5 Best Traditional Bows for 2015

Traditional archery is already incredibly difficult. Make it easier on yourself by picking up one of our best traditional bows.

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.

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