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Kona here! (You can call me Kona or Taylor) I’ve been out hunting since I was 3, owned my first bow at 5, and started bow hunting on my own at 13 when I got my license. I’m now 20 years old and in college and am studying archery culture for an English 102 paper. I was wondering if I could get a little help from all my fellow archers out there.

It would be very helpful if yall could tell me:

  • When did you first have an interest in archery/bows?
  • When did you buy/when were you given your first bow?
  • How old were you when you first started shooting?
  • How long have you been shooting?
  • Do you recommend archery to other people?
  • Do you prefer bows to guns?
  • Do you hunt with your bow, or use it for sports/recreational purposes?
  • If you do hunt with your bow, what game do you pursue?
  • If you do hunt with your bow, do you hunt on private or public land?
  • What kind of bow do you use (longbow, recurve, compound…)?
  • Have you ever had any negative run-ins with anti-hunters?
  • Have you ever had any negative run-ins with other bow hunters?
  • Have you ever had any negative run-ins with gun hunters?
  • Do you feel united with other archers or do you feel they’re competition?


Please know that names/locations/any personal information will not be used in my paper, I’m just trying to get a read on how other people enjoy archery. If you don’t want something included in my paper (This is just for a college class, it isn’t going to press or being sold or anything like that) please either don’t post it or tell me beforehand. You don’t have to answer all the questions, even just an answer to one or two will be a big help to me.

Thanks for reading and thanks to all who contribute!

(If this post isn’t allowed or is in the wrong forum please remove it! I apologize in advance if I’ve posted in the wrong area.)
 

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•When did you first have an interest in archery/bows? At about 13 years old
•When did you buy/when were you given your first bow? At 13 years old
•How old were you when you first started shooting? 13
•How long have you been shooting? 36 years
•Do you recommend archery to other people? Yes
•Do you prefer bows to guns? Bows
•Do you hunt with your bow, or use it for sports/recreational purposes? Hunt, but sports/rec too as practice for hunting
•If you do hunt with your bow, what game do you pursue? Whitetail Deer, Turkey, Elk
•If you do hunt with your bow, do you hunt on private or public land? Public and private opened to the public
•What kind of bow do you use (longbow, recurve, compound…)? Compound mostly but do shoot a recurve for recreation
•Have you ever had any negative run-ins with anti-hunters? No
•Have you ever had any negative run-ins with other bow hunters? No
•Have you ever had any negative run-ins with gun hunters? No
•Do you feel united with other archers or do you feel they’re competition? United
 

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[*]When did you first have an interest in archery/bows? 9 years

[*]When did you buy/when were you given your first bow? 9 years

[*]How old were you when you first started shooting? 9 years

[*]How long have you been shooting? 21 years

[*]Do you recommend archery to other people? Absolutely

[*]Do you prefer bows to guns? I do now

[*]Do you hunt with your bow, or use it for sports/recreational purposes? Yes

[*]If you do hunt with your bow, what game do you pursue? Elk, Deer, Turkey.

[*]If you do hunt with your bow, do you hunt on private or public land? Public

[*]What kind of bow do you use (longbow, recurve, compound…)? Compound

[*]Have you ever had any negative run-ins with anti-hunters? No

[*]Have you ever had any negative run-ins with other bow hunters? No

[*]Have you ever had any negative run-ins with gun hunters? No

[*]Do you feel united with other archers or do you feel they’re competition? Mostly united
 

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Welcome kona.....jeez, you are going to make us do your homework for you on your first post? Grin..kidding

11) Yes I've been a bowhunter for over 30 years here in Ca and we run into non hunters all the time. We are very careful to be respectful and cast Bowhunting in a positive light. You WILL NOT change an anti hunters mind...I have had a lot of expereince with this...best to respectfully walk away. So we are hunting the Trinities in Nor cal for deer one year and backpacking in cross path with a couple going the opposite direction. We said "Hi" the woman actually spit at us. A bit harsh eh? Well then 4 days later we get back to my buddies Toyota landcruiser and there is a mix of tomato sauce and granola smeared all over the hood and windshield looks like it said KILLERS- rain had washed some away. Someone left a note of the lic plate seeing who did it. We reported to the sheriff....as it ate into the paint and my buddy had to get his LC repainted...sheriff wouldn't do anything.

Lesson; Though us hunters are very tolerant and hunt for organic meat to feed our families...and antlers too....so what....the intolerant liberal antis have no use for someone that doesn't see things their way and justify destroying someones property for their agenda..
 

