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17 June 2021

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  • Be ready for a medical emergency with UK Coaching’s FREE online course
    16 June 2021

    After the collapse of footballer Christian Eriksen during Denmark’s opening game of Euro 2020 against Finland, UK Coaching – in collaboration with Resuscitation Council UK, St John Ambulance and Joe Humphries Memorial Trust, and funded by Sport England – has produced a free toolkit to help people understand how to respond and act quickly to a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). Being aware of it and having a bit of training can make all the difference.

    The medical emergency in a live sporting environment has brought the reality of sudden cardiac arrest, on the pitch, in the park, on the kerb, into sharp focus. The question is would you know how to respond? PLEASE don’t be in the dark. Be ready!

    Sign up for the free life-saving course

    Learn life-saving steps through UK Coaching’s Sport England-funded eLearning course – please click here to sign up for free!

    You can make a difference, you can save a life – please share this with everyone in your network.

    The post Be ready for a medical emergency with UK Coaching’s FREE online course appeared first on Archery GB.

  • Discussing Fatherhood and Archery with Jesse Broadwater
    15 June 2021

    Jesse Broadwater is a world-class professional compound archer with three children: Molly, 12, Gracie, 13, and Tristan, 15. Archery and his children have each had a hand in shaping his life and career and greatly contributed to making him who he is today. We talked with him about the tandem relationship between archery and fatherhood and how he navigated the process as his children grew up.

    A360: What was your initial journey into archery like? Were you immediately drawn to the sport?

    JB: I was 6 years old when my dad got me my first bow. It was an old fiberglass longbow. The reason why I got into archery was because I wanted to go hunting with my dad. So, he got me that bow, and I started practicing so I could go hunting with him and try to take a deer myself. I stood in the yard for hours shooting that bow at a pie plate. I could not put it down. About six months later my dad saw that I really had an interest in it, so he got me my first compound bow. That’s when I really started getting into it with sights, releases and different arrows. I started learning things on my own about how everything worked and what it took to shoot good consistently. I was hooked and was shooting that little bow very effectively out to 30 yards, and that was what I needed to show my dad before he would take me hunting. 

    A360: What would you say helped you reach the professional level you’re at today?

    JB: I would say the No. 1 thing, without a doubt, that helped me get to where I’m at today was joining a good bow club. My whole family joined the Cumberland Bowhunters in Cumberland, Maryland, and it was full of world-class shooters who were always willing to help newcomers. We started shooting Friday night leagues there and practicing through the week and getting to know everyone. Everyone was so helpful and provided tips that helped us all shoot better. There were quite a few (archers there) that were shooting on the national level and traveling around to all of the shoots at the time, so after about a year of shooting there at the club, we jumped in with them and started traveling. … So, without a doubt I never would’ve shot one tournament in my life if it wouldn’t have been for us joining that bow club.

    A360: How does archery benefit your everyday life? What mental and physical benefits would you attribute to practicing archery?

    JB: Archery has played a huge part in sculpting me into the person I am today. It has taught me such discipline and mental strength. I pretty much apply what I have learned from the mental side of archery in my everyday life. And archery has also made me really pay attention to my diet and physique. So, yeah, archery is ingrained in me and helps me in every area of my day-to-day life as an individual, father and husband. 

    A360: What has your experience (training, practicing and competing) been like since becoming a father? What have your children taught you?

    JB: When my kids were younger, it was a little harder to find the time to practice like I did before, but I just made it happen. It was usually many late nights of practice after the kids went to bed, into the wee hours of the morning — and then I was up through the middle of the night a lot of times with them, and then up early. So, there was quite a period of time where I had a lack of sleep and really had to push myself to go practice, but I knew that I had to (do that) to be competitive. And I feel like that only made me stronger as a competitor.

    It was rough … being on the road a lot away from them. And it was also hard to push myself to practice when they were younger, because I really wanted and needed to spend time with them because of the attention that they required. But I wouldn’t change any of it even if I could. I made it happen and I feel like it made me a stronger person. And after a while the kids got used to me leaving and that wasn’t as big of a deal anymore.

