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26 May 2022

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  • Age group review update
    24 May 2022

    Following feedback and further discussions, we are pleased to outline the decisions that have been made – please find the details in the ‘Age Group Review Update – May 2022’ document below.

    The age brackets support grassroots archers progressing through the sport, whilst also supporting elite archers concentrating on WA rounds.

    In future, national championships, records and classifications will be based on these age groups. Event organisers may use additional age groups such as U10 or 65+, but, for consistency, these should adhere to the same ‘year of birth’ rule.

    Please see details of our ‘Age Group Review Update – May 2022’, also available in the downloadable Documents section below.

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  • National Tour Stage 2 – Brechin
    24 May 2022

    The sun came out to start at the National Tour Stage 2 at Brechin Castle Equestrian Centre where the archers completed their WA720 qualification round to find who would take the top seed places in each of the categories. They managed a few ends of the ranking round before the wind took hold for the rest of the day, going into the head-to-head eliminations.

    Barebow at the National Tour Stage 2

    For the barebow women, Nikki Ledwick took the top spot after qualification with 442 points. As for the head-to-heads, Ledwick and Kirsten Shoesmith were the only two barebow women. In their gold final match, Ledwick opened strong with a 26 end to take the first two set points. Shoesmith came back with a 21 to take end two. The third end was close, 17-16 in Ledwick’s favour, and then the fourth end was tied on 19 points each. It came down to the last end where Ledwick shot an 18 to Shoesmith’s 8 to take the win, 7-3.

    “Not many of us up here which is a little disappointing. There are better girls out there than me wanting to come out to play. I’m happy,” Ledwick told us.

    In the barebow men’s division, Brett Stringer ranked in first place with 536 points. Stringer was joined in the last four going into the finals by Edwin Jones, Colin Allan and Kevin Mcguane. Stringer lost to Jones in the semi-final on a shoot-off, sending Jones into the gold final and Stringer into the bronze. And in the other semi-final, Allan shot straight sets wins 6-0 against Mcguane to earn his place in the gold.

    In the bronze final, Stringer met 3rd ranked Mcguane. Stringer took an early lead with a 20 to Mcguane’s 15 in end one, followed by 18 to 8 in the second end. Mcguane came back strong with a 22 end, however, it was not enough to beat his opponent’s 28 end, giving the match to Stringer 6-0.

    Allan and Jones met in the gold final to fight it out for the win. Allan took the first set with 18-14, and then Jones took end two with 20 points to Allan’s 14. The third end was a close one, 18-19, which went in Allan’s favour. The fourth end saw yet another close call with 17 points to 18. Once again, the end went in Allan’s favour, winning him the match 6-2.

    “Nobody ever comes to a National tournament expecting to win. So to do so is just incredible,” Allan said.

    Compound at the National Tour Stage 2

    Sarah Prieels took the top spot for the compound women’s after qualification with 677 points. She was joined in the final four alongside Ella Gibson, Phoebe Paterson Pine and myself. In the semi-finals, Prieels took the win against Paterson Pine with 146 points to 139, sending her into the gold final. Myself and Gibson met in the other semi-final match where we both shot 1442 points to take it to a shoot-off. We both shot Xs, however, Gibson’s was the closest to the centre to give her the win.

    In the bronze final, myself and Paterson Pine shot for the third podium spot. We tied the first end on 28 apiece, and I took end two with 30 points to Paterson Pine’s 25. In end three, Paterson Pine came back with a 29 to my 28 ends, bringing the gap between us to four points. The fourth end was tied on 29, as was the fifth end with perfect 30s each to finish. I retained my4 point advantage to take the bronze final 145-141.

    Going for gold were Prieels and Gibson. Both women tied the first two ends with 28s in the first end and 30s in the second. Gibson shot a 29 to Prieels’s 28 in the third end to gain a one-point advantage. Gibson was able to extend this lead in the fourth end, shooting 29 points to Prieels’s 26. The final end saw Gibson shoot a 30 to Prieels’s 28, taking the match by six points with 145-139.

    As for the compound men, the top seeded archer was Stuart Taylor with 677 points. Joining him in the final four were Dillon Crow, Matthew Wong and Jake Walsh. Taylor beat Wong in the semi-finals with 141-135, and Crow took the win in the other semi-final match against Walsh with 140-137.

    Wong and Walsh met in the bronze final where Walsh took an early lead with 29 points to 27 in end one. The men shot the same score again in the second end, 29-27 in Walsh’s favour, bringing his lead to four points. Wong shot a 28 to Walsh’s 27 in end three, taking back one point from his opponent. Despite this, Walsh then went on to score higher in the final two ends with 28-27 and 29-28, taking the win from Wong with 142-137.

    In the gold medal, Crow and Taylor met for a chance at the title. They tied the first end with 29 apiece, and in the second end, Crow shot a 30 to Taylor’s 27. Taylor brought it back in the third end with 29 to Crow’s 27, taking the difference between them to just one point in it. Crow shot 29-28 in the fourth end, and the two men tied the final end with 29 apiece. Crow took the gold medal with 144 points to Taylor’s 142.

    “I shot qualifying and was more than happy with 3rd. It’s the best I’ve qualified at a national event, so just from there, I was on a win in my own head. Then in the matches, I calmed down and took them slow and steady. I was happy with each of the results and to come first was an amazing feeling,” Crow told us.

