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Fred Bear stated he shot the same bow for 10+ years, Howard Hill shot Grandpa and Grandma for many years.

What’s the longest you shot one bow?

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I got my black widow SA in 1995. That was the only bow I shot until 2016 when I picked up a black creek banshee hybrid bow. I couldn’t shoot that bow well so didn’t give it much time. I picked up a maddog prairie predator in November, smooth and fast for a little light weight bow. Still, couldn’t get used to the light weight. Then in December I got bit by the ASL bug and a whole new world opened up. I got two NM bows, a Sprague and an American. I love both but cannot stop shooting the Sprague. Oh, and the side effect of that ASL bug is that I am much more accurate with my other bows than before. Go figure. The Sprague will be hunting white tails next season.
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I acquired a Ben Pearson in 1970 and shot it exclusively until 1983 with the exception of a compound that I played with for two years.   The BP is still in the family but I'm not sure who claims it.   [smile]
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I've gone thru several favorites...in the past year. Life's too short to shoot just one bow. Besides...i already done tuned arrows to my latest, now what do I have to do to keep me busy.
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I only shot my 72", #70, Don Adams English Longbow from 1984-2014. Since then I have probably owned and shot 30-35 different bows, some of them as few as 2-3 times before I sold them. The only bow I have owned and shot regularly this entire 6 year period is my JD Berry Heritage.
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I shot a #73 JDBerry Apollo exclusively for about 20 years , and killed a lot of critters with it.....if it had been about #10 lighter it would saved me a LOT of money....as fine of a bow as I’ve ever shot
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I have a 50 # no name recurve that I picked up around 1985. I have shot a ton of fish and other critters with it and still shoot it some but it is now over bowed for me. Right now I am very happy with my Ausable 45# longbow. the no name bow is still an awesome bow and I will keep it forever if I can. But for just sheer fun and what I love to hunt with is the longbow. 
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I purchased a new Howard Hill Longbow from Hugh Rich in 1962, it is 69", 72# @ 28".  Hugh ordered from Shawnee, I believe it was built by Darling, it has a radius back (black) and white belly. I shot it until 1988 (26 yrs), when I built one that is 69#. I still have both.
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Sunset Hill that Nate made for me in 2009. It is still the only bow that I have after selling a couple of R/D bows.
It is a trustworthy companion.

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I shot a #73 JDBerry Apollo exclusively for about 20 years , and killed a lot of critters with it.....if it had been about #10 lighter it would saved me a LOT of money....as fine of a bow as I’ve ever shot


Tim, do you still own this bow?

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Its still in the family
I gave it to Jake, Hes a beast

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I'm basically a 1 bow guy. I don't remember when my LB was made, the bowyer didn't put the date in the bow but I shot it 5-6 years before I made my selfbow in 2018. Except for shooting one of the other bows on occasion, I've only been shooting my selfbow since then.
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Same as Chuck for me. I usually take 2 bows when I go to the range, one recurve, and my LB. Also a few dozen arrows. Lately even at 3D shoots, I shoot half with a recurve, half with my LB. I am realizing at the ranges, about 30-35 yards at most, there isn’t much difference in my shooting. That may change as I am considering getting back into field archery. 
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Same as Chuck for me. I usually take 2 bows when I go to the range, one recurve, and my LB. Also a few dozen arrows. Lately even at 3D shoots, I shoot half with a recurve, half with my LB. I am realizing at the ranges, about 30-35 yards at most, there isn’t much difference in my shooting. That may change as I am considering getting back into field archery. 


Tom, I used to enjoy shooting Field. I got out of it because of so few shoots and lack of participation. There was only 2 shoots a year, Regional and State Championships. Most of the Trad shooters would rather shoot 3-D.

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I'm thinking my Sky SkyHawk.  Really can't remember how long. 
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That would be my Martin Mountaineer. I shot that one almost every day for just over 3 years. Fast forward 20 years and still love to shoot her. She's stout but I don't mind one bit. 
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shot a John Schulz with setback from the early 80's until about 2005- 

just use it occasionaly now- don't want anything to happen to it

Main bow now is a NM American- that dude is a real shooter
 

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I shot an 80# Skookum by Fred Anderson in the 80's.  Then my shoulder told me to go lighter so in 2000 I got a 54#Hyack Special also by Fred.  after 18 years my shoulder scolded me again.  Fred was no longer taking orders so I got a beautiful 41# Black Canyon from Mike Hayes.  Love it.  It's my new go to bow.
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I suppose that should I be completely honest with myself, I am using this post to make myself feel better by dumping my angst on others (i.e., at the expense of others).  I like the idea or concept of “one bow” that one essentially marries followed by the lifetime commitment leading to familiarity, ultimate understanding, and finally a special intimacy.  Each time I believe that I have found “the one” something comes along that causes me to change.  I am a fickle archer.  So far, I have not remained true to any one bow for a long period of time.

