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    Default First Bow Harvest

    First harvest of my budding archery career. The lesson learned is -- practice at 10 yards. I can hit a rabbit head sized target 4 out of 5 times at 20 yards and 3 out of 5 at 30 yards. However I was 1 for 5 at 10 yards out in the field.

    I was also surprised that the arrow passed through the hare with the little springy armed tips on it. I figured it would leave a deep dent and flip the arrow over. Lesson number 2 -- digging arrows out of 4 feet of snow sucks.
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    Congrats on the hunt. Its always fun to hunt small game with a bow if the weather is not too bitter. If your only shooting 5 yards, go to a fishing set up and reel them in All kidding aside, when I use to do small game with a bow back in the day, I always prefered blunts to the judo tips and used bright pink or hunter orange colored vanes and knocks. Much easier to find. A few fluflu arrows with a birdcage tip were always in the quiver also.

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    glad ya had fun.. gonna agree with chico on the Blunts over judo tips..
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    Good on ya. You have to start somewhere, right? Yah, I have found that those Judo points will blow through bunnies, grouse, and even feral cats with compound's over 60#. Big rubber blunts do alright (flight wise) out to 15-20 yds and they knock the crap (sometimes literally) out of bunnies without blowing through them (providing that you hit bones). Keep it up.

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    Default Blunts

    Its been over 20 years since I shot anything with a bow. I used to hunt with a 55 lb Howatt recurve and a blunt would not stop a rabbit. They would flip around and run off. I went to a cheap broadhead and solved that problem. I think with todays fast shooting compounds that a blunt would be ok.

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    ...Awesome!

    -this made my night...

    -ps...-did you make a rabbit sandwich??

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    Quote Originally Posted by aksheephuntress View Post
    ...Awesome!

    -this made my night...

    -ps...-did you make a rabbit sandwich??
    Stir fry. It's the only way to go for rabbit in my house.
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    in good HARE years it is a blast chasing them with a bow. lots of shots. been 8-10 years since i've chased them numbers seem to be back in some areas.
    steel blunts with washer or other small game head attachment ( can't recall name of it) work well. i prefer to use my rercurve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK NIMROD View Post
    in good HARE years it is a blast chasing them with a bow. lots of shots. been 8-10 years since i've chased them numbers seem to be back in some areas.
    steel blunts with washer or other small game head attachment ( can't recall name of it) work well. i prefer to use my rercurve.

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    I think the small game head you might be talking about is called a game stopper. It has about a 3/4' swath and dull cutting edge that is inverted. Used one once on turkey. Big mistake. If I ever go to the lower 48 again and turkey hunt I will use a broadhead. They work fine on rabbits, and smaller birds.

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    Default Great job!

    Now hit the haul road for a bou. I use judo's for all my small game, no plan to change. My first bow harvest was a grouse. At the shorter distance you have to use your 30-40 pin. That is, if you have them.

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    Sweet! I have lots of bow harvests from the lower 48 but nothing up here yet. I need to get out and try some bunnies! So far though my only bowhunt up here was grizzly bears at my cabin on a salmon stream. Should have had one, but the peep site tube broke right before I took the shot. The fletching caught the dangling rubber tube and lets just say things got a little interesting for a few minutes after that..... This year I will have one though!
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