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Tupenny

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I just got back into it a couple years ago, and now we have the kid getting interested. I am shooting a diamond infinite edge and the little one has a bear scout. We live in wooded area and have plenty of land to set up a bag target with a hay bail wall. My wife’s father even went out and purchased a bow to join us.
 

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Kewl! I pretty much only have traditional gear (due to being part of a huge middle ages reinctment group know as the SCA) my favorite bow to shoot is a recurve my brother inlaw built in high school it is around 50 pound draw. Kuddos to you Tupenny for teaching your kids & getting you inlaw going too!
 

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Kewl! I pretty much only have traditional gear (due to being part of a huge middle ages reinctment group know as the SCA) my favorite bow to shoot is a recurve my brother inlaw built in high school it is around 50 pound draw. Kuddos to you Tupenny for teaching your kids & getting you inlaw going too!
Def interested in recurve. Figure I'll get all the help I can with the sighting and let off to train my technique, then to recurve as well. My brother shot compound then "upgraded" to the challenges of hunting with a recurve and never went back. My grandfather had a recurve that was as tall as me when I was a kid that was inspiring to me.
 

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I shoot a Hoyt hunting bow. Its great and I bought my wife a PSE and she loves that.
Love the Hoyt and the PSE's bows. The Infinity allows to adjust weight; good balance of an hour or two of field practice @ 55# or 25/30 pulls @ 70# with G5 tips for hunting accuracy.

Do you have a preference of the 2?
 

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I coach both hunting and field (Target) archery for Re-curve, Compound, Longbow, Short-bow and crossbow. I use my re-curve for Target (Olympic style) and Hunting (Soft Animal Targets). I like compounds but I feel that I get more accuracy out of a crossbow in the forest etc.. However its a sport and you choose which you like the most.
However setting up targets when out camping is fun.
 
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Love the Hoyt and the PSE's bows. The Infinity allows to adjust weight; good balance of an hour or two of field practice @ 55# or 25/30 pulls @ 70# with G5 tips for hunting accuracy.

Do you have a preference of the 2?
I have shot both one of my sons has a nice Matthews compound. That let off is sweet. I can't shoot for hours lol. I have an ole Ben Long bow that was named locally the bone creeker. Most people the shoot it you hear their shoulder & backs creek. It is a 70 pound draw! Cool thing there is very little hold over at 50 yards. I need new arrows for that beast.
 

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I coach both hunting and field (Target) archery for Re-curve, Compound, Longbow, Short-bow and crossbow. I use my re-curve for Target (Olympic style) and Hunting (Soft Animal Targets). I like compounds but I feel that I get more accuracy out of a crossbow in the forest etc.. However its a sport and you choose which you like the most.
However setting up targets when out camping is fun.
Fuzzy you are an archer coach? Two kewl I bet the is atleast a few of us the would enjoy time with you!
 

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I have really wanted to get into archery for years now. My shop is 40' deep so I figure if I wanted to I could shoot a bow in my shop and have enough distance for it to be worth while. I love the zen of shooting guns and figure a bow should be no different in this regard. So it could be an awesome way to relax.
I also like the idea of a bow because should I ever go out to hunt, it feels like a more complimentary way of taking game.
 
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Fozzy325

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I have really wanted to get into archery for years now. My shop is 40' deep so I figure if I wanted to I could shoot a bow in my shop and have enough distance for it to be worth while. I love the zen of shooting guns and figure a bow should be no different in this regard. So it could be an awesome way to relax.
I also like the idea of a bow because should I ever go out to hunt, it feels like a more complimentary way of taking game.
OK so 40ft is about 13 yards, Usable distance is about 10 yards.
What I would suggest is to do the following if you can afford it.

