Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


Multiple bows

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Sir Coco 10-Jul-24
TradToTheBone 10-Jul-24
aromakr 10-Jul-24
Ragnall 10-Jul-24
HuumanCreed 10-Jul-24
Olde style 10-Jul-24
2 bears 10-Jul-24
smrobertson 10-Jul-24
BowAholic 10-Jul-24
Sir Coco 10-Jul-24
Sir Coco 10-Jul-24
Sir Coco 10-Jul-24
Andy Man 10-Jul-24
Nemophilist 10-Jul-24
Viper 10-Jul-24
CritterGitter62 10-Jul-24
Gun 10-Jul-24
Gun 10-Jul-24
Mortis Sagittas 10-Jul-24
Corax_latrans 10-Jul-24
YamahaYG68 10-Jul-24
GUTPILEPA 10-Jul-24
MGF 10-Jul-24
Jimmyjumpup 10-Jul-24
Gasser53 10-Jul-24
Sir Coco 10-Jul-24
Saphead 10-Jul-24
B.T. 10-Jul-24
B.T. 10-Jul-24
M60gunner 10-Jul-24
4nolz@work 10-Jul-24
Trying hard 10-Jul-24
Lastmohecken 10-Jul-24
Wudstix 10-Jul-24
Supernaut 10-Jul-24
bugsy 49 10-Jul-24
Brad Lehmann 10-Jul-24
jons 10-Jul-24
Kwikdraw 10-Jul-24
kennym 10-Jul-24
pdk25 10-Jul-24
kaw369 10-Jul-24
ottertails 10-Jul-24
Buzz 10-Jul-24
Hornsfan 11-Jul-24
Todd the archer 11-Jul-24
tkyelp 11-Jul-24
Wapiti - - M. S. 11-Jul-24
mjh 11-Jul-24
White Falcon 11-Jul-24
ScottinPa 11-Jul-24
Blackmouth Cur 11-Jul-24
mangonboat 11-Jul-24
Blackmouth Cur 11-Jul-24
jerseyman 11-Jul-24
BigB 11-Jul-24
Wyo_John 11-Jul-24
Stumpkiller 11-Jul-24
Longtoke 12-Jul-24
Bowhogan 51 12-Jul-24
Bowhogan 51 12-Jul-24
shade mt 13-Jul-24
Maclean 13-Jul-24
RonG 13-Jul-24
From: Sir Coco
Date: 10-Jul-24




Just curious on how many of you shoot multiple bows or stick with pretty much one bow only ? Not counting the ones who are just collectors.

From: TradToTheBone
Date: 10-Jul-24




I’m constantly switching bows. Yes I’m convinced if I only shot one it would benefit my form and accuracy but would soon become boring .

From: aromakr Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 10-Jul-24




Archery is never boring!!!!

From: Ragnall
Date: 10-Jul-24




I am constantly shooting different bows. Many times I will shoot three or four during a single practice session. There are a few that I don't go more than a few times at the range before they get picked up again. Others I may only get out once a year or so. I agree I too would probably be a better shot if I stuck to one.

From: HuumanCreed
Date: 10-Jul-24




Rotate between 3 bows that I PLAN to hunt with. But always on the lookout to try something need.

From: Olde style
Date: 10-Jul-24




Shoot and hunt with one bow with one setup.I do change my target and shooting situations but mostly sitting from a blind as that is mostly what I do for deer.

From: 2 bears
Date: 10-Jul-24




I shoot different bows everyday checking my work or tuning them. Then I send them back home. I shoot 2 or 3 of my own & rotate them out every so often for 2 or 3 different ones. I can never pick a favorite. It is certainly more proficient to stick with one but I love all kinds of bows. Longbows, recurves, selfbows, & horse bows all are shot the way they were meant to be. Even throw a compound in the lineup now & then. It never gets boring. >>>-----> Ken

From: smrobertson
Date: 10-Jul-24




X2 what HuumsnCreed posted.

From: BowAholic
Date: 10-Jul-24




I like to shoot several bows each day, until hunting season. I only shoot my hunting bow and arrows then.

From: Sir Coco
Date: 10-Jul-24




Yup, my old timer friend once told me respect for the one rifle hunter. Kind of corny but I got what he was telling me at the time.

From: Sir Coco
Date: 10-Jul-24




Yup, my old timer friend once told me respect for the one rifle hunter. Kind of corny but I got what he was telling me at the time.