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•When did you first have an interest in archery/bows?
about 2007?
•When did you buy/when were you given your first bow?
2007
•How old were you when you first started shooting?
38 yo
•How long have you been shooting?
9 years
•Do you recommend archery to other people?
yes every chance I get
•Do you prefer bows to guns?
Bows
•Do you hunt with your bow, or use it for sports/recreational purposes?
sports/recreational purposes
•If you do hunt with your bow, what game do you pursue?
•If you do hunt with your bow, do you hunt on private or public land?
•What kind of bow do you use (longbow, recurve, compound…)?
Compound
•Have you ever had any negative run-ins with anti-hunters?
•Have you ever had any negative run-ins with other bow hunters?
•Have you ever had any negative run-ins with gun hunters?
•Do you feel united with other archers or do you feel they’re competition?
I feel united but I feel others look at me as competition for what ever reason.
 

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When did you first have an interest in archery/bows? Around the age of 5
When did you buy/when were you given your first bow? 5 years old
How old were you when you first started shooting? 5 years old
How long have you been shooting? 23 years
Do you recommend archery to other people? Absolutely!
Do you prefer bows to guns? Yes
Do you hunt with your bow, or use it for sports/recreational purposes? Both
If you do hunt with your bow, what game do you pursue? Whitetail deer & Turkey
If you do hunt with your bow, do you hunt on private or public land? Both
What kind of bow do you use (longbow, recurve, compound…)? Compound for hunting, recurve and longbow for recreation
Have you ever had any negative run-ins with anti-hunters? no
Have you ever had any negative run-ins with other bow hunters? no
Have you ever had any negative run-ins with gun hunters? no
Do you feel united with other archers or do you feel they’re competition? united
 

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When did you first have an interest in archery/bows? 14 Years old
When did you buy/when were you given your first bow? 14 Years old
How old were you when you first started shooting? Shooting guns probably 6/ Bows 14
How long have you been shooting? 21 years
Do you recommend archery to other people? Yes but they don't care
Do you prefer bows to guns? For hunting yes. I only own 2 bows I own many guns I can't choose
Do you hunt with your bow, or use it for sports/recreational purposes? Hunt
If you do hunt with your bow, what game do you pursue? White Tail/Bear
If you do hunt with your bow, do you hunt on private or public land? Private
What kind of bow do you use (longbow, recurve, compound…)? Compound
Have you ever had any negative run-ins with anti-hunters? Girls i've dated and I don't care
Have you ever had any negative run-ins with other bow hunters? No
Have you ever had any negative run-ins with gun hunters? No
Do you feel united with other archers or do you feel they’re competition? United
 

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•When did you first have an interest in archery/bows?
Around age 18.

•When did you buy/when were you given your first bow?
When I was 23.

•How old were you when you first started shooting?
When I was 23.

•How long have you been shooting?
7 years.

•Do you recommend archery to other people?
Depends on the person.

•Do you prefer bows to guns?
Depends on the context.

•Do you hunt with your bow, or use it for sports/recreational purposes?
I hunt with it but shoot it more in practice and stress relief than arrows shot at game.

•If you do hunt with your bow, what game do you pursue?
Elk.

•If you do hunt with your bow, do you hunt on private or public land?
Public.

•What kind of bow do you use (longbow, recurve, compound…)?
Compound.

•Have you ever had any negative run-ins with anti-hunters?
No.

•Have you ever had any negative run-ins with other bow hunters?
No.

•Have you ever had any negative run-ins with gun hunters?
No, but to be honest were I to run into gun hunters when I'm hunting with my bow they'd technically be poachers.

•Do you feel united with other archers or do you feel they’re competition?
Depends on the issue being discussed.
 

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•When did you first have an interest in archery/bows? About 6 years old
•When did you buy/when were you given your first bow? About 6 years old.
•How old were you when you first started shooting? for real at about 21
•How long have you been shooting? 40 years
•Do you recommend archery to other people? Yes
•Do you prefer bows to guns? Yes
•Do you hunt with your bow, or use it for sports/recreational purposes? Both
•If you do hunt with your bow, what game do you pursue? Elk, Deer, Javelina, Bear
•If you do hunt with your bow, do you hunt on private or public land? No
•What kind of bow do you use (longbow, recurve, compound…)? Compound
•Have you ever had any negative run-ins with anti-hunters? Yes
•Have you ever had any negative run-ins with other bow hunters? Yes
•Have you ever had any negative run-ins with gun hunters? Yes
•Do you feel united with other archers or do you feel they’re competition? United.
 

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Hi,

  • When did you first have an interest in archery/bows? 14 years old
  • When did you buy/when were you given your first bow? 17 years old
  • How old were you when you first started shooting? 17 years old
  • How long have you been shooting? 32 years
  • Do you recommend archery to other people? Yes, always.
  • Do you prefer bows to guns? Depends, bows for recreation, guns for defense.
  • Do you hunt with your bow, or use it for sports/recreational purposes? Yes and yes
  • If you do hunt with your bow, what game do you pursue? Deer and elk
  • If you do hunt with your bow, do you hunt on private or public land? Both
  • What kind of bow do you use (longbow, recurve, compound…)? Compound
  • Have you ever had any negative run-ins with anti-hunters? No
  • Have you ever had any negative run-ins with other bow hunters? Yes
  • Have you ever had any negative run-ins with gun hunters? No
  • Do you feel united with other archers or do you feel they’re competition? United, unless we're competing.
 

