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Anyone shooting a compound instinctive ?
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Jack Whitmrie jr 21-Sep-21
Shug 21-Sep-21
Highlife 21-Sep-21
Jack Whitmrie jr 21-Sep-21
Z Barebow 22-Sep-21
Live2Hunt 22-Sep-21
PECO 22-Sep-21
GhostBird 22-Sep-21
Z Barebow 22-Sep-21
spike78 22-Sep-21
DanaC 23-Sep-21
cptbs 23-Sep-21
Shuteye 23-Sep-21
TGbow 23-Sep-21
jdbbowhunter 23-Sep-21
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GF 23-Sep-21
TGbow 23-Sep-21
sjj 23-Sep-21
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spike78 23-Sep-21
Snag 23-Sep-21
Scoot 23-Sep-21
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Rock 10-Oct-21
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elkmtngear 10-Oct-21
Jack Whitmrie jr 10-Oct-21
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DanaC 12-Oct-21
Groundhtr 12-Oct-21
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DanaC 12-Oct-21
muliemad 12-Oct-21
Jack Whitmrie jr 12-Oct-21
SB 13-Oct-21
21-Sep-21
I'm wanting to set up a bow to bowhunt instinctive ,anyone doing it? What kind of rest are you running?

From: Shug
21-Sep-21
Not I…what’s running mean? Using?

From: Highlife
21-Sep-21
Get ahold of Clancy Bequeath out of Phoenix seen him hit 100yds plus

21-Sep-21
Shug yes running = using

From: Z Barebow
22-Sep-21

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I do. (Actually I am a gapper. But no sights). GOOD rests are hard to find (I assume since instinctive, shooter is using fingers) I used a Springy for years. Good and durable rest, but not very adjustable. I went to AAE Free Flyte Elite. (With a plunger) It is a magnetic rest with adjustability. Arrow flight is excellent. It might look fragile, but no breakage issues after years of deer and elk hunting trips. (Only issue I have for hunting is I have to keep rest free of water/snow if below freezing. The support arm slot is machined to tight tolerances and if moisture freezes, it will stick)

You will hear Whisker Biscuit, but it doesn't work for my shooting style. It blocks my peripheral view of target point so I don't have reference as I focus on spot.

From: Live2Hunt
22-Sep-21
Watch some of Tim Wells videos on youtube. He may have something on there of his setup. Incredible shot!!!

From: PECO
22-Sep-21
Why not just shoot a recurve or longbow? So simple and so much fun!

From: GhostBird
22-Sep-21
I did for many years, back in the early 80's. Shot many a 3D tourney bare bow, no sights and using fingers. Always had a springy rest (or just a rubber finger) with a plunger for adjustment. Then one day I said to myself, "I should try sights" and they have never come off my compound bow. Then later I said to myself, "I should try a mechanical release" and I never used fingers again with my compounds. Oh the good old simple days.

From: Z Barebow
22-Sep-21
"Why not just shoot a recurve or longbow? So simple and so much fun!" Because I am chicken. I have shot compound/barebow for almost 40 years. I love the connection that fingers give me. And I still get to view the mystical flight of the arrow after release. Additionally, I have set my bow to shoot point on at 50 yards. (Keep in mind I am a gapper) (IE I theoretically can shoot from 0-50 w/o much issue) Not many traditional shooters shooting effectively out to 50 yards.

From: spike78
22-Sep-21
Last I saw Tim Wells is shooting an Oneida Phoenix.

From: DanaC
23-Sep-21
In his 'Instinctive Shooting' video, G. Fred Asbell did a segment on shooting compounds instinctively. No reason not to, but finding a longer A2A bow suitable for tab or glove is not getting easier. I tried it with my old compound after switching to recurves, just didn't like it.

I would _not_ try shooting a compound using a swing-arm draw.

From: cptbs
23-Sep-21
I shoot oneidas instictive, use the NAP flipper & Norris springy rest. I've shot with a whisker biscuit, it works even though you can't see the all of the arrow. I have a longer compound if interested, also have an aae free flyte rest.

From: Shuteye
23-Sep-21
I had a friend in Illinois that was a instinctive compound shooter. I hunted with him and he killed more deer than any of the other hunters. I know he didn't have sights but I don't know what method he used. I just know he was a great shot. He was also far above an average hunter.

From: TGbow
23-Sep-21
One of my brothers shot a compound for a while with fingers, instinctive..but it was years ago when the compounds were longer

From: jdbbowhunter
23-Sep-21
Did for years, with flipper rest or springy rest. Switched to recurves n longbows 25 years ago.

From: jdbbowhunter
23-Sep-21
Did for years, with flipper rest or springy rest. Switched to recurves n longbows 25 years ago.

From: stealthycat
23-Sep-21
most compounds are not designed for shooting fingers/instinctive - they're shot, high letoff, precision shooting tools and you really need the right equipment like rests/releases to get the best out of em

older bows like the Oneida ones were finger shootable for sure

From: GF
23-Sep-21
“ Not many traditional shooters shooting effectively out to 50 yards.”

