Colorado OTC Archery Elk and Bear Hunt



Skill. Sometimes it’s used to compare two different styles.

Sometimes it’s used in a derogatory way. It’s used by archers … against other archers. Skill.

And because of that, whenever we bring up the mention of “skill”, we always get into arguments because we come in with different understandings of what makes a person skilful. I’m here to lay down a definition and get you think about what skill means to you before you start applying it to other people.

What we often miss in our analysis of skill, however, is that skill must be measured. Skill should have some kind of metric.

It has to be measurable. A competent cook is able to make meals that taste good. A proficient artist has the ability to show imagination and complexity in their job. A proficient musician has the ability to play pieces with flow as well as self-confidence. A knowledgeable instructor has the ability to deliver brand-new material in a clear and purposeful way.

What is a skilled archer? A skilled archer can strike their target.

That’s it. This is something that can be determined– the regularity of their bullseyes, the dimension of their groups, the points on the scorecard. You may question kind.

Form is a big part of archery. Skill at archery is simply your ability to hit the target.

If your definition of skill is different to what I stated, then you are bringing something more into the picture– a personal opinion, a biased perspective, an intrinsic value, a hidden agenda. And I’m going to refute some of these perceptions of skill.

You might say that a skilled archer must be able to loose 3 arrows in 1.5 seconds. You might say that a skilled archer is able to use a variety of different bow types, on foot and on horseback, ambidextrously.

If you can’t hit your target, none of this matters. This is, in my opinion, the only certifying aspect that is relevant when talking about somebody’s ability. Their capacity to hit the target, regardless of what kind bow they are utilizing, or what strategy they use, is what defines their skill. A person exercising a certain type of archery might have additional criteria, and also we may need to measure skill within these specifications, yet that suggests that we can’t after that take these measurements and also apply them just as to a different set of specifications.

Now we come to the main event: the tradshooter complex, the purists who believe that shooting instinctively with a traditional barebow is the most skilful form of archery.

I acknowledge and, to an extent, agree with the general perception that because this particular style of shooting is more difficult that it takes more skill. Considering that it is generally easier to shoot accurately with a compound bow, I would believe that you are certainly a more skilful archer.

Who is the more skilful archer? Can a traditional shooter really claim that they have more skill if they are attempting a task that has higher difficulty, but achieves a lower result?

Do I have less skill than you simply because I’m shooting a compound and you’re shooting a longbow, irrespective of what our scores were? And so we go back to our definition of skill: it is the person’s ability to hit the target.

Every archer will agree that it is the person, not the bow, that does the work.

We’re not putting our bows in shooting machines and counting the bullseyes. Some bow types will lose more energy in vibration.

Some products are naturally going to be more irregular in differing problems.

There is a reason why you never see barebow shooters at Olympic level. The bow type is legal in Olympic competition, but no barebow shooter– not even modern barebow – has ever shot the minimum qualifying score for an Olympic team.

Do we blame the archer, or do we fault the equipment? If you are truly going to measure skill, then you have to logically take equipment of the equation.

Let’s make everyone shoot at 15m with Genesis bows. May the best archer win.

Since forever, traditional bows have been touted as requiring the most skill to use. One can argue that compound bows demand the most skill.

They do all the work. They’ve got sights and stabilisers and cams. They’re so mechanical, you literally have to pull the trigger. So if the compound bow is engineered to do all the work– that means that every mistake must be the fault of the archer.

It is up to the archer to execute the perfect shot every single time.

Is that not the perfect definition of “skill”? And truly, if compound bows remove all skill from archery– why do we still see a score gap even at the highest levels?

If this looks boring to you, I don’t care. Has it occurred to you that perfection is boring? If you got out of compound because it felt boring and you really enjoy instinctive barebow, have you considered that it isn’t really “skill”, but “thrill”? Does the thought that the arrow might hit the target– and it might not– excite you? That’s it, isn’t it?

It isn’t just the simplicity or the naturalness of barebow. You’re really a thrill-seeker who thrives on having some control, but not complete control, over what happens with your shot.

Because now you’ve realised the true meaning of the archer’s paradox– that you want to achieve the perfect shot, but you’ve forfeited your ability to do so. But you love the feeling of getting as close as you can. That is our “Skill Spectrum”– from crossbows and compound bows to Olympic recurve to traditional.

And even in traditional, we see the “skill difference” between barebow shooters who stringwalk and instinctive shooters who ban all aiming methods in competition. The reality is that this spectrum isn’t about what how much skill is required, but the relationship between the bow and its user.

For recurves– Olympic or traditional– just because you execute a flawless shot process doesn’t mean the arrow is guaranteed to find its mark. How good you are at controlling what you can is the mark of a skilled archer.

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Erik heads to Colorado for an OTC Elk and Bear hunt. He chases bugles in the elk woods and has a couple close encounters with some black bears. This hunt had its ups and downs but was successful in the end.

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Erik heads to Colorado for an OTC Elk and Bear hunt. He chases bugles in the elk woods and has a couple close encounters with some black bears. This hunt had its ups and downs but was successful in the end.

Be sure to like this video, subscribe to the channel, and leave a comment to enter this week’s giveaway!

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EPISODE 016: Extreme Mountain Hunting w/ Justin Shaffer
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