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Now that is a different first post.:tongue: Hope this helps young man.

When did you first have an interest in archery/bows? As a kid I made stick bows, Couldn't hit the side of the barn or penetrate paper, but they were fun. Started shooting recurve about 15-16 for fun.
When did you buy/when were you given your first bow? Bought a bear Grizzley at 15-16.
How old were you when you first started shooting? Started shooting seriously at about 20.
How long have you been shooting? 43 years so far.
Do you recommend archery to other people? Absolutely
Do you prefer bows to guns? Hunting is bow only for me. Guns are for my protection and leveling the playing field.
Do you hunt with your bow, or use it for sports/recreational purposes? Both
If you do hunt with your bow, what game do you pursue? Mostly whitetail, but rabbits to wart hogs, squirrels to turkey, bear to elk. If you can eat it, I will most likely hunt it.
If you do hunt with your bow, do you hunt on private or public land? Both
What kind of bow do you use (longbow, recurve, compound…)? Youth stick bow and recurve. Teens to 50's adult mostly compound. Today mostly crossbow.
Have you ever had any negative run-ins with anti-hunters? Yes a few. Nasty grams left on the vehicle. Tires sliced a couple times.
Have you ever had any negative run-ins with other bow hunters? Not yet.
Have you ever had any negative run-ins with gun hunters? 40 years ago.
Do you feel united with other archers or do you feel they’re competition? United. Other archers treat you as you treat them usually.

Hope this helps.
 

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When did you first have an interest in archery/bows?
Around 10 years old
When did you buy/when were you given your first bow?
I was given my first bow at ten years old and bought my first bow at 16 years old
How old were you when you first started shooting?
10 years old
How long have you been shooting?
61 years
Do you recommend archery to other people?
Yes
Do you prefer bows to guns?
equally
Do you hunt with your bow, or use it for sports/recreational purposes?
Both
If you do hunt with your bow, what game do you pursue?
deer, turkey, bear, hogs
If you do hunt with your bow, do you hunt on private or public land?
public
What kind of bow do you use (longbow, recurve, compound…)?
compound
Have you ever had any negative run-ins with anti-hunters?
no
Have you ever had any negative run-ins with other bow hunters?
no
Have you ever had any negative run-ins with gun hunters?
no
Do you feel united with other archers or do you feel they’re competition?
united
 

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When did you first have an interest in archery/bows? - Not until I was 21, although looking back I wish I would have started much earlier.
When did you buy/when were you given your first bow? - When I was 21.
How old were you when you first started shooting? Guns - probably around 3 - bows probably around 10 (boy scouts)
How long have you been shooting? guns - 25 years - bows - 9 years
Do you recommend archery to other people? - all the time.
Do you prefer bows to guns? 100%
Do you hunt with your bow, or use it for sports/recreational purposes? Hunt.
If you do hunt with your bow, what game do you pursue? Whitetail and turkey.
If you do hunt with your bow, do you hunt on private or public land? Almost exclusively private. some public for turkey.
What kind of bow do you use (longbow, recurve, compound…)? Compound.
Have you ever had any negative run-ins with anti-hunters? Fortunately no.
Have you ever had any negative run-ins with other bow hunters? Fortunately no.
Have you ever had any negative run-ins with gun hunters? nope.
Do you feel united with other archers or do you feel they’re competition? United. If you can't be happy for someone elses success with a bow, you shouldn't be a bowhunter.
 

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Hey I'll give you 3 people in 1 here. I started at 50 we won't discuss the disaster in hs they called archery I hated with a passion. The husband restarted at 55 he shot when he was younger with his Dad

though but hadn't in 30 years. Son started this at 15 and dragged us with him. That was just about 2 years ago. We all shoot target. Husband and I thinking may try 3d kid no interest. He is on the hs archery club. We each bought our bows within 6 months of starting. I am compound hubby and son olympic recurve sometimes compound for fun. I feel very united with other archers. The folks at the shops, tournaments, and ranges are really a great group. Some hunters some spot everyone just hangs out. The folks on here are also an amazing group. Always ready to help with an idea or answer a question. I have learned so much and know they will continue to teach me just by the articles they post.

Yes I do recommend archery to others I'm always directing people to one of the joad programs for their kids.

We live in a suburb about an hour west of Chicago.

Nice idea for an original paper. Teachers appreciate something different in term papers. Believe me.
 

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By the way dragged us along is a joke. It has become a great family activity we all enjoy. Just have to tease the kid about him starting trouble. It's a mom thing.
 