That’s only because they don’t even try. Point-On is Point-On, so it comes down to form.

Trouble is, hitting anything past 20 yards has become unfashionable. And truth be told, even most compounders are lost past about 35 without a laser….

From: TGbow
23-Sep-21
Ive shot a recurve for 46 yrs, shooting instinctive..I guess you call it instinctive. I look at my spot but I also in my peripheral vision see the arrow even though Im not trying to look at it...if that makes sense. Maybe its a combo of instinctive n split vision..lol

From: sjj
23-Sep-21
Tim Wells........

23-Sep-21
Peco - I shot recurves for 31 years , took over 100 whitetails that way. Had a pressure washer accident and had to lower my poundage on recurves. SO looking for something different. I enjoy all archery- crossbows aren't archery-recurves, compounds and longbows are my ticket. I bought a Mathews Conquest apex 7 that I'm playing with that has a G5 drop away rest that is not in my sight picture. Starting to get the hang of it.

Something special in my archery when I can see the arrow go all the way to where I'm looking like a laser beam! Thanks Jack

From: spike78
23-Sep-21
Tim Wells and the Fitzgerald’s both shot Mathews and not the long ones but the 32” Halons. I watched a video of Dan Fitzgerald shooting a 28” Mathews unreal. I guess with the huge cams of the Mathews it makes for less finger pinch.

From: Snag
23-Sep-21
Started out in early ‘80’s shooting a PSE, fingers, no sights. Got pretty good out to 30yds. Then went down the “upgrade” road. Sights, stabilizer, release, etc. Years later picked up a recurve and fell in love with archery all over again. The saying “there’s season for everything” rings clear. The flipper rest with a plunger is what worked for me….though I wish I would have taken a shortcut on the road right to traditional archer instead of the compound route. But it did lead me back to where I am the happiest.

From: Scoot
23-Sep-21
Tim Wells is amazing! That being said, most people who shoot compound with fingers are no Tim Wells! Not even remotely close!

Thinking you'll shoot like him with fingers is kinda like saying "I swing a Taylor Made driver so I'll drive it just like Dustin Johnson". :)

From: TGbow
23-Sep-21
Jack , at least you are still shooting..thats the main thing

From: TGbow
23-Sep-21
Jack , at least you are still shooting..thats the main thing

24-Sep-21
Yeah TGbow that is true! Thanks everyone for the responses.

From: carcus
24-Sep-21
shoot a good solid drop away that doesn't affect your vision of the target

From: Rocky D
24-Sep-21
I a compound with fingers totally instinctively for over twenty years and won a lot of tournaments. I quit the tournament world because I couldn’t keep up with the very best gap shooters!

I went to a sight when started hunting the piney woods and every time that I shot a deer it was like Nick Muche stated recently that it seemed like magic when I shot a deer. I didn’t feel that way when I was shooting from the ground.

The last rest I ended up with was a biscuit. I didn’t have a vision problem since I shot totally instinctive. I just focused on the spot and let everything else just happen. Sorta like throwing a football or anything else.

From: Rocky D
24-Sep-21
Can anyone tell me what causes multiple post? I am posting with an IPhone.

From: Rocky D
24-Sep-21
WTH!

From: Rocky D
24-Sep-21

From: txhunter58
10-Oct-21
Good thread

From: Dino
10-Oct-21
Rocky, after u post, and u c your screen say post submitted, navigate off of the page, if u leave it open, when u come back to look at the thread, it will resubmit. Does that make sense?

From: Jaquomo
10-Oct-21
I did for a few years back in the early 80s after my Black Widow recurve broke just before a hunting season. Bought it used at the only little bow shop in town at the time. Shot it lights-out with a tab and flipper/plunger. But it was a low-letoff old four wheel Carroll, forgiving, but a real bear on the shoulders.

Fast-forward 30 years and I decided to try it again. Bought a long ATA Mathews Ovation. I never could get consistent with it using a dropaway Ripcord. Then the lightbulb came on...shooting with fingers torques the arrow against the rest and creates more paradox, which is why a flipper-plunger and an arrow fetched with feathers works well, and a dropaway not so much. It is impossible to not torque the arrow as the string rolls off the tab or glove. Rather than screw with that, I went back to a recurve.

From: Rock
10-Oct-21

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When I shot Compound instinctively 40+ years ago I made my own custom rests using a rest like this but I would take the arm off and make my own shelf with a piece of banding stock that I curved like a recurve shelf and put bear hair material on it. Also had a burger button for side adjustment.

10-Oct-21
“ Rather than screw with that, I went back to a recurve.”

Flipper & button seem to work for the Oly style shooters; I think I would roll with that if I had a finger-shootable compound.

Still enjoying my no-let-off bows for now, though. I would probably buy an old Lynx if only I could find the right DL, but I don’t think they ever made it….

From: elkmtngear
10-Oct-21

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One of my Robin Hoods, 30 yards, downhill
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One of my Robin Hoods, 30 yards, downhill
Compound, fingers, whisker biscuit, no sights.

