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Hello all! I’m very interested in getting into target archery, but living in Grand Rapids Michigan there aren’t many oppertunities to start unless I want to pursue bowhunting. After reading up on things everyone says that I should at the very least try it before I spend money to get into it, and also to try as many bows as I can before buying one. Does anyone have any recomendations as to where I can find a place to try bows, or even try archery, in Michigan before I spend lots of money on buying something that probably wouldn’t be the right thing anyway? I do know that I like the thought of shooting recurve more so than compound which is one of the reasons this is so difficult. I’d appreciate any words of advice you have to offer. Michael

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Come down to Canton Michigan anytime between July 26th and August 2nd.  The city is hosting the NAA National outdoor tournament that week.  Saturday and Sunday have the Traditional style shooting.  Sunday has a clout round for all classes.  Then starting on the Olympic style recurve and Compound divisions will shoot the rest of the week.  There will be people from all over the world there.  I can think of people from 3 different areas of Michigan that will be shooting then.  There will also be vendor displays and at least one sales booth where you can look at equipment. Come on down and join the party. Don Casteel

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Do you have recommendations for a beginner’s target shooting bow? Type of bow? recurve vs compound?; if compound, one vs two cam? Draw weight? Any particular brands/models come to mind?? I’ve been looking at the Reflex BigHorn as a possibility. The only local shop that sells bows is a Bass Pro Shop. When I told them I wouldn’t be hunting with it they looked at me like I was crazy.

– Hide quoted text — Show quoted text -> Come down to Canton Michigan anytime between July 26th and August 2nd. The > city is hosting the NAA National outdoor tournament that week.  Saturday and > Sunday have the Traditional style shooting.  Sunday has a clout round for > all classes.  Then starting on the Olympic style recurve and Compound > divisions will shoot the rest of the week.  There will be people from all > over the world there.  I can think of people from 3 different areas of > Michigan that will be shooting then.  There will also be vendor displays and > at least one sales booth where you can look at equipment. > Come on down and join the party. > Don Casteel

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Michael We have two Olympic hopefuls training in Grand Rapids(Lowell) with a world class coach. I can think of four local bowshops with ranges that allow you to try before you buy. Vics in Wyoming has longbows recurves and compounds in stock. Hilltop in Belding has compounds. Check the phone book under archery. There are a number of groups with 3D ranges. GR’s a great place for archers. good luck – Hide quoted text — Show quoted text -> Hello all! > I’m very interested in getting into target archery, but living in > Grand Rapids Michigan there aren’t many oppertunities to start unless > I want to pursue bowhunting. After reading up on things everyone says > that I should at the very least try it before I spend money to get > into it, and also to try as many bows as I can before buying one. Does > anyone have any recomendations as to where I can find a place to try > bows, or even try archery, in Michigan before I spend lots of money on > buying something that probably wouldn’t be the right thing anyway? I > do know that I like the thought of shooting recurve more so than > compound which is one of the reasons this is so difficult. I’d > appreciate any words of advice you have to offer. > Michael

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I visited the various places in Grand Rapids and no one had any suggestions what so ever about recurve target archery. They were very helpful, but just didn’t have any help to offer in this area. I finally found a place in Kalamazoo, Brooks Archery, where they had some idea of what I was looking for. Unfortunatly any target recurve bow I would have to order and wouldn’t be able to try until I had already bought it. I’m going to take the advice and go to Canton next week and look at bows there. I’m happy to know we have two Olympic hopefuls here in GR unfortunatly it’s rather difficult to track down anyone who can be of much help. Michael – Hide quoted text — Show quoted text – > Michael > We have two Olympic hopefuls training in Grand Rapids(Lowell) with a world > class coach. > I can think of four local bowshops with ranges that allow you to try before > you buy. > Vics in Wyoming has longbows recurves and compounds in stock. > Hilltop in Belding has compounds. > Check the phone book under archery. > There are a number of groups with 3D ranges. > GR’s a great place for archers. > good luck > Hello all! > I’m very interested in getting into target archery, but living in > Grand Rapids Michigan there aren’t many oppertunities to start unless > I want to pursue bowhunting. After reading up on things everyone says > that I should at the very least try it before I spend money to get > into it, and also to try as many bows as I can before buying one. Does > anyone have any recomendations as to where I can find a place to try > bows, or even try archery, in Michigan before I spend lots of money on > buying something that probably wouldn’t be the right thing anyway? I > do know that I like the thought of shooting recurve more so than > compound which is one of the reasons this is so difficult. I’d > appreciate any words of advice you have to offer. > Michael

