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Monday, February 8th, 2016
10:14 pm - Chanel trailer


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Sunday, March 31st, 2013
8:56 pm - Is anybody there?

Not been on LJ for ages.  Popping back in, I can't help noticing that no-one has posted here for three and a half years.   The good reason would be that everyone's too busy shooting to post.   Or is no-one posting because no-one else is?

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Monday, October 19th, 2009
9:21 pm - Newbie Introduces Self!!


Hey folks, I'm the newb, the name's Amy, recurve_archer , I see this community is for Archery, so I'm gonna plonk myself down here! I do Recurve, as the name suggests, but I'm looking into Crossbow Archery at the moment...I hope y'all don't mind my random turning up here!

I'm shooting a Sebastian Flute riser, Axiom limbs and Eason arrows, I have various other bits to it, Cartel sights, Blacksheep longrods and twins, the whole enchilada!

Anyways, thats me!


current mood: content

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Friday, May 29th, 2009
12:14 am

My first archery lesson is on Saturday! I'm so excited! Archery is the only sport I've ever been really good at, but I haven't done it in oh... 13 years or so, so I'm hoping to just hit the target my first time back at it, heh. I prefer longbows to compound bows, though I'd like to get experience using both.

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Sunday, May 24th, 2009
11:18 am - new bow!

Hi guys,
It's been a long time since I last posted. Now I have news! My hubby bought a new bow from our quite famous Lajos Kassai. It's this one
The other bow we have is some sort of a simple, Hungarian-style bow for beginners, at least that's what we were told when we bought it. Hubby used to say he wanted a stronger one and bought the above mentioned Buzzard at 35#. Now it turns out our "old" bow is approx the same strength, but a good 6inches smaller then the new one.....anyway.
I'm somewhat jealous, because I've always wanted a Kassai bow, specifically either this one (Greyhound, Hungarian) or this one (Wolf, Mongolian)  Maybe next year, when I'm back to work, I'll get that for myself and let my daughter have the old one :)

crossposted to ye_olde_archery 

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
12:29 pm - YAY!

Bad news: I've lost my best excuse for a bad score.
Good news:  I've just bought myself a new bow!   My old one has served me really well, but hasn't got the pull or the speed it once had.  The new one is secondhand but nearly new, and has a stronger pull to it, so I'm looking forward to being able to hit the longer targets again. Game on!

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Monday, January 19th, 2009
4:47 am - Deer Speak

When I was bow hunting today I spooked a few deer and one was, (what I can only describe as,) honking at me. He would honk twice then wait 10 seconds, honk twice then wait another 10 seconds. He did that maybe 5 times. I tried honking back with the same honking after he stopped but he didn't like it and ran off.

I am sure he wanted me to reply, what should have been my response?

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Thursday, December 25th, 2008
12:06 am

A very merry Christmas to all!

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Sunday, October 12th, 2008
8:55 pm - Arrow Rests

I just purchased a Genesis Pro bow and it did not come with a arrow rest, and I'm kind of at a loss as to what I should get.

I'm just using the bow for run target practice, no hunting or competition. I'd like to spend as little as possible. I took a class where we used the Genesis (standard) bows but I cannot remember what kind or arrow rest they had. I know they weren't anything fancy, that's for sure.

Can anyone help me out? Could I use one of the wire rests like this (which it says is for a recurve)?

I'm going to take it into a shop soon to have a knocking point put on, but I'd like to know a bit about what I should be looking for before I'm talked into a $50 arrow rest.


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Sunday, September 7th, 2008

Well, the Championships are over, with winners decided in all categories, despite having only one and a half days' shooting at our club instead of three, and despite an elimination round having to be cancelled on Friday at the site of the finals.  The Welsh Folk Museum at St Fagan's is flat, but even so the courses became so muddy they couldn't complete a second round in the day.   The sun finally came out yesterday for the final day.

Congratulations are due to all the winners, of course.  Additionally, I think any archer or judge or volunteer or organiser who's been involved in proceedings this last week (not me: I did my bit the week before when it was drier) deserves a medal for perseverance above and beyond the call of reason. 

It's not normally this bad in Wales in September, honest!

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Saturday, September 6th, 2008
9:41 am - Hello!

