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I shoot a Mathews Q2-XL, but I recently picked up a 55lb Bear Take Down Hunter with a selway quiver. I've been wanting to cross over for a long while. I've dabbled a little in the past with it but I'm gonna give it a serious try this year. Any other traditional hunters here??



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I own and operate a archery pro shop. I have shot a compound since 1969, but 3 years ago I got a recurve and since then have got another 6 recurves. I shoot the recurve 4 or 5 times a week and the compound maybe 10 to 20 arrows in a week. I just seem to be having so much more fun with the traditional, I walk the woods with blunts and shoot stumps. I have a new 2003 compound by alpine the impact one and it is a great shooter, 2 3/4 lbs weight, single cam, fiber optic, stablizer, savage rest, peep and kisser. But it seems to do little as a challenge. But put the recurve in my hand and it is having fun. I sure can not shoot as well with the traditional, but it does take a lot more in time and effort to gain skill.
 

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Any Traditional Shooters

I currently shoot a Death Wish Long Bow. I also have a Jefferys Recurve, PSE Recurve, Several other Recurves and Long Bows that are hanging on the wall. Also have a PSE Carrol Marudar Compound But it does not get much use these days.
 

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I shoot a custom made Bruin recurve @ 62lbs. I make my own arrows out of port orford cedar and tip them with magnus journeyman broadheads. I regularly shoot and with frequent practice find that the compound boys have nothing on me, except more equipment to buy. I like the simplicity of it. I shoot off the shelf with sealskin covering the rest. I used to shoot a compound, but I have much more fun with the traditional equipment. Also when hunting without the use of a sight or stabilizer I find that I am less prone to get "hung up" in the brush. I think you will find that once you try the traditional stuff, alot of the fun comes back.

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I have hunted for many moons now with recurve and/or longbow. Right now I hunt with a Morrison Arapaho recurve. I own two Assenhiemers recurves and also a Morrison longbow. Have bowhunted deer since 1970. Have never gone hunting deer with a gun. I like the stick and string. Kind of like the KISS principle, keep it simple stupid. Seems to work for me.

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I hunted my first season with a recurve this year ... I can't believe that I wasted all those years hunting with a compound ...I only got a small doe but I am browder and had more fun taking it than the biggest buck I've ever taken. Does anyone out there feel the same way ??? I almost gave up hunting all together..
 

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I have shot traditional only for the past 7 years. Thats when my compound broke a string and exploded. I shoot a Martin Super Diablo 55lb/28". Have taken elk and deer, and trying turkey this year. I have dabbled with custom bows, but cant find any that shoots far and above my Martin.
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:D Im here. Gots about 14 longbows and recurves. Draw weights from 55 to 120,make my own arrows and such and have fun in the process. There may not be many of us,but we do be here.....King :twisted:
 

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How hard is it to make your own wooden arrows??? I mean I've read about doing it in the new issue of trad. archerer but I don't know how to straighten them or even how to take care of one ...Up until now I've been using al... and just crown dipping the last 9 inchs but I would love to make my own ,,, Kind of a pesonal touch that would make the harvest even more special...
 

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Does any one know about Ricky Welch's Dakota recurves and longbows? I got their hog hunting videos, and these guys are to be admired. Those guys shoot very well. What exactly IS the difference between longbow and recurves? If I have a long draw length, which is better for avoiding "stacking?" Thanks! :D
 

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:D TomG. Its more fun that trouble to make your own arows. I guess it might be kinda a misnomer,cause i buy my shafting and componants to do so. I have a Bitzenburger fletcher,and dip all of my shafts. First I get the arrows that are weighted or spined for the weight of bow Im shooting. I will then stain the shaft,usually with a compatable stain that will work with my crown dip paiants. I usually usle an 11 inch crown dip,with a very bright color, The color is usually a SATURN YELLOW,or WHITE. If using a bright color other than white,I will ditp em in white,let it dry,then dip em in the other color. These thing will just about glow inna dark. After letting everyting dry I will dip in a varnise media that has been thinned to some extent,this is done prior to the crown dip. After the arrow shaft has been colored,I will attach the nocks,and them Im ready to put on the cresting(TESTORS model paint works real good for this). Ya gots lots of colors to pick from so the sky is the limit. After they have been crested I then attach the fletching(feathers) in the colors that I want.(usually a abaaright color,such as white or orange) I fletch with three on a helical so the shaft will spin when being shot. That helps a lot for stabilization of the shaft. Ats abut all there is to it. I cant really tell ya how many arros I have made,but each bow that I have has 2 dozen arrows just for that specific bow. Last year I gave my tools to a kid who had never made a set of arrows before. When he got done,they had to be some of the prettiest things I have ever seen. They shot outstandingly well,so I had him make me a set. Beautiful,just beautiful arrrows. Sometimes it can be hard to get the shafting that you want,but I generally shoot Rabin wood,or port oxford ceder when I can get it. If ya make your own,you will be hooked on it fer life. I purchase from THREE RIVERS ARCHERY,or KINGS ARCHERY SUPPLY (no relation). Try it,have fun and good luck King
 

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Rack-up one for me too!
Wes Wallace Custom Recurve 60#
Saxon Longbow 55#
Buy shafts and make my own arrows
Shoot Zwicky broadheads.

I used to shoot a compound with Fred Bears son, but changed to recurve many years ago and never looked back. My brother dropped his wheelie bow 2 years ago when he saw me shoot a deer...on the ground...at 10 feet. He also dropped the tree stand and is now on the ground and loving it!

Ususlly don't participate much on this forum due to the nature of the discussions...too high tech with triggers and scopes and graphite. Thanks for the refreshing change!
 

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Hello all since I am new here and since this thread is something about of which I like to do very much I will jump right in.
First let me say I started Off with telling you a little bit about how I started with archery equipment when I was about eight years old, it must have been a start of my Bowyer times my first bow ever was made of willow cut from the river bank the arrows where crude as well they to were willow. My next bow was given to for Christmas it was a long bow made of Hickory man did I ever tear up the county hunting rabbits and stump shooting. Finally after several years of hauling hay and chasing cows I finally saved up enough money to buy a Recurve Bow it was a Fred Bear Grizzly 45# it still shots good till days and I still use to hunt with it has lost its poundage.
Now this time I had a better bow and spent my time hunting big game than Rabbits, I moved up hunting Deer, Elk, Coyote, and Bobcats with my Uncles we had some great times doing this together I will always remember pranks, jokes and great time sitting around the camp fire. Boy did my one of my Uncle get crap from the others after he bought one of those new fangle compound bows my other Uncle would not leave him alone but they eventually bought to but after trying out for several years just me we all went back to the old Recurve and have been true and loyal Traditionalist since 1971. I found my self unsatisfied with thrill using the compound bow not to mention the weight of it compared to the recurve.
Now today I spend my time while not hunting Making my own Bows out of Osage orange staves, Black Locust, or what ever kind of wood I can find laying around, and making my own arrows.
PLus I am a Senior Membor of Kansas Bowhunter Association and look foward to thrills and excimetment of each and every hunt.
 

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:D Bob/Fla. How ya like that saxon lb that ya be shooting. I never got to try one yet,and i hear that they are really nice to shoot. Problem that I have is I shoot a 31 inch arrow,I anchor just behind my ear. Works fer me,and been doing it a lotta years,but would like to know if anyone that has the saxon lb like em or not. Gots.....almost....too many bows........almotst.......king :shock: 8)
 

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I have a true 30" draw to the corner of my mouth and shoot it very well. I believe you will also like it alot, it does not stack and is pretty smooth. I always heard about the horrors of going from a recurve to a longbow, but have not had any difficulty. As a matter of fact, after 2 weeks, I was ready to hunt with it this year. MUCH lighter than the recurve!
 

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King how hard is it to hand straighten wooden arrows? I once tried it with an old one I found and it turned out having more twists and turns in it than a west virginia road when i was done ... is there some kind of trick to straightening them? do you really need one of those straightening tools like you see in3rivers catalog and if so which one do you suggest ?? thanks tomg
 

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I am not King but here is how I do mine (They are not hard to straighten out) put them over steam or heat some people like heat both work I like the steam. Steam the shaft for few minutes to softem it up (the steam soften wood up some what like a noodle) then bend just a little bit past center line the oposite direction of the kink you are straightening out. they bent hold ther till cool down. then continue on to the next till you get all the kink out of the shaft. I find wood arrows are a pleasure to work with.
 

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:D Tomg. Well.I do things lotsa ways,some work well,and others just kinda make me wanna try something else. Steaming shafts is a good way to get the kinks out,and it is easy to do. Generally if I dont have a location to make some steam quick,and I just wanna go outside and shoot but still check my arrows i use this little critter. All ya need is about a 2 foot section of 1.5 inch lumber,by 12 inches. I put a straight line down it lengthwise in pencil or pen. It is important that the line is very thin but can easily seen. Just under that line i put tow neails. One on each end of the board. If I have an arrow that I wanna check I just stand the board on its edge,or at an angle,and put the arrow on the nails. Rotate the arrow until you see the line dissapear. That will be the hump of the arrow,i then just pull it down below the line a little and it should spring back to true. I keep rotating the arrow until im happy with it. This also works great if ya steam em too. For what its worth,i fletch with a helical fletch so an arow that its not perfectly straight will still fly true. Its something to work on a litle. Lotsa wood shafting is not going to be perfectly straight,just do the best that ya can. Some of mine kinda remind me of a snake sometimes. HEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEH. That tool with the board and nails is simple to make and works pretty well. King
 

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king ,that little tool sounds like it will work like a charm. and it's so simple I feel stupid for not thinking of it... my next ????? is parrell shafts or tapered shaft (23/64 tapered down to 5/16) I don't know that much about wooden shafts but I guess this is to help the fletching clear the shelf? Is it worth the extra money??? and is there any problems in using tapered???
 

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:D Tomg...I have never used tapered shafting material. If I remember correctly it is to help the fletching clear the bow. Regardless of what you are using you still have to deal with th archers paradox when the arow is released. The reason I never used them is that I kinda like to keep things as simple as possible,and have never looked into getting any. You will probably have someone tell ya that they are worth it,and maybe they are to that shooter,you would have to try it for yourself first. I never had any problems with what I shoot do the job,so thats why I have not tried them. king
 
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