    Recurve at the National Tour Stage 2

    Yulia Larkins took first place in the qualification round with 605 points for the recurve women. She went into the final four during the head-to-heads along with Malgorzata Sobieraj, Sophie Meering and Nicole Burdett. Larkins earned her gold match place, winning against Meering in the semi-finals 6-2. Sobieraj also won her semi-finals match against Burdett with 6-4, sending her to the gold final to shoot against Larkins.

    5th ranked Meering and 2nd ranked Burdett met to shoot for the bronze medal. Burdett took the first end with 27-25, but Meering came back in end two with 25-24, bringing the set points all square at 2-2. The third end went to Meering with 26 points to Burdett’s 23, taking her lead to 4-2. Burdett responded with a 24 to Meering’s 22 to take the match back to a tie. It came down to the last end, where there was only a point in it deciding the winner. In the end, it was Burdett who took the final two points, bringing the match to 6-4, with 26 points to Meering’s 25.

    In the gold final, 3rd seeded Sobieraj met first seed Larkins for a chance at the title. Sobieraj took the first two lots of set points, shooting 29-27 in end one and 26-23 in end two. Four set points down, Larkin’s responded with a 27 to Sobieraj’s 25 to take the third end. Larkins then shot a perfect 30 in end four to bring the set points equal at 4 each. Once again, the result of the match came down to the fifth and final end where Larkins shot a 25 to Sobieraj’s 23. She took the match win and the gold medal with 6 set points to 4.

    “I’m very happy for the organisers and the archers that stage 2 of the National Tour could be held in Scotland this year. Despite the gusty wind conditions, I persevered with my new technique and was able to calm my nerves down when it mattered the most. It’s the first time I’ve come first in both the ranking round and picked up the gold medal after the head-to-heads. I feel absolutely ecstatic and maybe someday my brain will finally catch up with what has happened,” Larkins said.

    For the recurve men, the top place after qualification went to Steve Davies with 632 points. Alongside him, the final four archers left standing after the head-to-heads were Michael Judd, Patrick Huston and Monty Orton. The semi-finals saw Judd win 6-2 against Davies, and in the other match, Huston won over Orton 7-1 to earn his spot in the gold final with Judd.

    The bronze final opened with a tie for Orton and Davies with 27 points each. Davies took end two with 28-25, and Orton took the third end with 29-26. Having found his rhythm, Orton didn’t let another set point go in Davies’s favour. He shot 27-25 in end four, and then 29-26 in the fifth and final end, taking the win and the bronze medal with 7-3.

    The gold final match saw 2nd ranked Huston meet 5th ranked Judd. Huston opened with a strong 29 to Judd’s 26 to take the first end. Judd came back with a 27 in end two, but it wasn’t enough to take the set from Huston who shot a 28. Four points up, Huston finished the match with a 29 to Judd’s 27, taking the win with straight sets, 6-0.

    ”Winning the Tour up in Scotland was a terrific experience. World-class shooting like my 115 against Monty is what is needed to guarantee a win at these events given how high the calibre of British archery is getting. I had a great time and want to thank the organisers for putting on such a great show and to all our Scottish friends for travelling down to our tournaments so often!” Huston said.

    Full results can be found here.

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  • And the Best Archery Teacher for 2022 is . . .
    23 May 2022

    There is a saying about experience being the best teacher, but it is often misquoted. Here is the full quote:

    “Experience is the best teacher, but a fool will learn from no other.” (Benjamin Franklin)

    Usually what you hear is “experience is the best teacher” which I have used in the past but amended with “but it is a brutal way to learn something.” It seems that in the past, we taught young archers “how to shoot,” and then introduced them to competitions to complete their education. When you look at how much more than the basics of “how to shoot” is to be learned, it seems we archery coaches have been derelict in our duty.

    This is the reason I wrote my book, “Winning Archery,” because I had collected hundreds of target archery books and the vast majority of them were “how to shoot” books. There seemed a great deal more to be learned if your goal was to shoot well, to shoot winning scores, as it were. In that book, I tried to cover some of the topics that need to be learned to become a winning archer that were not covered in the how-to-shoot books. And it is quite a fat book . . . and I didn’t exhaust the topic.

    Here is an example. When you get close to a winning performance, most people are affected in predictable ways. One way is that we tend to speed up what we are doing. In a “feel” sport like archery, that changes how shots feel and subverts our error-checking processes. So, if you think you are close to winning, try slowing down a little (assuming you had sped up a tad), focus upon your breathing, trying for smooth, rhythmic breathing. (I got hot and bothered so much one time under these circumstances that I as actually panting.)

    Here’s another example. For young Recurve archers, I teach them that they will experience difficulty getting through their clicker during a competition. (When you get tense, your muscles shorten, making getting through the clicker more difficult.) I teach my students that the first thing to do is relax. I even provide some relaxation procedures to try. And, if that doesn’t work and they are still struggling getting through their clicker, it is okay to not use the clicker for a while. Later, they can re-introduce it into their shot sequence to see if it is back to being okay. (And we practice this, yes.)

    The alternative to these teachings is to just assume that “experience” will teach them what to do. The drawback to this is what I call the “here we go again” syndrome. When I experienced difficulties shooting, I got anxious. Later, when the same source of difficulty started to show up again, my mind gave me the “here we go again” signal and the anxiety was back in force, even though the problem had not fully manifested. The problem was uncomfortable enough that any hint of it led to my getting anxious and focused upon whether or not I was going to experience that difficulty or not, instead of focusing upon my shot sequence.