    I feel like there are a lot of values that relate to one another between archery and being a father. I’ll be honest, I also used certain types of mental imagery to reflect back on my kids at home when I was on the road and (in) a high-pressure situation and I needed to get my mind off of being nervous. So, I would always think about my wife (Lisa) and kids back at home and certain memories that I had made with them, and it was something that just helped ease my mind. I still use it to this day. It puts things into perspective.

    A360: What advice would you give to other archers who are new fathers or are thinking about becoming a father in the future?

    JB: I mean, seeing my child born will always be the highlight of my life. No matter how many world championships or titles that I may win, nothing holds a candle to seeing your own being born. And the best thing about it is, you have a whole life to look forward to spending with them and teaching them and raising them. And I’m sure at some point they are going to pick up a bow just like dad and want to give it a try, and they may become your new practice partner. They may become the next world champion archer — who knows what they may become. Life is a journey, and I couldn’t imagine my life without archery or my kids in it! 

    A360: What advice would you give your children if they are also interested in archery?

    JB: The main thing is to have fun with it. If they want to do it, fine; if not, that’s fine also. I would never push them into doing anything. But the No. 1 thing in my opinion is you have to make it fun for them, especially at first. And then once they see that it’s fun, they are going to want to do it more often and eventually they are going to want to get better at it. And that’s the point where you start taking steps to improve your consistency and that’s where all the real learning starts. But there always has to be a level of fun involved … in the beginning it has to be mostly fun.

    A360: What are the most important things you’ve learned during your career as an archer?

    JB: I have learned that the archery community is a very loving and accepting group of people. Some of my best friends I have met through archery, as well as my wife! So, the people in archery are great. I have also learned a lot about myself, my strengths, my weaknesses. I have learned so much about dedication and what it takes to win at a high competition level. So, I have learned a whole lot about myself. There are no shortcuts, and just like anything else, if you want something bad enough and you put your head down and dedicate yourself to it, you will achieve your goals.

    A Harmonious Balance

    Broadwater detailed the struggles of being on the road when his children were young but also acknowledged the bigger picture: that practicing archery and being a father provided him with valuable life lessons and gave him insight into himself. “Let’s just say I am a happy human being because of my family and archery and once again, I couldn’t imagine life without either of them,” Broadwater said. 

    Does Broadwater’s story inspire you to go to the range? Check out our store locator to find a range near you.

    The post Discussing Fatherhood and Archery with Jesse Broadwater appeared first on Archery 360.

  • How To Aim A Compound Bow Correctly
    15 June 2021

    Correctly learning how to aim a compound bow is a must for beginner archers. Many new archers choose to shoot a compound bow for the following reasons – they’re more accurate and powerful when shooting from far distances, they don’t require a lot of physical strength to hold, and they’re easily customized. When a new […]

    The post How To Aim A Compound Bow Correctly appeared first on Archery for Beginners.

  • Book your place on Ianseo training
    14 June 2021
    Why take the Ianseo course?

    Used by World Archery, clubs or tournament organisers can plan to use Ianseo as a comprehensive management of archery competition results: from accreditation of the athletes and officers to every kind of print utility, from network and online integration to FOP design.

    Archery GB uses Ianseo for its national competitions results and encourages clubs and tournament organisers to do the same. The training will cover:

    • Setting up Ianseo (delegates use own computer that they would use at competitions)
    • Setting up WA18/1440 competitions
    • Running more complex events (e.g. head to heads)
    • Working with the judging team at a competition
    • Post-shoot activities – such as filing results and web publishing
    Book your place!

    The Ianseo course will be run over three evenings, from 7-9pm: Tuesday 29 June; Wednesday 30 June; Friday 2 July

    Bookings can be made through the members’ portal.

    The post Book your place on Ianseo training appeared first on Archery GB.

  • Get ‘Sun-Sorted!’ for summer at the archery range
    12 June 2021

    Getting children sun-protected when attending organised sports or outdoor activity sessions can be hit or miss, however, with just one blistering sunburn doubling the chances of melanoma in later life, it’s important and needs to be taken seriously.

