Draw Weight 48# @ 28"
This Zebra Recurve Bow is constructed of Zebra Wood, Bloodwood and Yellowheart
with Black Glass Limbs
gregmc – April 25, 2013
I am by no means a great shooter. But over the years, I have shot regularly with many greats. One thing I have learned from them about “instinctive shooting” is that it is truly instinctive. Assuming no mechanical faults in a bow, a shooter of any talent level can pick up a sound bow and immediately prove both form and flight. An instinctive shooter does not lose their respective level of instinct from one bow to the next. There is no breaking-in period.
Therefore, one can often tell the quality of a handmade bow with the flight of the first arrow. Does it work against your instincts? Does it draw labored or jolty against your instinctively fluid draw motion?
Holding a bow on loan from Smokey River Bows, I drew back. In only the feel of the first few arrows, I knew that the bow was ready for a more substantial test. You see, when testing a new bow, I am not looking for arrows in the target. I’m looking for the feel of the bow – how it draws, how it builds and the crisp un-reverberating sound of the release. After the first few arrows, I knew the bow was ready for a test that reaches beyond the range.
Three days after receiving the bow, it was in the field. Deer are forgiving of movement. Elk are loud on their own. Turkeys on the other hand, move stealthfully and do not tolerate other noises among the flock. Any movement detected throws a red flag.
Day three found me in the Colorado mountains intermingled with a flock of eight. With movement so slow it must have taken a full 45 seconds to come to my anchor point. The bow had no labored build. It had no crick of new laminate. It had a tom at only eight yards, yet no detection. No panic. No archer strain… In the end, no arrow flew. At eight yards, the bow was quiet, smooth and evaded detection. At (guessing) 75 yards, another sound of the forest alerted the flock and sent them scattering.
Throughout this evaluation I have deemphasized the target and the arrow’s ability to find it. Yet, back at camp, one of those great shooters I mentioned above said, “Well, we tested every part of the bow in the field except one. Pick a spot and let’s see if you would have hit him.”
It hit. 23 yards.
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