From: Sir Coco
Date: 10-Jul-24




Yup, my old timer friend once told me respect for the one rifle hunter. Kind of corny but I got what he was telling me at the time.

From: Andy Man
Date: 10-Jul-24




I shoot a number of different ASL's but they are all the same lenght and specs so basicaly just one bow

From: Nemophilist
Date: 10-Jul-24

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I shoot a few different bows from the end of January to June. Then I pick one bow and that one bow is all I shoot from sometime in June until the end of January (late archery season), and hunt with during the early and late archery seasons. The only time I'll change bows during archery season is if I have a problem with my first-choice bow.

This year my one bow will be my 1997 Bear Super Kodiak (60#@28").

From: Viper
Date: 10-Jul-24




SC-

One.

Viper out.

From: CritterGitter62
Date: 10-Jul-24




I shoot them all during the summer just to see which one feels right, and then just use one from late August till the season is over.

From: Gun Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 10-Jul-24




^^^ Agree. I went thru the custom bow latest greatest years ago.

Bear B mag riser w #1 limbs for everything now

From: Gun Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 10-Jul-24




OOPs See others posted before me. Agree w Sir Coco

From: Mortis Sagittas
Date: 10-Jul-24




I have three bows strung and ready for any given week and shoot everyday. I rotate two of them out every week and my longbow stays in the rotation.

From: Corax_latrans
Date: 10-Jul-24




Last year, I got to go for Elk, so I started shooting the heavier bow more and more often as I got closer to departure— partly just because I was having some tuning Curiosities and Had To, but also because if you want to hunt with #62, you have to be fully capable of shooting it well, and I could see and feel the difference that the more frequent shooting was making as my strength improved….

But I continued shooting the #52 because there’s no reason that you seriously “need” be able to shoot your heaviest hunting bow all the way around the 3D course— especially since we have 2 full courses with multiple targets at each station and I normally shoot at least 2 and up to a dozen arrows per…. Just depends how many arrows I have in the quiver on a given day….

But yeah, 40 shots or so in a couple hours seems plenty at #62….

From: YamahaYG68
Date: 10-Jul-24




I rotate between four.

All Omega's, same basic grips, same draw weights, different mass weights and lengths. They all shoot the same arrow.

The only deviation is occasionally, I shoot my 1972 vintage Yamaha YG68 68" one piece target recurve that I bought used in 1975.

The Omega's are my full time "shooters".

From: GUTPILEPA
Date: 10-Jul-24




I love shooting all 15 of my bows I’m constantly switching around

From: MGF
Date: 10-Jul-24




I don't know, LOL

I have 3 bows in the weight range that I shoot...mid 40's.

Right now I'm shooting the new Omega. I have some practice arrows that seem to shoot ok but I haven't put any bare shafts or broadheads across it yet. I think I'm going to hang a quiver on it too. If I get all that done before hunting season this is probably the bow I'll do most of my hunting with this year. But I reserve the right to change my mind...because I really like my Maddog string follow too.

Even though these three bows are very different from one another I can switch between them without too much issue. After a short practice session I'm ok at my hunting distances.

From: Jimmyjumpup Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 10-Jul-24




I am a one bow guy but with 2 surgeries in the last 5 years I have been constantly starting over with low poundage bows and working my way up. I have been buying cheap bows that increase in bow poundage until my desired weight. I have learned a lot. I have learned that some of these "cheap" bows shoot every bit as good as my high dollar bows.

From: Gasser53
Date: 10-Jul-24




I have Bear A Mag and A Red Stripe LH, and a Bear A Mag and A Red Stripe RH takedowns, plus three custom longbows and a Schafer Silvertip. I shoot them all. Recently I tore a rib cage muscle on the left side - very painful. So, I switched over to shooting RH. I've read somewhere that Fred Bear recommended you be able to shoot both RH or LH.

About a month before opening day, I'll pick one out for the season and practice with it until opening day.

From: Sir Coco
Date: 10-Jul-24




I agree with that, came off a long layoff for what reason I still don’t understand. But bought an inexpensive OMP @35lb. Then purchased my Omega @37lb. and love it !

From: Saphead Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 10-Jul-24




Same as Nemophilist Pick one in June shoot it the rest of summer and hunt with that bow. Not sure why I do this every year. Weird

From: B.T.
Date: 10-Jul-24




The best shooters that I’ve known have shot one bow.