    To make this task easier, in 2014 the Melanoma Fund launched the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code, a free resource for everyone who works outdoors with children.

    Written by leading medical experts and endorsed by sports leaders, the campaign is partnered with the Association for Physical Education (afPE), Child Protection in Sport Unit (NSPCC), UK Coaching and the Youth Sport Trust, and is today supported by hundreds of national governing bodies of sport, and outdoor organisations including Archery GB.

    Take the Sun-Sorted Quiz

    As part of the Outdoor Kids Sun Safety Code, the Melanoma Fund has created Sun-Sorted! – a fun but educational quiz, helping Key Stage 2 children (7-11 year olds) discover why sun protection is important.

    Filled with interesting and amazing facts about the sun, their skin, and their environment, it will help develop healthy habits that younger children can take into their teens, and on into adulthood. The quiz was written by leading experts and has 24 challenging, multiple-choice questions, complete with explanations to create a deeper understanding. Scores range from ‘solar starter’ to ‘solar superpower’ and completion will be rewarded with a personalised Sun-Sorted! certificate.

    Children should be encouraged to test their knowledge on sun protection with their friends, family, sports coach, leaders, and teachers, creating conversation and further awareness.

    Remember these top tips for staying safe in the sun: Children, sunburn and sport – Melanoma Fund UK

    The big sunscreen giveaway for clubs!

    The Melanoma Fund is giving away 150 FREE Sun-Sorted! kits to sports clubs and groups. Kits contain 30 bottles of SunSense Kids SPF50 and eco-friendly Sun-Sorted! wristbands.  To receive a free sun safety pack for your club, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and address. Packs are limited so order soon if you’d like free sun protection for your Big Weekend event or taster sessions this summer. Find out more here.

    The post Get ‘Sun-Sorted!’ for summer at the archery range appeared first on Archery GB.

  • Hip Quivers and Field Quivers – What’s the Difference?
    12 June 2021

    Hip Quivers and Field Quivers What’s the difference? A common question asked when archers are shopping for a wearable quiver – what is the difference between hip quivers and field quivers? The answer: not a whole lot – hence the reason for the confusion. Hip quivers and field quivers are both essentially hip worn quivers […]

    The post Hip Quivers and Field Quivers – What’s the Difference? appeared first on Easton Archery.

  • Best Hunting Arrows of 2021- Easton Archery
    12 June 2021

    Best Hunting Arrows of 2021 With micro-diameter arrows taking the hunting world by storm, it’s no surprise that the inventor of  the original micro-diameter shafts is making the best hunting arrows in 2021. Easton is packing their arrows with technology to create lighter weight arrows that rival the penetrative power of heavier arrows. All while […]

    The post Best Hunting Arrows of 2021- Easton Archery appeared first on Easton Archery.

  • You Learn Something
    11 June 2021

    I have been reading The New Science of Learning, Second Edition because they said that we have learned a lot in the last five years. I believe, if memory serves me well, that I read the first edition when it came out in 2013 and I am about half way through this second edition and I haven’t noticed anything new so far. Of course, this is a subject I try to keep up on, so maybe it is not new in that I have read about it elsewhere more recently.

    The book seems focused a great deal on students but has the occasional section for athletes, but that is fine. My reading so far has reinforced some things in my mind. One of those is the distributed learning effect, which basically states that learning is better when it is spread out, which we archery coaches have been advocating for long. We say things like “three two-hour practices are better than one six-hour practice on the weekend.” There is good science backing this up.

    Also, it is better to practice/apply new knowledge as soon as you acquire it. It not only provides repetitions (repetition is still the Mother of Learning) but requires us to reframe and understand what we learned better.

    In this discussion the authors claimed that it is better to not schedule college classes back-to-back because the learning in the subsequent classes tends to push out the learning from the prior classes before it is reinforced. This made me recall my undergraduate days. I tended to try to get my classes scheduled with one hour breaks in between. This was not because of some high falutin’ learning research, but because for half of the year (the second half of Fall Semester and the first half of Spring Semester, so the whole year basically) I had basketball practice from 3–6 pm. I did that scheduling so I could go to the library after each class session and do the homework associated with that class. I did this because I knew I was going to get home at roughly 7 pm, dead tired, and not in the mood to do homework, plus I had to get up early for the 8 o’clock classes the next day.

