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    • Col MikeCol Mike
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      I could only be there one day but it was worth the 10 hour round trip.

      Lots of good shooting, many great folks. Dinner with Larry and Belinda at their cabin with a couple of other friends. Great food, drink, and conversation. The fried and baked stingray was a new treat for me.

      A dynamic young man Joel Turner talked to me at some length about his technique for overcoming target panic and controlling the shot–any of you have experience with his technique? Will watch his video tonight, but as all know I don’t need no stinking help with my shooting:evil:

      Ron (KME) gave me another good class on sharping tuff heads. Only shot about a dozen long bows–oh was I tempted

      but Linda wisely put approval on the card in her computer so ran out of cash quickly on the stuff I don’t really need.

      Great venue, people, weather, scenery, couldn’t ask for more hope some of you westerners can make it next year.

      Alex Bugnon was missed by all.

      Mike

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Glad you had a great time, Mike! But really, how could you not?!?

      Ron is a quality guy – he used to be more active on here. We need to encourage him to drop in a little more often. His sharpener is still the most consistent and quickest method I’ve used for for an perfect edge on broadheads and beveled knives.

      I’d love to hear more about Joel’s techniques for shot control, if/when you have a chance to share some info.

    • Brennan Herr
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      Dammit Mike! Missed you again. I waited at the thunder childs but we never crossed paths.??. A problem we must remedy next year.

      I too had a blast. I live about 3 hrs south of ETAR so I made a day trip as well.

      I shot nearly the entire time there save for a little vendor browsing and a lunch break. The courses are great with some really tough shots. I must say it was the best weather I have seen there yet. What a blast!

    • blancharddm
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      I bought Joel’s DVD last year and attended his seminar this year at ETAR. I’ve seen significant improvement in my shooting since I’ve adopted his techniques. It’s definitely a stress-tested program. I also appreciated that Joel had the integrity and confidence to step out onto the range and demonstrate his shooting ability under stress in front of others. That’s something that I haven’t seen from some other shooting instructors.

    • Col MikeCol Mike
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      I figured someone would chime in with some positive comments but first, Brennan if your 3 hours south of ETAR then your only 2 hours north of me. Wojo14 will be here Sunday for a shoot your invited:D Pm me if possible, or for later link up, at least next year we can arrange a meet.

      Blanch and Bruce–Long story short. Joel, as I mentioned earlier is one dynamic personality and that means a lot to this ole Marine. Figured he was military or cop. Turns out he is a cop and the marksmanship instructor at the WA state police academy. Suffice it to say that we had much in common, however the youngster was using acronyms used by the Marine program that I had never heard–oh well I did retire 12 years ago8). His program is based on solid science and is exactly what we used in close quarter combat training and in long range shooting. That means handguns and rifles.

      The revelation for me was that I wasn’t doing that with the long bow. Simple fix– last three days after watching his video been shooting the bow like never before:D

      Darn kids!

      So Bruce–next time you take a shot–ask yourself what you were thinking at release. That is what the video covers. Don’t think Joel is on this forum but I promised him a review via e-mail in the next few days so if any of you want to forward OK.

      If you want more info PM me.

      Mike

    • Alexandre Bugnon
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      Hello Mike

      I’m back home and chiming in on tradbow this morning for the first time since…. I don’t even remember!

      As you know I’ve been traveling like crazy this Spring and Summer. I haven’t even seen my Shrew in 2 months! 😥

      I’m sorry I missed Denton. I’m glad you had fun! I was supposed to be at the Muzzy shoot next weekend, my first weekend off in 2 months. I was really looking forward to it, but I haven’t practiced, and to top it off, a last minute concert has been booked in DC on the 9th, the second of four DC shows this year. So close to you, and so little time!! I hope that I can make a detour to Western Maryland after my 3rd DC show in October!! Take care

      By the way, hello everyone!:D

    • Col MikeCol Mike
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      Welcome back my friend. Yeah Linda keeps me posted on your travels. Send me dates at home e-mail and we will work something out.

      I think you have more flight hours then my fighter pilot friends:)

    • Larry O. Fischer
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      Alex,

      All that work and no play makes for a very dull boy! Missed you at ETAR.

    • Alexandre Bugnon
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      Larry O. Fischer wrote: Alex,

      All that work and no play makes for a very dull boy! Missed you at ETAR.

      LOL, Larry! I’m sorry I missed you, brother!!

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