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Old 06-15-2012, 09:28 PM   #1
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Looking at threads on the Traditional forum as well as Around the Campfire forum it seems as if the typical poster on Trad is older. I will be 66 in Nov. I started archery in about 1959 when compounds were not available. I changed to compounds in the 80's and went back to trad in the mid 90's. I still have the fiberglass longbow I got around 1959 as well as the first real hunting bow, bear Kodiak Magnum, I got in 1971. While I appreciate all bow hunters [most of my buddies shoot compounds] I have a real appreciation for those that shoot Trad. How many of those here are over 60?
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:31 PM   #2
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Well, I'm knocking on the door, will be let in April 15,2013!
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:41 PM   #3
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I'm there and a bit!
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:46 PM   #4
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Not there yet but gettin' close.
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:04 PM   #5
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Well, I'm knocking on the door, will be let in April 15,2013!
April 15th?

...that's a GOOD Birthday.
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:17 PM   #6
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Got 25 to go..
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:28 PM   #7
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I'm not even thirty. ;-)
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:44 PM   #8
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62 and proud of it. Started bow hunting as a kid in the 60's with a little fiberglass bow. Had several recurves and bought a Bear Whitetail in 1972.

Ain't as mad at the critters as I used to be but really enjoy teaching the grand kids about all God's creations.
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:46 PM   #9
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Only half way there
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:48 PM   #10
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I'm 23, can't thank my elders enough for all the insight&wisdom that has been shared with me over tha years
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Old 06-15-2012, 11:05 PM   #11
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Not even close here either....heck, I got almost another decade to go to get to 60!

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Old 06-15-2012, 11:12 PM   #12
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I'm 62 and I think Bisch said he was a year or two past me. I know he has to be old as he only shoots a 24# bow.
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Old 06-15-2012, 11:23 PM   #13
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I'm 62 and I think Bisch said he was a year or two past me. I know he has to be old as he only shoots a 24# bow.
See, he is so old he is losing his memory! Everybady knows it is more like 42 than 24.

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Old 06-15-2012, 11:56 PM   #14
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42 today
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Old 06-16-2012, 12:49 AM   #15
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Im 67 and will be 68 November 26th. Got my first real bow, a Bear Grizzly, 45# and hunted a little - couldn't hit the side of a barn. Traded the bow for a .22 cal rifle and gave up archery. At 54, I got my first compound and enjoyed harvests of deer, pigs, and a ram. Now I've come full circle and I'm back into traditional ... and loving it. I don't miss my wheel bow at all. I look forward to my first deer killed with traditional gear.
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Old 06-16-2012, 12:54 AM   #16
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Old 06-16-2012, 12:55 AM   #17
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33 myself. I just started shooting trad 5 1/2 months ago. I like the challenge of trad but still shoot the wheels every now and again.

Trad has made me a much better compound shooter.
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Old 06-16-2012, 01:00 AM   #18
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With that broke limb, I bet you ain't gettin 24!!!!!
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Old 06-16-2012, 05:52 AM   #19
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65 and going great
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:53 AM   #20
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Will be 64 in August. Didn't start trad until I was 55. I sure regret waiting so late in life to do this.
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:09 AM   #21
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I'l be 63 in July. Dusty will be 61 in October (I was a semi-cougar 39 years ago when I snatched him up, lol)

It was 1999 when I first picked up a recurve, or any bow for that matter.
Care of aging parents, work, child/teenager raising intervened though, and it wasn't until 2006 when we came back in earnest.

Like Lewis, if I'd known this was going to be so much fun (alternating with so much frustration), I would have been doing this all my life.

Happy birthday yesterday, Charles!

But there ARE a lot of Young Guns in trad...John Reyna, Caleb Ballard, Brandon Keys, Michael Smith, Josh Freedman, Cody Erickson, Chris Driscoll and a bunch more.

Young at heart? A TON of us
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:18 AM   #22
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i've got 6 to go
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Old 06-16-2012, 07:21 AM   #23
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I'm the same age as Bisch, so I'm still just a kid (I still have a lot of growin' up to do 'fore I can retire, dangit).

I will admit to buying my first recurve at 10 y/o in 1968, though. Funny thing is I still have that bow, and have used it to teach countless kids how to shoot through the years. She hangs on a peg now with a twisted limb, but I can look at it and drop back to the 60's when we'd kill gar and shoot at squirrel's, snakes, and turtles along the bayou in Houston.
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Old 06-16-2012, 09:29 AM   #24
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16 months to go.
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Old 06-16-2012, 09:33 AM   #25
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40 next friday
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Old 06-16-2012, 09:52 AM   #26
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I'm the same age as Bisch, so I'm still just a kid (I still have a lot of growin' up to do 'fore I can retire, dangit).

I will admit to buying my first recurve at 10 y/o in 1968, though. Funny thing is I still have that bow, and have used it to teach countless kids how to shoot through the years. She hangs on a peg now with a twisted limb, but I can look at it and drop back to the 60's when we'd kill gar and shoot at squirrel's, snakes, and turtles along the bayou in Houston.
If you were 10yrs old in 1968 then you are a bit older than me!

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Old 06-16-2012, 10:06 AM   #27
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Got 12 yrs to go..been told I have an old soul..does that count?