From: B.T.
Date: 10-Jul-24




The best shooters that I’ve known have shot one bow.

From: M60gunner
Date: 10-Jul-24




I may switch bows on a daily basis, just depends on how I feel. That doesn’t include the 3-4 ILF risers and sets of limbs I move around. I used to practice with just the bow I planned on hunting with about a month before season.

From: 4nolz@work
Date: 10-Jul-24




It's the perfect time of year to play and experiment.

From: Trying hard
Date: 10-Jul-24




Most weeks during off-season i will shoot 5 different bows ....sometimes all 5 different bows the same day... I may be full of it but I think it's helped me become a better archer.... Different bows different distances,different targets...bag,3d

From: Lastmohecken
Date: 10-Jul-24




I was a one bow guy, mostly for many years, but I have spent the last couple of years acquiring and shooting a lot of different bows and bow types. I will try to calm down and focus on only one or two bows for hunting season, pretty soon.

From: Wudstix Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 10-Jul-24




I shoot two or three bows consistently. But usually lock in to one for the season.

From: Supernaut
Date: 10-Jul-24

Supernaut's embedded Photo



I have a couple different bows that I’ve hunted with and I usually have one in mind and will start shooting it after the season is over. I will shoot that bow all through the summer and then hunt with it.

This year I’ve been shooting and will hunt with this gorgeous 1972 Bear Super Kodiak my good friend Frank (Nemophilist) gifted me. Can’t wait!

Shoot arrows and have fun.

From: bugsy 49
Date: 10-Jul-24




I shoot a variety of bows. Wood ELB, to plains bows. Glass lam recurves, and long bows. I just target shoot in my old age, and with light weight bows.

From: Brad Lehmann
Date: 10-Jul-24




I rotate between four different ILF/Formula bows and three Silvertips.

From: jons
Date: 10-Jul-24




Learn long time ago always have a back up, things do happen and be without can shorten your hunt in a hurry.

From: Kwikdraw
Date: 10-Jul-24




I pick one for hunting season, and practice w/ it starting in late August. But off season, I change up quite a bit. Think I have 15 or so bows. It's fun!

From: kennym
Date: 10-Jul-24




I pick one early in the year and shoot it only.

From: pdk25
Date: 10-Jul-24




Lately I have only been shooting certain bows because of a few injuries, but usually shoot multiple. I can't remember the year, maybe 2018 or 2019, I killed hogs 6 consecutive weekends using 6 different bows. This year probably sticking with a TallTines Stickflinger that I call 'ugly mango' and a Paul Bunyan 100.

From: kaw369
Date: 10-Jul-24




I shoot many different bows in the off season. However, as the season narrows in, I pick one and stay with that choice throughout the season.

From: ottertails
Date: 10-Jul-24




Talking hunting here. I can remember only one season where I used only one bow to hunt with. It was a JD Berry Renaissance longbow I received from James just prior to deer season. I took 4 deer that year and a couple of squirrels and I think a cottontail with it. Loved that bow and it was such a pleasure to shoot I ignored all the other bows on the racks. It was the only one I hunted with that year.

I'm not a collector, I buy bows to hunt with. Each one has to earn it's keep. So I've killed as many as 6 deer with 5 different bows in one year and several seasons used 4 different bows to fill my 2 combination tags to take 4 deer. They have all have to get their turn.

All longbows similar in design for the most part and weights from 62-68#s. Very few little adjustments needed if any, after a few minutes, half a dozen shots and I was good to go.

From: Buzz
Date: 10-Jul-24




All the time.

From: Hornsfan
Date: 11-Jul-24




I think my consistency would improve if I only shot one bow but I enjoy shooting all of them. Come august, I tend to focus on just one.

From: Todd the archer Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 11-Jul-24




Shoot different bows all year long but try to stick with one come hunting season, mainly because I try to get my hunting arrows tuned for a particular bow.

From: tkyelp Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 11-Jul-24




I play alllllllllllll summer. Come September it becomes serious business.

From: Wapiti - - M. S. Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 11-Jul-24




I shoot multiple bows usually just 2. Either my Chaistain recurve,Bear super kodiak or i'll switch the bear out for my Najavo Aztec. Not really a collector but i tend to hang on to bows i get. Before i sell or trade them.I will hunt mostly with one bow in the early season & up to late November then switch for the later season. Our season runs to February 3rd.

