This is a site for discussing roleplaying games. Have fun doing so, but there is one major rule: do not discuss political issues that aren't directly and uniquely related to the subject of the thread and about gaming. While this site is dedicated to free speech, the following will not be tolerated: devolving a thread into unrelated political discussion, sockpuppeting (using multiple and/or bogus accounts), disrupting topics without contributing to them, and posting images that could get someone fired in the workplace (an external link is OK, but clearly mark it as Not Safe For Work, or NSFW). If you receive a warning, please take it seriously and either move on to another topic or steer the discussion back to its original RPG-related theme.
NOTICE: Some online security services are reporting that information for a limited number of users from this site is for sale on the "dark web." As of right now, there is no direct evidence of this, but change your password just to be safe.
The RPGPundit's Own Forum Rules
This part of the site is controlled by the RPGPundit. This is where he discusses topics that he finds interesting. You may post here, but understand that there are limits. The RPGPundit can shut down any thread, topic of discussion, or user in a thread at his pleasure. This part of the site is essentially his house, so keep that in mind. Note that this is the only part of the site where political discussion is permitted, but is regulated by the RPGPundit.

Author Topic: Anyone do any archery (Hunting, target shooting, goofing off) here?  (Read 661 times)

oggsmash

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2304
   I bought an older used recurve bow over 15 years ago at a gun show and over the years I will go through cycles of consistency practicing with it. I recently got a long bow (insanely cheap at a craft show..I think they guy is under pricing his products) and another recurve bow.  My son is old enough to get a bow to practice with (20# recurve) and so we have been shooting at least 100 arrows a week for the past few weeks.  In any event, I am trying to get good at bare bow natural archery, so I have not bothered with getting sights, trigger releases, stabilizers, etc.   I wanted to cultivate a skill over time and improve at the techniques in and of themselves. 

   Anyway, anyone else have an archery interest?   I do not know that I will ever hunt with a recurve bow (honestly not good enough to do so ethically now), but I do enjoy the challenge of trying to get good at something, though it can be a bit frustrating at times.   Also, if there are archers here, any tips?

Jam The MF

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 287
Re: Anyone do any archery (Hunting, target shooting, goofing off) here?
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2021, 10:37:48 PM »
I dabbled with archery when I was younger.  Mostly, compound bows.  Aluminum and Carbon arrows.  Always fun for a little while, but not fun enough for me.

It has become expensive, if you chase speed and accuracy.
Long Live White Box D&D!!!

oggsmash

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2304
Re: Anyone do any archery (Hunting, target shooting, goofing off) here?
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2021, 08:55:31 AM »
I dabbled with archery when I was younger.  Mostly, compound bows.  Aluminum and Carbon arrows.  Always fun for a little while, but not fun enough for me.

It has become expensive, if you chase speed and accuracy.

   Yeah, upper end compound and recurve bows can get a little crazy.  I suppose if we just chase flight speed and accuracy, a crossbow is the quickest answer there, but that honestly is no so different from shooting a rifle (modern crossbows anyway).  I considered a compound bow with all the bells and whistles, but I enjoy the discomfort of trying to master something "new".  New being relative, I have just never set the disciplined time aside to make sure I was consistent.  I am doing that now, and want to see what a year of consistent 5 days a week shooting does for me.

GriswaldTerrastone

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 187
  • Just here.
Re: Anyone do any archery (Hunting, target shooting, goofing off) here?
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2021, 06:38:20 PM »
Crossbow target shooting. Including pistol crossbow. No hunting, though.
I'm 55. My profile won't record this. It's only right younger members know how old I am.

oggsmash

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2304
Re: Anyone do any archery (Hunting, target shooting, goofing off) here?
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2021, 06:41:26 PM »
Crossbow target shooting. Including pistol crossbow. No hunting, though.

   I have considered a decent crossbow, I do not hunt, but in the near future (next year or so), if I did hunt a crossbow is the only way I could see doing so ethically.

GriswaldTerrastone

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 187
  • Just here.
Re: Anyone do any archery (Hunting, target shooting, goofing off) here?
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2021, 06:47:04 PM »
Actually it would be more ethical to use a gun. It's a better, quicker way to kill.
I'm 55. My profile won't record this. It's only right younger members know how old I am.

oggsmash

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2304
Re: Anyone do any archery (Hunting, target shooting, goofing off) here?
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2021, 06:51:05 PM »
Actually it would be more ethical to use a gun. It's a better, quicker way to kill.
 

