Yeah, I knew what you were getting at, that you had developed strength in your upper body to be able to pull a compound bow. Congratulations on improving your fitness.
I don't understand that you needed to have even loaded an arrow to try out your strength with the bow. Sorry, I don't agree that aiming and shooting a weapon at an animal (other than for food) is acceptable.
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O.P. got what you were saying but did you get what we are saying? I refuse to celebrate such an insane ah ha moment. My rifle with scopes on it is earier to handle, shall I go try it out for a thrill just because I can? Never aim a deadly weapon unless you intend to kill at any living thing. Going back and changing your post does not make what you atrtempted any better. I hope you do see the ignorance in what you did. There are mnany other ways in testing your strength, bar bells is one. You seem a bit irrated at us, but my goodness read what you wrote, that was a horrific post!
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How about just practicing on a target/bullseye? I get your "aha" moment but I (my own personal opinon here and does not reflect anyone elses) testing your "strength and improvement" on a living creature with no thought as to the possible ramifications is ....well....selfish and arrogant to say the LEAST. What if you had only wounded it and it got away? it could die a slow painful death from infection. Did you think about that? Or only about whether you could or couldn't do it? I sure hope you had a license! Otherwise you are a criminal.
thanks to those who "got" why I posted this. I have been working with my own bow for a year now (recurve, not compound) so this was not something completely new - just different and surprising that I was able to manage to have enough strength for his bow. It was definitley one of those OMG moments that I did as well as I did. Thanks again for the supportive comments.
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Save your feats of strength for the gym, not handling a dangerous piece of equipment for which your boyfriend will someday teach you how to use.
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K-Bobo is right on the money, dear one. Although there will be many here to don't like the way you stumbled into your Aha moment, it was, indeed, obviously an important Aha moment. I, too, know the upper-body strength it takes to draw a precision compound bow and I can fully understand the surprise you must have experienced when you discovered you were brave enough to even attempt such a feat - ill-advised as you have discovered it was. Congratulations to you and brava to K-Bobo for looking beyond the circumstance to see what was at the heart of your post. There are many here who are very proud of you both.
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We are bow hunters here, too. I can't believe you actually attempted to go after something without knowing what you to do with it after you got it! PLEASE!!! Practice...practice...practice on bow-forms before you even think of going after something living. If you only wound it and it gets away it will suffer!
Reguardless of the semi negative flack you are getting here, I get what your saying. To be able to pull a bow back and shoot requires a great deal of strength, congratulations on your new found upperbody strength!
Although it may be turkey season in your neck of the woods, if you do not have a license, (even if you missed) it could be considered poaching. The DNR in my neck of the woods would be happy to give you a fine for what you just did. So if you would like to try that again, I would recommend purchasing a license.
Yesterday I was out in my back yard doing the fall clean-up stuff and happened to see a couple wild turkeys taking a stroll. I knew that my boyfriend's compound bow was set up with an arrow in the shed so I went and grabbed it, walked as close as I dared to the birds, notched and sited and gave it a go. I definitely didn't have enough strength to get it far enough to hit but I tried... definitely NOT something I would have done even a year ago! Of course, I have no idea of what I would have done with it if I had actually hit the bird - especially if it didn't kill it, only a flesh wound... Anyways, thought I'd share...
*** If I had actually thought that I would be able to hit the bird, I probably wouldn't have tried... if I had by some stretch of the imagination killed it - I would have learned how to do everything necessary to prepare it for cooking it and eating it. I am not a hunter but am dating someone who is and I will be learning how, at the very least, to hunt with a bow, for the food that I will put on my table. And yes, it is turkey season in my part of the country.
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