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TimestampHow long have you been involved in archery?What do you do with your bow and arrow (recreation, hunting, etc)What made you fall in love with it?Did you ever name your bow? (if so, what is it?)Do you have a great personal story to share?Which country do you live in?Is there something about archery that most people don't know about?
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9/20/2014 3:04:302 yearsTarget shooting only Curiosity mostly. Tried it at school years ago, decided to buy a youth bow and try again. Fallen in love with it since. I guess because it's a 'unique' sport where not many people you know shoot.Tie, my bow tie.Australia
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9/20/2014 4:38:12I bought my first bow around April, but I've been renting out bows at a local range for at least a year or so.I shoot a target I had made here at my house, I plan to go hunting in the near future.I don't really know, I've been interested in bows and archery since I was a kid and now I finally have the opportunity to be able to use a bow.Hmmm. I've never thought of that! Haha. I'll probably think of one sometime later.Not really. I just shoot. And I enjoy it. PhilippinesNot really, but I can share a quote about archery from Game of Thrones though: "Your eye knows where it wants the arrow to go. Trust your eye."

It's the best advice about archery I've ever heard. xD
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9/20/2014 5:33:558 yearstargetThe first time I shot, I was completely soldnope.Netherlands
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9/20/2014 5:42:105 yearstarget shooting, clout archery.played a video game where longbows were featured, and that sparked my interest in archery, then I started practicing at a range with some friends and it developed from there.I named it 'Long Ash' entirely because it was an Ash self longbowI once out fired(fired faster then him) a guy using a compound bow, which are generally faster to fire the traditional longbows.Australiathe strings on most bows are 3-4 inches shorter then the total length of the bow, but are sold as the length of the bow.

e.g. a 73" longbow uses a 70" string, and in most shops, the string will be marked 73"
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9/20/2014 6:15:449 years3D shootsAny fault lies with me, and the accuracy you can reach with it.No.NetherlandsUsually with a sport, some people do not like it. But with archery, everyone I've taken with me liked it. Through modern man shooting for so long, it's ingrained in our genes (seems like).
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9/20/2014 8:29:452 years-ishhunting, recreationI've always been interested in hunting and being self-sustaining. I also like the competitive aspect of it because I prefer "sports" where you compete against yourself.Not yet, but I plan to once I finish building my new recurve.Not yet but I'm going hunting this November so hopefully then!America
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9/20/2014 8:46:1615 years of shooting. 4-5 years of structured practice and huntingbig game huntingUnited States
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9/20/2014 8:59:5915 years of shooting. 4-5 years of structured practice and huntingbig game hunting, small game hunting, Roving, Mostly the increased challenge when hunting. I also chose archery because it was an inexpensive sport to get into.No, I don't normally name my bows.I actually made all of my archery equipment by hand, this includes the bow, arrows, tab, and quiver. I started making bows when I was 16 as a way to cheaply upgrade my bow. I had read about it for years before and cut down trees for drying.United StatesThere is a whole subculture of bow makers most people probably don't know about, we have large meet-ups in different places throughout the year. There is a flight bow competition in the Salt Flats where people try to break records with the traditional bows they build.
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9/20/2014 9:46:376 yearspreviously, collegiate target archery, now small level tournaments as well as huntingThe way you feel when you make a perfect shot. Always. Colby was one. Venom another. No rhyme or reason. Hitting a tiebreaker arrow to take our team to the medal rounds an collegiate nationals united States
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9/20/2014 9:47:151.5 yearsstarted off with hunting, now doing hunting and competitionsbeing outside all alone except my bow. Being able to shoot stuff. The people I meet. The fact I have one of the best coaches in the world coaching me. Nonot really sorry. Most hunts often include a bit of exploring. Yesterday I followed a lake around its perimeter until I reached a plain of knee-high ferns. Jumped a fence and found an old, abandoned windmill. So I climbed it and saw stuff.

Fun times yknow.
Australia compounds aren't just point and shoot.

