In my experience, there are two kinds of hunters that give traditional bows a chance. The first are legit, interested folks who want the simplicity and challenge of a tradbow.
Then there are the other guys… who might want an excuse to never kill anything, or they may simply like lording over their equipment choice on the “training-wheel shooters.” Those hunters tend to be the ones that I see at the range in August who can’t hit a Block target at 15 yards consistently.
The former group is a different breed entirely. I know because I lived in their world for a few seasons and I can say it was awesome, but brutal.
To master traditional shooting is to commit yourself to shooting five times a week all year long. At least at first, that’s the case. After years of doing that you might be able to back off of the pedal a bit, but not stop entirely.
It’s not a case of picking up a recurve or a longbow and getting the hang of it quickly. That doesn’t happen. It’s a slow-burn situation that takes a quiver-full of patience. It’s also extremely rewarding.
One of my favorite deer mounts, by far, is a clean eight-pointer that definitely wouldn’t turn too many heads in pro shops. The deer was my first buck with a recurve and he means plenty to me.
Back when I flirted heavily with being a full-on traditional shooter, I didn’t know much about quality bows, tuning a recurve or any of the nuances to the endeavor that would have helped my shooting some. All of those are important, but it starts with bow choice.
Hit the range with a clunker and you’ll have a much harder time getting the hang of instinctive shooting. Pick up a good one and your quest will be easier – not easy – but easier.
Following are our five best traditional bows to get you started correctly.
<h2>3Rivers Archery | DAS Takedown</h2>Options abound with the DAS lineup from 3Rivers Archery, with users capable of choosing the Dalaa recurve riser or the DX5, which uses recurve technology and a longbow design to create a truly unique longbow. Choose from riser lengths of 15, 17 and 21 inches and a multitude of bow grips. The true beauty of <a href="http://www.3riversarchery.com/DAS+Takedown+Bow_i8145_variablekit.html" target="_blank">DAS</a> bows is the fact that they are designed for limitless tuning. <p></p> For example, you can shoot off the shelf or with an elevated rest and plunger, and you can fine tune draw weight and tiller. Each riser is machined from 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum alloy to ensure zero flex during the shot cycle. Several finish options are offered for the limbs to guarantee you’ll get the look you want. I’ve got quite a few recurves, but find myself enjoying shooting my Dalaa more than most. <p class="BodyA"><strong>Price: $</strong>739</p>