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Tools of the Trade => Archery => Topic started by: Woods Walker on January 23, 2012, 08:53:44 PM

Title: How Many Trad Archers Here?
Post by: [Blocked] on January 23, 2012, 08:53:44 PM
I'm new here, and have been a traditional shooter now for the past 8 years. I didn't intend to completely stop shooting my compounds when I started trad again (I started bowhunting in 1968, and "trad" was all there was), it just sort of happened that way!

I have several recurves, and the one I hunt with most of the time is a Bear Super Kodiak #55.

I also do a lot of roving or "stump shooting" with judo point arrows and that's almost as much fun as hunting!  I try to get to one or two 3-D shoots a month during the spring and summer also. I have a group of shooting buddies and we'll meet for breakfast and then go shoot. Lot's cheaper than golf! (And more fun!!)

My next project is to build a mechanical target disc thrower so that I can do some aerial shooting.
Title: Re: How Many Trad Archers Here?
Post by: [Blocked] on January 24, 2012, 07:34:51 AM
I started bowhunting back in '66.  I used a 35# recurve, and eventually purchased a Bear Grizzly in 45#.  I shot bare bow, and I was never very good with it.  Left eye dominant, right hand shooter.  I eventually went to a compound, using a front pin sight and a string peep sight.  My accuracy improved tremendously.  I eventually sorta lost interest due to lack of time, etc.  I still have all my bow stuff, fletcher, feather burner, etc.  Had problems once with plastic fletching, so I took it off and put feathers on.  Feathers are much more forgiving.  It was cheaper and easier going that route, instead of trying different arrow rests, etc.
Title: Re: How Many Trad Archers Here?
Post by: [Blocked] on January 24, 2012, 08:23:29 AM
sorry, i switched 30 years ago and don't plan on going back
Title: Re: How Many Trad Archers Here?
Post by: [Blocked] on January 24, 2012, 02:10:28 PM
Nothing like "old school"!!     I want to get back into it when I'm able.      Shot longbows and recurves for many years.      There's a gentleman that lives about 45 miles east of here that builds custom bow, recurves, and I want him to build my next new one.      I've shot some of his before and he does some super work!!
Title: Re: How Many Trad Archers Here?
Post by: [Blocked] on January 24, 2012, 02:15:09 PM
I started out on a traditional recurve. An old York that a mentor of mine had given me when I was maybe 10. I went to compound after a year or two of hunting though and haven't gone back. Thought about it for fun sometimes, but I do like hunting with my compound a lot.
Title: Re: How Many Trad Archers Here?
Post by: [Blocked] on January 24, 2012, 02:17:42 PM


I dable in it not a full time thing i have a 40# recurve that i shoot around with ...

not saying i might try it even more down the road!  @--0--0101
Title: Re: How Many Trad Archers Here?
Post by: [Blocked] on March 17, 2012, 09:01:44 PM
Trad here . Switched over in 1985. Yes "stumping" with the family,or friends is the BOMB!
Title: Re: How Many Trad Archers Here?
Post by: [Blocked] on June 14, 2012, 02:57:47 PM
Is this the same Woods Walker from the Deer and Deer Hunting forum? Regardless welcome to the forum!
Title: Re: How Many Trad Archers Here?
Post by: [Blocked] on June 18, 2012, 09:29:49 PM
I,m a DIY kinda guy so I built a custom recurve. Finished it on a Friday, shot it in on Saturday morning and took a bear with it on Saturday evening. Called a friend to help me get the bear out and he fell in love with the bow. What can I say. I gave him the bow. That was the third one I finished. Each of my boys have one of my customs. So now I,m back to my compounds till I get time to build another one for me. Not much in this world as pretty as a well made recurve or long bow. WELL maybe the Swedish bikini team!
Title: Re: How Many Trad Archers Here?
Post by: [Blocked] on June 25, 2012, 06:17:55 AM
Is this the same Woods Walker from the Deer and Deer Hunting forum? Regardless welcome to the forum!