Archery isn't just pullback, release, bullseye, like Robin Hood portrays it. It's a lot about mentality. ie conquering target panic
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9/20/2014 9:49:2110 yearsIndoor targetThere's no excuses in archery, it's all on you. Smack talk dissolves on the line as the real champs pull ahead and there's nothing to blame but yourself.Icemaker, because I used some vinyl tubing in making my finger sling that says "do not use for icemakers" on it.I'm just on the toilet, sorry! Will come back and write one later.CanadaYou can buy explosive broadheads! I cannot recall what caliber but a cartridge is placed inside the head and goes off when it strikes something.
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9/20/2014 13:04:0613 yearshunting, target shooting, 3d target competitions, bowyerWatching lord of the rings and loving Legolas' character. Kór. United StatesArchery has been apart of most every culture, usually developed for hunting and later purposes for war.
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9/20/2014 16:23:114-5 yearsRecreation and competitive shootingJust how freeing it is, really. I like how powerful it feels. I've been planning on it, I can't really think of a name thoughI almost shot myself accidentally once. Behind the target I was shooting at was netting held up with metal poles. The person who had set it up(this was totally my fault, being one of the more experienced archers in the club I'm part of I should've checked that it was set up correctly) had made it so the pole was behind the target instead of to the side. Well, this also happened to be the day were I was trying out a new poundage with one of the bows. So I went over the target, the arrow hit the pool and ricocheted back at me. Didn't hit me, but it came a bit too close for comfort.

I've also had a few robin hoods while teaching others how to shoot, which was pretty cool.
AmericaIt exercises muscles that usually basic weight training doesn't benefit which is interesting.
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9/20/2014 21:24:5110 yearstarget archery / competitionThe need to be completely in the moment, thinking purely about form and how my body feels during the shot cycle. Its almost like a martial art and requires that much dedication and persistence. After practice I find that I am centered and calm due to having to forget, at least for a short time, the frustrations and tensions of the day.My bow is named "Precious" after the Lord of the Rings. When I first bought it I spent every night turning for two weeks...my wife mentioned I was like that guy in the lord of the rings that was looking for my precious.At a FITA, 18M shoot I shot one end that was a 10, a robbin-hood of my first arrow, then another 10, for a perfect score of 30. Tow arrows in the target, one of which looked like a flower from the back!USAHow difficult it is in comparison to the movies. So many people come to our range expecting to shoot like popular media and are surprised to find out how much dedication it takes to shoot a decent score at 90M, much less group at 5M.
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9/20/2014 22:57:415 yearsRecreationThe simplicity. Its me, the equipment, and the target. Technology improves, but at the core, its the Archer, the Bow, and the Target. I like that.If I could think of a cool name, I probably would - just not creative enough.My first time in a blind, I dropped my father in laws compound, after a shot. I used a sling, he didn't. I released as normal, and was positively SHOCKED that the bow fell. Felt like a right moron. Bow was fine, and I bought him a wrist sling next Christmas.Canada
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9/21/2014 22:06:238 yearsrecreation and hunting.It makes me feel a connection with nature, and with the ancient people.Cinder.Not that I remember.Canada.Most modern adults would only be able to handle a bow with a draw weight of around 30lbs. The medieval English archers used bows with draw weights of 100-150lbs.
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9/22/2014 18:11:136Target shooting at an indoor rangeIts competitive but my biggest competitor is myself. It doesn't really matter to me how people around me shoot, I just focus on self improvement.I made a longbow out of a PVC pipe that I named Ygritte (after a wildling character in Game of Thrones)USA
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9/23/2014 13:49:196 monthstarget indoor/outdoorI picked up a bow out of curiosity and after the first 10 or so arrows I knew I had found something that was going to be a passion for a long time. The feel of the draw, the arrow hitting the target, and it doesnt hurt that I apparently am pretty accurate for a beginner.I did, her name is Malory.none yet sadlyUnited StatesNot all arrows work well with every bow. Arrows react differently depending on the bow weight and a number of other factors that the public doesn't even know about.
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9/27/2014 16:09:202 yearsRecreational field shootingYou will understand when you shoot your first arrowYes, previously little blue, current bow is EmilyToday I shot a 16 on a 45m unmarked 80cm field face.... To me this was a huge achievement.Ireland One of the only sports in the world where you compete against yourself rather than an opponent
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