If you're hunting known distances all the time or out of a tree, and/or 3D, then fixed crawl can be deadly. If you're hunting unknown distances and on the ground, like most of what you'll do in CO, then definitely gap with three-under. You can cant your bow with a gap system. Otherwise with fixed crawl or string walking you need a vertical bow all the time. Again, that doesn't work very well in many ground hunting situations at unknown distances.
I’m glad you put up that vid, the only thing I know about trad shooting is that I’m not worth a damn past about 12 yards. I’ve been thinking more and more about it as my shoulders get worse though. I can still pull the bow fine, but my left shoulder won’t let me hold it steady enough to line up peep, pins, and target. With my recurve I shoot much quicker and (bonus!), it’s much lighter.
I check to make sure that my nock is lined up directly under my arrow and my arrow is lined up with whatever I plan to hit, then shift my focus to the smallest spot I can make out on the target and let hand-eye coordination take over from there.
It’s the same way I shoot iron sights on a rifle make sure the bead is settled in the notch and then shoot where I wanna hit. Difference is I’ve shot so many thousands of arrows in practice that checking the alignment at normal hunting range is not strictly necessary.
The guys who talk about “ignoring” their arrow are basically telling you to mount the sights on your rifle with chewing gum.
And if you’re not too fussy about what Is or Is Not “Trad”, a peep sight is a hell of a learning aid. Smaller the better; you simply can’t NOT anchor in exactly the same place that way, and that is the #1 most important step toward not having to check. ,
I like split-finger, but we have a guy at the club who came over from a compound and shoots 3U and DAMN, did he get good FAST! I’d even consider switching if I weren’t so dang stubborn, and besides… My buddy at the club told me that he thinks I’m better between 25 and 40 but I am at 25 and in, and that is 100% because of where my point on distance is. Three-under shortens it up quite a bit and is probably the better choice for Whitetail distances.
Gap with either split finger of 3 under. I have on occasion with a glass bow shot 3 under with a 20yd crawl but I still gap off that. Your going to lose speed pulling more of bottom limb for most guys. You can cheat it somewhat and drop you 3 under anchor to gain some elevation and PO.
3 under and SW with a selfbow is a big no go. You can do it, but one day in near future you'll have a big surprise it front of your nose. If you like your selfbow and want to keep it a one piece, shoot split.
Look forward to seeing you GF at the IBO stake in 2020.