The same!  msbadger got me over here.
Title: Re: How Many Trad Archers Here?
Post by: [Blocked] on June 28, 2012, 08:58:26 AM
My first real bow was a 45# Bear Kodiak recurve , loved it for years and hunted with it .  @--0--0118
Title: Re: How Many Trad Archers Here?
Post by: [Blocked] on July 07, 2012, 07:16:52 AM
I,m a DIY kinda guy so I built a custom recurve. Finished it on a Friday, shot it in on Saturday morning and took a bear with it on Saturday evening. Called a friend to help me get the bear out and he fell in love with the bow. What can I say. I gave him the bow. That was the third one I finished. Each of my boys have one of my customs. So now I,m back to my compounds till I get time to build another one for me. Not much in this world as pretty as a well made recurve or long bow. WELL maybe the Swedish bikini team!

Well come on Billy.....you gotta post PICS with your post!   ##$%#1114
Title: Re: How Many Trad Archers Here?
Post by: [Blocked] on July 08, 2012, 10:13:42 AM
My wife and I have a passion for Trad bows have shot nothing else for a few years. and our love them brought to own a Trad archery Company

www.stjoeriverbows.com

Title: Re: How Many Trad Archers Here?
Post by: [Blocked] on September 02, 2012, 11:27:09 PM
I bought a  recurve PSE Mustang about a year ago because I wanted to get back into archery shooting and bow hunting and didnt want to spend much money in case i didnt like shooting a bow.  Well I fell back in love with archery and now my  recurve will be my tool of choice for most of my hunting this year starting out with Small Game season.  The more I shoot my bow the more I love traditional archery.  i may buy a long bow next
Title: Re: How Many Trad Archers Here?
Post by: [Blocked] on January 29, 2015, 01:32:10 PM
We have a traditional bow only hunt here in McAlester, OK.
They have taken nice bucks from there!   %^$^    %^$^
Title: Re: How Many Trad Archers Here?
Post by: [Blocked] on January 29, 2015, 08:13:45 PM
I switched to total traditional last year, before that was shooting with the compound and recurve but never took the recurve seriously until last season. 
Title: Re: How Many Trad Archers Here?
Post by: [Blocked] on March 01, 2015, 11:34:26 AM
I may need to get a not so expensive recurve and hunt in a Traditional Only Hunting area in McAlester.  They have taken a lot of nice bucks over the years and it's not pressured until the drawn only hunts.                                %^$^
Title: Re: How Many Trad Archers Here?
Post by: [Blocked] on March 01, 2015, 11:40:58 AM
I've switched back and forth between trad and a compound for may years.   Now I incorporate a xbow into the mix to work around some shoulder issues.    I still shoot the longbows when I can.  I've got several recurves and longbows still hanging on the rack.
Title: Re: How Many Trad Archers Here?
Post by: [Blocked] on July 14, 2015, 09:44:41 AM
I started with longbows and the old grass round target butts when I was a kid at the local summer activities center, been with longbows and recurves ever since.

I bought a Hoyt Ram Hunter set at about 50 lbs and never had any luck with it.  I played with sights, I played with arrow rests, I played with gloves, tabs and lately releases, but still can't get consistent with it.  Too much stress and equipment!!  I pull it out every year, get frustrated, and go to my longbows.

I now practice form with a Black Rhino 28lb longbow.  I hunt with my Bighorn Bowhunting longbow at 42lbs at my 25" drawlenght and love it.

In my youth I could pull my 60lb Martin takedown recurve and split knocks.  Not that strong anymore and find I don't need 60 lbs to kill a deer.

I've read all of G. Fred Asbell's books, Instinctive shooting, Instinctive shooting II, Advanced Instinctive shooting, the story for the rest of us and his great ground hunting book.  I highly recommend all of them for the information on how you shoot and how to shoot longbows and recurves.  Also, highly entertaining.

I may have posted this in the past, but the absolute BEST VACATION I've ever had was spending one week with G. Fred Asbell at his joint shooting clinic with Black Widow Bows in Mo.  He and the master bow builder Ken Beck were the absolute greatest instructors one could ever have. 

Anyone who has a chance to do this clinic should treat themselves to it.  The food was also fantastic (can't get good cornbread here in NY) and you get to shoot all the Black Widow bows.

My next two bows will be a black widow ken beck recurve and a take down PSL or PSR longbow or recurve. ('tho Everyone was highly impressed how quiet my bighorn longbow was and Mr. Asbell even recognized it as one he built!!).

So yeah, I guess I am a traditional bow shooter on this forum.