My new stickbow

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My new stickbow

Postby USN_Sam1385 » Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:34 am

Well, I got into Traditional archery over this winter full swing, and it is becoming harder and harder to look at my wheel bow.

I started out by taking the advice of my buddy Lou, aka Woods Walker and getting a good book on Traditional Archery, and a low poundage bow to learn on.

The book was "Shooting the Stick bow" by Anthony Camera, and the bow was a 30 pounds @ 28" draw length English style longbow. The bow was $59, and came to me 'rough and ready'. A simple application of petroleum jelly rendered the bow 'finished' for at least 6 months, as it provided a watertight seal for the bow.

Anyhow, after getting a good handle on proper form, consistency, and 'feeling' a good shot; I decided to get my 'real' bow.

I was fortunate enough to find a local guy who was trying to rid himself of his longbow, a Thunderhorn Coup Stick custom made by a man named Duane Jessop from Montana. Even better, he was willing to trade it to me for my Remington 700 .270.

The bow bears resemblance to a fine musical instrument.

The riser is made of orange-wood and cocabalo and is inlaid with elk antler, the limb tips are also elk antler, the bow has a fast flight custom string on it, beaver fur string silencers, and shoots like a dream. It draws 55# @ 26", but with my draw length being 28" Mr. Jessop informed me that I am drawing it right around 60#'s.

I warn you, if you decide to pick up the stick bow it is hard to turn back. This sucker weighs a pound or less, and feels like carrying a spoon through the woods vs. my compound bow. I must also add however that if you get into this there are no shortcuts. It is you, the bow, the arrow, and a target. Practice is how you hit the target, and only time and practice gets you there; like throwing darts.

Anyhow, here are some pictures:





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RE: My new stickbow

Postby MoBowman » Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:34 am

Sweeeeeeeet, does make it interesting to shoot. I make a habit of hunting with my recurve at least a couple times a year. Will also take it to a couple 3d shoots just to keep in tune with me. But that is one nice looking bow.
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RE: My new stickbow

Postby msbadger » Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:18 pm

She's a beauty for sure....So you just got started? Haven't hunted with it yet?
Just wait ...it's a thrill of a life time....


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RE: My new stickbow

Postby Woods Walker » Tue Feb 15, 2011 3:30 pm

NICE!!!! Talk about bowporn!!!!

You also have a very good grasp of what's involved, Sam. Sounds like you're on your way!

Just wait until you kill one with that bow. You think you're hooked now, you aren't even close! [:)]
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RE: My new stickbow

Postby MSHunter » Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:56 pm

Hi Sam,
That's a sweet looking bow.

It's curious that you put this post on the forum today. I just picked up a recurve bow last week and was thinking of a similar post.

I'll look into the book. But, just curious, where did you get your practice bow??
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RE: My new stickbow

Postby USN_Sam1385 » Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:08 am

@ Ms. Badger: I have not hunted with it yet. I got into this with about a month left in bow season, and I am still working out the kinks. Tuning arrows to my set up, getting my broad heads selected and shot, and of course practice, practice, practice. I shoot every other day so as to give my muscles time to rebuild between shooting. Hopefully I will be ready to hunt with it by this fall coming up. That gives me a good 8 mos. of practice.

@Woods: I thought I was hooked with my low pound bow, then I started slinging arrows 200 fps with this simple piece of wood which hooked me even more. These reflex/deflex hybrid reverse riser longbows are a real technological marvel. No stack, smooth draw, fast arrow speed, short length (58") etc.

@MSHunter: I went to Mac's Archery on the interener. Those are about the best prices you will find online. If you get the rough and ready English style longbow you can get it from 25 pounds up to 40 pounds, and it leaves you the option to 'finish' it the way that you like. I just coated mine with petroleum jelly, let it sit for a few hours and wiped off the excess.

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RE: My new stickbow

Postby Woods Walker » Wed Feb 16, 2011 10:34 am

A longbow will be my next toy, and it will be a reflex/deflex. I shot one at a Deer Hunting show a few years ago made by a custom bowyer who was there, and you are right... they ARE smooth!

And I never heard the comparison to a "fine musical instrument" before, but you nailed it my friend. That's perfect!

Here's one more bit of advice to you......when winter breaks and the mud dries out a bit, get some Judo tipped arrows for that bow and take to the hinterlands for some roving/stumpshooting. You will think you died and gone to Heaven!

I like to do that almost as much as I do hunt now.
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