Hi Joe McClane here from CatholicHack.com
with a tip on traditional recurve archery. You know I picked up the archery bug a couple
of years ago. I was giving a talk at a mens retreat at the Allegany State Park in Buffalo,
New York for The King’s Men. A great retreat, I highly recommend it.
I link to it below, you should check it out. But archery was a part of the retreat experience.
And that was it, I had to do it from that point on. So I started making PVC bows and
just flinging arrows back here. And you know I was just so, you know, I was
so eager to learn how to become an archer and learn how to shoot the bow that I would
do anything. I made my own board bow, Ive done that. That was hard, I only got one to
work so far. I’ll show that to you some other time. But, you know then I really felt motivated
to try to go hunting and develop my skills as a hunter. Which Ive done now but, not successfully.
You know, just last week my son and I were out hunting for four days. And, it’s very
hard, you know traditional archery, and this is a 67′ Bear Recurve Grizzly 55#’s at 28″…
and ah… it’s really hard to develop the skills necessary to hunt. I hunt from the
ground not even from a stand. To hunt from the ground. We did get close, really close
to a buck and a doe but, ah, Im not successful yet. But we are working on it.
And I love the chase, I love the processes. Im a long way from where I need to be as an
archer but, ah, again I just love archery. And I’ve developed some skills and a new shooting
style that ah… you know, well…. other people are probably doing it to but, ah, you
know this is whats worked for me. And this is the tip I want to share with you
in this video, this first video in the series. I want you to find your technique. Theres
an instinctive style, which I will do a video on that. Theres a gap method. Theres a string
walking. I do a combination. You see, on the back of my bow here Ive got a piece of tape,
and Ive got these little hash marks. They represent yardage so they help me with elevation.
And I combine that technique with instinctive shooting where I pick a point on my target
where I want my arrow to impact. Then I hyper focus on that point and i just
sort of block everything else out and I focus on that point. And then in my peripheral vision
I can see those hash tags. Those little hashes, hash marks, hash tags. I can so those hash
marks. I can only see them in the peripheral vision
though. And so when you combine that with the technique of a good shot cycle, where
you begin, anchor, and release all the same way, your going to find your going to be a
lot more consistent in your shooting. And, ah, you know, not perfect… not even
close to perfect. I’m a long way from where I need to be but, I think Ive found some consistency
that I can be happy with. My goal to develop as a hunter, is to have
my bad shots be decent shots. That’s my goal. Im not a target shooter I want to be a hunter.
So my bad shots are not bad. There fairly good! I’ll take those bad shots every day
of the week. And so ah… this is a pretty close yardage
here but, I like to shoot, you know, as much as sixty yards. Ive got a place I go to to
shoot out sixty yards. So that’s the tip for this first video in
the traditional recurve archery video series that Im producing. All for the Glory of God
because, you know, as a faithful Catholic who loves Jesus and loves His Church I try
to share Jesus with as many people as possible as often as possible. In fact I work full
time in Catholic ministry. But, you know, living life… living life to the full…
living life with zeal is apart of the Catholic faith. And ah… I find I can do that in archery.
So Im happy to share this with you. If you’ve got some techniques that will help me improve,
I would love to hear those. Can you share those below in the comments? That would be
really awesome, I appreciate it. Because Im always watching youtube videos on recurve
traditional shooting to figure out how do I improve my skills? How do I get better?
Anyway, in this series I hope to show you some things that are working for me, and to
share with you some things that aren’t working for me. And maybe you can help with that.
Alright? Until next time, May God Richly Bless you!