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Old 10-30-2020, 01:46 PM   #1
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Why my recurve has been sitting in the back of the closet for a year. Its so **** frustrating to shoot. Got a deer with my compound a few weeks ago and decided to play with the recurve today. I must either have a hand eye coordination problem or an eye dominance problem. Been trying off and on for 12 years to shoot a trad bow consistently. I would love to be a trad bow hunter but I've never gotten good enough to trust my shooting on an animal. I envy those of you that can shoot well.
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Old 10-30-2020, 02:00 PM   #2
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Shoot it more! I shot mine almost daily for a couple of years before I felt comfortable enough to hunt with it. Get it back out and start shooting at 3 or 4 yards until you’re consistent and move back a yard or two. I still don’t feel comfortable shooting farther than 15 yards at an animal.
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Old 10-30-2020, 03:19 PM   #3
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Put a sight on it


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Old 10-30-2020, 03:43 PM   #4
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And/or give up the recurve. Get a 62”-66” longbow. Consider a string follow longbow like what Howard Hill shot... considerably more forgiving. And arrows over 600 gn with EFOC.

Good luck either way.

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Old 10-30-2020, 04:21 PM   #5
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The only is straight ahead. Total commitment. You'll have to embrace the struggle to get good at it.
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Old 10-30-2020, 06:15 PM   #6
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If it were easy everyone would do it. The fact that it is hard is what makes it so worthwhile when you finally get it right.

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Old 10-30-2020, 07:02 PM   #7
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Watch “the push” on YouTube it helped me a ton with my consistency


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Old 10-30-2020, 07:35 PM   #8
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Years ago I bought the Masters of the Barebow DVDs volumes 1-3. I used to keep a shooting log of what worked for me and what didn't. Used to ask lots of questions on here. Used to shoot a lot. I just think it may not be in the cards for me.
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Old 10-30-2020, 08:12 PM   #9
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Shoot it more! I shot mine almost daily for a couple of years before I felt comfortable enough to hunt with it. Get it back out and start shooting at 3 or 4 yards until you’re consistent and move back a yard or two. I still don’t feel comfortable shooting farther than 15 yards at an animal.
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Don’t know of any shortcuts when shooting traditional. Just shooting and more shooting to get your confidence built up to take on a critter. Don’t give up on it, shooting traditional is hard to do but is also rewarding. Good luck!
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Old 10-30-2020, 08:14 PM   #10
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I started to use the string walking technique then transitioned to the fixed crawl technique it has really helped me get the hang of shooting without sights


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Old 10-30-2020, 10:06 PM   #11
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Heck, you can even use a sight. It will actually help you develop good and consistent form.

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Old 10-31-2020, 07:06 AM   #12
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Anything that requires work and dedication to become proficient gives so much more back to you when it all finally clicks. The Asbell books are worth their weight in gold.
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Old 10-31-2020, 07:15 AM   #13
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Why my recurve has been sitting in the back of the closet for a year. Its so **** frustrating to shoot. Got a deer with my compound a few weeks ago and decided to play with the recurve today. I must either have a hand eye coordination problem or an eye dominance problem. Been trying off and on for 12 years to shoot a trad bow consistently. I would love to be a trad bow hunter but I've never gotten good enough to trust my shooting on an animal. I envy those of you that can shoot well.
When i first started with trad i had the same problems. I practiced a lot and experimented with my anchor point ( some higher on the cheek and some lower) same with draw length same an inch ot two longer than others. I found that when i tried to get a little more draw out of it my shooting was terrible.
Another thing i did was walk arounf with a judo point and shoot at sapling cedar and cactus. never ranging them, just looking and shooting with out much thought. You will eventually get good and have much more fun than shooting at a tatget and getting frustrated
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Old 10-31-2020, 08:32 AM   #14
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You just have to keep at it, it's great if you can get with another trad shooter and shoot together. To keep things interesting; I like shoot with my 17 year old Grandson who has been shooting trad since he was three and have little competitions.
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Old 10-31-2020, 11:18 AM   #15
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Youtube videos like from Clay Hayes and Jeff Kavanaugh might give some helpful direction. Gotta keep at it year round, took me a while to be comfortable and consistent.
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Old 10-31-2020, 11:55 AM   #16
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I think the percentage of people who pick it up and get good really quick is pretty small. Most of us have to work hard at it, dealbwith the suck, and the realize we have to keep working at it.

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Old 10-31-2020, 09:54 PM   #17
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Anyone in the north San Antonio area want to shoot together some time? One thing I've never done is shoot with another person.
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Old 10-31-2020, 10:08 PM   #18
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Also, don't try to compare distances to a compound. A 20 yard Trad shot is getting out there. When I first started I thought I had to group all my arrows in a pie plate at 20 yards. Heck, I'm having a good day if I can do that at 15 yards now.
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Old 10-31-2020, 11:06 PM   #19
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Years ago I sold my compound. Only two choices after that. Either get proficient or wait till general season. I haven’t touched a rifle in a long time. It takes thousands of shots to get proficient the way I shoot. If you gap shoot, probably not near the practice.
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Old 11-01-2020, 11:54 AM   #20
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Anyone in the north San Antonio area want to shoot together some time? One thing I've never done is shoot with another person.

Hit up leading edge archery there in borne Scott and his guys are amazing at setup they also shoot competitions in the off season so they know what their talking about when it comes to form and setup


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Old 11-03-2020, 10:10 PM   #21
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Drop me a PM I'm in North San Antonio.
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Old 11-04-2020, 07:18 AM   #22
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Shoot it more! I shot mine almost daily for a couple of years before I felt comfortable enough to hunt with it. Get it back out and start shooting at 3 or 4 yards until you’re consistent and move back a yard or two. I still don’t feel comfortable shooting farther than 15 yards at an animal.
Yep, 18 was my max.

I passed on a nice broadside elk at 26 yards once. Kinda kick myself for it. Could have probably made the shot............probably.

Shooting a recurve/longbow is a whole lot of form.
Good back tension and smooth release.
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Old 11-09-2020, 07:04 AM   #23
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Check your eye dominance. Shoot very close, like 5 yds, don't move back until you start placing the arrows where you're looking. Only then move back a couple more steps. Don't expect to shoot tight groups at 20 yds. It takes serious time and dedication to learn, but once it gets ingrained it will seem very easy. Don't overcomplicate it.
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