A STICK AND A STRING: New Release

I’m sure that, as you’ve been reading these blog posts, you may have noticed that I don’t particularly like being treated differently simply because I’m a woman. Some women like using “I’m just a girl” as a scapegoat, but that’s not me. If the boys can do it, I can do it. And that brings us to my latest escapade – a thumb release. I have seen a lot of the shooters at Trophy Book using different handheld releases – a thumb release, a back-tension release, you name it. They’ve been telling me that these releases help with accuracy and … Read more »

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A STICK AND A STRING: New Purchase

After considering the upgrades I’d like to make to my PSE Chaos bow, I decided my first upgrade should be my arrow rest. On Sunday, March 9, I traded in my whisker biscuit rest for a drop-away rest by Rip Cord. Of course, I bought the rest in green so it’ll match the camo on my bow. With nothing standing in the arrow’s way with a drop-away rest, I’ve heard accuracy and arrow flight should improve greatly. I was able to watch Richard, from Trophy Book Archery, as he set the rest up, and then it was my turn to … Read more »

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A STICK AND A STRING: The Gear

I think one of the best parts of engaging in a new sport is the ability to learn new skills and slowly enhance your knowledge as you go. It’s fun to look at where you started and how much you’ve grown, year after year. My PSE Chaos bow has been my faithful companion since I started in the sport of archery less than a year ago. People talk about a bow’s “forgiveness” when shooting, which means something completely different than the forgiveness I’m talking about. When I say my bow has been forgiving, I mean I can shoot it seven … Read more »

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A STICK AND A STRING: The Mother

March 1 and 2, 2014, marked my inaugural attempt at competing in The Mother Of All Shoots in Red Deer, Alta. This is Canada’s largest, indoor, 3D shoot and comprises of three rounds – each round has nine stations and there are three targets per station. Sounds easy, right? No. Saying I was nervous would be an understatement. I tend to talk a lot when I’m nervous, and my fellow archers were laughing at my inability to keep my mouth shut. I have shot in 3D competitions before – last summer I did a couple at the Parkland Bowbenders course … Read more »

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A STICK AND A STRING: ATA Show

Jan. 4 to 9, 2014, saw me travelling to Nashville, Tenn., for the Archery Trade Association (ATA) trade show. As a born and raised country girl, Nashville is like the Mother Land for me. I had never been there before, but always wanted to go, so this provided an opportunity to learn so much more about my sport of choice and take in all of the tourist attractions Nashville had to offer. Needless to say, it was an amazing trip. I truly could have stayed there forever. Besides being able to explore Nashville in all of its splendor, the ATA … Read more »

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A STICK AND A STRING: Learning Curve

If practice makes perfect, I am in pursuit of perfection. Unfortunately, I don’t think anyone ever attains true perfection in archery. But, nonetheless, this winter has been all about practicing and a few competitions to keep me sharp. Or, should I say, straight. I shoot on a regular basis at Trophy Book Archery, in Spruce Grove, Alta., and the owner there, Richard, sets up a fun night every Friday during the winter, so archers have a place to go, escape the winter blues and have some fun with their bows. We have played all sorts of shooting games, from a … Read more »

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A STICK AND A STRING: Making Progress

Oh archery, you are such a fickle sport. I’ve been spending the last month or two just working on getting my stance to become second nature, seeing past the sight pin and focusing on the target (as this promotes MUCH better accuracy) and making sure my left arm is well out of the way of the string. Little did I know, apparently I’m a bit double-jointed in my left elbow. This arm and its placement have been causing me continuous grief. For many of my shots, things are fine. But I must relax too much, or tense up too much, … Read more »

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A STICK AND A STRING: Competition Time

This past Saturday, June 22, saw my first experience in an archery competition. The Parkland Bowbenders club, situated west of Edmonton, Alta., hosted its annual tournament on June 22 and 23 and my friend, Cindy, and I were invited to participate. Up to this point, most of my archery experience took place on indoor archery lanes. I enjoy this setting because it’s controlled and there’s lots of help on hand for a beginner like me. But I have purchased my own target and have shot outside before. This tournament reminded me of a golf game. After registering, participants split up … Read more »

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