Kinda early to start this. But I have some relevant stuff... soo....
Picked this up last weekend. 2017 Hoyt Pro Defiant Turbo. 29" draw, 50-60 lb limbs set at 54. It was a leftover 2017 so I got a reasonable discount off full MSRP. I got the sight, arrow rest, release, arrows, etc.
I also picked up one of these in black for the rest of the house...
It's an Easton Genesis. No draw length requirement so it can be used by anyone who can pull it back. Pretty much all of the youth archery programs use it so I plan to get the kids into some stuff.
The whole house is stoked. SWMBO even said, can I shoot that one....
My 6 year old can pull it, and hit a target with it. The nearly 5 year old isn't quite big enough, but will be soon. His major issue is coordination, but he'll get it soon.
I joined the local conservation club a mile from my house. They have a 3D archery shoot monthly, and a huge indoor range open to members anytime. I can also shoot at the affiliated clubs in the area for $10/match. They have indoor competitions and youth programs for the kids too. It's setup so it can be as fun or as competitive as you want. They had a guy place 2nd at a national shoot last week. But my uncle who is a member, can score above 50% of the guys who good, but is there every week.
I'm working on some ideas for a range and targets at home so we can shoot here in the evenings when it warms up.
My goal for this year is to take a Whitetail in Indiana. My longer term goat is to be effective at 60+ yards and to take an Elk out west.
In other news. What draw hunts is everyone putting in for?
I can't hunt the west this fall. New baby this spring and all that... So I'm putting in for a point in Wyoming and Colorado. Maybe a couple other places. My buddy who is inspiring all of this is in the same boat, so we're thinking Wyoming in 2019 for archery Elk, but we'll see.
I might put in for the Kentucky elk draw, it's only 4 hours away so I can probably talk SWMBO into it, but the odds are astronomical for non residents. So it's very unlikely I'll get drawn.
Last... anyone do any predator hunting? The local gun shop is running a coyote tournament this weekend. 2 man teams, biggest, smallest and 1,2,3 for # of coyotes.
A buddy of mine is in it and came to hunt my place today. No luck, but it was cool to see their setups. I've got nothing against the coyotes, but reducing predators is always good. I see them on my game cameras 2-3 times x week.