    I also teach “poor shot recovery programs,” so my students will have something to do rather than “you will figure it out” when they shoot the occasional bad shot.

    I refer to all of these things as “archery skills” and I start teaching them to serious students shortly after they have a consistent shot sequence. Actually writing down one’s shot sequence/shot routine is one of those archery skills. It is not part of “how to shoot” an arrow, but it is a part of becoming a consistently good scorer.

    What do you think?

  • How To Shoot Archery In The Elements
    23 May 2022

    One of the biggest obstacles in archery is the constant battle with the elements while shooting outdoors. Successful archery in the elements is definitely possible, but it may need some specialized gear and/or tactics to adapt. No matter what type of archery you’re doing, sooner or later you will most likely be outdoors and forced […]

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  • The Myth of the Linear Draw (But, Wait, There’s More!)
    22 May 2022

    When Kisik Lee came on board as National Coach for USA Archery, a discussion began on the merits of “linear” versus “angular” draws. I think the whole idea of a “linear draw” is based upon a mistaken interpretation. The linear draw is characterized as a draw in which the arrow slides straight back from its brace position (at address) to its full draw position. This behavior seems to me to follow from the usual development of young recurve archers.

    When youths are taught to shoot, they tend to shoot with fairly good form and execution. (I separate form, which are our body positions, from execution which is how we get from one position to the next; some others do not, lumping it all into “form.”) And shortly into their first session they ask “How do I aim?” We tell them to just concentrate their attention on the spot they want to hit and their brain will figure it out (subconscious aiming). But more than a few students think there is a mechanism, an aiming mechanism, that if they can just figure it out will have them burying their arrows in target center like an Olympian, so they start experimenting.

    The first thing they try is looking down the arrow shaft (also called “shotgunning”). This actually works at very short distances, but their technique is so poor (often tilting their heads way over to be able to “see”) that it usually does not. During this experimentation phase these experimental archers get another idea. If they set their bow into the correct position, the arrows fly into the middle of the target, so they estimate what that correct position is and then, so they don’t move away from that correct position, they monitor their arrow as they draw, making sure it doesn’t waver from where it was pointed at first. To do this the newbie archers kink their draw wrist severely so that the arrow slides straight back into what they think is the correct position. Thus, the linear draw is born . . . over and over and over, reinvented by myriad young archers.

    Even though this is a real “stick bow” you can see the kinked draw wrist and the tilted head for “aiming,” exacerbated by using the dominant off eye to aim with).

    Remember that these newbies have an instructor nearby, but not a coach per se. Archers who receive coaching are soon disabused of this practice by the mere expedient that they are taught to draw with a relaxed wrist. It is basically impossible to effect a “linear draw” using a relaxed draw wrist.

    I tend to think of the linear draw as a straw man. It doesn’t really exist, except in rank beginners, but it is something to argue against. Even compound archers do not have linear draws. The reasons are simple. The draw arm hinges at the elbow. From the beginning of the draw, the elbow is out a bit from the central plane of the archer’s body. The force on the bowstring aligns with the elbow and when the elbow moves back, it does so in an arc. This pulls the nock of the arrow slightly out of line (away from the archer’s body) and then when the elbow completes its bend, it pulls the nock back into line.

    The Equally Bogus “Aiming Too Soon” Concept
    When I first encountered their writings, Recurve archery coaches were united in but one aspect. They all strongly advised against aiming too soon, or spending too much time aiming. Again, our beginners contributed to this somewhat. They aimed from the get-go, and then tried to draw sliding the arrow straight back (in a linear draw) so as to not spoil their aim. Some coaches taught vigorously against this “too early” aiming and it became dogma.

    The mistake here is believing that aiming is a singular event, which happens just before a shot is loosed. I argue that aiming is a complex process, consisting of many parts. It begins when an archer takes their stance. If you don’t agree with this, try putting your bow side foot behind the shooting line and your string side foot ahead of the shooting line. Now take a shot. (Please do not hurt yourself or anyone else trying this.)

    I tend to recommend what is called a “natural stance” to beginners. You find it by addressing a target (aperture/arrow point centered on the face), closing your eyes, drawing to anchor and then opening your eyes. If your aperture or arrow point is off line (left-right only), move your feet (both of them) until it is on line and repeat the process. Your natural stance is where you put your feet and your arrow ends up pointed in the right direction (left-right) because of how your body draws and anchors.

    Not only does aiming begin at taking a stance, I generally stretch out the “final aim” from raising the bow (addressing the target) onward. What we don’t want to happen is to have to move our bows a great deal at full draw. We want to minimize the energy expended at full draw, and so we minimize the time spent at full draw. In this way we conserve energy and our last shot has as much energy available as our first (consistency is the goal). So, I want my archers to have their aperture/arrow point very close to their point-of-aim (POA) when they have completed their draw and anchor steps. To make it so, I have my archers determine how much their aperture/arrow point moves (relative to the target face) during this process by having them put their aperture/arrow point on target center at target address, then close their eyes, draw, anchor and open their eyes. Their aperture/arrow point will have moved. I then ask them, where would you have to start to get the aperture/arrow point dead center on your POA after the draw and anchor? Most figure it out rapidly. (It is a spot equidistant from the POA as the aperture/arrow point ended up at, but on the other side of the POA. So, if you start aiming at the X-ring of a 10-ring face, and your aperture/arrow point ends up in the blue at 5 o’clock, you should start in the blue at 11 o’clock.) I then ask them to practice this a bit, emphasizing that it is not an exactly thing, that they can make adjustments, but the idea is to get “close” to the POA so minimal corrections are needed in aiming. Minimal corrections of the aim at full draw take minimal time. Once an archer gets comfortable with this process, it happens naturally with little effort or calculation, even when target sizes and distances change.

