A matter of choice

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A matter of choice

#1 Post by Kendaric » Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:20 pm

A really good and quite candid article in Archery Action Magazine this month from Nils Spruitt, which struck a cord, in so much as why so many of us choose traditional equipment over the modern compound.

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Re: A matter of choice

#2 Post by Stickbow Hunter » Mon Jul 13, 2020 3:43 pm

I don't get the mag so can't comment on it sorry.

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Re: A matter of choice

#3 Post by little arrows » Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:23 pm

Kendaric,
Only ABA members get the mag, or I guess you can buy it, could you regale some of the points that interested you, for the sake of discussion perhaps.
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Re: A matter of choice

#4 Post by Kendaric » Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:04 am

Good point, my bad.

One would have to read the article in its entirety to get the full impact, but in many respects, it is a story of transition on a few different levels - but we will stick to the archery side of thing.

To summarise, decades ago, man shoots recurve barebow. Likes friends compound which shoots faster and flatter, and purchases one. Shoots it barebow with fingers (as everyone did then for ABA) and is happy. Gives away archery for a goodly period of time. Decades later wants to get into archery again and buys modern compound. Is aghast when it arrives, looks like a kids size bow, though it is an adults. Tries to shoot it barebow with fingers and is very unsuccessful. Bites the bullet and adds sights, D-loop and uses a release aid (what he thinks of as a 'trigger'). Shoots very well this way and can actually hit the group five targets (something he was never comfortable with before). It feels like shooting a rifle to him in many respects.

He realises that because of this, many modern compound shooters are taking ridiculously long shots a game that they are not capable, due to inexperience and a lack of hunting ability. They are reliant on their sights and release aids.

It was not the archery the way he use to enjoy or remember and yearned for the old ways. Sold compound and purchased a new recurve. He realises that Trad bows are to him a purest form of archery. To hunt with a bent stick and ability. In the main, anyone who opts to shoot a traditional bow is looking for more of a challenge, be it field archery or hunting.

He goes on to say, that today archery is a sport of choices, however if you ever go to a mixed shooting event, it is the trad shooters having the most fun.
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Re: A matter of choice

#5 Post by Outbackdad » Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:18 pm

Kendaric wrote:
Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:04 am
archery is a sport of choices, however if you ever go to a mixed shooting event, it is the trad shooters having the most fun.
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