I used to do archery for a couple of years, but then the hall it happened in got flooded so we had to move to a hall about the size of my living room. I really want to get back into it but I'm moving to London in a couple of weeks for uni. My uni will be really crap for socs and I know they don't have an archery soc, so I was wondering if anyone knows of a club around the W8 postcode that is rather cheap?
Thanks a lot!

current mood: creative

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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Gloom!!    It rained heavily all yesterday, and has rained most of today.   The courses were absolutely sodden today, the first day of competitive shooting.  The targets we put up last week are still there, but the paths have turned into streams or swamps, and the steps we made on the slopes are getting washed away as fast as they can be repaired. 
Two members of the Australian team fell and were injured, needing hospital treatment.   One was 'walking wounded', but the Mountain Rescue Service had to be called to get the other unfortunate victim down off the course.  After the second accident, shooting was suspended, with the result that not all the archers had the chance to complete the course.  
Shooting is abandoned for tomorrow (which should have been the second day of the qualification round) due to the dangerous conditions.  The folk in charge are trying to work out what to do next to enable the championships to proceed.  
Here's a link to some photos, which give an idea of the terrain but don't really show the problem:
There's a whole load more piccies here, some of which give a rather better idea:

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Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Sounds obvious really, but I never realised how hard until this week.  

The World Field Archery Championships are being held in South Wales next week.  (Actually, one version of the World Championships: there are 2 international governing bodies that each stage World Championships.   The one I'm on about is the FITA version.   The IFAA version was in Namibia earlier in the year.)    They are taking place at 3 venues - Ynysangharad Park in Pontypridd, the Welsh Folk Museum at St Fagan's, and our local club.  The preliminary and elimination rounds will be shot at the club, and the individual and team finals at St Fagan's.  This means that we are hosting most of the shooting, so we've been laying out 3 separate 24-target courses.   

I've never been part of the work party for a shoot before, just turned up and shot, but I thought I ought to volunteer this time.   A group of us have been helping the course designers to set the courses out all this week, and I've got the blisters to prove it.  It's been fascinating seeing things from the 'other side', but the biggest revelation is how much work is involved in clearing paths, making steps, hammering stakes, moving and erecting target bosses, clearing overhangs, etc., and how much organising it all takes.   And we're not done yet.   Even when it's all ready, there'll be work to do all week keeping things running smoothly.   The sheer logistics of getting all the archers round their respective courses in good time will be formidable.

Granted that hosting a championship for some 250 archers from 28 countries using 3 separate courses is a bigger challenge than usual, I can see now that each and every one of the tournaments I've shot at in the last 4 years will have taken a huge amount of work to stage.   I'll not take it for granted in future!

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Saturday, August 9th, 2008
12:45 pm

Hiya, I am in the UK, and looking for a UK based site where I can buy a reasonable looking and priced long- or recurve- bow (for larp!), and that takes paypal. Any reccomendations? 

Thanks :)

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Friday, August 8th, 2008
2:15 pm - Olympics

Does anyone know if the games (archery, obviously) are going to be broadcast in the US at all?
Or if I can watch them online somehow??

I'd love to watch!!

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Thursday, July 24th, 2008
4:54 pm - Newb Equipment

I've been taking an archery "class" for a few weeks now.
I kinda like the sport, but honestly am not really sure how much I'll be participating in it. I know a couple people who bow hunt and so far they've been open and want to go "shooting" targets with me. But beyond that - I'm not sure how "into" the sport I'd get.

So, despite this I think I want to get a bow of my own, so that I CAN go shooting, and have the option of joining a league or something if I want. The problem is I'm not sure what to get!!

I don't want to invest too much money, so even though I love the compact size (and awesome speed) of a compound, I'll probably stick to a recurve. I figure I can upgrade if I really get involved.

I've been thinking of just getting a Genesis bow.
- relatively inexpensive
- compact like a compound
- shoots faster than a regular recurve
- seems easy (no choosing between risers and limbs, etc.)
- if I want to take my cousin or the girl I mentor out, they'd be able to use the bow too (assuming they can pull the weight I set it at.)

HOWEVER - It's not really a bow that would grow with me too much. But, I'm not sure it has to?

What does anyone think??
Would I be better off getting a separate riser and limbs?

I'm so just confused!!!


