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Wild Geese 3d Archery

Discussion in 'Archery' started by Drake267, Aug 5, 2020.

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    So today we had our first proper visit to a new venue for us. We had our initial visit and safety sign off just before lock down. We've been itching to get back again since then as it's a cracking little course. It was a lovely day, a little breezy which just adds to it and makes it more interesting. I had intended to shoot my recurve here as its a more recurve type course. Longest shot is 50yds and not a lot of chance of losing arrows. But I ended up shooting my compound. Recurve next time for definite. Few pics from today, apologies for the blurred ones of myself, my mate Rich shouldn't be let near any sort of technology! ftsf-0a27b7f9-229f-4892-a7d2-a5650a94aa0a.jpeg ftsf-aea41962-08c3-420b-9557-a59689838d7e.jpeg IMG_20200805_142322.jpg IMG_20200805_135123.jpg IMG_20200805_135116.jpg IMG_20200805_132807.jpg IMG_20200805_132800.jpg IMG_20200805_131049.jpg IMG_20200805_130816.jpg IMG_20200805_130809.jpg IMG_20200805_130717.jpg IMG_20200805_130659.jpg IMG_20200805_130647.jpg IMG_20200805_130642.jpg IMG_20200805_130016.jpg IMG_20200805_125307.jpg IMG_20200805_125306.jpg IMG_20200805_124857.jpg
     
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    Looks like a lot of fun!

    I shot archery a bit a couple of decades ago and decided to get back into it. I have my old 35# Bear Locksley and just bought a 50# Bear Montana. I bought the new bow at a little mom and pop archery store. The guy who owns the place took a great deal of time with me making shoot a bunch of arrows with different points and spines to ensure I got the ones most likely to work best. He was constantly screwing different tips into different shafts to try to find the ideal combination of point weight and spine stiffness. Once we got the combination he felt was best he would only sell me five of the arrows. He didn't want to sell me a dozen because he didn't want to take my money for more arrows in case I ended up not liking the ones he selected. Very knowledgeable and honest guy!

    After leaving the shop with the bow, arrows, and a target, I went to the desert to try a few shots. It really is a little like riding a bike. I had no trouble at all making a couple of nice tight groups at 15 yards shooting instinctively.

    There is a county field archery course about five miles from where I live so I reckon I'll either check it out tomorrow morning or this weekend. This course is free and open to the public so there are no fees, registrations, staff, memberships or anything like that. The course is owned by the public and anyone can just show up and use it any time between sunrise and sunset. Shooting a couple of hurried groups with a new bow at 15 yards is one thing but I'm eager to see how I do with it in the field.
     
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    It’s great, we’re lucky to have four courses all within an hour of us. Probably more if I looked into it. It’s just so much nicer than standing in front of a target and pounding it with arrows. More of a hunting scenario. You’re lucky to be able to do that, we have to do courses and join clubs etc to do it properly. You can do it on your own land but you’d never find a public archery range over here where anybody could rock up and just shoot. Though that’s our country, I’d love to be able to shoot proper pistols and rifles like you’ve pictured in your threads. We miss out on so much.
     
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    I visited the Regional Archery Facility. It's really nice. Lots of picnic tables, benches, pavilions, etc. I didn't hit the field archery course, except to walk around a bit. I mainly just went to the practice range to try to get a little in tune with my new bow. Unfortunately, I somehow managed to get a pretty good blood blister on my ring finger. I remember that happening before, back in the day, and I think it was caused by my finger tab. Or maybe it was raising my right elbow too high on the draw/release. Whichever; I'll switch to a glove and work on keeping my elbow down. That should fix it. I shot hot and cold. As with a springer, the less harder I tried, the more better I did. This new bow is pretty stiff and feels more slammy than my recurve. I don't know if that is a function of longbow vs recurve or the difference in draw weights. Maybe a little of both. Either way, it'll take a little getting used to. I think I need to go with a lighter point on the arrows. They were coming off the bow with a little left bias to the vanes. I confirmed this by moving up to ten yards and noticed that all of my shots stuck into the target with the nocks a little bit to the left. This makes me appreciate the shop owner who refused to sell me more arrows until I got some real volume of shots down range. He told me that the right arrow is often a question of trial and error. A little like pellets I suppose.

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    This is the sign at the facility. Seems pretty extensive at 110 acres. I only saw one other guy while I was there; young fella getting himself tuned up for antelope season. We take our outdoor recreation pretty seriously so there are numerous outdoor sport facilities in and around Reno that are publicly owned and free to use. From miles and miles of maintained mountain bike trails to three disc golf courses to a kayak park in the middle of downtown and Deity knows how many acres of soccer fields, baseball fields and basketball courts. It is nice living somewhere where the citizens value outdoor sports enough to not mind paying to create and maintain the required facilities. I think our parks and rec people do a fantastic job of allocating resources to the various sports. But I digress, I really like this archery facility. As per usual, it's extremely well done.
     
