Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


Time to try a clicker

Messages posted to thread:
Krag 04-Nov-22
SteelyDan 04-Nov-22
Babysaph 04-Nov-22
Jack Whitmrie jr 05-Nov-22
Fling em 05-Nov-22
Ishi 05-Nov-22
Babysaph 05-Nov-22
Babysaph 05-Nov-22
Viper 05-Nov-22
Babysaph 05-Nov-22
Darryl/Deni 05-Nov-22
CStyles 05-Nov-22
Krag 24-Jan-23
Babysaph 24-Jan-23
Geezer 25-Jan-23
bodork 25-Jan-23
Krag 25-Jan-23
reddogge 25-Jan-23
Viper 25-Jan-23
bodork 25-Jan-23
Babysaph 26-Jan-23
Viper 26-Jan-23
Bob Rowlands 26-Jan-23
Cedarsavage 26-Jan-23
Babysaph 26-Jan-23
reddogge 26-Jan-23
Krag 26-Jan-23
Fisher 27-Jan-23
From: Krag
Date: 04-Nov-22

Krag's embedded Photo



With TP I have been short drawing and snap shooting for a while now. Been thinking about using a clicker to get some consistency but wanted to try it again before ordering any. I had one on my Canebrake but that was over 20 years ago and was shot from the other side.

There are a couple youtube videos on making them I have viewed and have been thinking about what to use. Then tonight while opening up a can of Fancy Feast to feed the cats I heard "click". The cover already has an indentation in it that causes a click when flexed. I adjusted the cover a bit to allow taping to a limb and tried it on my light weight Parabow.

It works well enough to get a feel for the concept. I'll go easy with it at first since my shoulder hasn't been in that position for a while and try it on heavier bows before ordering any. If you thought about giving a clicker a try this is an easy way to see what it is like.

From: SteelyDan
Date: 04-Nov-22




Clickers are good things.

Frisky will love this design. SD

From: Babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 04-Nov-22




I’ve had one on my bow for over 30 years. Your friends will make fun of ya. So be warned

From: Jack Whitmrie jr
Date: 05-Nov-22




I know they are a great tool that leads consistent shooting. BUT they blow me up, when I feel that slight bump everything goes to purgatory.

From: Fling em
Date: 05-Nov-22




Clicker is the $20 item that keeps me shooting. Without it nobody around is safe. Lol. TP caused me not beable to shoot for over 10yrs.

From: Ishi
Date: 05-Nov-22




Krag - clever idea! I have been thinking about a clicker. Is yours taped on?

From: Babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 05-Nov-22




I’ve seen guys like that too Jack. I am just the opposite. Deer hate em. Hehehehe

From: Babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 05-Nov-22




I’ve seen guys like that too Jack. I am just the opposite. Deer hate em. Hehehehe

From: Viper
Date: 05-Nov-22




Krag -

The biggest problem I've seen with clickers is people taking them too lightly. The type you made (and commercial versions) have one serious draw back - no visual reference. It has to be done completely by feel, which can lead to under / over drawing based on initial configuration or anchor too early pull to much to make it click. (I've seen people drawing an extra 1/2" to break the clicker, and by that time their form is in the toilet.)

IF USED PROPERLY, they are probably one of the greatest tools in archer ARSENAL, but they are the most unforgiving device on the bow.

It will make you a better shooter, even if you hate it in the process. It is the best thing you'll ever hate.

Viper out.

From: Babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 05-Nov-22




I agree. I have been fortunate to get mine set up just right and never had a problem with it. I’m amazed at all the people that need them and don’t use them. It’s unreal. They have all kinds of gadgets to help them but won’t use the most important one. I get to full draw each and every time. If you don’t think they work put one on your bow and shoot all day like we sometimes do. You will find at the end of the day it’s harder to get it to go off .I guarantee you guys miss deer because they are cold and distorted in their treestand when the shot comes and they short draw. A trad bow is slow anyway. Much slower when it is not full drawn. Plus no matter what method you use for aiming your bow will not be accurate if you shoot it at different speeds all the time. You have to shoot the same speed all the time. I go to shoots and see guys short drawing as much as 8 inches. It’s unreal but they are too hard headed to use one. I am a hunter and want to kill deer. I do not care what people think. Heck I have a buddy that just killed a deer with a crossbow .and I have some other buddies that still rifle hunt. I’m not that bad yet

From: Darryl/Deni
Date: 05-Nov-22




That is a very clever idea. I can shoot instinctive without one but find it impossible with a sight or using the arrow tip to aim to shoot without one. They can take a lot of work to get right but they sure work well when you do. Who cares what it looks like if it works for you use it, tournaments have rules, what works for you in the woods does not.