   A crossbow is pretty close within 40 yards.   Gun, is relative to what you take.  If we are talking kill or go hungry, I will take the rifle.  If I am hunting to make deer sausage, I do not mind giving the deer an honest chance.  I would also say a broadhead through the heart/lungs is going to kill a deer just as well (and possibly better) than a 30-06, and there is about zero chance the bullet keeps going and hits anything else in case I am either off or take a bad shot (which I wouldnt, but...you never know). 

Mistwell

  • Smarter than Arduin
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4062
Re: Anyone do any archery (Hunting, target shooting, goofing off) here?
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2021, 08:21:45 PM »
There is a free range near my home that I've tried and enjoyed, though I am not good. I've been thinking on and off about getting a bow.

oggsmash

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2304
Re: Anyone do any archery (Hunting, target shooting, goofing off) here?
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2021, 09:13:08 PM »
There is a free range near my home that I've tried and enjoyed, though I am not good. I've been thinking on and off about getting a bow.

  The good thing about a bow, is if you at least have a backyard (well I guess in your case backyard might be relative in L.A.) you can have a backstop that is completely safe to shoot a bit in the back yard (even 10 yards is good to practice release, holding and aiming) so you would not have to limit all shooting to the range.   I have enjoyed getting back into it, and I think positive for anyone who gets into it.

Mistwell

  • Smarter than Arduin
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4062
Re: Anyone do any archery (Hunting, target shooting, goofing off) here?
« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2021, 12:34:22 AM »
There is a free range near my home that I've tried and enjoyed, though I am not good. I've been thinking on and off about getting a bow.

  The good thing about a bow, is if you at least have a backyard (well I guess in your case backyard might be relative in L.A.) you can have a backstop that is completely safe to shoot a bit in the back yard (even 10 yards is good to practice release, holding and aiming) so you would not have to limit all shooting to the range.   I have enjoyed getting back into it, and I think positive for anyone who gets into it.

I actually have an unusually large backyard by LA standards. That's an interesting thought I hadn't considered.
« Last Edit: September 01, 2021, 01:48:37 AM by Mistwell »

Pat

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • P
  • Posts: 3901
  • Rats do 0 damage
Re: Anyone do any archery (Hunting, target shooting, goofing off) here?
« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2021, 12:45:43 AM »
It's up to you, but with all these details you're doxing yourself.

oggsmash

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2304
Re: Anyone do any archery (Hunting, target shooting, goofing off) here?
« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2021, 01:10:34 AM »
There is a free range near my home that I've tried and enjoyed, though I am not good. I've been thinking on and off about getting a bow.

  The good thing about a bow, is if you at least have a backyard (well I guess in your case backyard might be relative in L.A.) you can have a backstop that is completely safe to shoot a bit in the back yard (even 10 yards is good to practice release, holding and aiming) so you would not have to limit all shooting to the range.   I have enjoyed getting back into it, and I think positive for anyone who gets into it.

I actually have an unusually large backyard by LA standards. That's an interesting thought I hadn't considered. Though the archery range nearby is in walking distance. I think it was originally made for the 1984 olympics.

  I would still set something up in the yard.  The more convenient it is to shoot 20 or so, the more often you will do it.   

JeffB

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 171
Re: Anyone do any archery (Hunting, target shooting, goofing off) here?
« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2021, 01:46:53 PM »
Hunted (traditional and modern equipment) and competed (modern) with Archery equipment for around 20 years. Worked in the industry as a side job as well during that time.

I likely would have abandoned modern equipment entirely, especially for hunting, however I am left eye dominant and right handed, which causes me problems to no end with consistent accuracy using true instinctive or "barebow" (point of aim, gap shooting, etc) shooting methods with longbows and recurves. I taught myself to shoot left handed(modern and traditional) to help, but it was never natural which hurt me in competition.

At this point in my life my eyesight is failing rapidly, I've had multiple back surgeries and perm nerve damage in both hands related to powerlifting when I was younger and so I only shoot occasionally these days for fun, and with my 10yo Daughter who has taken interest due to summer camp the past few years.