I have a 76in 50#@28 Bickerstaff ELB. I bought it just for something different to play with once in awhile. I have carried it roving and hunting a couple of times and did get a doe, but it is very awkward to handle in the brush and I mostly just shoot it at the range or 3-D sometimes. It is a lot of fun to shoot.
I have one as a selfbow. That`s what I did last winter . Should be approx 60#@28", really rocks your shoulder (the handle is bending, too) and a lot of fun to shoot. But I wouldn`t take out for hunting, it`s too hard too handle the thing out in the woods. Like dgf41, it`s my roving and clouting-bow.
im in an english longbow club, so yes i have one. currently starting to learn how to make my own as well
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and no i wouldnt go hunting with it, because until im at the level that i can shoot a coin out of the air (never gonna happen but hey we can dream) i wouldnt be good enough to hnt a live animal. i think its just cruel unless one is dead certain of a first fatal shot everytime. ill go to the shops for my meat and leather thanks
I hunt almost exclusively with selfbows (save for a few flintlock jaunts). I've only used various flatbow designs for whitetails, all under 64". I have hunted small game with 66" osage English longbows, with relative ease. I just finished a hickory backed black walnut English longbow, 70" and 60# @ 25", which I may hunt in part with this fall. It may be a little long for me perched in a treestand or hunked in a blowdown, but it would be just the ticket for stillhunting.
Rottun, Don't worry about pecking coins from the air. The vital organs of big game present a significantly larger target, and they seldom dance across the sky... :wink:
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