My current favorite bow at least in the sense of my joy from its usage is my 64” 45# @ my draw length HHA Legend Stick longbow, yet multiple times each day I have been shooting my 60” 55# @ my draw length Bear Super Kodiak recurve for about a week.

There is nothing really wrong with the Bear Super Kodiak.  I originally purchased it because of romantic memories from watching Fred Bear often using it or the take-down version on a Saturday TV show as a kid.  I learned that as a firsthand reality that I did not like the bulky cumbersome shape or grip design.  However, it draws very smoothly, seems much easier to hold at full draw than 55#, seems to hit exactly where I aim better than most of my bows, it seems relatively fast, and it seem powerful.  It really is not heavy.  The shortness is handy.  Although it seems bulky to me, it does have a rather handsome appearance in its own way.  Its true fault is its noisiness.  I do not know whether this is characteristic of all Bear Super Kodiaks or just my individual specimen.  I have tried all the standard methods individually or in combinations to quiet this bow (e.g., brace height adjustments, limb padding, string silencers, etc.).  I can change the tone, but I can’t create a pleasingly quiet bow.

Why am I currently shooting the Bear Super Kodiak then?  I am shooting it because it has a long wide arrow rest.

I was born with an essential tremor.   As expected from all the males that came before me in my family, my tremor will continually get generally worse with age plus I will have periods of unusual severity as well as periods of relative remission periods (less severe, but never absence).  I refuse medications due to the long term consequences.  I am currently experiencing a bad tremor spell.  Lately I shake so badly while drawing my bow (draw weight does not significantly affect this) that I spend so much time keeping the arrow on my ASL’s shallow arrow rest that I am too exhausted to aim and shoot properly (leads to snap shooting).  The long wide arrow rest on my Bear Super Kodiak makes drawing the bow and holding it at full-draw very easy for me.  I hope and expect this to be a temporary hiatus from my fidelity to my ASL.  But I will continue to stray with this affair with the Bear Super Kodiak as long as necessary.

In the case that anyone is wondering, my unsteady sight picture during hold does not affect my accuracy much at distances less than 20 yards.  No it is not “rock-steady”, but it also is not really that bad.  It is comparable to shooting off hand with a rifle compared to shooting the rifle from a bench rest.


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Ben Pearson Super Jet Recurve (All Fiberglass) 45# (New Jan. 1970)
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I bought a 45 lb. Indian Savage in 1966 when I was going to Alaska for college.  That was the only bow I had and I shot it off and on (poorly, I might add) until I bought a 50 lb. Bear Montana about 6 years ago.  What a difference THAT made!  I take out the Indian once in a while but my shooting is just as erratic with it now as it was before.  The Montana is by far the better bow for me.  I console myself that H. Hill also said he couldn't shoot a recurve! [biggrin]
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Fallhunt, sounds like you have a built in reason to ‘cheat’! I have never though of how tremors could affect your ability to shoot, but I’m glad you found a way to work around it.

As for the noise from the SK, I have no experience. But have I quietened about every recurve made, and brace height is usually the key, even an 1/8 can make a big difference. There is a product called Stiktamers that help a lot also, so do Limbsavers. 

I hope you come to enjoy the curve and it’s not just a work around....better yet, that your physical condition improves and your Legend Stik gets back in the rotation 


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Fallhunt, sounds like you have a built in reason to ‘cheat’! I have never though of how tremors could affect your ability to shoot, but I’m glad you found a way to work around it.

As for the noise from the SK, I have no experience. But have I quietened about every recurve made, and brace height is usually the key, even an 1/8 can make a big difference. There is a product called Stiktamers that help a lot also, so do Limbsavers. 

I hope you come to enjoy the curve and it’s not just a work around....better yet, that your physical condition improves and your Legend Stik gets back in the rotation 



Thanks for your comments, suggestions, and good wishes.[smile]

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Lemonwood Self-Bow Longbow 30#
Ben Pearson Pony Longbow/Semi-Recurve 30# (Purchased New Summer 1966)
Ben Pearson Super Jet Recurve (All Fiberglass) 45# (New Jan. 1970)
Bear Super Kodiak Recurve 55#

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I have never been a believer that I should ever limit myself to one bow. A bow is a tool, so I don't feel there is a "requirement" to stay with it. Granted, I have gone through numerous favorites, but I have always had a desire to try other bows. Variety is just one of the fun aspects of archery.
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Hill Wesley Special (2, both 65#)
Hill Cheetah (2, one 55# and one 40#)
Hill Big 5 (50#)
NM Shelton (2, both 53#)
Deathwish Longbow (59#)
Archery Traditions Bamboo Longhunter (3, one 56#, one 60# and one 78#)

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Hi,
Have only one bow.  Been shooting it since I bought it new in 1964.  Still not very good.  Self taught - poor teacher!!


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Dave. Look for a 3d shoot near you and go visit. Ask the club who might give you some help. A little (good) guidance helps a lot.
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