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    I think your set ups and rules are so much better over there, I really do, I’ve just had an hour with the replica co2 pistols and loved it. I really wish we could still have handguns over here. That facility you have there looks very impressive, I really love the 3D shooting. I’ll be taking my recurve next time but I really need some lighter limbs I think as I’m just struggling to steady comfortably. I too use a glove, I really don’t like the tabs at all, the compounds are nice to use but there is something satisfying about shooting well with a recurve barebow. Might just have to have a bit practice with it tomorrow.

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    I owned a compound bow once and really didn't like it. I got my first archery set when I was about 10 and it came with a fiberglass recurve bow, 15# draw IIRC. I loved it and it's how I learned to shoot...instinctive. I certainly don't knock other peoples' choices but, for me, traditional archery is it. I feel like compound bows are PCPs and traditional bows are springers, to put it into an air rifle context. Nothing at all "wrong" about a PCP but I just really like springers.

    I prefer to use a tab but since the one I have tends to give me a blood blister, well, I now remember why I switched to a glove.

    It's fun getting back into this hobby. I don't know why it took me so long given there is a free facility just up the road. Probably too many other competing hobbies.

    Having access to all sorts of guns is fun but I think that one of the things that really makes the quality of life here so good is that we have so many things to do completely free of charge and totally open to the public. It's nice living in an area with thousands of square miles of public land and easy gun laws but it's also nice that people value outdoor pursuits so highly that a great deal of tax money is spent on providing the facilities for those pursuits. If someone can get bored in the Reno area it's their own fault.

    What weight are you looking to get on the recurve and how long do you hold the draw?
     
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    That all sounds great, I think the outdoors and hunting/shooting is appreciated much more on your side of the pond.

    As for the recurve it’s currently fitted with 40lb limbs but they actually draw heavier. At my draw length they’re nearer to 44lb draw weight. I’ll be looking at something around 35lb. I don’t tend to hold the draw too long, 3D is quite a quick, instinctive form of shooting with a recurve. The compounds spoil you with the low holding weight at full draw.
     
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    CaptDAR Always count your shots and your adversary’s

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    I need to travel down your way sometime for some 3D for a change to my normal day out.




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    You would be more than welcome, though an induction would be needed prior or shooting either of the two courses we shoot. Even a seasoned shooter has to be vetted before being let loose on the course. I’m pretty sure you would enjoy either of the courses we shoot but Butsfield is better for compound in my view, has more longer shots.
     
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    What does the induction entail? Can you shoot the same day?
     
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    Induction is basically you going round with one of the coaches, make sure you’re safe to shoot and in the case of Butsfield they test your gear to make sure it’s below a certain arrow speed. And to make sure,you’re not shooting something you shouldn’t be arrow wise. Something that would damage the 3D targets. I’m not sure about shooting the same day but I suppose it’s possible. The induction actually takes you round the course. I can enquire at both clubs if you like. You will also need your NFAS insurance and you have to be a member of a club to get that.
     
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    I’m a SFAA member and a full member of Wolfstar club one of the oldest field archery clubs in Scotland. Insurance covered by SFAA but I also have insurance from SACS.
     
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    Im pretty sure you have to be NFAS insured to shoot at these grounds but I could be wrong. Like I say, if you fancy a day at one of them then let me know, I can then find out all the correct details for you.
     
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    I’d certainly be interested in the details, thanks.
     
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    No probs at all, I know there are no visitors to Butsfield at the mo and there is limited booking even for the members. Wild geese are a bit more relaxed. I’ll find out the details from both. There are another two within our area that we will be visiting once we can too. Viper archers and stone bow archers.
     
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    I hit the field archery course yesterday. I learned that I really suck. Before I hit the field course I warmed up on the 100 foot target and I was putting about five out of six in an area the size of a saucer. On the field course I had no idea what to do. I couldn't naturally determine hold over on the longer targets and then the up and down hill shots really threw a whole 'nother wrench into the works. I literally didn't know what to do. Then I started really thinking about my stance, anchor point and release. Of course that didn't help anything and I even started smacking my arm guard with the string at one point which ain't normal for me and just illustrates how out of whack I was getting. If I just draw, settle and release naturally, both eyes open and focused on the target and without thinking about it, I do ok. When I start thinking and trying to make adjustments as I draw, I'm in trouble. I spent a lot of time in trouble. Managed to lose an arrow which really irritates me.

    So this is going to take some work. Over all I had fun and I think that once I get used to judging distances and angles it'll all start to come together for me. But I think I have a long way to go. Field archery is nothing like just standing in front of a target at a known distance on level ground and thunking arrows in.
     
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    Just for the pic.
     
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