From: CStyles
Date: 05-Nov-22




The biggest downside I see is that every time you hit full draw, your dog will sit

From: Krag
Date: 24-Jan-23




Update: The original can cover clicker pictured is still working after hundreds of shots. I practice form at 5yds in my garage and only one shot at a time which limits number of shots each session but it's been working for over two months. When I started using this the plug was pulled on the conflict between conscious and sub-conscious control over the shot. The clicker is like a coach tapping you on the shoulder when it's time to release - the decision is made for you. Anxiety level was instantly diminished. Those experiencing TP will understand, those that haven't won't.

Bought clickers for all four hunting weight bows and consistency on the woods course and stumping has increased significantly. By summer I hope to be ready to try going to 3D shoots - something I haven't done in almost 25 years. Hunting next season I'll be more confident in my shot for sure.

Being right eye dominant I have tried shooting RH several times but the TP was worse than LH. Lately I added shooting the lightweight Parabow from that side and getting more comfortable with it each day. Got a RH Black Bear riser in waiting that I'll progress to when ready that will complement the LH frankenbow.

If TP is preventing you from shooting or enjoying your shooting you might think about giving a clicker a try. Wish I had long before now but glad I finally did.

From: Babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 24-Jan-23




My old buddy Marc Fox had me shoot his bow back in 1990 with one on. I was really struggling. I could not wait to get one on my bow. It has been on ever since.

From: Geezer
Date: 25-Jan-23




Pride in imagined expertise ain't good. Know yourself and do what helps you.

From: bodork
Date: 25-Jan-23




Dumb question about a clicker. Is the idea that as soon as you hear the clicker you release instantly, or is that sound telling you that you have reached full draw so you can now release when you feel focused and relaxed?

From: Krag
Date: 25-Jan-23




For someone shooting in control without TP it would work as a draw check like that. I try to think the click means I'm at full draw and then when ready can release but usually by the time it clicks I've been at anchor and focused on the target for a while - a long while compared to my snap shooting days - so mostly I release at the click. The clicker does add a slight bit of resistance before it goes off sort of like hitting a slight wall and there have been times I'm at anchor and focused and released before the click. Some of my best shots happened like that. At one point I grabbed a bow without a clicker but couldn't duplicate that so it definitely is a psychological tool for those with TP.

From: reddogge
Date: 25-Jan-23




I used one as a training aid. I found if adjusted on a level surface everything was fine. I had trouble with it on a 3-D course where I couldn't get it past the clicker on uphill and downhill shots. So I shortened the string. Then it was too short and clicked too early on a level surface.

From: Viper
Date: 25-Jan-23




bodork -

When used properly, the clicker sets up an anticipatory response, and you release on the "Click". At the highest levels, there's little conscious thought about the release - but that might be impractical for most of us.

red -

That kinda implies that your form is changing on those uphill and downhill shots, probably using your arms for the elevation change instead of your waist. Actually the uphill shots should be harder to break the clicker and the downhill shot easier.

Viper out.

From: bodork
Date: 25-Jan-23




I feel like I would be so focused on the click I wouldn’t be focused on the target when it sounded. I can only think about so much at once! Might be worth trying one. I don’t mind guys making fun of me if I’m out- shooting them. Lol!

From: Babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 26-Jan-23




BTW you can do better than that cat food can clicker. 3 rivers sells them. Cheaper than cat food :)

From: Viper
Date: 26-Jan-23




bodork -

That's a common concern from people who have never used a clicker. You'll never see a seriously Olympic style shooter without one. Think about it.

Viper out.

From: Bob Rowlands
Date: 26-Jan-23




So Doc, I guess you could call the cat food can clicker a kitty klicckr.. whoops.... citty clicker..uhm..clitty litter ...nope ..kitty kicker...oh nevermind forget it.

From: Cedarsavage
Date: 26-Jan-23




Great idea. If it wasn't for clicker I'd be shooting left handed or with wheels

From: Babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 26-Jan-23




Be warned that all your buddies with the toes worn out of their boots from looking for arrows will remind you they are not traditional

From: reddogge
Date: 26-Jan-23




B.S., BS, they had them in the 60s.

From: Krag
Date: 26-Jan-23




Check the internet sites. I got four for $42 delivered.

From: Fisher
Date: 27-Jan-23




No target panic here.

A clicker is a great tool because it teaches the shooter to reach the same full draw.

Drawing with arms reaches one point. Expand my chest/shoulders adds more inches which increases speed which reduces drop.

As stated above, the bow must be drawn the same to shoot accurately - speed and arc.





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