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  1. Man of the North

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    I have zero interest in compounds. I did recently see an article in Fur Fish Game that peaked my interest, it was promoting the use of the long bow in hunting with heavy weight arrows. The author hunted only on foot (as do I) and claimed that the long bow was good for the quick shots encountered in that type of hunting, as you would be rapidly nocking and shooting, and rarely if ever holding a draw. He stated that the long bow had less noise than the recurve, so the animal was less likely to startle before the arrow got there.
     
  2. Son of Odin

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    That is a good point. Do you shoot off the knuckle, or use a rest?
     
  3. Winbot

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    No traditional bows get maintained properly period. If you really want a LH recurve I'll just link great deals here as they pop up.

    I really need to get my pullup bar installed! It's the #1 exercise for improving your bow proficiency, steadiness is natural if you're naturally under the exertion threshold at full draw.

    My bow has a 3 pin sight and I only use one of them which I know is set for 25 yards, the others are pushed to the very top and bottom out of the way. I don't need a 15 yard pin since I just set the target "on top of" the 25 yard for that. I'm thinking about doing a 35 yard pin as the second one (will be quite near the bottom) and removing the last pin entirely. I'm not crazy about sights on a bow in general but will admit they're very useful in low light conditions when your natural distance judgement is thrown off. The 4 and 5 pin sights are TERRIBLE, I think sticking with 1 or 2 is ideal since you still want that "no sights" style complete open profile instead of a big line of pins blocking everything.

    Right now I'm set to 55lb draw but really should think about just setting it to 70 before messing with the sights. Lobbing arrows at ultra distances (50+ yards with various heights) is super fun but if you're shooting a low power bow you have to artillery lob sooner than you'd like.
     
  4. Son of Odin

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    Artillery bow shots are so fun though! At least from a target shooting perspective. I'll find a new bow eventually, it's just not a priority right now. Basically just casually looking for some old lady selling her late husband's old school bear for 20 bucks.
     
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  5. Winbot

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    Ehh I would say a recurve is better than a longbow for snap shooting. Even though the longbow has maximum aesthetic it's awfully big and not friendly for deep woods hunting at all. Compounds suffered from this same problem (some still do) until parallel limb designs came around.

    Taking rapid multiple shots? Other than weird niche feral swine hunting I don't understand that mentality, putting a single broadhead into vitals is guaranteed devastation and anyone pursuing a humane kill knows to keep this mentality over whatever other arbitrary conditions you're imposing on yourself.
     
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    Old ladies are better at phones than us and know market value on everything now.
     
  7. Son of Odin

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    Not out here in plainistan
     
  8. Man of the North

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    Hunting on foot you would generally need to nock, draw, and release within a second or two. Nothing to do with multiple shots. I'm going to see if I can find that article on line.
     
  9. Mohican

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    We got several Cabela's house brand recurves several years ago for under $100 apiece. Watch Cabela's or other s for sales. Samik also has several inexpensive recurves. A lot of these recurves can be purchased with extra limbs. Pro tip - if you are deer hunting with a recurve you don't need more than a 45 lb bow. Both myself and Son#2 are shooting fairly regularly, and good to go up to 30 yards instinctive shooting.

    Serious Compound bows - ie Mathews, Hoyt, etc should be considered a long term investment - Technology and new models in compounds happens so quickly that depreciation is terrible. Also, left over $1000 Hoyt, Mathews etc bows that are in stock the next spring or fall are often marked down 60%.

    A friend from high school is still hunting with a 1980 vintage Bear compound, still taking a deer every year with it. He also rocks 1980s era camo......
     
  10. Mohican

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    Everyone I know that still hunts with a bow keeps an arrow nocked.
     

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