    How this applies to archery is that a serious competitive archer needs to try to understand what they are being asked to do (not the background science, just the actions and thoughts), consider it important, and try things out as soon as possible. Every training session needs to involve a review of what is being worked upon and why.

    I assume you see why it is important for serious competitive archers to carry a notebook around with them.

    Another fascinating research finding involved the role of sleep in athletic performance. In one study, over a three year span (2005 to 2008) the Stanford University basketball team players kept to their normal routines but then for 5 to 7 weeks, they carefully monitored what they drank, took daytime naps, and tried to sleep 10 hours every night. After increasing their daily rest, the players sprinted faster and said that they felt better in practice and games. Their three-point shooting jumped by 9.2% and their free throw shooting jumped by 9% (Mah, Mah, Kerizan, and Dement, 2011).

    If your charges are young, they are notoriously sleep deprived. And just getting a good night of sleep before a tournament doesn’t hack it. Sleeping hours need to be made regular to be most effective. So, if they are intensely competitive, you might suggest regular sleeping hours of at least eight hours per night are in order. It will be easier for them to accept if they know there is sports-related research backing it up.

  • Share your experiences in archery for a chance to win Amazon vouchers!
    10 June 2021

    How did you first get into archery? How has your journey through the sport been since then? Archery GB has teamed up with Sports Marketing Surveys in order to understand your participation experiences and attitudes towards archery during each life stage. The Sporting Journeys survey is aimed at male and female sports participants (current and past) aged 16 years and over.

    Your responses will be part of a national study including other sports, and will be used to better understand people’s sporting experiences over time. The insights will help us to improve our sports delivery and provision for people of all ages, supporting us to grow and sustain participation in archery.

    Take part in the survey

    Please take 5-10 minutes to complete the Sporting Journeys survey and share your archery journey. As a thank you for your time, you will have the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win one of five £100 Amazon vouchers!

     

    This survey is being administered by independent sports research agency, Sports Marketing Surveys. The agency plans to close the survey on Monday 21 June 2021, depending on the number of responses received.

    The post Share your experiences in archery for a chance to win Amazon vouchers! appeared first on Archery GB.

  • SOSUMI
    10 June 2021

    I made a mistake. In a previous post (Measuring Up) I made the following statement regarding measuring your bow’s draw weight without having a draw weight scale:

    “If you want an actual measurement of your draw weight rather than an estimate, you need a stiff stick, at least 3 feet/1 meter long, with a notch in one end. From the bottom of the notch measure down the stick and place a mark at X˝, X being your draw length measurement but without the 1.75˝ extra. The stick is then stood on its end on a bathroom scale and the bow placed upon it with the string (where the arrows attach) in the groove and the riser hanging down. You then press down on the riser until the arrow rest hole/pressure button is even with mark on the stick and read the scale. Then subtract the weight of the bow on the scale all by itself. Of course, this is no more accurate than your bathroom scale, but it is something.”

    The wrong part was “Then subtract the weight of the bow on the scale all by itself.”

    This is not correct. The bow doesn’t know the source(s) of the forces drawing it. In this procedure, there are two forces: gravity and you pushing down on the riser. Both of these forces cause the bow to be drawn. If you just think of the bow just hanging on the end of the stick, the force of gravity is causing the bowstring to be bent a little, no? Yes. And so there is no reason to subtract the force (weight is a force) of the bow from this measurement, because gravity is causing part of the draw.

    Interestingly I found two versions of this post: one with this statement and one without. Apparently I had corrected my error before but because I save everything obsessively, I had the two versions filed away under the same title. I remember a somewhat extensive debate about whether to subtract the weight of the bow or not when doing this procedure, but I don’t remember the details of those discussions. I do remember the confusion the generated.

