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wood, but the function of carbon.)
"Choosing a wood arrow is like choosing to shoot a traditional bow," he said.
"It's something you do just because you
enjoy it. Today, carbon arrows dominate
traditional bowhunting."
Choosing an arrow with the proper
spine is important whether you're shooting a traditional bow or a compound. It's
critical for accuracy. But it's even more
important for traditional shooters than
for the compound crowd. You're already
shooting without sights. And if you can't
count on the arrow to fly straight, your
accuracy is really going to suffer.
Also, when shooting a traditional
bow with fingers, the string leaves the
shooter's hand and moves in a wave that
undulates from left to right, toward the
riser. With a compound, the string moves
straight toward the riser. If the arrow's
spine isn't right, that wave in the string
can throw the arrow off course.
A simple test Wert suggests for bowhunters searching for the right arrow
spine for their traditional bows is to shoot
full-length, bare arrow shafts into a target
15 yards out.
At that distance, an arrow that's too
stiff will stick in the target at an angle
that puts the nock right of the point for
a right-hand shooter.

An arrow that's too weak will sit with
the nock left of the point. Everything is
reversed for lefties.
Keep shooting different shafts until
you find one that sticks straight in the
target. And you don't necessarily have
to pick a different shaft to find the
right spine. If you shoot a shaft with a
100-grain tip, and your shot shows the
shaft is just a little too stiff, try changing
to a 125-grain or 150-grain tip and see
what happens.
The heavier tips will weaken the
shaft's stiffness. Conversely, you can
stiffen an arrow's spine by cutting down
the shaft. (Obviously, you have to make
sure you don't cut it so short that you
can't come to full draw.)
Once you've selected the proper shaft,
you're going to want to fletch it - or have
someone do it for you - with feathers, as
opposed to vanes. Traditional archers
need flexible feathers that will fold as the
arrow leaves the shelf. Plastic vanes won't
fold, and will therefore kick offline if and
when a vane hits the shelf.
Making the decision to shoot a traditional bow means committing to becoming a student of traditional equipment
and a training fiend. You owe it to your
quarry, but what a great excuse for spending a lot of time on the range.

Cover Painting By StePhen Leed
A snow-covered landscape is the perfect contrast with
the male Eastern bluebird, with its brilliant blue plumage and reddish-orange breast. The species is currently
doing well due, in part, to the popularity of the construction and placement of bluebird nest boxes. The
Eastern bluebird is a common migrant in Pennsylvania
from late February to early May, and from September
to November.

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