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Before you despair, check the documents page of the TSAA website – there are a number of good info articles, including the FABULOUS MURRAY’s Archers Guide.  Also, on the JOAD page there is a 25 page or so document meant for JOAD parents that provides some good recurve information in a general sense, that is applicable to all archers. (I think) http://www.texasarchery.org – Hide quoted text — Show quoted text – > I visited the various places in Grand Rapids and no one had any > suggestions what so ever about recurve target archery. They were very > helpful, but just didn’t have any help to offer in this area. I > finally found a place in Kalamazoo, Brooks Archery, where they had > some idea of what I was looking for. Unfortunatly any target recurve > bow I would have to order and wouldn’t be able to try until I had > already bought it. I’m going to take the advice and go to Canton next > week and look at bows there. I’m happy to know we have two Olympic > hopefuls here in GR unfortunatly it’s rather difficult to track down > anyone who can be of much help. > Michael > Michael > We have two Olympic hopefuls training in Grand Rapids(Lowell) with a world > class coach. > I can think of four local bowshops with ranges that allow you to try before > you buy. > Vics in Wyoming has longbows recurves and compounds in stock. > Hilltop in Belding has compounds. > Check the phone book under archery. > There are a number of groups with 3D ranges. > GR’s a great place for archers. > good luck > > Hello all! > > I’m very interested in getting into target archery, but living in > > Grand Rapids Michigan there aren’t many oppertunities to start unless > > I want to pursue bowhunting. After reading up on things everyone says > > that I should at the very least try it before I spend money to get > > into it, and also to try as many bows as I can before buying one. Does > > anyone have any recomendations as to where I can find a place to try > > bows, or even try archery, in Michigan before I spend lots of money on > > buying something that probably wouldn’t be the right thing anyway? I > > do know that I like the thought of shooting recurve more so than > > compound which is one of the reasons this is so difficult. I’d > > appreciate any words of advice you have to offer. > > Michael

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I’ve just released the latest TSAA Newsletter – you can view a copy of it at http://texasarchery.org/eletters/Newsarchive.htm , and subscribe if you wish – the price is right<RBG> Also, the opening page of the TSAA website has a link for parents of archers to sign up for the pending NAA JOAD Newsletter.  If you are a parent of an archer, and y’all aren’t involved in the JOAD program, you are missing a good bet.   Use the link to add your name to the list for the newsletter – it will not be used for anything beyond the NAA’s email file, and you can opt out anytime you want by sending the "unsubscribe" message. And for FAQs and other good JOAD info – http://texasarchery.org/L1/ClubsJOADs.htm   for lots of good info on a great program. The results for the 21st NAA JOAD National Championships were posted this morning by the NAA webmaster, Lyle McElhaney, at this link: http://usarchery.org/results/2002/jod/start.htm — TexARC publicize the sport of Archery! http://www.texasarchery.org Outgoing messages scanned for viruses by Nortons AV 2002

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| Do you have recommendations for a beginner’s target shooting bow? | | Type of bow? recurve vs compound?; if compound, one vs two cam? Recurve vs Compound? Good God, theres an arguement. IMHO its better to start off with a recurve, and then move over to compound if you wish. | Draw weight? Dont start off too heavy, you are using muscles you probably havnt used before. | Any particular brands/models come to mind?? Recurve the Hoyt Goldmedalst, the W&W Trigger, or the W&W Toz are good bows. The GM and the Toz accept international limbs, so you can buy heavier limbs as you become bow-fit. | | I’ve been looking at the Reflex BigHorn as a possibility. The only local | shop that sells bows is a Bass Pro Shop. When I told them I wouldn’t be | hunting with it they looked at me like I was crazy. Im an olympic recurve shooter, but as far as I know, hunting bows are built more for speed than pinpoint accuracy. Regards Ewan — Ewan Oughton [0143324] 2nd Year B.Sc. Comp. Sys. http://www.10xshot.com | | | | > Come down to Canton Michigan anytime between July 26th and August 2nd. | The | > city is hosting the NAA National outdoor tournament that week.  Saturday | and | > Sunday have the Traditional style shooting.  Sunday has a clout round for | > all classes.  Then starting on the Olympic style recurve and Compound | > divisions will shoot the rest of the week.  There will be people from all | > over the world there.  I can think of people from 3 different areas of | > Michigan that will be shooting then.  There will also be vendor displays | and | > at least one sales booth where you can look at equipment. | > Come on down and join the party. | > Don Casteel | > | > | > | | — Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free. Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com).

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