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Old 06-16-2012, 10:30 AM   #28
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If you were 10yrs old in 1968 then you are a bit older than me!

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Just keep tellin' yourself that Old Man.
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Old 06-16-2012, 10:44 AM   #29
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Nope, I got 29 years to go... but the way years are flying by, that ought to be next week!
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Old 06-16-2012, 10:48 AM   #30
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I'm 52... been doin' this since I was 2 1/2 (started with "BIG CHIEF" sets from Ben Franklin 5 - 10 and OTASCO stores... I went through arrows pretty regularly, lol!)
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Old 06-16-2012, 10:58 AM   #31
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dang you guys are old.... i'm only 55

but all ways remember it's the "dash" that counts.........
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Old 06-16-2012, 11:10 AM   #32
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24 years to go here.
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Old 06-16-2012, 11:10 AM   #33
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Im 40, been shooting since I was 8 years old. All of it has been trad, with the exception of a 5 year stint when I lived in Iowa. Nothing wrong in my opinion if you wish to shoot a compound, but for me, the love of archery involves me and trad equipment. While in my compound days, I grew quite tired of the unsatisfaction of never getting that bow or myself absolutely perfect. Even when shooting indoor 300 rounds, a 300 score was never as fun as a 240 score with my recurve.
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Old 06-16-2012, 11:37 AM   #34
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I ain't admitting to being old but when I was born MobyDick was still just a minnow.
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Old 06-16-2012, 11:40 AM   #35
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I ain't admitting to being old but when I was born MobyDick was still just a minnow.
Wait a minute! "Old as Dirt" has just entered the house.

How ya diong, Steve?

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Old 06-16-2012, 12:54 PM   #36
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Only 36 here and unfortunately haven't been shooting trad all my life but I dang sure wish I had.
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Old 06-16-2012, 03:44 PM   #37
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Just got an email from a high school classmate (Class of 1965). We are having a MediCare party at the end of July.
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Old 06-16-2012, 04:00 PM   #38
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I look like I'm 60+ but I'm only 52 and counting. I shot a lot of rabbits as a youngster with a Bear "kid's" bow. Shot field archery in those days and remember seeing the first compounds come around (Allen, Jennings, et al.) I stopped shooting at age 16 when our club closed down. Didn't pick up another bow until my son was a teenager and wanted something more challenging to hunt with than a rifle. Got us a couple used compounds (never had shot one before). That lasted a couple years then it wasn't challenging enough for him so I bought a couple used recurves. Been shooting mostly trad since then (he's almost 29); still break out the wheels and even the smoke pole once in a while though.
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Old 06-16-2012, 04:11 PM   #39
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28 to go here.
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Old 06-16-2012, 05:45 PM   #40
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50 soon, so 10 plus more before I can make that claim. In trad years, I am still a pup. Started shooting recurve and longbow open categories at TBOT and local club shoots a little over a year ago. We have allot of fun at it.
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Old 06-16-2012, 05:50 PM   #41
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Closing in. 57 here.
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:06 PM   #42
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I'll be 66 on Sept 26.

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Old 06-16-2012, 07:11 PM   #43
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This is Arvin. I'll be there in a year and a half. I didn't start trad until 2004. Shot a lot of game with a rifle before that. I love trad and all my trad buddies.
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Old 06-16-2012, 09:43 PM   #44
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Yep, I'm there, but the good news is that I don't look it. Well...maybe...
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Old 06-17-2012, 05:40 PM   #45
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65 in August.
Like the Grateful Dead song -
"What A Long Strange Trip It's Been!"

Started sticks & string around 10yo W/a broke Shakesphere fiberglass bow I found.
Tip broke off so filed slots in the end coated with airplane glue to keep glass from unraveling. Hardware store had a string w/ loop on one end and aother end I put the loop where it needed to be. Wood arrows were 25 CENTS at Western Auto.
Killed quite a few rabbits with it and a few squirrels.
Finally got a 49# Red Wing Hunter when in hi school.
Did the wheelie thing in late 70's and went back to all traditional in mid 90's.
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Old 06-17-2012, 05:56 PM   #46
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27 here and have been hunting with bow since I was just a little squirt, killed my first deer with a bow at age 12 and it's been a everyday activity for me since. Was bored with compounds by age 18 and have been shooting a stick ever since then. I hope I'm able to enjoy this sport into my 60's..... Hell for that matter,make it there
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Old 06-17-2012, 06:05 PM   #47
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I'll be 63 in November and have been flinging sticks since '59, mostly recurve with a break for 7 years of compounds (2003 -2010) then nothing but longbow since...
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Old 06-17-2012, 07:17 PM   #48
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I'm 47, I had a fiberglass Bear longbow as a youngster. I jumped over to a compound later in my teens and have been shooting compounds up until recently. I'm a bonafide trad junkie now and have no plans on going back to compounds.
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Old 06-18-2012, 04:57 PM   #49
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63 Oct 25th. Feel like I been here since the earth cooled.
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Old 06-18-2012, 07:36 PM   #50
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Gonna be 51 next month but goin' on 35. Been bowhunting for 25 years, but shooting Trad for the last 5 months.

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