Out of breath, I along with seven others tried to keep up with Marco as he effortlessly ascended the mountain. Earlier that morning we had set up a medical clinic in a small village in the Peruvian Andes Mountains. While the majority of our team remained there, a small group of us set out to go further up the mountain. The only way to access these remote homesteads was on foot or the back of a donkey. We were going to provide aid to some elderly individuals who couldn’t make it down.
One of the most exciting times for a trad shooter is setting up a new traditional longbow or recurve. Getting a bare bow ready for the field or the shooting line will get the inner fire burning!
There are a few components that need to be addressed to get the bow tuned and shooting a perfectly flying arrow. In this post, we'll be focusing on the string brace height, arrow spine, and the string nocking point. Within each of these three main areas are more options and factors that need to be considered, and we’ll also be talking about those as well.
Traditional archery is archery at the purist form: Simple, easy, and without the complexity of the modern bows. The bow… The string… and the arrow. It doesn't get much more simple than that.
Even though trad equipment is trouble-free, there are a few key components that will give you the accurate arrow flight you are looking for. Proper grip, solid anchor, correct arrow spine, and exact string nock position is a good platform to launch accurate arrows.
The recurve bow can range in length from 48 inches to 70 inches. A typical target bow is around 66 inches long. For the sake of stability it is recommended that your recurve bow not be less than 58 inches. Choosing a bow length depends a lot on your draw length. If your draw length is less than 28 inches, you should choose a bow that is between 62 and 66 inches and if your draw length is more than 28 inches, get a bow that is between 66 inches and 70 inches.
Shooting traditional bows is a fairly easy task… Being super accurate is the challenge! There’s no sights for defined reference when shooting instinctive…. It’s just you, the bow, the arrow, and somewhere down range, your target.
Being very accurate with traditional longbows and recurves takes time and a lot of practice…. Good practice techniques are a must in creating your mental focus that will allow pin-point shooting.
No matter the delivery system, compound, crossbow, recurve, or longbow, the full package wouldn’t be effective without the business end of the deal…. The broadhead!
Tis the season. Yea, the turkeys are gobblin, but that’s not what I’m talking about! I’m talking about the non-stop bowfishing action that many of the lakes and rivers offer in the spring. Carp are rollin! And you better believe the Tribe Archery guys will be flinging fish arrow into the spawning splash!
No one had trouble as a kid hitting your best friend’s ball glove with a pitch…. You looked, and threw! Well, shooting recurves and longbows instinctive is just as easy…. It’s all about hand/eye coordination. Practice… The more practice, the more muscle memory you’ll form. Before you know it, you’ll look, pull, and shoot! Hitting the bullseye without even a thought about yardage and distance…. This is instinctive archery at it’s best!
Arrow flight is the topic for today. While having the proper spine, weight, and arrow tuned sometimes if your getting erratic arrow flight it may just be a simple Brace Height or Knocking point change.
If you have a arrow that does all sorts of things in flight after release. Check knocking point first. If problems still persist move to Twisting or un-twisting your string.