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Recurve Bow Practice by NightsGem Recurve Bow Practice by NightsGem
We had a bit too much fun with our bows today. I was using my 35 pound compound bow, while David used the 45 pound recurve. We mostly hit the target! xD However, most of our arrows are crap because they're old enough that the feathers keep coming off. There's only one arrow with all three still left.

We started with six arrows. We lost four in the brush pile and over the fence. Fun, huh? Once we get better, I am definitely going to take him to the shooting range with me and go to the archery section. I've found I really like archery. :) I got the picture right before he let the arrow loose.
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NightsGem Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
And I'm going to report you to the police so you can experience that firsthand. :) I suggest you take a look at this: [link]
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SirIliadVanOvum Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
FUCK YOU, YOU MURDERING SOW
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NightsGem Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have never murdered. :) I have never even killed an animal, except indirectly. I don't hunt. All of the animals I have are from secondhand sources, and they have been obtained perfectly legally. I check laws very thoroughly.
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SirIliadVanOvum Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
YOURE A VILE, WRETCHED SCUMSACK, AS SICK AS A VULTURE OR A CORONER
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NightsGem Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You must be in love with me to leave so many comments. <3
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NightsGem Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you, but leave him out of our little debacle. He has nothing to do with anyone and has never harmed or killed an animal with a bow or any other weapon.
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Fatesway Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Flip your right hand over. (so your index finger is above your middle finger)
Index finger above the knock, middle and ring bellow of knock. (This is called a 1,2 grip, or split grip.)
GET YOUR INDEX FINGER OFF THE TIP OF THE ARROW! You can lose your finger tip doing that.
Tilt your bow to the right so you don't bruise your arm.
You should be using your back muscles to pull the string.
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NightsGem Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
He likes to shoot with his hand upside down for some reason. *shrug* So, once you're ready to shoot, remove your index finger from above the arrow? What do you mean by tilt the bow to the right? :) Thank you.

I shoot different than David does. I'll have someone take a picture of me if I ever find any of my arrows in the brush pile.
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Fatesway Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
With his hand upside down, it messes with the release of the arrow. Without a smooth release, it screws the trajectory of the arrow.
You NEVER place a finger on top of the arrow. You can lose a finger tip that way. It can also explain why you are losing fletchings from the arrows. (The feathers).
By tilt I mean kant. To illustrate, place you balled up fist infront of you, so the hole in your hand is facing the ceiling. Now turn that to where the hole is parallel to the floor. Now find the middle of those two positions. When you hold it correctly, the string won't hit your arm.
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NightsGem Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm not sure if I release my finger or what, but I never lost the fletchings. With my compound bow, how would that work with the sights? I've never been hit by the string.

I'll make sure to tell him the tips.
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RobnRoll Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
looks like a unconventional grip to release an arrow.
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NightsGem Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
We're just starting out. We'll learn more the next time we see each other.
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brandork96 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Just wondering is this how you usually shot or was this just a dramatic shot? :P
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NightsGem Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's how he always shoots. He prefers to shoot gripping the arrow upside down.
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Wolfchill13 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's actually pretty awesome :3 and David looks... different to me lol, haven't seen him in a while lol
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NightsGem Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Lol he is different.
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mnshortdraw Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
You guys need tabs or shooting gloves! It makes it much easier on the fingers. Archery is a ton of fun! I have an extra fletching jig and some plastic vanes (feathers) if you would like to give them a try I can certainly send them down. I used to shoot indoor target leagues for years so if you have any questions or issues I'm glad to help.
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NightsGem Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It'd be nice! That's why David uses his gloves. The first time we were shooting, he almost got a blister on his finger. I'm completely unsure about most things in archery. :) Though learning is fun. I'm not even sure what a fletching jig is! ^^" Thank you for the offer! We definitely could use some more knowledge. I got my bow just a month ago, and having never shot a bow before, it's interesting.
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mnshortdraw Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Yes, there's shooting gloves that cover just your fingertips and no more blisters. There's little tabs too made just for that. A fletching jig clamps on your arrow and holds the feathers or vanes at the right angle to glue them on properly. Watch some videos on youtube of Olympic recurve shooters and study how they hold their drawing arm, and where they anchor their release hand on the corner of the mouth. It is really important to use proper shooting form at the beginning. Accuracy will come with consistency and you'll surprise yourself with a few weeks of practice! Shooting is therapeutic.
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NightsGem Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Huh. That'd be convenient. I'll look into those gloves. :) I'll look up some videos. Thank you for the help! My brother taught me how to use the sight on my compound bow yesterday. Unfortunately I lost my last arrow in the giant brush pile we have for burning. I'll go arrow hunting soon for all the lost ones in that pile(I'll have to take it apart completely) and hopefully I can get some new or used arrows from the local outdoor sports shop or the gun shop.
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mnshortdraw Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Lol, sounds like you need a bigger backstop! We've all been there. You should hang out at a local archery range if there is one, nothing like watching it in person and there's usually someone to offer pointers.
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NightsGem Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Actually, I might be going to the range today. xD It's a gun and archery range. I'm going there to shoot the guns(THOSE I actually can do!) with my brother and dad.

We had an old spa cover that was useless(It's torn to bits), so we're using that now. Too bad I lost every arrow.
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mnshortdraw Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
I shoot long range rifle matches too, lots of fun. Maybe you can find a deal on someone's old arrows and get back to it!
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NightsGem Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's what I'm hoping! We have a place where we can buy new ones for about $1 or 2 an arrow, and I might be able to pick some up at a garage sale for cheap.
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