    I feel like the actress who was forced to say “My daughter and I are often confused” in a commercial for a dish soap (because their hands looked so much alike). The intent was to say “my daughter and I are often confused, one for the other, because our hands look so much alike” but came out as “my daughter and I are often befuddled.” Of course, the advertisers love such confusion as it gets their product mentioned in numerous discussions.

    Like the woman in the commercial, I am often confused.

Traditional Archery Blogs

17 June 2021

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  • Shoot Em Flying
    11 June 2021
    If you have not shot aerials with your traditional bow yet, then you are truly missing out on one of the coolest things you can do with a trad bow besides hunting. One of the reasons I love shooting aerials is I remember all the old films of Fred Bear shooting thrown discs with his […]
  • Fit to be Tied
    03 June 2021

    I’ve never been one to back down from a challenge. That combined with my tendency to immerse myself in an activity made me a perfect fit for traditional bowhunting. Crafting arrows, making quivers, twisting strings, and whittling self bows appealed to me early on and were key ingredients to a more intimate experience afield.

    Few of those skills stuck with me due to time or the realization that others were better suited for the tasks, but each helped me understand my passion for the stick and string on a much deeper level. Knowing the components helped me to better understand the whole.

    A wise old friend of mine often says, “you get out what you put in” and I’ve found the phrase to be true when applied to anything. I knew it would only be a matter of time before it applied to flyfishing as well.

    Flies and fly tying appealed to me early though I didn’t anticipate jumping into it so soon. But I found the creative possibilities and the promise of a more personal experience irresistible. Snagging expensive flies wasn’t an enjoyable experience either and I wanted something to do in the Winter when fishing was more difficult and opportunities scarce.

    Having heard me mention wanting to tie, a friend was gracious enough to let me borrow the tools and materials he’d accumulated over the years and told me to enjoy myself — no questions asked. His only advice, “Don’t overdo the material. Most newbies use far too much and end up with fat bugs. Bugs are small.”

    Don’t overdo the materials. Most newbies use far too much and end up with fat bugs. Insects are small.

    He handed everything over by campfire light at the Great Lakes Longbow Invitational and I couldn’t wait to get started. I would’ve tried that night had there been a proper place to do it. Waiting was the wise decision. I had no idea as to what I was doing, couldn’t figure out if I was left or right handed, and had very little understanding of entomology. I didn’t know where to begin.

    I turned to the Web for help and found an abundance of videos on the topic. One of my fishing buddies suggested I choose one, classic pattern and tie it until I perfected it. I choose the Hare’s Ear nymph, which was my favorite pattern at the time. It mimicked most underwater insects in Michigan and I caught my first brown trout on one. It was the perfect candidate. It felt wrong to tie a nymph and not a dry, so I choose a basic deer-hair caddis pattern without knowing how complex dries are and how important it is to get them right.

    My early attempts were embarrassing — fat, furry, grubs with little space between body and hook. If a pattern required a wrap or two, I quadrupled it for good measure, disregarding the “thin is in” mantra altogether. My wings were abnormally large. I possessed the uncanny ability of turning a size 14 fly into a 10. My clumsiness with the bobbin was partially to blame. Being cross-dominant, I could not figure out which hand did what. I settled on my left hand for the bobbin work, which is surprising, as my right was the more dominant of the two. (I am still not sure if this is correct but it is too late to turn back now.)

    Mechanics aside, my horrific attempts had more to do with my lack of understanding insects. Bugs were something to smash before I started fishing with them. Mayflies in particular. I’d seen my fair share of mayflies growing up in Northern Michigan and working at the county marina. I was a night security guard and one of my duties was to sweep the mayflies from the walls of the office building post-hatch so they wouldn’t gross out the residents. I accomplished this with an old gore-covered broom and grew to hate the mayfly with an indescribable intensity. I swept hundreds of them off that building and into piles. Then the ducks would eat them and I would have to clean up the aftermath.

    Sometimes, if I was lucky, a mayfly would pass through said ducks and come out hobbled but alive on the other side. While awkward and disgusting to talk about, a mayflies journey through a duck sums up my attempts tying the deer-hair caddis. My goal was to create an imitation of the unscathed insect but ended up looking like the post-duck insect instead.

