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    • Stadig
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      Hi all, I’m new to bow hunting and I’m trying to start out traditional, is anyone willing to help mentor me a bit getting in this sport? I located mostly in Oregon at least for the hunting seasons. I would love to learn hands on from an experienced trad hunter I promise to provide good coffee and pass on what I learn 🙂 thanks

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      Hi Stadig,

      Welcome to the site. In case you don’t hear from anyone directly, start looking for a shoot in your neck of the woods. There’s always a lot of guys willing to help out.

      By reading the threads on this site you’ll learn a lot. Also, another good place to learn, as well as be entertained is on http://www.twistedstave.com . One of the members here, Clay Hayes, has that terrific site and does some terrific videos.

      Another good read and one of my first down this lane is this link to an interview with David Peterson in the Sun Magazine. http://thesunmagazine.org/issues/408/the_good_hunter .

      All the best to you! david

    • Stadig
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      Great read thanks for the advice! have a good week!

    • Stephen Graf
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      Small world. My next door neighbor, Rob Bowers, is now the business manager for that magazine….

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      That mag has been around for a long time. I was surprised to see an interview of a hunter there as it’s a far cry from hook and bullet, which of course is why David Petersen was the subject. I haven’t read the mag for some time but it always seemed to have quality content and was a place beginners could get published. Howdy across the hedge row! Dwc

    • Mark Turton
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      Hi Stadig and welcome, cant help directly with mentoring but your sure to get well considered and helpful replies to any question you post here.

      In the meantime a copy of TJ’s Traditional Bowhunters Handbook will help you in the right direction.

      Good luck with the mentoring, Mark.

    • Stadig
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      Thanks all! I wil get to it.

    • wojo14
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      Welcome!

      Good advise here.

      My biggest suggestion would be to read as much as possible, watch videos (u-tube) and shoot as much as possible.

      Going to traditional 3d shoots is a great experience, way different then the compound guys. Everyone would be willing to help/mentor you. You will have a blast and make new friends.

      I met 2 good friends from this site and we meet up all the time and stump, do 3d and even hunted this year together.

      Enjoy! Traditional archery is a great lifestyle.8)

    • Stadig
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      Thank you all some great advice I sent emails out my local trad club representatives

    • TMS
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      Welcome, Stadig. Lots of good advice so far. I’ll share that I have learned quite a bit just reading posts here.

      You may want to check in with a couple of the local rod & gun clubs in your area. There may be a few trad archers there that can help you. Also look to see if there are any archery shops in your area. Folks there may be able to help connect you.

      Not sure where you are located in Oregon, but there is at least one large traditional shoot. Eagle Cap Traditional Archers, “Rendezvous at the River”. Takes place June 11, 12, 13 (2016) at the LeGrande Rifle & Pistol Club, LeGrande, OR. Contact is Steve Campbell, 541-786-3497, email- campbes2@eou.edu, website- http://www.eagelcaptraditionalarchers/wordpress.com

      A little further afield, there are two events in Washington by the Traditional Bowhunters of Washington. First is the “Sun Basin Archers Rock Shoot” on April 22, 23,24 (2016) at the TBW Club Range, Central, Wa. Contact is Mike Prior, 509-431-5552, email- ibuildbows@gmail.com, website- http://www.tbwonline.org

      And second is August 6, 7 (2016), “must monitor website for location”. Contact is Mike Prior (above) and Rick Liebel, 206-824-6161.

      There’s also at least one event in Idaho. Idaho Traditional Bowhunters “Fall Tune-Up” on August 6, 7 (2016) in Smith’s Ferry, Idaho. Contact is Lee Sisco, 208-377-5338, email- idtradbow@gmail.com, website- http://www.idahotraditionalbowhunters.com

      Hope that helps you some.

    • Stadig
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      Thanks for the great advice I have reached out to different groups and plan to attend as many events as I can. I think I will have my first try at spring turkey in two weeks 🙂 fingers crossed.

    • TMS
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      One more trad rendezvous (Trad Bow, April/May 2016, page 75). “Western States Traditional Rendezvous” sponsored by Traditional Archers of Oregon at Tygh Valley, OR. May 28, 29, 30, 2016. Contacts: Nancy Doran, 541-388-8400, scoutsmail@bendbroadband.com AND Kevin Thompason, 503-428-6744, kevin_necia@msm.com. Website: http://www.taoregon.com

      Hope that helps.

    • Stadig
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      Thanks I have contacted the Trad clubs in Oregon all real good people who have given me great advice in record time! unfortunately I will missing the meet ups this spring because as I will be back in Israel finishing school 🙁 But I’m very excited to spend summer and the fall hunting season learning from such a good group of people.

      You all were right when you said the Trad community was different!

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