What drew you to traditional archery?
Actually for me the question would be what drew me to archery, had my first bow when I was 4-5 years old, more of a toy than a real bow, about 48" long bow. Next bow was a 60" Indian "Mohawk" recurve, 45 #s @ 28", and then I found an archery club. This was in the fall of 1966, we joined after one visit to the indoor range, a converted chicken coup. The wife and I got our first target bows later that month. Was an active member in that club till it merged with another. Because of rising insurance costs, both clubs had lost our outdoor ranges and the other club was about to lose their indoor range. While a menber of both clubs, I served in several capisitys, the first club, Sebastapol Bowhunters, I was vice -president, hunting VP, President, and the range Captin twice, 2nd club, Sonoma County Bowmen, was 1st range captin, continued
and two years later was again elected to be Range Captin to build a new 28 target field range, I colsapsed the lower limb of my '67 Bear Super Kodiak on a 55yd downhill target on that course, but I won my club championship on that range, Shot my best ever that day, a 539 out of 560, shooting a Shakespeer "Golden Eagle" 68" 35# takedown recurve, with sights. That was A class, Freestyle. Went A class instintive on the old Sebo 42 target range.
On that old course, my son and I spend untold hours as we liver 4 miles away and I worked as a prep cook , split shifts, so had afternoos off. I'd spend an hour or so on the practice bales and we'd find flint arrowheads after each rain
My son is Elkslayer here on these boards, as soon I figure out how to send him the invite, we'll have another member.
Cool. I made primitive bows as a kid to have something to do. Couldn't hang around inside the house like kids today. If I was ever stupid enough to tell my parents I didn't have anything to do I'd have a shovel, rake, ax, mop or broom put in my hand.