I consider myself to be a true instinctive shooter (I just focus on the spot, where I want the arrow to go). I can be brilliant, or pathetic. If my focus and follow thru are good, I am capable of exceptional shooting.

10-Oct-21
I found me a fingers bow- Mathews conquest Apex 7- I'm getting the hang of it and will be hunting with it next fall.

From: spike78
11-Oct-21
Elkmtngear what bow is that?

From: elkmtngear
11-Oct-21
"Elkmtngear what bow is that"?

Elite Pure, circa 2013. It has a 36" ATA. I shoot two fingers, split. Very smooth draw cycle, quiet as well.

From: spike78
11-Oct-21
Nice yeah am thinking of going back to fingers just can’t get used to the release aid feel like I have more control with fingers although it’s been a long time.

From: elkmtngear
11-Oct-21
"Nice yeah am thinking of going back to fingers just can’t get used to the release aid feel like I have more control with fingers although it’s been a long time".

I've never shot a release aid so far, my real limiting factor is my distance vision right now, I've had to start wearing glasses when hunting. I'm sure there may come a time when I might have to convert (if I start missing and/or wounding/ losing animals). So far, so good, anyway.

From: Z Barebow
11-Oct-21

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AAE Elite magnetic rest. Wire arm wrapped with plumbers Teflon tape for hunting.
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AAE Elite magnetic rest. Wire arm wrapped with plumbers Teflon tape for hunting.
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Here pics of my bow. Hoyt Vantage.~2012. Franken bow. Accu wheels and limbs were replaced w/Cam and half plus. 75% LO. 45 1/2” a2a.

From: DanaC
12-Oct-21
" I can be brilliant, or pathetic. If my focus and follow thru are good, I am capable of exceptional shooting. "

This ^^^^ Follow-through has always been the demon for me. If I don't constantly remind myself to keep the bow up after the shot, my shooting goes to pieces in a hurry. (It was the same back when I shot sights too.)

From: Groundhtr
12-Oct-21
Been shooting fingers(finger tab) with NAP low profile plunger rest for many many years with good results. Set on up Athens Exceed 300 37" ATA bow. These NAP rests with plunger built in work well. If anyone has them laying around I'll take them. LOL Mine is old and I'm worried it's going to fail one day... Been thinking of trying whisker biscuit or drop away.. If a shooter uses proper follow thru form are these rests dependable and accurate? After this hunting season I plan to try experimenting with biscuit or drop away. Any recommendations? Much appreciated!

From: elkmtngear
12-Oct-21
"After this hunting season I plan to try experimenting with biscuit or drop away".

Any "full containment" rest will help improve your groups, IMHO. Like Jaquomo mentioned earlier...it's almost impossible not to torque the arrow, when you release, if using a tab or glove, which is why the drop away may not be as effective in taming your arrow flight.

I went straight from a flipper rest, to a Whisker Biscuit, never looked back.

From: Z Barebow
12-Oct-21
Dana-RE: Follow through. I am only commenting based upon my experiences (Most of them terrible!) I no shoot as many arrows in a practice session as I used to. (I used to shoot 10 ends of 6 arrows) This came from may indoor/competitive days. My feeble mind cannot concentrate/focus for 60 good shots. I now shoot no more than 24 arrows in a practice session. More arrows sent down range does not iron out issues. They generally reinforce the poor form that creeps in w/muscle fatigue (At least for me)

The worst thing I ever did was read Bernie Pellerite's book. He is big on letting the unconscious mind run the shot. (For me, this devolved into target panic. The shot sequence became a timed process. Once I got settled, the clock started. The shot went off whether I was on point or not. This lead to other bad things. EX Bow arm flailing to correct impact, release hand doing different stuff, etc ) It has cost me kill shots. My tourney scores always fell short of my practice scores. (Because adrenaline affects my mind!) It made me question everything about what I was doing in archery. It has taken years to work back from this. (Still shows up once in a while) The Cliff notes version, more is not always better. Sorry for rambling response.

Back to above, rest choice is paramount for fingers shooters. Unfortunately 99% of rests made today don't work well for fingers.

From: DanaC
12-Oct-21
Z - thanks. I shoot recurves and it never occurred to me that a 'whisker biscuit' could work for fingers, but apparently some here find it does. Most compounds now are cut/designed so far past center-shot that setting them up like a traditional bow gets crazy.

PS yeah, my practice sessions have gotten shorter too. Arthritis and mental focus issues...

From: muliemad
12-Oct-21
Yup Martin Sceptor11 works just fine.

12-Oct-21
I bought a bow that had a G5 archery drop away rest on it and it doesn't have anything in my sight picture just like shooting my recurves. I'm starting to get the hang of this thing, to close to season but will have it for next year! Thanks guys/gals for all your replies.

From: SB
13-Oct-21
My wife shoots an old Browning Midas 46" ATA with fingers. Has always done well at the shoots !

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