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Friday, July 11th, 2008
11:25 pm - vacation shooting reportage

Went on Vacation to my old hometown of Gladstone Michigan.
I was riding much of the way with others, so I brought only my Hunnish Horsebow, 55#@24".
I had 9 of my new heavy point loaded carbon arrows(109 grain lead weights behind the insert with 140gr field points with a 3 inch section of 2117 over the insert and shaft, 5"@4 fletch), 3 of my really heavy shafts (2317 with 165gr lead and epoxy behind the insert, and a 140gr point, 2 with 5"x4 fletch and one with 4 5.5 highbacks), a couple of weight tubed 2117s (26" tubes@ 9gr/in) fletched 4x5.5, 2 beater stump shafts(I think one is a 2117, and the other a 2216) with 6 5.5" highback fletches, and one light carbon shaft, 31" with a 125gr point, and 3x5.5" highback fletches. All the other shafts are cut to 27", all fletches are left wing, and high helical. Almost max setting on a Bohning Jig.
Once I got there, my Dad gave me an old PSE compound. It was poorly set up for my ex-brother-in-law. He is shorter than I and it is set for 70#@30". I cannot anchor the bow using a release, as it is back around my shoulder. The sight is off and it is very heavy. But it shoots alright. The biggest problem, was the rest was an over draw and the 5" fletches, never mind the 5.5" would interfere, unless I pulled the bow back just a bit, before finally fully drawing.

On our property, an old farm, there is an old rifle range, and it is 100 yards from the target area to the shooting bench, but the field it is in is longer.
I shot my heavy tubed arrows with my Hun and be damned if they didn't fly to 150 yards. the six fletched arrows nearly matched that, coming down less than a yard from the heavies. Boy, did those 6 fletch arrows spin! I grabbed the light weight 3 fletch, and shot it from further back at the hill used as a backstop for the range. I was able to stick it into the middle of the hill from 175 yards out fairly consistently.
Just for fun, I shot the compound. I used the three crappy arrows it had and shot very high up. It went a bit over 100 yards still. So, I got out the other arrows. The best I got with an aluminum on it was 175 yards. I decided that loosing the light carbon would not bother me, so I got it and shot the thing. Amazing, where the Hun was only 25 yards behind the heavier and faster compound with aluminum arrows consistently, the compound shot the far lighter carbon a good 60-65 yards further.

I didn't use the mechanical release for shooting the compound, and much of my shooting was done with a Mongolian style release. The let-off allowed me to do it with no thumbring or glove, and I plane on using the bow for that reason. If I can get consistent with it, I will then try the style on my Horsebow. I've seen a guy in Hungary who shoots a modified thumb release that works better for my aim than shooting off the thumb knuckle.

Practice practice. That is harder here now. First, it was all of mid to high 70's(24-25c) back home and a bit chilly at night (low 50's/10-12c) and here it is low 100's(34-36c!).
I need to buy more feathers and just fletch in the AC.

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Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
5:35 pm - Archery one of the best!!

I have been doing Archery for nigh on 10 years now and I started out with a Hickory Long Bow with White Cedar Arrows.

In the past 2 years my husband brought me a 40# draw Compound to hunt with saying that my 25# draw Hickory Long Bow wouldn't stand up to hitting a Buck at 50 yrds - proved him wrong and took out a 6 point buck weighing in at a generous 120#. This year I intend to hunt with my Compound and see if I can do better or not.

I have been teaching my 7 year old Daughter and my 5 year old Son how to shoot a traditional Long Bow before they start on the Compounds, if only to work on their arm muscles and aim. Felicia is doing well and my husband has agreed to buy her her own bow for her birthday in a weeks time, her brother will have to wait at least a year or two before he gets his.

It is great to find a community that likes Archery as much as I do.

current mood: predatory

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Monday, June 30th, 2008
1:32 pm - I did it!

After struggling with the switch from field points to broadheads for several years, I finally went for broke (literally) and am the proud owner of a Parker BuckBuster crossbow!

My question is one of targets. We have traditional targets ... a bag, a 3-D deer & a styrofoam for broadheads. Do I dare shoot bolts into any of these or should I get a bolt target?

I'll be shooting 20" carbon bolts.

Thanks in advance for the help!

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