    So, aiming begins with the stance. It begins in earnest at target address (some call this a pre-aim) and then continues with great attention through the release (holding line of sight as long as possible, which means head position is held as long as possible and is less likely to move during the release).

  • This Girl Can – new partnerships announced
    21 May 2022

    This Girl Can’s partnerships with Strava and Regatta Great Outdoors, launching in May, are the first in an innovative new working model for the award-winning campaign.

    Celebrating and building women’s confidence to get active has been at the heart of This Girl Can since its launch in 2015. This new model will see the campaign work with high-profile brands and organisations to reach new audiences, while continuing to celebrate and champion active women everywhere.

    These partnerships will help This Girl Can continue to break down the barriers that can stop women from getting active, like fear of judgement and fear of not being fit enough.

    Campaign lead Kate Dale is excited by the opportunities they bring. She said: “Despite the great progress made since we launched This Girl Can in 2015, women are still less active than men. The disruptions of the pandemic has made returning to activity even more of a challenge.

    “This means that millions of women are missing out on the physical, mental, and social rewards of an active lifestyle, and it’s why we’ve got to find new ways to give women the confidence they need to take the first step towards getting active.

    “That’s why we’re delighted to partner with Regatta and Strava, who share the Uniting the Movement ambition of tackling the gender activity gap and empowering women to get active on their own terms.

    “It might be a countryside hike, a jog with a friend, or a walk in the park – there’s only one right way to get active, and that’s what is right for you.”

    Find out more about This Girl Can

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  • Happy Memorial Day!!
    20 May 2022

    In Honor of the Memorial Day holiday, we will be closed on Monday, May 30th to allow our students and their families along with our staff enjoy time with their families and friends! Have a Safe and Happy Memorial Day and we’ll see you Tuesday, May 31st for our normal business hours!!

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  • What’s in My Bow Case: Emily McCarthy
    19 May 2022

    Wisconsin pro Emily McCarthy is one of the top female competitors in unknown-distance 3D archery. To play that game at the highest level, she not only has to shoot her bow really well but also has to be accurate at judging the distance to targets. The best archer in the world won’t win in unknown 3D if he or she can’t judge distance, but being able to estimate yardage means nothing if the archer can’t shoot a bow worth a lick. This is a dual-skill game, and McCarthy is so good at both shooting and judging that she consistently ends up on the podium at national ASA and IBO tournaments.

    McCarthy finished second and third in two of the first three ASA tournaments of 2022, after winning three of the six ASA events and one of four IBO tournaments in 2021. So what did this champion archer carry in her bow case for a tournament like the ASA’s 2022 Easton/Hoyt Pro/Am at Camp Minden, Louisiana, April 21-24?

    The main compartment holds her Mathews bow with her sight and digital light kit attached. Photo Credit: ATA

    For starters, her case is a soft-sided Elevation case. McCarthy opts for a soft case when she and her husband, Dan McCarthy, drive to tournaments — which they did to Camp Minden — but will switch to a hard case when they fly. Interestingly, she breaks down her bow and stows everything in her case at the end of every tournament day, even if she is only traveling from the shooting venue to a hotel. She doesn’t want to risk having a string rub against anything and get damaged.

    She keeps her arrows in a large plastic box. Photo Credit: ATA

    Inside the case’s main compartment, McCarthy stores her Mathews TRX 36, to which she leaves her Axcel Achieve XP sight and LP digital light kit attached. In the largest outer compartment, she stows a long plastic box that holds her Black Eagle arrows. The hard case keeps her arrows divided and protected.

    In adjacent pockets she keeps two sets of stabilizers. McCarthy runs a 30-inch-long front stabilizer and two 12-inch side rods connected to a V-bar mounted on the rear of her bow. One stabilizer set is composed of all Conquest Smacdown .747 rods, while the other features three Smacdown .500 Pro bars. In windy conditions, McCarthy chooses the skinny .500 rods. If it’s not windy outside or if she’s shooting indoors, McCarthy goes with the fatter .747 bars.

    An outer pouch holds her D-loop measuring device. Photo Credit: ATA

    Another outer pouch holds her binoculars, a rangefinder — just for practice times — and her bow pod. A final pocket holds arrow wipes, a compression sleeve and a D-loop measuring device. The latter is a triangular piece of plastic McCarthy uses to measure out D-loop rope to get an exact length before cutting it to create her preferred D-loop size.

    McCarthy always packs her Hydro Flask. Photo credit: ATA

    In that pocket, McCarthy also keeps what might be the most prized item in her bow case: a 32-ounce Hydro Flask.

    “It goes everywhere with me,” she said. The bottle is covered with stickers acquired at different places McCarthy has visited, such as the National Bison Range and Flathead Lake, both in Montana. One year the bottle disappeared while McCarthy was competing at a tournament in Louisville, Kentucky.

    “I had to buy it back from a janitor because I left it and he stole it,” she said with a laugh. “I asked him if he had it and he said, ‘No.’ So I said, ‘If I give you 20 bucks, do you have it?’ And he said, ‘I’ll be right back.’

