What happened to Archery?

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Re: What happened to Archery?

Postby Greenhead329 » Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:35 pm

Whats the price for them hoyt gamemasters...? I have only shot recurves but have been toying with the idea of getting a compound..rather hesitantly.. I don't like all the technical aspects associated or the weight. I cut my teeth on a ben pearson 40#, and that little thing is a nail driver I love it. About two years into shooting I stepped up to a 55# PSE take down and just never did really care for it, and quit bow hunting period.. Im wanting to get back into the sport but am having a tough time deciding as to stick to a recurve or go with the wheels
All of my buddies told me the skills I've acquired from the stickbow will make me lethal with a compound..

Im planning on taking an archery trip outwest for antelope in 2years..how many of ya'll would feel comfortable/trust yourselves enough to go with a recurve?

Also on a funny note, I showed up at a deer expo prize shoot with my recurve & people looked at me like is this guy serious? Then a couple of the guys came up to me as I was getting ready..one of them grabbed my arm and whispered for me to take it easy on him :biggrin: ..I held out first overall for the first hour, I of course got whooped before the night was over, but I wasn't in the bottom 10 either :biggrin:
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Re: What happened to Archery?

Postby lukea.becker » Wed Dec 09, 2009 6:31 pm

Id stick with the traditional stuff man. I went from a compound to a longbow and now shooting my compound doesnt appeal to me at all. NO MORE TRAINING WHEELS lol
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Re: What happened to Archery?

Postby fallnl » Thu Dec 10, 2009 8:58 am

I found last years model at one of my local shops and it was on clearance for $280...So I think Gamemaster II's usually go for around $340ish...Don't qoute me though...Most archery shops tend to price their stuff like its gold plated or something.. :biggrin:
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Re: What happened to Archery?

Postby Greenhead329 » Fri Dec 11, 2009 10:49 pm

is there a difference in "shootability" between longbows and recurves? Ive heard somewhere along time ago the longbows were supposed to be a little smoother?
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Re: What happened to Archery?

Postby fastloadskill » Sun Dec 13, 2009 7:08 pm

Just like most every post so far, I started shooting compounds in 1989, and seemed to get a newer faster bow every year. Had a blast going to 3D shoots, then everything just seemed to get so competitive, and not much fun.

Hung up the bow for probably 5 years, can't remember the last bow tag I even purchased. But now I'm back, and it's more fun than ever...because I'm using recurves. I have a 1967 Damon Howatt Hunter 43#er that shoots very sweet, and is darn pretty. Also got a 2004 Bear Super Kodiak 55#er that hits really hard. I shot a Bob Lee takedown recurve last week-wow, that is one smooth drawing bow, absolutely no stacking. Unlike the old days, I'm not going to spend the big $$ on the Bob Lee, I'm going to get better with my old Damon Howatt instead. Next year I'm gonna hunt from the ground and put the sneak on a deer, don't really care if it's a doe or a buck, if I can get close enough for a shot with the recurve, it will be a trophy.
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Re: What happened to Archery?

Postby lukea.becker » Wed Dec 16, 2009 11:58 am

thats awesome man, good luck on taggin one with the traditional tackle.

as far as the longbows vs recurves question...in my experience longbows are smoother to shoot, quieter, and less shockey. a well made longbow is just really nice IMO, but i do love them curves.
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Re: What happened to Archery?

Postby doehunter » Mon Dec 28, 2009 2:35 pm

My 2 cents worth for speed.
First off, I really hunt for fun, but I eat what I shoot. I hunt everything anytime I can. Bow hunting allowed me to start my season a month earlier. It does have it's own rewards that can't be had any other way. I started off with old equipment. A bear whitetail was the first one. Over the years, I've had maybe half a dozen bows. Each one a little faster than the last. They all can kill deer, but the faster they are, the flatter they shoot. Judging distance in the woods is harder for me than on the target range. At 300 feet per second, hunting deer, I can effectively use the same sight pin out to just over 20 yards. Maybe 25. Then a second pin from a little over 20 to a little over 30/35. In the old days, shooting slower bows that shot in the low 200's, judging distance was more critical and the chance of gut shot deer was more of an issue.
Admittedly, more practice would make things easier but I'm not a purist and I don't think the average bow hunter is either. The extra speed can help an average archer be effective in the woods and lower the cripple rate, provided they don't just shoot farther. You have to respect your limitations. I hunt over a feeder, set at 20 yards. I practice out to 40. I'm Very effective at 20. NO CRIPPLES. Some say that's not sporting, it's too easy. Well if making things harder to be sporting causes crippling the animals, then that's just not right.
Funny thing. Every year I get used to being in the woods with my bow and it just doesn't feel right going out with a rifle after that. I always say I'm not going to use a rifle this year, then I do! I get over it pretty quick.
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Re: What happened to Archery?

Postby swampwise » Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:56 pm

down here im lucky to see a deer in rifle range when i hunt, much less compound bow range, and forget about traditional archery. the choice ive made to hunt with modern equipment is one based on the idea that i dont stand a snowflake's chance otherwise.
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Re: What happened to Archery?

Postby Bill Herian » Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:47 am

Antler addiction is a northern thing? QDM was founded in Georgia with the goal of producing mature deer. How bout these ranches in Texas where you go and pay over 10$ per inch of antler for the deer you take? While these practices have all moved north but i'd hardly call them a "northern" thing. I try to hunt for mature deer, particularly bucks. That's because i've killed enough small bucks that the thrill of the harvest is'nt what it used to be. I'm very happy that now, 95% of the time I see a deer from the stand, I reach for the camera instead of my weapon. Whats wrong with letting young ones go so someone that would be as thrilled to take him as I once was can have a chance? I share this mentality with almost all "Northern" hunters I know. I pass up does because I don't see a lot of them. The wolves in our area are really doing damage. I'm just trying to maintain a healthy herd for myself and other hunters. When I draw on a deer, I want the same pulse pounding experinence that I felt with my first deer. Otherwise I'm perfectly content to be in the woods watching animals. I don't think there is anything wrong with that. I'm not knocking anybody's methods or what size deer they take. Get out and hunt and get excited about it.
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