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Rob DiStefano
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i keep getting asked for requests to this article so it might as well be a sticky topic here at the powwow ...

Traditional Archery for Bowhunters

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Thanks for posting this. I used a recurve 40+ years ago and then got into compounds. This year I decided to get back to traditional, it's been a long learning curve and I'm sure this article will help immensely. Thanks, again!
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A very good article. Thank you.
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Elkhunter-27 after 30 years with compounds ,I had a rotater cuff operation and rehab 4 years ago . I went to recurves ,in lighter weights but it took me years to hit my target. Like you say it is a long learning curve but you will win in the end
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Good read!
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Great article
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Newbie here,

This site was recommended to me on a Fred Eichler's facebook page. I have shot a compound bow most of my life but just got a new longbow for Christmas. I have never shot a longbow before and want to learn how to shoot it 'the right way' and not form any rookie bad habits. I live in Phoenix AZ on the north end of town.

My set up is a little flexible but for now I was planning on using my longbow(55# 68" PSE Sequoia) with Beman ICS Hunters with 100 gr points. They have vanes on them right now but I was going to get some feathers put on them and then go practice at the range. What do y'all think?

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Rob DiStefano
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hi mike and welcome to trad gang.

there probably will be a HUGE holding weight and length diff'rence 'tween yer compound and a 55# @ 28" longbow that's 68" long. what may seem easy to do in a comfy situation could be a struggle during a cold time at a brushy/tree hunt venue. that may well be yer first hurdle.

you might wanna peruse the article this thread is about - Traditional Archery for Bowhunters

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thanks rob

I know that it is gonna take some conditioning to get my arm and shoulder to be able to pull 55# bow but I think I am up to the challange. I read the article you posted in the first email that I received from Trad Gang and I love that advice. I love archery and bowhunting but I don't get the opportunity to hunt very often but I do shoot a lot(archery & firearm). I am not extremely concerned with my ability to bowhunt with the longbow but I would like to be an excellent instinctive archer.

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I, Hatchet Jack, being of sound mind and broke legs, do leaveth my rifle to the next thing who finds it, Lord hope he be a white man. It is a good rifle, and kilt the bear that kilt me. Anyway, I am dead. Sincerely, Hatchet Jack.

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I am certainly not an expert traditional archer, but what you are thinking is correct...it is a long learning curve to become proficient.

I think we all struggle at times,but if the most pure fun of archery is what you desire, then trad shooting is where it's at.

Each archer has "his or her" own techniques that work for them, but the most important thing is to be consistent...same anchor point,same draw regimen,same grip,same hold or sight picture of the target, same release, etc.

There are many good books and videos on the subject, but what really helped me was to get a coach or instructor.

Rick Welch, Rod Jenkins, Byron Ferguson, Arnie Moe...to name a few.

If you consult them first, you wont have as many bad habits to unlearn.

A few days with one of these guys at a clinic or individual instruction works wonders and is not expensive in the big scheme of things.

JMHO

Welcome and Good Shooting

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Hello everyone, Im pretty new to the traditional archery thing. I have shot compound for about 15 years now, but the fun just isn't there anymore. On top of that there is just to much to rely on with compounds, and there just isn't that connection with the bow. So after lots of shopping and talking with different people at archery shops i go to. I was pointed in the direction of Jim Belcher and Sky archery. Jim and his wife are awesome, Great people great shop and amazing bows. Since i have purchased a trophy long bow 30#@28" 66" and a Thunder recurve 55#@28" 56". I was wondering if anyone could help me to decide on what arrows to shoot. I have been playing around with some old aluminum's that I threw some feathers on. I like the larger diameter but they are just plain old heavy. was thinking cedar but i know nothing about cedar arrows. Anything would be a help.

Thank you all

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Hey Corey! I'd give one of the sponsors a call. Big Jim's Bow Company has taken good care of me, as has 3 Rivers. Lost Nation Archery is good as well. j

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Lots of great info here also a newbie so it was much appreciated I will be getting into a lighter bow tomorrow can't wait to see what it's about.

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Very good. Our state game news should have a column like that. I think a lot of bowhunters might use trad equipment if they could just get a start.
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My first post here on tradgang!! Great article..I have made the switch to traditional after 30 years shooting compounds and I'm very excited. Just got a Samick Journey 40# and cant wait to pick it up and get shooting.
Thanks again for allowing me in and thanks for a great article

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