    “He came right out of the maintenance room with it.”

    McCarthy’s bow case is best described as neat and tidy, with just the necessities. Plus one distinctive water bottle. 

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  • Penny Healey: ‘This is a big step in my journey’
    19 May 2022

    For any archer, the opportunity to be able to compete at an international World Cup event is incredible. The competition gives athletes the chance to shoot on the line alongside some of the best archers from across the globe. Many of our GB shooters are very experienced on the senior international scene, some of them having been on the team for a decade, while for others it is a brand new venture. Two of these athletes are Kai Thomas-Prause and Penny Healey, who went to Antalya in April 2022 for their very first Hyundai World Cup stage. Before attending this event, both Kai and Penny have established themselves as key members of the junior GB team as well as at other independent international trips.

    Kai Thomas-Prause

    Compounder Kai’s first trip with the GB juniors was to Marathon, Greece in 2017, and his last trip as a junior was to Romania in 2019 just before the pandemic started. In 2020, Kai attended the Nimes Archery Tournament where he came away with the bronze for the junior men’s division.

    “I’m not really sure what I was expecting ahead of Antalya. I had been on junior international trips and had already shot with a large amount of the archers on the field, but my goal for the week was to qualify in the top half and make it through the first round,” Kai said.

    How did you feel about the new rule changes for world ranking events?

    “I quite liked the new rules to be honest. At first I was a bit unsure about them and expected my quality of shooting to go down (especially due to the 30 seconds per arrow rule), but you quickly learn that everyone is in the same boat, and it actually made the qualifications bit more fun in my opinion!”

    Is there anything you would’ve changed or done differently?

    “I would’ve liked to have checked my poundage on a bow scale which was calibrated before I left. Being 63 pounds at an equipment inspection didn’t exactly help my nerves.”

    How did you feel once the week was over?

    “I really enjoyed it! I did a lot better than expected and loved shooting and hanging out with both my teammates and people from all across the world. I am looking forward to the next one already.”

    Kai’s next trip representing GB will be in Paris for the third stage of the Hyundai World Cup towards the end of June this year.

    Penny Healey

    Seventeen-year-old recurve archer Penny Healey began her journey on Team GB in 2019 when she attended the European Youth Cup in Slovenia. Since then, she has established herself as a key member of the recurve women’s team.

    “My first junior GB trip was the European Youth Cup first leg in Slovenia. It was a great experience and coming back with a gold medal on my first ever GB trip was amazing!” Penny said.

    At the Antalya stage of the 2022 Hyundai World Cup, Penny, alongside teammates Bryony Pitman and Jaspreet Sagoo, came away with the team gold medal.

    “My main focus was to just shoot my shot and come away with more experience and feeling happy with myself after the week. I knew that we had a chance to gain some medals.”

    How did you feel about the new rule changes for world ranking events?

    “Overall, the week was pretty good. I settled in well with the new rules and I enjoyed it.”

    Is there anything you would’ve changed or done differently?

    “There isn’t really much I would change from Antalya, I’m happy with the outcome.”

    How did you feel once the week was over?

    “Now that the week is over, I feel proud of it. This is a big step in my journey as well as other archers, and it was great having a really positive atmosphere with everyone.”

    What was your best achievement before attending the Antalya World Cup?

    “Before going to Antalya, my best achievement I would say is between my European record and winning the indoor world series. They were both big steps in my career and equally amazing achievements.”

    Penny is currently out in Korea for the second stage of the Hyundai World Cup. Qualification is complete where she ranked in 16th ahead of the elimination rounds.

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  • How to Setup a Cajun Bowfishing Sucker Punch Bow: Part 6 - Tuning Your Bow
    19 May 2022

    Congratulations! You've made it to the final step in preparing your bowfishing gear for the first time out on the water. In this sixth and last step provided by our friends at Firehouse Bowfishing.

    In this episode, Derek takes a detailed look at how to fine tune your bowfishing bow to perform at its best in the field. All Cajun Bowfishing equipment goes through an extensive quality check prior to leaving the production facility in Gainesville, FL. With that said, we strongly recommend inspecting and making sure the bow is setup to perform 100% every time.

    For more information on the full Cajun Bowfishing lineup of bows and accessories, visit CajunBowfishing.com.

    In the meantime, enjoy Part 6!