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When did you first have an interest in archery/bows?
As long as I can rember.
When did you buy/when were you given your first bow?
Got first bow at 5, Bought first one at 21.
How old were you when you first started shooting?
5
How long have you been shooting?
48 years in less than a month.
Do you recommend archery to other people?
All the time.
Do you prefer bows to guns?
Like both but shoot bow year round.
Do you hunt with your bow, or use it for sports/recreational purposes?
Hunt and shoot competively.
If you do hunt with your bow, what game do you pursue?
Deer and black bear. Hope to add to that next year.
If you do hunt with your bow, do you hunt on private or public land?
Both.
What kind of bow do you use (longbow, recurve, compound…)?
Compound
Have you ever had any negative run-ins with anti-hunters?
No.
Have you ever had any negative run-ins with other bow hunters?
No.
Have you ever had any negative run-ins with gun hunters?
No.
Do you feel united with other archers or do you feel they’re competition?
United mostly.
 

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When did you first have an interest in archery/bows? Around 7 years old

When did you buy/when were you given your first bow? Age 20

How old were you when you first started shooting? Around 7 years old

How long have you been shooting? Since around 1962 with homemade bows, and my brothers youth recurve. Seriously since 1975 with a compound bow (41yrs).

Do you recommend archery to other people? No, but I would If I knew somebody that's not already an archer, and was interested

Do you prefer bows to guns? Enjoy them all the same

Do you hunt with your bow, or use it for sports/recreational purposes? Hunt

If you do hunt with your bow, what game do you pursue? Deer

If you do hunt with your bow, do you hunt on private or public land? Almost all public

What kind of bow do you use (longbow, recurve, compound…)? Compound, and crossbow

Have you ever had any negative run-ins with anti-hunters? No

Have you ever had any negative run-ins with other bow hunters? No

Have you ever had any negative run-ins with gun hunters? Yes. Drive participants, and trespassers.

Do you feel united with other archers or do you feel they’re competition? United
 

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When did you first have an interest in archery/bows? As a child
When did you buy/when were you given your first bow? 15
How old were you when you first started shooting? 9
How long have you been shooting? 36 years
Do you recommend archery to other people? Yes
Do you prefer bows to guns? no but shooting bows is easier to schedule
Do you hunt with your bow, or use it for sports/recreational purposes? hunt, fun
If you do hunt with your bow, what game do you pursue? deer
If you do hunt with your bow, do you hunt on private or public land? private
What kind of bow do you use (longbow, recurve, compound…)? compound
Have you ever had any negative run-ins with anti-hunters? yes
Have you ever had any negative run-ins with other bow hunters? never ran into another bow hunter
Have you ever had any negative run-ins with gun hunters? yes
Do you feel united with other archers or do you feel they’re competition? neither, but more united than against, mostly feel independent
 

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[*]When did you first have an interest in archery/bows? 10 yrs old

[*]When did you buy/when were you given your first bow? 10 yrs old

[*]How old were you when you first started shooting? 10 yrs old

[*]How long have you been shooting? 26 yrs

[*]Do you recommend archery to other people? Yes

[*]Do you prefer bows to guns? Yes

[*]Do you hunt with your bow, or use it for sports/recreational purposes? Both

[*]If you do hunt with your bow, what game do you pursue? Whitetail Deer

[*]If you do hunt with your bow, do you hunt on private or public land? Both

[*]What kind of bow do you use (longbow, recurve, compound…)? Compound

[*]Have you ever had any negative run-ins with anti-hunters? Mild but yes

[*]Have you ever had any negative run-ins with other bow hunters? No

[*]Have you ever had any negative run-ins with gun hunters? Yes

[*]Do you feel united with other archers or do you feel they’re competition?
I feel its like a brotherhood (united)
 

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[*]When did you first have an interest in archery/bows? 10 yrs old

[*]When did you buy/when were you given your first bow? 12 yrs old

[*]How old were you when you first started shooting? 12 yrs old

[*]How long have you been shooting? 38 yrs

[*]Do you recommend archery to other people? Yes

[*]Do you prefer bows to guns? Yes

[*]Do you hunt with your bow, or use it for sports/recreational purposes? Both

[*]If you do hunt with your bow, what game do you pursue? Whitetail Deer,Turkey, Squirrel,Wild Hog,Groundhog,Coyote

[*]If you do hunt with your bow, do you hunt on private or public land? Both

[*]What kind of bow do you use (longbow, recurve, compound…)? Compound

[*]Have you ever had any negative run-ins with anti-hunters? No

[*]Have you ever had any negative run-ins with other bow hunters? No

[*]Have you ever had any negative run-ins with gun hunters? No

[*]Do you feel united with other archers or do you feel they’re competition? Both
I feel its like a brotherhood (united)[/QUOTE]
 
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