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    I'm a longbow hunter. I love shooting it and hunting with it. I practice at least twice a week in the off season and then build up to about 4 times a week just before season. I've gotten my comfortable shooting range to 45 yards onto a bread plate (6" groups). I don't shoot with a sight though. I'm a gap shooter.
    I just bought a used compound off another guy on this forum as a backup for my clients and I'm sure I'll take it out a couple times but after I got it tuned up for me and sighted in I started hitting 3"-4" groups at 30 yards in about 30 minutes but I felt like I was cheating.

    All my buddies hunt with compounds and they love it. I like to go shoot with them and do little competitions.

    Congrats on the new bow. Practice makes perfect and the feeling you get when you take a nice deer with a longbow can't be beat.

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    Nice looking bow, have you thought about shooting it instinctively just curious. Next season I plan on borrowing my fathers 45# ben pearson recurve. I've always had a passion for traditional archery, it gets you back to the roots of bow hunting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kennyg View Post
    I am lucky as a buddy of mine make beautiful bows. I wish I knew how to post pics on here.

    Dave makes a great bow!
    >>>---Joe B!----->

    Big River Longbow 66" 52# @ 28"
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    Nice bow brother!
    >>>---Joe B!----->

    Big River Longbow 66" 52# @ 28"
    Big River Longbow 66" 48# @ 28"
    Big River Longbow 62" 52# @ 28"
    Big River Recurve 60" 49# @ 28"
    NewWood Longbow 58" 44# @ 28"
    NewWood Longbow 64" 45# @ 28"

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    chopayne is offline Senior Member Die Hard Bowhunter
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    How does one aim with a traditional bow?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chopayne View Post
    How does one aim with a traditional bow?
    I don't shoot with a sight and I used to shoot instinctive but now I am a gap shooter. When you learn the gaps (the distance between your point of impact and the tip of the arrow when looking down the arrow at full draw) you can get really accurate.

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    ahh thank you. Im trying instinctive right now, making slow progress = )

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    Quote Originally Posted by chopayne View Post
    ahh thank you. Im trying instinctive right now, making slow progress = )
    Research gap shooting. It will change your world and you will build consistency in your shooting which is critical for trad shooting. Make sure your anchor point is always the same too. But learning instinctive is a good thing as you will build a base of shooting that will give you a "second nature" towards your draw and shooting.

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    When you pull back the string, is it knuckles in toward your face, or knuckles out? It seems like if my knuckles are in, my elbow will be held higher which is better?

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    Knuckles out (or thumb up). I don't recall ever seeing anyone shoot with knuckles in before but that doesn't mean it wouldn't work. You want your elbow and forearm to form a plane with the arrow so that upon your release you have a solid and inline follow through. Make sure your anchor point is the same every single shot. Getting form and anchor point down solid will make aiming a ton easier.

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    Conventionally, most folks shoot knuckles out.

    There are some disciplines that shoot knuckles in, and I've only ever seen folks do it in books, on TV and the internet. Never met anyone who does.

    I have a friend that shoots with a thumb ring, like the old Chinese archers did. Another buddy that shoots an old yew bow with no shelf (his hand is the shelf)

    I shot trad when I was a kid, and the last couple of years have started to piddle wih it a little bit again, but I certainly am not ready to hunt with one of my recurves or my longbow. I have tons of respect for those that do.


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    If your going Trad, lose the sight, trad don't use sight!!!
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    I do go back and forth between the two. It is always easier to bring the compound when I feel the "pressure"
    My 2012 buck was 30ish the day before I killed him when I had my recurve. Next day I went in with compound, and rattled him to 8-9 steps.......I just keep telling myself "I would have missed him" had I brought the Widow!
    HA

    Also take your recurve for turkey it is awesome with that much KE hitting the gobbler!
    Bring both bows if it is legal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chopayne View Post
    ahh thank you. Im trying instinctive right now, making slow progress = )
    I think it is like golf= the more I think about my swing the worse my shot is.
    If I pull up and anchor/release it feels smooth and goes right where I was intending.
    If I do a bunch of mental checks as I pull up and release - not so good
    come in and click my home page to see what I make!

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