    If you missed Part 5: Building the Perfect Bowfishing Arrow, check it out now

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Traditional Archery Blogs

26 May 2022

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  • Final Touch to Keep Broadheads Sharp
    25 May 2022
    I sharpen my broadheads until they can pass what I refer to as the “sticky” test. I balance the edge and weight of the broadhead on a fingernail and apply a small amount of force. If the edge sticks in place and does not move, it’s “sticky” sharp. If the broadhead scoots off [...]
  • Bullfrog Bowhunting Expedition
    25 May 2022
    With mosquitoes swarming my face and neck, I poised myself and held steady for the shot. My target tensed as it grew nervous, ready to jump into the swampy green depths. With a kill zone no more than an inch in diameter there was little room for error. As my arrow released, I [...]
  • Morels—A Bowhunter’s Spring Bonus
    23 May 2022
    Spring is a magical season when simply being outdoors can feel exhilarating. Turkey hunting and mushroom foraging are two of my favorite springtime activities. Combining the two can yield a daily double of outdoor enjoyment. Turkeys often appear like magic, and so do mushrooms. I’ve been a traditional bowhunter since the early 1960s. [...]
  • Bike Shorts for Treestand Seat
    18 May 2022
    I've been wearing "bike shorts" under my hunting clothes for many years now. These shorts are the kind you might wear to pad those "comfort" zones from the ungodly awful seats they are putting on bicycles these days. They have padding built up in the crotch and seat area, which also adds just [...]
  • Digital Issue: Jun/Jul 2022
    11 May 2022
    Featured Articles Co-Editor's Note by David Tetzlaff Oak Brush Paradise by David Hoff Smaller Bulls, Greater Satisfaction by E. Donnall Thomas, Jr. The Ground Game by Jeff Stonehouse Pine Ridge Whitetails A World Awakened by Kyle Dykstra Bullfrog Bowhunting Expedition by Chet Donath Traditional Wisdom by Nathan L. Andersohn A Quality Outdoor [...]
  • Bow Quiver Modification for Extra Arrow
    11 May 2022
    As traditional bowhunters, most of us like to have a blunt- or Judo-tipped arrow with us when we go afield. Piggy Backers have a clip on both sides, so two of them can be used to attach an extra arrow to one of the arrows in the quiver. However, I have never liked [...]
  • Bowfishing Circa 1947
    11 May 2022
    Bowfishing has become an increasingly popular sport. Some of us indulge in it during the off-season to keep hands and eyes tuned for big game hunting in the fall, while others see it not as a means to an end but a sport unto itself. Whichever way bowfishing appeals to today’s archer though, [...]
  • The Tire Swing
    11 May 2022

    My grandmother passed away on December 22 of 2020, capping off what had been a terrible year for everyone. She took a nasty fall in August which landed her in a nursing home receiving physical therapy treatment for several months. She was a fighter – the sweetest old lady you could ever meet – but a fighter nonetheless. In fact, she’d been fighting since 1996 when my grandfather suddenly passed of a heart attack while mowing the lawn. They were inseparable. I couldn’t imagine one without the other and didn’t think she would live to see 90 for that reason. But she loved my mother, my uncles, and all of her grandbabies, and made it her mission to stick around for us. She became our conduit and dedicated herself to keeping the family together no matter where life took us.

    We all hoped she would recover but knew better. I began to dread my mother’s calls, knowing full well that one of them would mean my grandmother was gone. “The doctor said she will never go home, Nick.” Mom said. “She just isn’t getting better. I think you better see her when you get the chance. You’ll have to talk to her on the phone and wave at her from the courtyard outside her room but it’s better than nothing.” That is what we did. It was a difficult trip. I couldn’t stand to see her so weak. It was hard to witness. I put on a jovial front but my heart was breaking in my chest. I fought back tears as we waved goodbye. For the first time in 38 years, I wouldn’t be able to hug my grandmother.

    I spoke with her again on my birthday. She never missed a birthday. She needed a reminder from Mom from time-to-time but I would always find a musical voicemail courtesy of the little white-haired lady with the high-pitched voice. I wish I would have saved them all.

    She suffered another fall the weekend before Christmas. My parents were driving down to join us for an early holiday when they were notified. Since they weren’t allowed to see her due to pandemic restrictions, they decided to continue on as planned. Grandma would’ve wanted them to be with us, and for my mom to be with her grandkids. She needed that distraction to lessen the blow of the situation.

    I had planned on hunting that weekend but lost the will. The pull of the woods wasn’t strong enough to compete with the horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach. Mom spent most of the weekend on the phone with my uncles. Grandma was slipping in-and-out of consciousness and they were navigating the inevitable the best they could. Mom held it together somehow and told us all to call the nursing home to say our goodbyes. “Ask the nurse to hold the phone up to her ear.” Mom said. “She probably won’t respond to you, but she’ll hear you. Say what you need to say. Let the girls talk too. She loves to hear their voices.” That would be the last time I would speak to my grandmother. I don’t remember what I said.

    I spent the following days wrapped up in myself and lost in thought. I’d planned to hunt but lacked the ambition. Jess eventually told me to get off the couch and into the woods on Christmas Eve. “It’ll be good for you.” She said. “You love hunting the night before Christmas! You always talk about how magical it is.” And I did under normal circumstances. This was anything but. Nothing felt normal and everything felt wrong. “I don’t think I want to go. What does it matter?” I muttered.

    “You need to go.” She said. “You need to be you for a bit. It would pain your grandmother to see you like this.” She was right. She wouldn’t want her oldest grandson pouting around the house because of her. The thought pulled me into a memory. I was suddenly 11 and sitting on the tire swing on my grandparent’s farm. My brothers had gone to a practice of some kind, maybe baseball, which meant spending the afternoon alone. The farm wasn’t a great place to be on your own. There was acres of sweet corn to run through and several rusted, red, sheet-metal barns to explore, but adventures like these were better with company. Even the swing, which was the focal point of our summer entertainment, wasn’t great without someone to push you. Spinning, slow, lopsided circles and drawing sand spirals with your toes was the extent of its usefulness.

    This wasn’t your average swing thrown together by novices. My uncles had carved it out of a tractor tire, installed a crossbeam brace, and suspended it all from tall wooden poles with thick rope. It looked a lot like the cockpit of a small helicopter – and we treated it as such by arming it with wooden weapons fresh off the belt-sander, or whatever we could salvage from the granary, auto shop, or barn. But without co-pilots or door gunners it was a swing, and only good enough for slumping into and moping about.

