Me! I grew up with hunting but I just started hunting with a bow last year. It's awesome. CLaPorte, I didn't know you shot a bow! I've only been able to hunt a little this season so far because I've been out of town so much. We trophy manage about 5000 acres in middle Georgia. I'm so excited this year about bear day here. I WILL be sitting in a stand! I shoot a Diamond Razor Edge and love it.
OP, I would make sure that everything fits you before you really start practicing. Even if the draw length is just a little too long or short for you it could really mess you up and not be as accurate. I would definitely get a release, it's also more accurate and you don't have as big of a chance as you would the draw string slipping out of your hand. If you're shooting practice tips it's fine to shoot at a hay bale. When you start shooting brodheads you will want to use a target. You don't want to dull your blades..An arrow will also shoot slightly different with brodheads than the field points. It just takes a lot of practice and getting used to it..A lot of things are factored in when it comes to really being accurate with a bow and getting better at it. Adding a stablizier will help.. What kind of arrows are you shooting? I'd get a real bow target if you're really wanting to get better.
Targets..Bass Pro Shops carries very good targets, as well as Cabelas..I think you can find some at Walmart but they aren't great. http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/brows...3Bcat104624280
We do already have an archery thread..This is the link for it. Archery?
Azwannapaint is REALLY good, he's awesome if you need any advice. He's really given me some good advice.