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Old 12-27-2017, 03:00 PM   #1
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Default Can you shoot traditional and compound and be good at both?

Been bow hunting a long time, been a Bi-bowhunter since about 2008ish. I really tried traditional alot during 2008-2010 seasons then backed off some with some resurgence here and there. Seems when I shoot my traditional more my target panic with compound gets worse. There are certain hunts I like my compound and some I want to hunt traditional but all archery all the time.

Does anybody do both regularly and well? Is there a certain aiming style that works well with traditional that won't interfere with compound?

I have taken a nice buck this yr with my compound. I would like to get my remaining doe and buck with one of my traditional bows the last weekend of the season but seems my shooting is very inconsistent right now since I've been compound only all season.
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Old 12-27-2017, 03:21 PM   #2
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I shoot both but traditional about 95% of the time. 5% compound when my shoulder is acting up.

Lot of different answers to traditional "aiming".
I use a fixed crawl method.

Short version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LthFu6fxjeM
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(aiming methods starts at 40:00, fixed crawl at 1:05:00)
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Old 12-27-2017, 03:51 PM   #3
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Brady Ellison does a great job of recurve to compound and back again and Iím sure many many more. Archery is archery while traditional takes more to maintain skill and gain skill.


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Old 12-27-2017, 03:54 PM   #4
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I shoot instinctive, but I couldnít do both. I tried but my accuracy suffered with either Bow when I was trying to do both. I sold my compound and went all trad. With that said when I was struggling I was just starting out too. Now I wonder if I could shoot a compound too since my form with my trad Bows is better. But I donít think Iíll ever pick up a compound again unless I get injured or hit a wall I canít get past with my trad bows.


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Old 12-27-2017, 04:05 PM   #5
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I shoot both. I always take both when Javelina hunting. I just like to keep up with both. The older I get and the less muscle mass I have, I have gone down in poundage on both. Down to low 60's on the wheeler and 40 to 50 on the recurve.
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Old 12-27-2017, 04:54 PM   #6
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I've hunted with my recurve all season. I fractured a finger and kept shooting. The it broke completely. I kept shooting, managed to kill a couple doe, but it got bad enougb my shot consistency was questionable. Picked up my Hoyt and pounded bulls at 20, 25 and 30. I shot my recurve last evening. First 3 or 4 shots were a bit off but then the next three were acceptable but after 8 arrows I had all I wanted. I'm going to finish my season with my Carbon Spyder. A wrist strap release doesn't stress the finger and maybe it will heal.
I will enjoy bow hunting regardless but I am a bit disappointed.

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Old 12-27-2017, 05:34 PM   #7
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I think a guy can be good at both, but only if he shoots the trad bows all the time. Most folks tend to lose consistency with the trad bows if they donít shoot shoot them regularly. It takes a long time to learn good form and consistency with no sights and no letoff, but usually only a short time to lose it if you donít shoot regularly.

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Old 12-27-2017, 05:42 PM   #8
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I shoot and hunt with both. I think shooting traditional actually helps me be a better compound shooter.
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Old 12-27-2017, 05:46 PM   #9
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I think a guy can be good at both, but only if he shoots the trad bows all the time. Most folks tend to lose consistency with the trad bows if they donít shoot shoot them regularly. It takes a long time to learn good form and consistency with no sights and no letoff, but usually only a short time to lose it if you donít shoot regularly.

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Old 12-27-2017, 05:53 PM   #10
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Yes, when I owned my last trad bow, I was mainly a compound guy but the fun was in shooting the recursive.
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Old 12-27-2017, 07:59 PM   #11
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Another question to extend this, easier to shot both compound AND recurve or long bow? I have both and have been shooting my Darrel's long. Ow but not as consistent with it as I am with my grizzly recurve
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Old 12-28-2017, 09:28 AM   #12
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To be honest, it's completely a personal thing. Some folks like and are better shots with a Recurve, some prefer a longbow. I'm a little on the goofy side! I can shoot my recurves better, more accurately (Most people do shoot a recurve better than a longbow) but prefer to shoot my longbows. Just have to work a little harder with them.

