April 10th, 2012, 03:40 AM
starting daughters in trad
as the title states, I would like to get my two daughters (8 and 10) started in archery.
One already has a Samick takedown at 10# with white gloss, 'sporty' limbs, they also both have one of those cheap fibreglass bows each in 10 & 20 lbs.
Here's the thing. Firstly, they both get a little frustrated nocking the arrows and have difficulty keeping the arrows on the shelf. Occassional mini meltdowns.
Then they see dad blast away with a Hickory Creek 23 Magnum Drawloc at 80#. I have a Sage, and I'd prefer to shoot that with them, but I'm waiting on new limbs and arrows right now. They would like something less 'sporty' and 'Olympic' looking and something more attractive (whether that is trad styling or more 'tactical' in nature-both would be better than the 'Olympic' look.)
I could of course go for a pair of Mission Crazes with whisker biscuits (sexy and easy to shoot). The only thing is that the kind of casual plinking/stumping which is just plain fun and easy for kids to endulge in (me too, I love stumping) IMHO lends itself better to a recurve than a (relatively flat, fast and hard shooting) compound. I'm more than happy to be corrected on this assumption, though.
So...what are your recomendations for a pair of recurves, attractive to a pair of girls, which can take a whisker biscuit and maybe even upgrade to higher # limbs later? I really don't want to miss this window which exists now.
Thanks in advance.
April 10th, 2012, 08:26 AM
They are girls and you are very fortunate to have two daughters to love and share this sport with ya. I'm also sure you are aware of the way the females think and do so I would recommend that you let these two girls go thru what you think they would like, give them multiple choices and let them pick their own bow. thats the only way your gonna have two happy girls and the only way Dad is gonna be happy in the hereafter! good luck and take care of those girls!
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April 10th, 2012, 08:43 AM
Pink. My daughter (10 years old) did not care what she shot so long as it was pink! Check out the Samick Polaris, it comes in some pretty kid oriented sizes and is a real bow that can have heavier limbs installed down the road. My 16 year old loves hers.
April 10th, 2012, 10:39 AM
I would also suggest you checkout the bows from Joe at elkridge archery. He specializes in kids bows that are all wood and colored in any style you want. Prices are very affordable and he makes great bows. We have a ton of women in the SCA shooting his bows.
April 10th, 2012, 02:34 PM
April 10th, 2012, 04:15 PM
Sounds like that's a skill that will have to be developed, and it will take maturity and patience. I would look at the situation as a parenting opportunity to teach (or allow them to develop) those attributes, rather than cop out and surrender to their emotions by buying a recurve with a whisker biscuit (if such a thing even exists).
Originally Posted by TonyBanks
April 10th, 2012, 04:45 PM
Having beginners start their draw with a canted bow, then move to a more vertical orientation, often helps them keep the arrow on the shelf.
April 10th, 2012, 06:49 PM
Funny how so many girls are getting into archery these days. Thanks Hunger Games!
My daughter started with a cheapie PSE 20# recurve and wanted a pink compound. That is, until she shot one, and just didn't like the feel of it. So I got her a Samick Polaris for her birthday and handed down the PSE to my nephews. She's a very happy girl and really prefers recurve over compound right now. She's asked to go shooting after school tomorrow, and who am I to refuse her?
April 10th, 2012, 08:39 PM
My girls 7 and 9 shoot Polaris's
I would not set them up with a whisker bisquit
Just be patient they will work thru it
April 10th, 2012, 09:01 PM
Honestly, a Polaris off the shelf is the way to go. It is so simple the kids can't help but figure it out.
April 10th, 2012, 11:19 PM
Yeah, I think you'all might be right. I guess the Polaris and pink arrows that they choose themselves is the way to go for now. Nock points will help with the arrow falling off the string.
April 17th, 2012, 10:24 AM
These girls look good! What pound are drawing?? I'm trying to figure out what draw weight to get my 11 year old.
Originally Posted by JParanee
April 17th, 2012, 06:01 PM
That's great...aint nothin like it. Precious girls you got there.
I bought my 8 year old daughter a pink bow called LiL Sioux from Academy Outdoors for about 25 bucks, dont know if those stores are in your area but it's a good bow for that age.
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April 17th, 2012, 10:28 PM
After teaching nearly 30 kids two days a week this year - I have found that one thing to help the kids keep the arrow on the shelf is to tell them to not let their fingers touch the arrow nock - most kids tend to squeeze the arrow nock between thier fingers and this is one reason why they have trouble keeping the arrow on the shelf.
If you want to have a blast with the girls and their friends buy a pinata and let them shoot at it - here is a video of the kids I help instruct shooting at a pinata last week - they loved it - we did it again this week but this time we attached it to a long rope and I pulled it in front of them so that they shot at it while it was moving by.
April 18th, 2012, 01:00 AM
Those are the 18 to 20 # limbs
Originally Posted by UrbanDeerSlayer
I started them both with the 12 pound limbs for form.
So when I bought te bows I got a 12 pound set just to teach on and 2sets of the 18 to 20 pound limbs to work into
The nine yrs old went right to the heavier limbs as soon as she felt good and the 7 yrs old shot the 12 pound ones for a little over a month or so till she jumped up.
A friend just got the 54 inch Polaris in 20 pound limbs for his 11 yrs old and sh is fine
In my mind you can never start to light only to heavy
I like having he lighter limbs around just to go back to if they have form issues
I know people say don't worry about kids form just let them shoot but I was self taught and 35 yrs or so ago ya learned on your own my dad ve me a bow and my brother and I figured it out
And believe me I developed less than a perfect style .
Imagine being started out right. That's what I want for them. I will be asking all here of my daughters to the Whittingham shoot At the end of the month nd I am so excited
Good luck and have fun
April 18th, 2012, 01:00 AM
Originally Posted by Curve1
April 18th, 2012, 01:09 AM