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Son's First Bow

Old 01-14-2002, 12:39 PM
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I bought my 5 yr old a Seneca bow kit & he's having a ball flinging arrows. I'm also new to archery and would like advice on how to best help him develop the proper form. I suspect the best thing is to let him have fun & not worry too much about it @ this point. Now I'm helping hold the bow, but letting him pull & release the string. I did make one mistake, I told him to practice before he can hunt. Now he's counting the days & figuring out what to hunt first. LOL. Thanks for any advice.

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Old 01-14-2002, 12:53 PM
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You got it, let him have fun. I am glad to hear that he is interested. My daughter loves her Browning Micro Eclipse. She will be 11 in 2 weeks. Last summer I told her I would give her a quarter for every bullseye she hit. We use neon orange stickers that are 1 inch in diameter on our bloack target and our McKenzie. She only had a ten yard pin then. The first day I owed her $2.75. No, way I am offering her that deal now. She has improved her form on her own.
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my dad got me a bow when i was 15 now and still love hunting and shooting.
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pdq, You did the easy comes the hard part. Kids always come up with more questions than you will have answers, mine do!!!

My 8 year old girl and 5 year old son try to imitate me when we shoot. Just make sure the draw length and weight are correct for him. Do not try to correct everything that you think is wrong all at once. If your son is like mine he is &quot;5&quot; going on &quot;35&quot;<img src=icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>.

You are going to have a blast!!! Make up some little games that will get him better. They will get harder as he gets better. Make sure he kicks your tail at them and you will have a lifer!!

Remember fun, first!!!! The other stuff will come.


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Old 01-14-2002, 03:51 PM
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Just have fun. My son is about same age as yours. I only concentrate on safety with him now. He is getting better at shooting all the time. We'll place balloons on the target(that's always fun) and he really gets into placing bright orange stickers in the middle of bullseyes for the next days shoot. I even took him to a 3D shoot last year and he loved it. He would stand about 10yrds from target and nail it right in the vitals. P.S. as an incentive to hunt, I told him he would have to learn how to read first(he wants to hunt badly and is learning to read rather well--We read together everyday) I'm really proud of him. I also put silencers on his bow(so it's just like mine)
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My dad started making willow bows for me when I was about 4 or so, and my love of archery grows stronger every year. Congrats on introducing your son to archery, it is easier to get them to enjoy when they are younger. My first compound was a P.S.E USA Spirit.

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Old 01-14-2002, 07:09 PM
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congrats on the new bowhunter. I agree at 4 I just let my son shoot and have fun. we can ger serious latter.

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Old 01-14-2002, 07:26 PM
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My 11 year old got a PSE Sypder S4 for his birthday. Sunday was his first shots with his new bow. I gave him the basics (about all I know anyway!).

Our local Recreation Dept has an archery class (oylimpic/target style) Ten bucks for four one night classes. Two of his class mates or in it. After I talked with the instructor about what in the program, I'm going to sign him up. They will teach the proper form first. But, they will use recurves, untill they think he's ready to learn more. Then he can switch to his compound. Look around for local archery clubs they might have a kids program.
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Old 01-14-2002, 08:03 PM
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Thanks everyone for the replies & words of encouragement. We're having fun, both of us. I was busy this morning & didn't go to work until after Tristan came home from school. The first thing he asked was to shoot his bow. So I put off heading in a little longer & we shot his bow. Thanks again.

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Old 01-14-2002, 08:45 PM
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Excellent topic!! Thanks for the suggestions. I &quot;heard&quot; allot of valuable suggestions in this topic!!!!
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