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Old 12-28-2017, 09:52 AM   #13
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I don't think I could be good at both. I have to shoot my trad gear ALOT to stay in the groove. Others probably don't "lose it" as fast as I do, but if I go 10 days or so without shooting it takes me close to a week of shooting every day to get back where I was. Even if it just a few arrows at a blank bale in the garage, I have to shoot at least every other day to stay sharp.
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Old 12-28-2017, 11:30 AM   #14
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I shoot both but traditional about 95% of the time. 5% compound when my shoulder is acting up.

Lot of different answers to traditional "aiming".
I use a fixed crawl method.

Short version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LthFu6fxjeM
Long version:
(aiming methods starts at 40:00, fixed crawl at 1:05:00)
That is one of the best explained videos I think I have seen.
Thanks alot
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Old 01-14-2018, 09:51 PM   #15
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Tagged. Great video
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Old 01-15-2018, 08:02 AM   #16
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I was born into archery. Dad owned an archery shop back in the early 60's and I worked in the shop thru my early years so I got to play with a lot of different equipment. I could shoot with a site, three fingers under, split finger and instinctive. We shot tournaments almost every weekend in the summer months but I only shot instinctive. The compound came out after dad closed the doors so I didn't play around with them in the store but I owned one after the store closed. Bill Pierce was the owner of Pro-Line Archery and a friend of my dads. I was at a shoot and shot a prototype that a rep had in the field and really liked the bow. It was called the Tempest II and had a wood riser with a split limb. Dad made arrangements with Bill for us to come down to his business to pick one out as they hadn't been on the market yet. After arriving at Pro Line we met with Bill, had lunch and then he gave me a bow as a gift. I shot a few deer with it and then went back to traditional and now primitive using self bows. One day my neighbor was out shooting and invited me over. I grabbed the Tempest II and went over and noticed that he was using a trigger release. I asked him if I could try it out and he laughed because I didn't have a sight on my bow. I shot the bow as good or as bad depending on how you look at it using a release instinctive. I think you have to make archery fun to have fun, if that makes sense.
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Old 01-16-2018, 10:23 AM   #17
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I personally own both and shoot both however, I shoot my trad bows much more than my Compound. In fact, I never once hunted this year with the Compound. I practice every week with Longbow and Recurve but with the sights and all on my Mathews, I can take it out cold and hit the 10 ring at 30 yds most every time. I just prefer hunting with the Trad equipment and will continue to do so. There's just something about taking a deer or hog at 6-7 yds with a trad bow.

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Old 01-16-2018, 12:46 PM   #18
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I have a brand new string on my compound...restrung July/August 2017. Never been shot. I almost forgot where I stashed my Darton too. After pulling 54# and 58# daily...pulling 68# with a letoff is nice and easy. I found I developed some target panic when returning to the compound because I expected to be immediately surgical and was holding full draw to long and or releasing in a hurry when sights and target aligned.

Im minorly proficient at both...or just equally deficient at both.
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Old 01-16-2018, 01:06 PM   #19
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I wish I were so good at trad shooting my freezer always stayed full and I always had short blood trails. No easy answer for me. Maybe someday.

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Old 01-16-2018, 04:05 PM   #20
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I shoot both. ALOT. I shoot my longbow almost daily and then shoot the compound about once a week. I find at times I try to relax and release the string with the compound. only thing that happens is I have a very abrupt let down and then have to re-pull. SO when I am carrying the compound in the woods I tell myself to squeeze the trigger continuously. My recurve just flat out shoots easy, at least far enough for me, but I have 0 desire to shoot more then 30yards with it. I shoot my compound out to 60 when I am practicing and really work from 40-60. It's not for everyone and I think if I carry my compound to long I do loose a little with the longbow. But I like them both so I shoot both.
As a side note I messed up my collar bone early this past season and it hurt holding my longbow at full draw, so I went with my compound until I could comfortably shoot again.
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Old 01-16-2018, 04:22 PM   #21
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Long years ago I shot Open class A with a compound then hunted with my recurve.
Good form.... back tension a solid bow arm etc are the same.
I was not the best in the state but I can humbly say I was Darn hard to beat with either bow.
So my vote is you can shoot both
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Old 01-24-2018, 10:52 PM   #22
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I shoot both, both have a different discipline, both complement each other...neither interfere with each other...both are fun, both have uses for me in the woods


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