From: mjh Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 11-Jul-24




Hunted with a longbow for turkey this year. Will be using an ILF recurve for whitetails and anything else till the end of the year. I've shot four different bows this year but come July I've settled into one I'm using for autumn hunting.

From: White Falcon
Date: 11-Jul-24




I rotate shooting bows, some recurves and longbows.

From: ScottinPa Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 11-Jul-24




I shoot different bows but all have the same basic grip and similar speed except for my old Bears.

From: Blackmouth Cur
Date: 11-Jul-24




I shoot longbows,recurves and selfbows and love them all.Last year hunted with my Korte all year.That is the first time I've hunted with the same bow entire season in a long time.This year I'll be hunting with different ones again,my youngest son whose middle name is Saxton liked my Korte so much I gave it to him.

From: mangonboat
Date: 11-Jul-24




Hmmm. I am a one-woman man, my dogs are one-man dogs, and for over forty years I had a 45# Bear Grizzly that I bought new as a junior in high school and killed thousands of critters with it, mostly frogs, fish, bunnies. I picked up a 45# Bear Polar about five years later that I almost never shot. Then, about ten years ago, I overcame my "fear of flying" ( oldsters will get the reference) archery-wise. Since then I've been shamelessly promiscuous, buying, selling and trading bows, shooting 20-30 bows in a mostly random rotation. 25-60 lb draw, 52-70 inches, recurves and a few longbows, righties and lefties and dual shelf bows, but almost all of them vintage. On a hunting trip I typically pack three or four bows and decide, each time I head out which bow to carry. I have some that I've grown attached to, but they don't get special treatment. I figure that hunting situations don't come with specified shot distances, etc., so knowing how to dance with all my bows might help me make the best 'first' shot I can in the field.

From: Blackmouth Cur
Date: 11-Jul-24




Nemo love the camo job on your bow

From: jerseyman
Date: 11-Jul-24




i shoot different bows over my hunting years only because of draw weight had to go lighter as I GOT OLDER.

From: BigB Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 11-Jul-24




I have 4 that I shoot all the time. They are all Yellowstone’s and 2 are the same model but different lengths.

From: Wyo_John
Date: 11-Jul-24




Like others have said, I rotate bows all winter-July. Once August starts, I pick one bow to really dial in with before archery season begins. Before I discovered this site I only ever had two hunting bows and knew of nowhere in my area to buy or sell used bows. Very glad I accidentally stumbled upon this site. For the knowledge and archery talk mostly, but am sure happy about the bows too!

From: Stumpkiller
Date: 11-Jul-24




I circulate 14. Two are target only, and at least three are currenly relegated to my "glory days" and are too much for me now at age 64. But there are four I hunt with regularly, though I pick one and that is what I shoot from June to December.

My four favored hunters are Red wing, Red Wing, Shakespeare and Browning. All one piece recurves from 58" to 62".

From: Longtoke
Date: 12-Jul-24




Usually just 2. A nice bow and a beater bow.

I really like my black hunter longbow and my feelings don’t get hurt if I have to toss it over a fence or use the end of to push tall grass around.

From: Bowhogan 51 Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 12-Jul-24

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I shoot multiple bows form January until June, then pick two or three that I will use during the season. Last year I went to South Africa on my dream bow hunt. I use a 62” Silvertip - #54 at 27” to take 5 animals. I switched to my Borders Covert Hunter - 60” that was #48 at 27” for my last animal a wart hog. I believe you should be able to shoot and hunt with any bow you own provided it is tuned properly and matches your arrow and broad head set up. This has worked for me as I keep my shots to 25 yards and under. But to each their own and good luck to all

From: Bowhogan 51 Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 12-Jul-24

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From: shade mt
Date: 13-Jul-24




i switch it up all year long. But during hunting season not so much.

From: Maclean Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 13-Jul-24




I shoot different bows based on what I'm hunting. I have two elk weight bows (a recurve & a longbow) a couple of short hybrids I use for deer, pronghorn and turkey, and a couple of lower weight bows for smaller game, form work, and 3D shoots where I'll be shooting a hundred arrows in a day. I practice with all of them.

From: RonG
Date: 13-Jul-24




One!

It's nice to have many I guess, but if I miss I can't blame the bow.





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