Although traditional shooters represent the essence of archery, they are excluded from many events. Why is that? Is it because more money is made with the gadget shooters, or have we just been forgotten. I just got my newest issue of Archery Magazine. It gives the classifications, schedules, and entry fees for several popular shoots. These shoots include the largest shoot in my area, The Vegas Shoot. Many archers train for this shoot all year long. Any other competition is just in preparation for this one. That is, unless you are a traditional shooter. The only way for a traditional shooter to participate in the biggest shoot in the West is to compromise his/her standards, sell out, and buy all those gadgets, or shoot against the compounds in the Barebow category.
I believe that there should be competitions specifically for the gadget shooters, but a shoot of this caliber should not exclude the traditional class. Our side of the sport is growing. When a new shooter sees that the biggest shoot of the year does not have the traditional classification, they change the way they shoot to fit the mold. Another true archer lost to the dark side. More talent given to the gadgets.
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