thought I'd try my hand at Archery and hope that over time I become as proficient at shooting a Bow as I am a Gun. I would also like to get the wife involved in target shooting but I'm not sure if this bow is too much for her.
     
  5. Pinwheel1969

    Pinwheel1969 #1 THREAD KILLER

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    I'm not sure how it will work for target.. but its a start. price? a few more dollars than I'd spend. but you got to start somewhere.
    instructional video.. go to " www.pse-archery.com
    search videos. "holding steady " video is top notch.
    intructed by michelle and terry ragsdale. very good video for beginners to pro's. good luck..
     
  6. Joe7Cri

    Joe7Cri Junior Member

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    Thanks Pinwheel.
     
  7. Holy Smokes

    Holy Smokes Senior Member

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    Welcome ta this site and tha wonderful world of archery
    Glad ya got ya a bow now git out there and shoot the devil out of tha thing.
    and enjoy it ta tha fullest.:welcome:
     
  8. Joe7Cri

    Joe7Cri Junior Member

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    Thanks Holy Smokes, I'm hoping he shipped it today which means it should arrive tomorrow.

    Quick equipment question:

    Do I need the 3 finger gloves, or forearm protectors? I will probably get them for my wife if she shoots, but I've never minded a little soreness. I just want to make sure I won't slice open a forearm or something.
     
  9. red44

    red44 Senior Member

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    You'll want a 3 finger glove or a tab for sure. The selller thinks it's 55-70 lbs, I would take it to an archery shop and see if they can help you get set up. Your draw lenth and a draw weight you can deal with are going to make a big difference in your success in this venture.
     
  10. outdoorsman

    outdoorsman Senior Member

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    should take it to a shop just to have it checked out prior to shootin either way you go.... get a release if you can much easier than shooting tabs and will help the accuracy part... as for the arm guard if you hold it right you dont need one but OUCH that one time you dont yes it will take skin with it and sting as well as bruise and or bleed....
     
  11. outdoorsman

    outdoorsman Senior Member

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    and yes you need to make sure it fits you and or your wife.... draw length needs to fit you ... make sure the bow is checked out by someone that knows about bows before you shoot to make sure it will not come apart or something
     
  12. j3dGuam

    j3dGuam Senior Member

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    As a beginning archer I would say to look for a archery club in your area and meet fellow shooters. It is a good way to pick up information and learn some helpful advice. Turn down the poundage on your new bow and work on achieving good shooting form. Don't worry about always hitting the bulleye and remember it is suppose to be fun. Oh and welcome to 3dshoots.:welcome:
     
  13. Joe7Cri

    Joe7Cri Junior Member

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    Thanks for the advise, I've looked for a club but there doesn't seem to be one anywhere close. I did find an archery shop not too far away, but I was actually there once before to buy ammo for a gun and I found them to be no so pleasant. I guess I'll have to go there anyway since there doesn't seem to be many options.
     
  14. j3dGuam

    j3dGuam Senior Member

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    There always options:biggrin1: Just be willing to do the research. I live in an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and I still find guys on the internet that will help if I have a problem or need parts. Alot of great guys here and at the other archery forum called Archerytalk.com. If you need advice just post up and I am pretty sure you will get the help that you need. Good shooting.:peace:
     
  15. Huya

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    I agree with the above comments. First thing you should do is take that bow to a shop and have it given a once over to make sure it is ok to shoot. Then take a look at one of there bows that is set up completely, it will give you a basic idea of what you may want on your bow. I recommend that you do get an arm guard as a beginner. I would recommend that you get a shooting trigger device instead of fingers, they are more accurate and less wear and tear on the fingers. The best thing also to do is keep visiting archery forums. There is more information here and easier to get and understand than any book you could read. People are friendly here and most willing to answer any question you may have. Welcome to the world of archery, you won't regret it, your bank account might, but you won't. Now get out there and let them arrows fly.:amen: :welcome: :peace:
     
  16. Dredly

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    you bought a 15 year old bow for 100.00...

    you could have done much better as the Gamegetter is slow and rough on the draw with very little let off. But people have been using it for years to shoot deer with, it'll work for hunting but I wouldn't want to target shoot with it.
     
  17. brokenarrow

    brokenarrow Evil Genius

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    Welcome Joe...

    Dredly has a point...but to start with it should be fine...you did pay alittle more than I would have but, hey live and learn...just shoot the heck out of it...I shot 3d's for years with a 20 yr old Bear bow and had alot of fun...
     
  18. Joe7Cri

    Joe7Cri Junior Member

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    Yeah I was stupid to bid on something that I knew nothing about, I just wanted to get started as soon as possible. Now I'm sitting at the door all day waiting for UPS to arrive.
     
  19. brokenarrow

    brokenarrow Evil Genius

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    Don't beat yourself up over it, We've all done it...
    Like I said it will get you started...and when your skills surpass your equiptment...then you make a change...but until then, have fun and keep us posted...:biggrin1:
     
  20. kbohunt

    kbohunt are u a fat boy?

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    Ha,Joe

    :welcome: To the forum!
    Well looks like the archery bug got to ya!
    Ya should have came here first, but every body is the same we jump the gun!
    I had a gamegetter 2 some 20years ago and sold it back around 1995
    youll still have fun with it.
    Its a great practice bow & could hunt with it!
    But next year before you buy another ask us first, we will look out for you!
    Arm guard and finger tab,yes.:wave: