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Hello Celt
Welcome to the forum and welcome back to instinctive shooting.

Martin makes some great bows. I have four. A Savannah longbow and a Serengeti recurve for traditionals, both of which are 56# at my draw, and a Slayer and a Phantom for compounds.

The season starts here in about six weeks and my partner and I have desided to hunt with traditional equipment, exclusively, this year. It's going to be a great season.

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hatracked wrote:
...Funny enough once you learn to throw the arrow like you do a baseball your mind automatically adjusts the yardage for you....

This is exactly how I shoot and what I would compare it too!!! Thumbs up

You should go ahead and split up the archery forum into trad and comp.

The reason being, I think, is because it's hard to tell if there ARE any trad shooters on the board and having their own trad forum newcomers can instantly see there is a home for them!

BT

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A fella explained it to me like that not long ago and that made a huge difference in my shooting. To prove his point he told me to shoot in the dark as well. he said my mid wouls make my hands go where they needed to make the arrow hit saomething i could barely see. Didnt make sense but low and behold it was true. I can shoot as well if not better in the dark.

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bootytrapper wrote:

You should go ahead and split up the archery forum into trad and comp.

Thanks for the suggestion bootytrapper. We'll definitely consider it. Thumbs up

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I started hunting with modern firearms, then switched to muzzleloader, then I hunted with a hand gun before switching to archery. My first bow was a compound (a round wheeled Buckskin) then the cams showed up and I bought a Martin Lynx with Speedflight limbs and ultra-sonic cams, fineline sights,TM Hunter rest etc. Wow!! I could put them all in the black out to 80 yards and even hit 3 out of 5 at 100!!! I never shot an animal at that distance because I harvested a few at 30 and saw how much differant impact point and direction of penetration was due to them "jumping the string" After several seasons of carrying that "Cadillac Bumper" around and having shot opportunities blown due to equipment problems( i.e. peepsight coming undone,water collecting in peephole,arrows clanking on magnesium riser,Riser being too cold to hang onto, and other stuff I started carrying a 1952 Bear static-tip recurve and an older Damon Howatt recurve I got hooked on Traditional Archery. Now I have 20+ vintage recurves and dont release an arrow unless it feels right and will never buy another Compound. Trad is an addiction that Compound users don't relate to until they try it.

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stiknstringbow
Welcome to BGH

That sounds like quite a collection of traditional bows.

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I started shooting a compound bow about 10 years ago just for fun. Target, not hunting. Then work caught up with me and I gave it up for a while. I bought a house with some property and was lucky enough to have nice neighbors with large acreages so I took up hunting (late in life at age 40). I hunted for a year with rifle and shotgun and I wasn't that thrilled with it until a friend put a recurve in my hands and everything changed. I bought a Ben Pierson Rogue recurve on ebay for $60 and I can't get enough. I practice whenever I can (i.e. when there isn't snow on the ground) and spot and stalk for turkey, white tail, and black bear when in season. This is my third season hunting with a trad rig and I have yet to hit an animal, but I'm not giving up yet. I would love to know more about instinctive shooting and have only started shooting with both eyes open this season. I do find I'm more accurate on the range, but "buck fever" seems to get the better of me in the woods (as when I missed a doe at 6 yards earlier this fall - but what a RUSH!). I'm so addicted I've started building my own board bows, but when shooting, I find myself falling back on what I learned with the old compound. Where can I find out more on instinctive shooting?

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There's a site that has an abundance of info.

Stickbow.com

Best of luck on your hunts.

This may help in your shooting
When you shoot targets. You concentrate on the target and learn the flight that the arrow will take. Hence, instinctive shooting.
When you are hunting. You know the flight the arrow will take and adjust accordingly for the target. Don't adjust for the animal. Set for the target.

There are almost as many techniques as there are shooters.
Are there any ranges near by where you can get some pointers from some of the more experienced shooters. Maybe a traditional shoot that you can attend.

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Unfortunately, everytime I tell someone in my neck of the woods I'm into hunting with traditional archery equipment they look at me like I'm from Mars. The very practicle folks I talk to are more interested in results while I am more interested in the hunt. For me its about just being out there in the woods while building the skills to get close enough, and confident enough, to take a shot. These people tell me I'm wasteing my time. But don't worry, I don't believe them. So far this season I've been within 20 yards of 9 different deer and I've given myself the nod to let loose twice, but both were clean misses. I'll get it eventually, and I expect I'll have the satisfaction of agreeing with the way I got there. But thats just me. I don't expect anyone else to follow a path I've set for myself.
Thanks for the tip fuzzybear, I'll give it a try on my range and then take it to the woods. There is plenty to learn from the link you gave me and a couple of others I've found as well. As for other traditional archers in my area, it looks like I'll have to start up a traditional shoot myself and see if I can draw any others out of the woodwork.

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