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    Hey guys,

     

    So sorry for the delay, work stuff came up just as easter struck. Quiet again now! I went and did the shoot. Boy oh boy what a wash.

     

    1) 10

    2) 15

    3) 20

    4) 0

    5) 0

    6) 0

    Total = 45

    For the sake of my pride, my groups were about as good as I normally shoot, I was just shooting high and left every single time. One of those days that makes me want to kick  instinctive into the bin and resume point of aim (but I won’t, I’m just going to shoot more!). Anyway, if webmom accidentally deletes this thread my feelings won’t be hurt!

    Haha, well, Im late to my own party but I hope everyone who participated (or watched from the sidelines) enjoyed it!

     

    Jim

    PS good shooting to everyone else!

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    Bruce,

     

    im afraid I don’t know anything about it, but I second the motion of “cool”.

    That head must be a serious hunk of steel. Is it super thick? It’s funny that they cut out that bit in the middle. Presumably to make it lighter? Anyway, I’m interested if you find anything out or if anyone does know anything.

     

    Jim

     

    PS this looks like your first post… welcome to the forum 🙂

    James HarveyJames Harvey
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    Hey guys, great ideas in your feedback. Let’s shoot a tournament with the following rules:

     

    TRADBOW QUARANTINE ARCHERY TOURNAMENT

     

    Targets:

    A: Paper plate, 8 1/2″ (alternate options: larger plate with 8 1/2″ ring marked inside, a square piece of paper 8 1/2″ sides)

    B: Credit card sized piece of paper, about 3 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ (alternate options: old business card, standard playing card, anything about that size)

     

    Rounds:

    1. 10 yards, 3 arrows at paper plate (10 pts/hit)

    2. 15 yards, 3 arrows at paper plate (15 points/hit)

    3. 20 yards 3 arrows at paper plate (20 points/hit)

    4. 10 yards, 1 arrow at card (40 pts/hit)

    5. 15 yards, 1 arrow at card (60 pt/hit)

    6. 20 yards, 1 arrow at card (80 pts/hit)

    Total possible score: 315

     

    Score recording/reporting:

    The honour system 🙂 Just reply on here with your total score and scores per round. If you can post photos of each round that’s great, just for us all to see and feel more engaged with each other, not for verification.

    Shoot as many sets of the 6 rounds as you like, but only your first set score will count so we’re all on the same playing field. If you get an amazing score after that, post it for us all to cheer you on, but only your first set will count to the event.

     

    Range restrictions:

    If you can’t shoot out to 20 yards, replace the rounds you can’t achieve with the longest round you can. Points for the replacement range will be per the distance you are shooting. Let us know what your range restriction is when posting your score.

    Example – If you only have a 10 yard range your rounds will look like this:

    1, 2 and 3: Each round = 10 yards, 3 arrows at paper plate (10 pts/hit)

    4, 5 and 6: Each round = 10 yards, 1 arrow at card (40 pts/hit)

    Total possible score: 210

     

    Prizes:

    Webmom has very generously suggested donating a small prize. My feelings are given the honour system of scoring and in the spirit of a friendly tournament, no prize is necessary. However, this is the Tradbow forum and Webmom is queen, and I certainly acknowledge the opportunity to generate some interest.

    I will maintain my original offer of sweet, sweet pride. Enough to feed a family of 5.

    Webmom, I’ll leave any prizes of a more tangible nature to your sound judgement 🙂

     

    Hopes and dreams:

    This little archer will be happy if he scores in three figures. I hope everyone just has a go and has some fun.. we’re all friends here 🙂

    James HarveyJames Harvey
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    Yeah guys, happy news was the bushfires were over by the time covid hit us. It’s rough for some of our folks though, there are lots of people living out of tents on their properties as they rebuild, or multiple families in homes, that kind of thing. They’re probably doing it harder than most here. All that being said, Australia is still one of the most wonderful places to live. Very secure, low rates of violent crime and excellent food security.

    It’s funny, when all the covid stuff broke here I had been out in the bush with work for a few weeks. We had heard bits of news and it sounded like I was coming back to a mad max world. We heard reports of shelves being empty in grocery stores. I laughed when I first went to one of our big grocery stores. Fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, eggs etc were well stocked. Pasta, noodles and toilet paper were empty. It’s kind of reflective of our modern world that people are concerned about food when fresh food is good to go but packaged long life stuff is not there. I expect it’s similar for you all over there. The thing I try and remember is that even at its worst in Australia, most of us are living lives of comfort and privilege that the wealthiest people on planet earth, only a couple of centuries ago, couldn’t even imagine. We are the fortunate few to live in the time and places we do.

    One of the concerning prospects for us here is that last years fire season started so early. The Covid business will still be going when this years hits. We could only fight so many fires because our volunteer fire fighters could surge from state to state to target hot spots. Who knows what will happen this year.

    I was down south on an army course when our base got evacuated for a week or so because of fires. Luckily it died before hitting the base but it took a few homes with it. It was in a steep, hilly, heavily forested area. All firefighters could really do is airdrop water into a lot of the valleys and gorges the fires were in. Very sadly an American crew died when their firefighting plane crashed at the end of last year too. Bush fires are another place where Australian, Canadians and Americans always seem to have each others backs. Similar folks with similar problems I guess. But it’s nice to know we’re not alone.

    Where I am now, we’ll be pretty good for bush fires. Terrible floods here last year, lots of homes lost close to the big rivers. I’m close to lots of creeks, but about a hundred feet up on a hill so safe from that. It’s a land of extremes, that’s for sure.

     

    Well, I’m glad the three R’sketeers have been keeping the forums safe and healthy. It’s nice to find you all here.

     

    Robin, maybe you should be the subject of the next podcast? It’d be nice to hear the story of the woman behind the man behind the mag. And the woman behind bringing the mag into the world of the wide web 🙂 Just a thought.