    Still, I thought I was doing well at the time and began fishing my creations. I even caught a few on them, including a nice brown that refused to turn down a mangled meal. That was my greatest angling achievement and the reason for my fly-tying hunger today. It was also my very first experience fishing a wet fly, though I didn’t know it at the time. My early attempts didn’t float for long, if at all, and I didn’t know the difference between a surface strike or a trout sipping a sinking fly off the surface. It would not have changed my experience, regardless. I was overjoyed then and am proud of the accomplishment now.

    My tying has improved with practice and experience since. Books, such as The History of Fly-fishing in Fifty Flies have been instrumental in my education. I still have a lot to learn but my flies are producing and I am happy with the results. I am having my best season on the water and have fished nothing but the flies I have tied. It has unlocked something in me that is hard to describe. A joy I haven’t felt for some time. I am seeing the river with new eyes and leaving it with a satisfaction I didn’t believe possible.

    If you do not tie, I encourage you to try. It is an investment on many levels but it is worth every minute and every penny. You truly do get out what you put in.

    Thank you for reading. Please subscribe and share it with your friends. I appreciate the support. My 2nd book, “Clumsy Predators” is coming along nicely and I’ve decided to include some fishing stories in it as well. I love writing about all things outdoors and think you will enjoy it. I will keep you updated on its progress. Until then, shoot straight, and tight lines.

  • Cleaning Your Thermos
    12 May 2021
    I am not sure why I shined a light into the old stainless steel thermos after a recent hunt, but I did. To put it bluntly, it was beyond gross! The thermos has emotional attachment to me, as it belonged to my Dad and is quite old. It became my charge to get [...]
  • Wild Cuisine: The Best Smoked Squirrel BBQ Nachos
    03 May 2021
    I grew up hunting gray squirrels in the backwoods of Northern New Jersey, and to this day I look forward to squirrel season every year. Here in Ohio, our season opens a month before deer season, so it’s a fun way to get outside and practice with my bow. For years I would [...]
  • EPISODE 096- The Mobile Hunting Road Show (Cody D’Aquisto)
    27 April 2021

    In this episode we discuss the up and coming Mobile Hunting Road Show. Cody D’Aquisto is traveling across the country with Lone Wolf Custom Gear and XOP treestands providing seminars, product displays, and demonstrations. Check this podcast out for details.

    Registration to link follow.

    Campground after party – www.campyellowcreek.com (724)-465-4169 LIMITED SPOTS

  • 3-10-5-20 Shooting Method
    26 April 2021
    This is a method of shooting that I developed about 10 years ago. It is a simple way to learn how to shoot a recurve or longbow. The best part is that you don't worry about yardages. No more guessing: just look, pick a spot and release. It will work at longer yardages, [...]
  • Bowfishing is Fun!
    22 April 2021
    I bit on the bowfishing bug early in life. I am known for taking things to the extreme and bowfishing was no different. It started with carp and then I graduated to sharks, stingrays, alligators, gar and all sorts of fish. It is not only fun but you can also pack some great meat in […]
  • You Didn’t Miss
    22 April 2021
    Whitetails are the most frequently hunted species in North America. This is partially due to the fact that they are found in huntable numbers in 43 states. In my opinion these plentiful deer are also one of the most difficult big game species to hit with an arrow. Before I proceed I should explain that […]
  • Thursday’s Grace
    21 April 2021
    During the prior weekend, I was set up on another oak point 250 yards northwest of where I was Thursday. I run a mobile stand so I don't have to sit in the same tree more than once. I hate it when the deer know I've been somewhere. Well, on the past Saturday [...]
  • Editor’s Note Jun/Jul 2021
    15 April 2021
    As we enter into our 33rd year here at Traditional Bowhunter® Magazine, it is quite apparent that change is inevitable. And change can be good, bad, or indifferent depending on how one looks at it. Many changes have taken place here at TBM since its inception in a dark pub one snowy December [...]
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