In terms of gear, I'm not looking to spend a ton of money at first since I want to make sure I actually compete on a regular basis and do well before I really invest. Any tips help!! Thanks in advance!
Fat shaft arrow to maximize the points when you miss slightly.
Sight with third axis adjustment. Slider or fixed pin based on which class you want to shoot.
Hunter class let’s you use a 12” stabilizer at most shoots, any longer and you’ll be in the open class. Same goes for shooting with a lens in your sight or with a slider sight.
IMO I shoot my hunting setup that way I’m super confident in it come hunting season. Up until a couple years ago I was a shitty archer at best. Always slapping the trigger wether it be a thumb release or a wrist strap release. That really showed in 3D. After working hard on form and shot execution with the Stan release I’m now competitive at local 3D shoots. I spent all winter shooting in my basement at 12 yards just focusing on pulling through the shot and getting a surprise release. I guess what I’m saying is that you don’t need tricked out bow and gear to be good. Just have to have a solid setup that’s tuned and then execute consistent shots.
Another thing to consider is how well you can guess that range, unless you’re shooting a known range class. Definitely helps to just do it a lot and over time you get better at judging the range. You can’t make great shots if you’re off by a lot on your distance estimation.
A good place to start is Nockon podcast that John Dudley does. Lots of tips and info to be found on there.