Any traditional archers out there?

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  1. TOM

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    I see this part of the forum stands empty. Does anyone here shoot a stickbow? I shoot a Black Widow PSAX 60# at 26". I love it. I enjoy shooting my Mathews compound, i love shooting my recurve.
     
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    I'm here...

    Tom, I took up Trad Arch last September and love it. I shoot Renegade Spirit in 28" 65lbs 64" longbow. Not up to scrach yet, but getting there
     
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    Is there any other sort of bow hunting? Comes to that is there anyother form of real hunting? Few lessons from the San come in handy.:confused:
     
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    I am shopping for my frist traditional bow right now. Hopefully by the end of the year I can start shooting some targets.
     
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    My brother has a 55 lbs scythian recurve made by Johnny Snyman.It is a powerful bow enough to take down an eland at 10 yds.
     
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    The first bow I ever picked up was a recurve. It was all I ever used for several decades, and while I am not a died in the wool archer, I did manage to kill a few black bear, a few blacktail and mulies, a couple of moose, one elk and a grizzly with it.

    Then I graduated to a compound. I shoot it fairly well, but I have to tell you the charm is not there for me............I miss the simplicity of the recurve, even though it does further limit my self-imposed range at which I will use it on big game.

    I have never gotten into an honest to God stick bow.........as in a handmade long bow with handmade cedar arrows. The real deal.

    About 11 or 12 years ago I was helping guide a group of a dozen traditional archers from the US in the far north at a caribou camp. These guys all loved their handmade bows and stroked them lovingly. They practiced behind the cabins every evening after returning to camp from the days hunt. Sadly it was a very disappointing week for those of us that were guiding.

    They had timed things perfectly and we had thousands of caribou drifting up and down the lake as caribou sometimes do. It would normally have been high fives every night with some real monsters coming in...........instead, we guides sat around each evening and lamented the multiple misses that were occurring at 10 to 15 yards. Got depressed over the multiple wounded bulls that were later dispatched with a rifle because there was no way to get close enough to some of the animals to finish the job with a cedar shaft. It was a bullet or lose the animal. This of course disqualified them for entry in the Pope and Young book, which saddened the archers........a couple of whom were less than gentlemanly about it.

    With archery hunting, stick bows are indeed the 'real thing' and I understand guys being attracted to them. They do however demand even more dedication and practice from the hunter. I may well return to a recurve and hang up the compound, but I doubt you will ever see a long bow in my hands. For those of you who do use one and practice enough to be good with it............all the more power to ya.
     
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    I was a traditionalist for many years. Whitetails only. I practiced a lot more than most guys (weekly 12 months a year) but could never get the accuracy to a point where I was really comfortable. I took some deer but missed a whole lot more. I never wounded an animal that I was not able to recover though.

    After too many misses, I swithed to a coumpound and enjoy it more. Yes, I love the simplicity and hunting stealth required of traditional archery. I had several spot and stalk efforts that got me within 10-15 yards of whitetails, and that is not easy. But, the misses just kept haunting me - I knew that I would eventually wound animals in time and knowing it ahead of time, rather than it just happening from time to time, and doding it anyway just did not sit well with me.

    I now shoot a top of the line Hoyt at 275f/s and in another thread said I have no trouble shooting out past 50 yards. Many people said that was too far, but I can put every arrow into the 3D vitals of my deer target at 83 yards so I feel good about what I can do.

    No, its not the same as a traditional bow. But the hunt is what I really enjoy - much more than the equipment. So what I do is get the equipment I know will do what I need it to do and then use it for the purpose its was made. To me that is hunting. Each to his/her own.

    I can still get inside 10-15 yards - but I rarely do. I now like the challenge of hunting whitetails from the ground with the bow and being able to get into there comfort zone. THen I usually hit'em with my bow, often at distances beyond what most archers can do.

    To each his own, so long as it is safe, does not hurt anyone else and is ethical - enjoy your sport - but I have to admit that there is something special about taking anything with a self-made stick and string. Never will I be comfortable enough to hunt with it in Africa.
     
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    Wisdom was spoken in this thread thanks.
    I would never consider shooting at an animal until I was as comfortable as I was with my PSE.
    I am shopping for a re-curve made in Africa. I think I have found my bow.
    Its plenty powerful and used to take some size able game here in Africa.
    However I only kill what I am going to eat. So most springbok and some other deer for me. Via stalk.
    But mostly I just love traveling around the bush, stalking, enjoying the outside.
    If in a few years the right opportunity comes for a shot, maybe then I will take it.
    But not before!
     
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    Tom just found this post i shoot a 60 pound zipper re curve at 28 inches love it been shooting stick bows for about 15 years!
     
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    That's great Billy! Maybe we can get together and talk bowhunting.
     
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    Hi

    My brother got a horse bow made by Johnny Snyman and I enjoy shooting it.Its a 55 pound bow.His name is engraved on it.

    Dox
     

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