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|We run our 3-D shoots all winter long. Starting in October, and ending in May.|
Just found this site and havnt had the chance to realy scope it out. I am looking foward to checking out the News Groups and all the Gallery Pages.
I own two bows. Both of them are Bear, Grizzly recurves. One is a 1964 model and the other a 1997. Draw weight for each of them is 50#@28. My friends finaly talked me into retireing my older Grizzly and getting a new bow. Well I liked it so much, that I finaly just ordered a new one when Bear reintroduced the line. I make my own arrows from 23/64 POC 65/70 shafting and generaly end up with arrows weighing 530-550 grns. That is cut to a BOP 30 1/2 inches and tipped with 125-135 grn points. My drawlength is right at 30 inches and I achieve about 55-57#. I use this same set up for hunting and my target archery. I am saving up for a fancy target recurve though. My quiver is a Selway Stickquiver. Very rugged, slip on, 6 arrow bow quiver. A Saunders Fab-Tab, and Neet fleece armguard round out my basic gear.
I recieved my first bow when I was 10. You know the gig...standard 20 lb fiberglass recurve. The bullseye target, 3 cheesy little arrows, cardboard tab and armguard. Man I loved it! Ever since then bows and arrows have always been close by. My first "real bow" (I thought at the time.) was a 30# Ben Pearson fiberglass longbow. It got the best camo job a 12 year old could produce. Until I found my first Grizzly a couple years later, my longbow was my constant companion...along with my wristrocket. I purchased my Grizzly used with no string for $15.00 The plan was to be buying arrows for my longbow...but a 50# Bear wasnt something to pass up. For the next few years it seemed almost all of my free time was shooting my bow. My friends and I would go small game and deer hunting, stump shooting, set up our own target courses...just run wild I guess. I joined the Army shortly after high school and for the next few years my archery kind of slowed. Finaly after my first four years, I reenlisted and was able to get station of choice. So I came home to Alaska. By the time my next four years had gone by I was once again waiste deep into my recurve. I had joined local leagues, found new hunting areas, and most importantly...linked up with alot of good folks who like me love archery. I couldnt believe at first how many there were. Eventualy I got out of the Army and settled in Chugiak. I opened a small archery shop in Eagle River and had a wonderfull time. We had to close the shop after a couple years for medical reasons. So I decided to continue one of my favorite things from the business at home. Making traditional wood arrows. We just recently set up a web site for this. I will place a link in the spaces below. I was privaledged to be the Vice President and President of Cook Inlet Archers. I am a life member of CIA, and the NAHC. Also an annual member of Traditional Archers of Alaska and IBO. Everyday it seems I learn a little more about Traditional Archery. Wether it is matching arrows for a 3-D shoot or hunting Dall Sheep in the Chugach Mountains. Traditional Archery seems to have gotten hold of me pretty good...but that aint a bad thing.
Thoughts on Archery Matters...thats a pretty tall order. I am pleased to see all the activity in the archery community. We have many great organizations promoting our sport from several differant avenues. From bowhunting to olympic target archery. Proffesional 3-D shoots to authentic reenactment folks. The last big hurtle for archers to get over is the infamous "infighting" we seem to experience from time to time. Folks are bound to disagree, but one shouldnt air their laundry in public so to speak. If archers from all aspects would tolerate and support each other, it would be a realy cool deal.
From what I have seen so far this is a realy nice site! What a great way for archers to touch base.