    I’d been out there doing that for a while when I heard the door of the breezeway shut and saw Grandma waddling toward me. I spun around, got up, and met her half way. She stopped and laughed. “Oooh doggone it! I saw you out the bathroom window and was coming over to give you a push. I guess I was too slow.” Grandma wasn’t very tall, or fleet of foot for that matter. I smiled at the idea of her on her tiptoes trying to see me out her narrow bathroom window. “You weren’t, Grandma. I was coming in anyway.”

    “Oh okay, Honey. I’ve got pancakes waiting for you with that fresh, maple syrup you like. Or there is that good Polish sausage in there with sour kraut. Or I could make some of that vegetable soup…” Her desire to feed people was legendary. I’d stop in to see her, on my way back to college and couldn’t get out the door without an armful of whatever was on sale at the supermarket that week. One of my better trips ended with a party-sized can of Hormel Chili and several three-liter bottles of off-brand orange soda. I got off light that time.

    She always wanted me to be full — in body and in spirit. Now she was gone and I was no longer either of those things. But I owed it to her to try and an evening hunt seemed like the place to start. I kissed Jessica and the girls, grabbed my longbow, and drove to the nearest patch of accessible land.

    I wasn’t shocked to find it empty. It was Christmas Eve in West Michigan and the hunting populous was either at the dinner table, around the tree, or asleep in their favorite recliners with full bellies. I killed the engine and let my mind drift back to simpler times and a lifetime of Christmas Eves at my grandparents’. We split time between both sets, which meant two dinners, two rounds of gift-giving, and an inexhaustible amount of holiday spirit. I was thankful for these golden years and the memories attached but could have done without the heartache accompanied. I focused on the hunt ahead to push them aside. I was at least happy to have the area to myself and looked forward to an evening afield without interruption. With any luck, I would shoot a deer, and bring home tenderloins for Christmas dinner.

     I climbed out of the car, slipped on my wool pullover, strung my bow, and took in a long, sharp drag of crisp, winter air to prepare. It was very still. My phone predicted a northwest wind but there was little evidence to support it. Plus, there was the topography of the land and thermals to consider. I tossed the science aside and decided to consult a higher power. “Well, where are they at, Grandma? Where are am I headed tonight?” A gust of wind crept up and brushed my cheek, as if to answer. “Fair enough.” I smiled, tears forming in the corners of my eyes. “I’ll follow your lead.”

    I headed into the wind, which took me up a steep hardwood ridge with a narrow oak flat on top. I’d spied several sets of whitetail tracks running both edges and evidence of foraging squirrels, rabbits, and even turkeys in the center. This place was as good as any this time of year. I would be entertained at least.

    I found an old oak deadfall, climbed inside, cleared away the snow, ice, and debris at my feet, and propped my seat up against its trunk. I would have a shot at either side of the flat from that position, and would see anything coming or going before it saw me. It was the perfect setup for an evening sit. I knocked an arrow, laid the bow across my lap, and spent the next hour staring into the woods and thinking about my grandmother. I’d had so many happy memories of her, but for whatever reason, kept drifting back to that day in the tire swing. This confused me. I hadn’t thought of that day in decades prior to this hunt and was curious as to why it had resurfaced ahead of all the other wonderful moments I’d spent with her.

    At around 4:30 I heard the unmistakable sound of crunching snow and snapped my eyes to the left in time to see three does bounding down the northernmost edge of the flat and to the safety of the pines beyond. Their tails were up and it was obvious something had pushed them from whatever area they were staging in. I checked the wind to confirm I wasn’t the reason and spent the next few minutes speculating on what it might be.

    I heard more crunching moments later. This time of the two-legged variety. I was savvy enough to know the difference between a deer and a man. One moved with purpose and grace in the snow. The other plodded through it with certainty and hubris. This example was all of the latter but with a little youth and naivety sprinkled on top. The culprit emerged from the opposite edge moments later, wearing the biggest, dumbest grin I’d ever seen. A high-pitched voice on the cusp of puberty followed. “Oh hey, I didn’t see you there. What’s up, man?”

    I raised the brim of my hat to find an awkward young man of 13 or 14 loping toward me. He had fiery red hair, a freckled face, and a lanky physique he hadn’t mastered yet. His clothes were branded from boots to hat and had the look of a snowboarder. It was obvious he frequented the slopes nearby. I’d seen hundreds of kids like him while taking the girls tubing and he fit every stereotype – right down to his lack of a real jacket and awareness of the world around him. I glared at him. “Evening.” I said, in my best alpha male voice.

    “Cool camo.” He said. “You hunting?”

    “Well…I was.”

    “You see anything, yet?”

     “Yes, but probably won’t again. What are you doing stomping around out here during hunting season” I snapped.

    “Just exploring.” He said, still grinning. “I’m not a hunter.”

    “You don’t say?”

    My face flushed. It took every ounce of restraint I possessed to keep from cussing this kid down the ridge and up the other side. But it was Christmas Eve and he was filled with the spirit of the season. He was probably visiting family and stepped out for an evening hike after hugging his grandmother. I softened, knowing I would’ve traded places with him in an instant if given the opportunity. Besides, how would he know people hunted Christmas Eve?

    “Good night for it.” I said, pulling the arrow off my string. “How much further are you walking?”

