Archive for January, 2014

Concentration

Posted: 01/31/2014 in Hunting

This is why I keep a recurve: there are times when I just want to shoot, without worrying about a sight, mechanical release, etc. etc. I just want to pick a bow up, get my bucket o’ arrows, and shoot for a while.

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I’m going to take a departure from my usual fare and talk about one of my other passions. No, not fishing. The water is to ‘stiff’ right now for that. Unless you’re one of those people who think sitting on a bucket in -50 degree wind chills looking down at an eight inch hole in the ice waiting for a really stupid fish is fishing, I do not!

Nor, am I going to discuss the nuances of crafting a fine hunting knife from a piece of steel and a few scraps of wood and brass. Though that might be a good topic for a post some other time. Today I want to talk about archery and why I love it so.

I am a traditional archer, which means I shoot a longbows, recurve bows, or primitive (self) bows. I have owned and shot the modern compound bows with wheels and cams…

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I LIKE photography – I don’t say that I ‘love’ it because if I loved it, I’d have another highly expensive monetary-black-hole hobby that I would obsess over.  However, that doesn’t prevent me from appreciating fantastic photographs such as these.

Found via Twitter:

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BY STEVE RUSSELL – FEBRUARY/MARCH 2014

Goings-on in the South and beyond

(This is an excerpt – the rest of the states are in the original article, found HERE or by clicking the Garden & Gun logo above – Niko)

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Book Review

Savannah’s gothic charm has certainly been a source of literary inspiration, but during the annual Savannah Book Festival (February 13–16), the city aims to work its magic on readers instead of writers. With events unfolding in the historic Trustees Theater and other venues around stroll-worthy Telfair and Wright squares, and an impressive lineup of more than thirty authors including blockbuster best sellers such as Anita Shreve and Mitch Albom, that shouldn’t be a problem. Authors appear in one-hour solo sessions instead of group panels, and with the exception of three ticketed headliner addresses, admission is free. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so scope out the schedule in advance and arrive early. savannahbookfestival.org

 

Zip. Nada, zero.  The Florida PanAm is it for this region according to GON.com.

Sorry, there just isn’t one.

*sigh*

 

Someday I’ll have the budget to travel to shoots like this – sadly, I think the word ‘retirement’ will proceed that event.

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SATURDAY 25th JANUARY

Telford. Christ.

This, the largest indoor archery event ever held in the UK is being held in Telford. Of all places. The four stages of the archery indoor World Cup are held (in order) in Shanghai, Marrakech, Telford, and Las Vegas. One of these things is not like the other, as even a slightly bemused BBC Midlands crew points out on the Friday night. It reminds me of the “London. Paris. Peckham.” painted on the side of DelBoy’s van. Telford International Centre is a huge shed dumped beside an A-road and used for all the events that matter; Ultimate Dubs, Scale Model World, and the snooker in November. Now it’s being used for something important; and over 900 archers from 40 countries have turned out.

 

By the time I reach the venue, we are already in the fourth qualification stage of four:…

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Well, my new rig shoots 7″ right with the sight adjusted as far as it can go (I found out after I got home that I can rotate the sight block 180′ and take care of that), but I still had a good day at Riverbottom Outdoors.  Everything was 8’s and 10’s (I usually manage to flinch or drop my arm at least once for a 5, not today, that makes it a win in my book), and I had a great time with good people.  My daughter had the camera today, so after editing out a few blurry or redundant shots, here’s the gallery.

Happy Birthday to me, happy birthday to me……  My wife told me ‘pick an AR or a new bow for your birthday!’  As much as I would dig a new AR, it’s more expensive to ‘feed,’ I skipped getting a new tournament bow last year, and having to strip and reset my bow to hunt every time I want to jump in a treestand sucks, so *POOF* decision made.

Setup:

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of a LOT of bow companies, it’s a very good time in terms of technology to be an archer, and I still love my Insanity CPXL, but I’ve been shooting that bow at 3D tournaments for two years, and I needed a change.  I still have my Insanity, it will be set up for hunting and stay that way.  What attracted me to the PSE Dominator was the longer axle to axle and smoother cams on the bow, not to mention the fact that it’s built for tournament archery, so I don’t have to cobble together a decent method of putting a back bar on it.

I rough-sighted the bow this morning after making a sight tape last night: I would have tried to fine tune it a bit more, but the cross wind was gusting into the 20 mph realm, and the cold this morning had me in a heavy jacket, so I thought it best to just get the 20 close and fine tune the setup when the wind dies down later today or tomorrow at Riverbottom Outdoors.

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I rough-sighted the bow this morning after making a sight tape last night: I would have tried to fine tune it a bit more, but the cross wind was gusting into the 20 mph realm, and the cold this morning had me in a heavy jacket, so I thought it best to just get the 20 close and fine tune the setup when the wind dies down later today or tomorrow at Riverbottom Outdoors.  PSE_2