So when I first joined TAS about 5 years ago, my impression was that the overwhelming number of members shot a Hill Style / ASL bow as their primary bow. Having watched the organization evolve over the past few years, I now believe fewer than probably 20% of TAS members actually shoot an ASL as their go-to bow. There are 319 members currently on this site, so that would be about 63-64 folks. Can't figure out how to do an actual poll on the new site, so I will just have to count responses and do the math.
So please respond with a "Yes" if you are primarily an ASL shooter or "No" if your go-to bow is some other type (Recurve, R/D, Selfbow, ILF, etc).
Well last fall I went from a recurve (for years) to a Shrew Classic Hunter II. Last weekend I shot a new Northernmist Classic for the first time. Best shooting I’ve ever done. Consistent tight groups. I will be hunting with my ASL and prolly gonna sell the Shrew.... it’s just a few months old and their new Osage but I shoot the ASL that much better. Go figure.....
Yes, ASL most of the time.
Yes. go-to bow Is a Northern Mist LB the American.
Topic seems to be resurrected. I will say no, since I shoot a Bear Montana. I also have an Indian recurve I bought in 1966 but I have never been able to do well with it.
Like shooting them all recurves,r/d longbows but yes when it come down to the nitty gritty I will always grab my back quiver full of woodie’s and a 66“ to 70” ASL every time.It’s just something that has been in my mind throughout life that loves watching those spinning woodie’s sail thru the air over a slim limbed ASL canted almost horizontal that get in your blood and seems to stick like super glue to the soul of an instinctive archer.......
No. I like shooting them but not my primary bow. Right now its a Bear t/d.
No. I still have Hills and they work fine for me but I don't enjoy the rigid shooting regimen or righteous attitudes often pushed by some followers of this bow design. I've moved more towards hybrids, where shooting approaches and how-to details are much more relaxed and less 'gospel-like', making them more fun and easier to discuss with other archers.
I don't think the bow design is affecting/lowering the ASL user population nearly as much as the elitist posturing that some exhibit when discussing how to shoot them.
Day 5: So in case you're wondering, we ended up 26/39 or 66/7%. Thanks to everyone who responded. The results were clearly skewed by my poor methodological approach, but it was an interesting conversation none the less. I have to agree with Bisch and Darren that, for the average shooter, a recurve or R/D bow is probably easier to learn to shoot and provides more consistent results on the range and in the field. Still, John F. Kennedy said it best - - “We choose to shoot an ASL not because it is easy, but because it is hard, because taking game with an ASL will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.” ...Or words to that effect.
Yes. ASL’s and swing draw work best for me.
Yes - of my own making. Either regular or reverse handle.
Yes, yes, and yes
I also want to add that the ASL is a excellent hunting tool. A lot of game has been taken with them.
I tip my hat to those who can shoot an ASL better than other bows, but the fact is, most folks can shoot a recurve or r/d longbow much better than an ASL. If this was not the case, there would be a whole lot more ASL shooters out there!
Day 4: Primarily ASL shooters are 22/35 now. Still rounds up to 63%. One more day to vote, but am pretty sure this is about where it will level out. Probably safe to say that around two out of three active TAS website members shoot an ASL/Hill Style bow as the primary bow or at least very frequently. Much different than the FB page population where Modern Longbows and Recurves rule the day.
Makes me start to wonder whether the decade-long surge in ASL shooters is over. Would love to see Darren post the data for the number of ASL shooters at the TAS World Championship over the past 5-6 years of the tournament. Since the Hill Style Class has been eliminated, I may have my answer on the trend line even without the data.
It’s about 50/50 for me.