Any other Archers?

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by Avon Rachel, 12 July 2012 Social URL.

  1. Avon Rachel

    Avon Rachel Full Member

    Hi all
    I've been an archer for nearly 5 years now and loving it! Is anyone else addicted like me? :)
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  3. Sigrun

    Sigrun Member

    I have just signed up to a beginners course in Archery in January. Have always wanted to become a fully pledged archer so am very much looking forward to it! Do you compete?
  4. Avon Rachel

    Avon Rachel Full Member

    Yeah, won the cups in my club for the last few years, came 3rd in a team event and 4th in a few others, I'm entered in the Kent Open in November... fingers crossed I get better than 4th this year :)
  5. Sigrun

    Sigrun Member

    That sounds so awesome! My course starts in January and it´s the 5-week beginners one. It will be my reward hopefully for doing well in the weight loss. :)
  6. BIGTsmallt

    BIGTsmallt Full Member

    Rochdale company of archers! Yay
  7. Elfdaughter

    Elfdaughter Full Member

    Sorry to dredge up an old thread.... But yay! Other archers! I'm a member of the Bowmen of Walker. What do you shoot? I'm a longbow gal.
  8. bronski

    bronski Anything But Ordinary

    Hooray! So glad Elfdaughter revived this :D My husband and I started archery about 2/3 months ago, just about finished the beginners course and got my own kit; a sexy Sebastian Flute recurve set up! Laaaaave it!

    I quite like the thought of long bow, maybe in a couple of years, once I've got my head around it all and saved up enough pennies I'll have a go :)

  9. Elfdaughter

    Elfdaughter Full Member

    Ooh, a Sebastian? Sweet!! They are drool-worthy bows. Shooting longbow is very different to recurve, though. The technique is pretty different (there's no way you can hold a longbow at full draw to aim), and of course there's no sighting technology, but they are gorgeous bows to shoot. I feel a lot more natural with a longbow. Course, there's nothing to stop you shooting barebow recurve, which is a nice midway point between the two, to see if you like and can get used to the idea of shooting without a sighting aid. I actually use a teddy bear on the field as an aiming point. I get a lot of stick for my little white lamb, but he is an excellent training aid! I don't use him in competitions though, although he does come along as my mascot.

    actually, talking of competitions, I took part in one the other day. Set a club record as well as a personal best!

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  10. bronski

    bronski Anything But Ordinary

    Awesome! Love the picture :D Congrats on on beating the club record! That's so cool!

    Before I got my bow, I was shooting a club recurve that didn't have a normal sight fitting so shot without. I shot better with that bow than the one before which although had a sight had a broken arrow rest!

    Yeah I can imagine the long bow technique is very different from recurve. I do love the natural look of them, there's a real visual and earthy appeal to them :)

    Think we're going to go shoot on Sunday, can't wait!! :D
  11. Elfdaughter

    Elfdaughter Full Member

    Thanks, Bronski! I'm so glad you're enjoying it! It is a great hobby to it burns off quite a few calories! What weight is your bow? I pull 40 lb, but I worked up to it from about 25.
  12. bronski

    bronski Anything But Ordinary

    Oh gosh, I'm only pulling a dinky 23lbs! And that's from 18lb :eek:

    Oo, I didn't think of shooting as a calorie burning sport, how many kcals does it burn an hour roughly?

    Bron :)
  13. Elfdaughter

    Elfdaughter Full Member

    That's ok, you'll build it up! I've been shooting for a while now, and used to do fencing for some time before that, so I've got a bit of upper body strength from that!! I think it depends on what you pull, but roughly about 144-200 per hour.
  14. bronski

    bronski Anything But Ordinary

    Funny you should say about the fencing, my husband's also a fencer as well as an archer (he's a noob too :) ) I think there must be a similar mind set in archers and fencers. I used to be a judo player, and going to the sports bar after the conversations the judo lot had was very different to the fencers!

    I definitely need some more upper body strength, I have weedy, kitten like strength!

    I'm loving the rewards in your signature goals, by the way! Custom quiver definitely worth losing for :D Although I bought a load of material to make my own archery case, I'm now wondering if I hit 70kgs or do a distance challenge husband will let me buy a rucksack style case...?

  15. Elfdaughter

    Elfdaughter Full Member

    Hehe, I know what you mean about mindset!

    And yeah, I know! I know a guy who does the most incredible leatherwork. I'm ordering the quiver through him now, but when I get it, I'll put it away until I reach my target, then give it to myself.
  16. bronski

    bronski Anything But Ordinary

    Ooo how exciting! You must must must post a picture when it comes :D

    Well jeal,my husband's going shooting tonight without me :( Seeing old uni friends in Lincoln for the day which will be awesome but going to miss my shoot!


    Bron :)
  17. Elfdaughter

    Elfdaughter Full Member

    I will! I know how you feel, I haven't had my evening shoot this week. Tipped down on Monday, had a family thing Wednesday, and I'm in work tomorrow. I miss my bow!!
  18. bronski

    bronski Anything But Ordinary

    Yays! Can't wait to see :D

    It's a bum when life gets in the way of a shoot :( I'm lucky though, just checked calendar and tomorrow is a shootin' day :D (we alternate Sundays between kayaking and shooting) We've now - finally! - paid full membership so I can go down to the range whenever I like, ideal for being on school hols :D

    Bron :)
  19. bronski

    bronski Anything But Ordinary

    Had a really nice shoot today :) Worried that I'd still be a bit all over with my new bow, but was scoring much better than a few weeks ago.

    Think I'm going to try get out in the week, just me and my bow :)


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