Cabin fever time folks...So it's time to start meaningless philosophical discussions. Here goes....
Do you consider yourself an archer, or a bowhunter, or both?
I guess defining some terms here would be in order. If your only motivation for shooting your bow is so that you can get ready for hunting season, then I would consider that being a bowhunter only.
If you shoot for the sheer joy of shooting, and all the minutia that goes with it, and you are on an endless quest to be the most perfect shot you can be, then I'd say that makes you an archer.
You can also very well be both, and that would NOT be a bad thing at all!
I guess the final test would be to answer this question.......
If you could no longer hunt with your bow (no place to hunt, Obama, HSUS, and PETA get their dream come true and outlaw hunting, or for some medical reason you can't draw a hunting weight bow any longer***AND LET'S KEEP THE CROSSBOWS OUT OF THE DISCUSSION***, or whatever), would you still shoot a bow?
My answer is YES, but I wasn't always that way. I, like many, came to archery through bowhunting, and my only reason for buying and shooting a bow was to be able to have a longer deer hunting season. This was my motivation for a good number of years, and many times during bow season I'd see a deer that was out of bow range, and I wished I'd had a gun in my hands.
Then gradually that changed, and one gun season I killed a nice 8 pointer with my shotgun at about 12 yards, and without thinking about it I had this sudden disappointment and wished I'd had my BOW in my hands instead of the gun!
7 years ago I stopped shooting my compounds, and went 100% with my recurves. Over that time, I've come to enjoy the "off" season about as much as the regular deer bow season. I shoot all year, and 10,000 to 12,000 arrows a year is about my average, and a good percentage of that is roving in fields and woods with Judo points. I shoot in my basement when the weather is bad, and I even shoot aerial targets when I get the chance. 1 or 2 3-D shoots a month during non-bowseason is also the norm.
How about any others? I will add that there are no WRONG answers here. It's just for the sake of discussion, and maybe it'll make some of us think a bit too.
Offer No Apologies.....
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