1. Get a back Drop on the wall you are shooting onto and hang it about 3 feet from the wall
2. Get a target boss, Easel, and small paper targets, Anchor the boss to the easel so it doesn't fly off when you hit it. Have the centre of the boss at about 5ft high
3. Mark a line on the ground where the centre of the easel should be and 10yards from the centre of the easel
4. if you are going to use a recurve bow then get one with about a 25 - 30lb draw @68 - 70 inch (this is good for about 50 yards accuracy with inter changeable limbs so you can put 35+lb@72inch limbs on for outdoor 100 yard/ 90 meter ranges
5. If you are going to shoot a compound bow then you don't need a 90+lbs as this will rip right through the target boss, have a llok for a bow that you can change the cogs and limbs to get it to about 45lb or have a second bow one for 45lb and the other for 90-130lb. This is so you don't have to keep on changing setup which will change your sights setup
6. Get fat arrows, thin carbon arrows are not good for indoor shooting. Before selecting your arrows make sure you have decided what poundage of bow you are shooting as it will matter.
7. When practising have 6 arrows fletched and knocked. and one which is only knocked. This will help determine the button settings, kisser placement, posture and loose of the shot
8. Get large pronounced fletchings
9. Only use Target piles and not field piles
10. never keep a recurve bow strung at all times, wax the string with bees wax every time putting on and off.
11. if you are practising for field shooting or hunting make sure you get a field sight. Peepers can be used on compounds but I would try to shoot without a peeper and get the feel of the bow for quick shooting.

basically with field shooting less is more.
 

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To shoot for fun and being out side with lots of room here are some types of archery you could try instead of just shooting at round targets or animals

Clout shooting
Flight Shooting
Field Archery
Target Archery
Pole archery AKA Popinjay or Papingo
3D Archery
Traditional Archery
Bowhunting

1. Clout shooting - long distance range
This ancient form of archery was used as military training in the middle ages. The target is the clout, which is a small flag on a vertical stick, stuck in the ground and placed up to 165 metres away. An archer’s score is determined by how close each arrow lands to the flag, the arrow that lands the closest gets the highest points.

2. Flight Shooting
This form of archery simply consists of shooting an arrow over the longest possible distance. There is no target but it does require a very large, flat area – something the size of an aerodrome. Recurve, compound and longbow classes can all shoot flight archery within different weight categories. Specialist bows and lightweight arrows are used to maximise power and reduce drag.

3. Field Archery
A field archery course is set up over woodland and rough terrain. Archers shoot a specified number of arrows at different targets in sequence. Archers might have to shoot uphill or downhill, and the targets could be different sizes and at different distances so anyone taking part has to really think about what they are doing. Field archery is a great way of keeping fit and enjoying the outdoors.

4. Target Archery
Target archery is the type of archery practised at the Olympics, and is the version most beginners learn first. Archers shoot a set number of arrows at targets set at specified distances on a flat surface. It can take place either indoors or outdoors.

5. Pole, Popinjay or Papingo Archery
The difference between pole archery and traditional archery is that pole archers shoot at vertical targets rather than horizontal targets. In pole archery we use flat tipped arrows to shoot at artificial targets known as “birds”. There are 37 birds mounted in 5 rows placed in metal pins, known as the “fork”. The fork sits on top of a pole that is a total of 110 feet in the air. The largest bird, known as the “King Bird” is placed at the very tip of the fork. Pole Archery is also known as Popinjay in Europe.

6. 3d Archery
3D archery is a subset of field archery focusing on shooting at life-like three dimensional animal shaped targets placed in dynamic settings and at varying distances.

7. Traditional Archery
Traditional archery means different things to different people. For some, it means shooting a longbow or recurve without sights, stabilizers, or other tuning equipment. In this case, many traditional archers choose to shoot with carbon fiber arrows, or use a string made from durable synthetic materials. Others feel that to shoot traditionally, you must be shooting bows and arrows made only from natural materials such as wood, horn, and bird feathers. Although most traditional archers shoot bows made using modern techniques, there are other types to admire. Some archers value historical accuracy and prefer bows and arrows crafted using traditional techniques. They also might favour leather and other natural products when choosing arm-guards, gloves, quivers, and other gear.

