Yea man I have a Bear Paw long bow, gave up trainning wheels 12 years ago and never looked back. I build my own arrows out of the Turkys and geese I kill (with a bow) and started knapping to really go full on.
I'm addicted. I usually hunt with a 55# Chadwick (local bowyer) recurve but I have a dozen or so assorted new and old bows. Love making cedar or chundoo arrows, hunt turkeys and occasionally bear in the spring, pronghorn, muleys, whitetails, & elk in the fall and whatever other fun hunts I can afford and free up time for.
I'm feeling bad after reading these posts. I did shoot a recurve but went to a compound bow a few years back. Now shooting a Browning with a release and carbon arrows. Funny I've wanted to stay with the old F engine in the cruiser and manual steering, but have gone all modern and high tech with the bow. I need to go back to instinctive shooting, shot just as well that way as I do with all the new gadgets.
Been shooting traditional for 35 yrs. Owned a lot of different recurves and longbows. Currently own 4 Acadian Woods longbows. Make my own wood arrows (cedar, hard rock maple, ash), flemish strings, and knapp my own arrow heads.
On occasion....when I use a steel broadhead, I prefer Zwickey delta's or the no longer made Hoyt "shortcut". But for most of my hunting I stick to my "rocks"!
I am In utah and have only shot a compund once sense I was 5 and I hit the bullseye at 25 yards. It was so boring. I grouse, deer and elk hunt mainly. And I do a little carp hunting. I love stump shooting the most. A traditional bow get together would be awesome.
Alright we have one guy in Ut 1 inID where are the rest? There are some shoots in the nw we could try to meet at. Stanley Id has a big shoot wheels and trad bows but dead in the Saw Tooths so it is big on views. I'll get on the hunt for other shoots and post to see if anyone wants to go shooting.