    “Oh, I was just going to go down this hill. It looked cool.” He beamed.

    “It is cool.” I grinned. “Well Merry Christmas but be careful on your way back. There might be other hunters around here.”

    “Oh really? I probably better get going then.”

    “Merry Christmas.”

    “You too, man! I hope you get one!”

    He smiled and stomped off, scattering his scent into the wind and taking any chance of my seeing anything else with him. I slumped back into my seat and spent the next few minutes drawing spirals in snow with the toe of my boot. There was no point in staying after the interruption but I was too busy pouting to care.

    Then I remembered the tire swing and my grandmother and began to laugh. Grandma loved a good practical joke and this one had her signature all over it. In fact, I swore that if I looked hard enough, I would see her round, red face shaking with laughter, as she walked toward me. My sadness was gone. Grandma may not have given me what I wanted, but she gave me what I needed – a little push.

    “Merry Christmas, Grandma.” I said, and settled back to enjoy the evening.

    This story was recently published in the latest issue of STICKTALK, the official publication of the Michigan Longbow Association. If you enjoy my writing, you will find it and others in my latest book “Clumsy Predators” which should be out later this year.

  • Water Filtering Basics
    02 May 2022
    Randy Newberg, Hunter explains the basics of water filtration, the types of systems available and his preferences for the style of hunting he does. Gravity flow systems, hand pumps, straws, and sterilization pens are discussed here. Chemical treatments are not part of this discussion, though Randy carries Aquamira drops for emergency [...]
  • Oak Brush Paradise
    26 April 2022
    Bowhunting to me has always been, in its truest form, a reason to dive into the natural world. I feel the act of hiking through the mountains comes with greater satisfaction when the purpose of the hunt is at the root of the adventure. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy other forms of [...]
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  • Bowhunting Soul EP85: Luke Parker
    26 May 2022

    This week I'm joined by Alabama bow hunter Luke Parker. I stumbled onto Luke's video of him shooting a turkey with a recurve on his YouTube channel "That's Wild Hunting". Add to the fact he's from Alabama and I have a strange fascination with wanting to hunt whitetails in that state in the future, it was a no-brainer to reach out to him and do a podcast. He's a very dedicated hunter and his content is great to watch, and he's promised more content to come. Can't wait to see it. Hope you guys enjoy the episode. Remember to PLEASE like, share and subscribe, and most importantly, leave a rating! Super important!

    Thanks for listening.

    Emrah

  • Easton Target Archery Podcast 183- Live In Korea
    25 May 2022

    George and Steve are joined by some of the world's top archers at the World Cup in Gwangju, Korea for some conversations and stories.  Sergio Pagni, Mike Schloesser, Brady Ellison, Takaharu Furukawa and Peter Elzinga are among the shooting stars on hand for this special episode, giving personal insights and observations about the event, and the state of our sport.

  • #115Convo with Dougie. Some shooting, ranting, and a review
    24 May 2022

    Title says it all.

  • 7 time Redding champion Paige Pearce
    14 May 2022

    BJM's Greg Poole is joined by the 2022 Redding Women's pro champion Paige Pearce to discuss her 7th title at this event. Greg & Paige also discuss her Gold at the USAA field nationals and how he she had to pick up a new bow just over a week before Redding and some of the tuning & adjustments she made that allowed her to set a new Redding record at 1535!!

  • Male Pro Louis Price
    13 May 2022

    BJM's Greg Poole is joined by Male Professional archer Louis Price to talk about his amazing 2 down performance at the 2022 Redding event. Louis & Greg discuss his equipment & set up in addition to his fathers archery shop Heritage Outdoor Sports in Phelps NY where Louis works and helps coach many kids as the Price family works to grow the sport.

  • Honoring Ron LaClair - 1936-2022 - Episode 27
    12 May 2022

    Back in 2017, The Push Podcast set out to interview the legends and icons of the Traditional Archery Community. At the top of the list was Ron LaClair. This is episode 27 with a true giant in our community. Ron will be deeply missed.

  • 2022 Redding champion Gaius Carter
    12 May 2022

    BJM's Greg Poole is joined by the 2022 Redding Men's pro Champion Gaius Carter to discuss his career growth to date and how he has become a force to be reckoned with on the pro circuit. Gaius & Greg discuss his equipment, set up and the archery road trip to Fresno then Redding that allowed him to shoot a warm up safari event before Redding.

  • Easton Target Archery Podcast 182- History Special- Hoyt Archery Company
    12 May 2022

    As Steve and George head out to the World Cup in Gwangju, Korea, here's another history special- this time on the history of the Easton family-owned Hoyt Archery Company.

  • Bowhunting Soul EP84: Guy With a Stickbow Josh Neil
    10 May 2022

    This week I'm joined by Josh Neil of Oklahoma. Josh is relatively new to shooting a traditional bow (but not to hunting) and has had early success on Elk and Turkeys. Josh is the sort who seeks to continually improve skills and success and shares a lot of his journey on Instagram. Really cool guy to talk to so I'm glad we got a chance to record. Thanks for listening.

    Emrah

  • Episode 228 - St. Patrick Lake Longbows - Erik Hoff, Josh Miller and Cody Greenwood
    06 May 2022
    In this episode Tim, Cody Greenwood, and Josh Miller sit down with Erik Hoff of St. Patrick Lake Longbows to discuss Erik's bow lineup and production, and all things ASL. Enjoy the show.

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