8. Bowhunting
Bowhunting (or bow hunting) is the practice of hunting game animals by archery. Many indigenous peoples have employed the technique as their primary hunting method for thousands of years, and it has survived into contemporary use for sport and hunting.
 
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Fozzy325

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Crossbow is my weapon of choice. Barnett white tales hunter II. Been a little limited with a knee injury this season. Hopefully I can recover soon
Crossbow is great sporting weapon.
I hope you get better soon

Traditional recurve
Take down recurve
Compound
Crossbow
LongBow
Shortbow
Reflex - Same as Recurve
Yumi
Gakgung

Are bows that i have had to learn so I can coach. I always found that for me to teach crossbow it was a bit strange as there are no similarities between a crossbow technique and bow
 
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Dilldog

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OK so 40ft is about 13 yards, Usable distance is about 10 yards.
What I would suggest is to do the following if you can afford it.

1. Get a back Drop on the wall you are shooting onto and hang it about 3 feet from the wall
2. Get a target boss, Easel, and small paper targets, Anchor the boss to the easel so it doesn't fly off when you hit it. Have the centre of the boss at about 5ft high
3. Mark a line on the ground where the centre of the easel should be and 10yards from the centre of the easel
4. if you are going to use a recurve bow then get one with about a 25 - 30lb draw @68 - 70 inch (this is good for about 50 yards accuracy with inter changeable limbs so you can put 35+lb@72inch limbs on for outdoor 100 yard/ 90 meter ranges
5. If you are going to shoot a compound bow then you don't need a 90+lbs as this will rip right through the target boss, have a llok for a bow that you can change the cogs and limbs to get it to about 45lb or have a second bow one for 45lb and the other for 90-130lb. This is so you don't have to keep on changing setup which will change your sights setup
6. Get fat arrows, thin carbon arrows are not good for indoor shooting. Before selecting your arrows make sure you have decided what poundage of bow you are shooting as it will matter.
7. When practising have 6 arrows fletched and knocked. and one which is only knocked. This will help determine the button settings, kisser placement, posture and loose of the shot
8. Get large pronounced fletchings
9. Only use Target piles and not field piles
10. never keep a recurve bow strung at all times, wax the string with bees wax every time putting on and off.
11. if you are practising for field shooting or hunting make sure you get a field sight. Peepers can be used on compounds but I would try to shoot without a peeper and get the feel of the bow for quick shooting.

basically with field shooting less is more.
Thanks for the advice.
One of the big motivators behind my archery fascination is a return to the absolute most simple. As such what really interests me is stick bows and instinctive shooting. I have done a little bit of this with friends so I kinda know what Im getting into. I just want a stripped down, more skill driven shooting experience. Kinda the same reason why I sold my multi speed bicycles for a single speed, Im all about minimalism these days...
 
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Thanks for the advice.
One of the big motivators behind my archery fascination is a return to the absolute most simple. As such what really interests me is stick bows and instinctive shooting. I have done a little bit of this with friends so I kinda know what Im getting into. I just want a stripped down, more skill driven shooting experience. Kinda the same reason why I sold my multi speed bicycles for a single speed, Im all about minimalism these days...
That is a noble way of looking at the sport and going back to traditional archery,

You have two choices beside going to a recurve, Long and Short bow with wooden arrows and feather fletchings with a metal field or arrow head pile. I would pick a plastic nock to save the arrows from breaking. Long bows are great but test the poundage of it, you don't need a sight as you can use the arrow as your sight. I would stay with a modern string as traditional strings can break causing injury.
 
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Dilldog

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I have no problem with running modern strings and fiberglass and other non traditional materials in the bow. I fully embrace technology and modern construction methods. I just want the simple and minimalistic approach and esthetic.