     

    Jim

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    Thanks for the kind words guys 🙂

    Steve, yep back here for a couple years for work. The BBQ has been getting a serious workout! And its equally nice to see some of the ‘old timers’ are still hanging around here.

    Webmom 🙂 It’s so nice to hear from you too! How are you and your family going? I’ve been really lucky this time with our house, we’re a in tiny beach side village that is surrounded by creeks and woods and backs onto a mountain range (Australian ‘mountains’… I believe you would call them ‘hills’, or maybe ‘ripples in the ground’). I’m pretty well surrounded by wildlife. I feel very lucky.

    Ralph, great to hear from you too mate. Yeah, these Samick bows just keep on giving. It’s not pretty, but boy its practical, and effective! I’ll try and hold me wit in reserve for now, can’t let it all out at once 🙂

    Ray, thanks very much mate. I see webmom has made you and Ralph moderators. Robin, Ralph and Ray… coincidence? Or is it a conspiracy of R’s?

     

    I’m going to have trawl back through this thread to see what you all have been up to for a while 🙂

     

    Jim

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    Down here in this thread is Duncan’s side quiver design. Very much like big Jim’s.

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    Hey Brent,

    welcome 🙂

    I reckon if you like the bow quiver and persist you’ll get used to it. Something that used to annoy me was practicing with it, because as you emptied the quiver the bow would feel different for every shot. Not applicable to hunting, but you can’t hunt if you don’t practice and I found that a bit off putting.

    I find if I have a bow quiver on I carry the bow by the string as I wander through the bush, and while it is convenient only having one thing to worry about getting through the thick stuff the bow is more cumbersome.

    I’ve pretty well fallen in love with my side quiver. I’ve got one made by Big Jim’s Bow Company, which has lovely thick leather. That leather took a long time to soften to the point that it’s comfortable to carry around but I suspect it will last me the rest of my life.

    If I was starting from scratch I reckon I’d have a go at making an Indian style side quiver. You may have read about them in recent TradBow articles (there was a mention of them in the “skin a cat” section about quivers recently) or you can see what I’m talking about if you watch the YouTube video by Clay Hayes where his young fella bags a boar.

     

    If you search on these forums i remember a post about 2013 or 14 someone posted a template to make a side quiver from. I made one out of old camouflage canvas with some webbing tape and fastex clips and it was great. I’ll have a look later and see if I can find it and post a link in here.

    All that being said bow quivers are wonderful and probably the most popular at the moment. I’d happily use one if my side quiver wasn’t available. Just not for target practice 🙂

     

    jim

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    Hey Hoot,

     

    what kind of bow do you have in mind? Self bow, Hill style long bow, modern long bow, recurves? Or are you completely open to anything?

     

    jim

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    G’day Tim,

    welcome to a wonderful place to kick your boots off and have a chat!

    And more importantly welcome to the wonderful world of Robin Hood, Ishi and Saxton Pope and all the other adventurers who have bent a bow and sent an arrow singing through the world 🙂

     

    Jim

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    Hey everyone, it’s been a long time since I’ve written anything here! I hope everyone is holding up ok in the crazy world we’re living in at the moment.

    I had a really nice experience with Gregg Coffey of Javaman archery last year when my beloved Elkheart Too Shrew Classic Hunter (he made for Dave Petersen) got water damaged in a flood. He very generously took care of it for me and she came back looking good as new.

    Sadly the water damage was worse than we thought and I had a catastrophic limb delamination a few weeks ago. Very sad for me.

    Every cloud has a silver lining. I had bought a second hand Bigfoot Sasquatch that was made 60# @ 27”. I draw 29” so it’s been no good for me, but even short drawing it’s a hell of a bow. I got in touch with Kirk Lavender and he’s going to knock up some new limbs to go with my riser, and I’ll have an (almost) new bow to shoot 🙂

    This is wildly important to me because I’ve moved back up to North Queensland, and this place is wild pig paradise. I’m currently running around with my old $200 Samick Sage because it’s the only bow I’ve got left standing! But as you all know, sending an arrow on it’s merry flight is a joy no matter what you’re setting it loose with.

    Anyway, I’m going to troll through the forums and catch up on a year or two worth of posts 🙂

     

    jim

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    in reply to: Tuff Head #135846

    That’s exciting news for all involved and great to see the Tuffhead carry on. Mike good on you for your public service (announcements and packaging etc).

    James HarveyJames Harvey
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    Yeah, I concur with scout about 8 inches or just shy ought to be ok.

     

    Welcome back to the joy of stick and string! And of course welcome to the forum.

     

    Jim

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    Ralph I reckon that turkey you saw might be a bit gristly my friend. Any day you bend the bow is a good day though.

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    Hey Scout, yeah its got two nice field ranges. One winds down by a creek, which isnt averse to drowning a misplaced shaft, the other follows the boundary fence to the local pony club, so you often get inquisitive four legged visitors judging your arrow placement.

     

    Yep, those darned ticks are ubiqutous for sure. I once bedded down in some long grass in the dark. Just rolled out my sleeping bag and lay down. A minute later I turned on my torch to fish something out of my pack and there were ticks coming out of the grass like ants. I lost count at 30. My bug repellent was tested that night and lucky for me was not found wanting!

     

    Jim

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    Steve, I’ll be stateside for Christmas visiting the little ones. We have a little farm cabin in central KY and there’ll be plenty of arrows set free and words read from books by the warmth of the fire. I wish you and yours all the best as well!

    I just read your thread on ‘Good night etc’ and was amused by your hawk tale.. nice to see the language of your forest-folk noted as well. It’s all very exotic for me.. I still get excited when I see a squirrel on a tree!

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