I saw this on another site and it got me to thinking. It has happened to me on an occassion. You are somewhere shooting. You put your bow to the side. Start talking to someone with your back turned. Then you turn around and someone is standing there holding your setup looking it over.
I've had this happy to me a few times over the years and it usually starts out with "Whoa, What arre you doing with my bow?" and I say it with a normal voice,maybe just a touch of annoyance in it. Their reply and how it is given from there determines then what happens next. If they're apologetic and were just being inquisitive, then cool when can talk and become friends. If they get on their muscle about it and a little sassy....Cool again...we can also go from there. Don't matter much either way.
I see it happen all the time....heck I do it to guys all the time. BUT the key is it's always someone that I know. If I know you then I don't have a problem with it. If I don't know you.....don't touch
ive kind of got use to it with my bow . what i dont like is when someone comes in and sees the sign on my turkey and bear mount that says dont touch and they reach over the sign and pet the bear. that bugs me .
I like to think I would handel it like Gator Eye but I Know that any time my friends ask to shoot my bow, I let'em but inside I cringe. I would never pick up someone elses bow or property period. DEFENETLY DONT PET MY DEER HEADS.
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Friends can grab my bow and shoot it whenever they want. A stranger just picking it up without asking would be a little weird. I don't think I'd get angry, but I'd certainly be more hesitant to be apart from it.
This is one of the few benefits of being a lefty .
I am usually one of the last shooters on the line before all clear is given and usually one of the first back to the line. I keep a close eye on my my bow when I'm not shooting it and almost always within arms reach of it as well.
I watch other shooters and can tell if someone is eyeballing my setup. If they are I always instigate and ask if they have any questions or what they would like to know. If I judge they are a competent I will let them handle and shoot it if they like. If not, I will let them look and possibly touch with my hands inches away at the ready.
You want to look at my setup,. ask me, I'll let you, but there had better be asking first. Someone grabs my stuff and I may grab some stuff of theirs.
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I personally do not touch others stuff unless I ask first (even friends' stuff), but if someone touches mine (and it has happened) I walk up and politely say "Can I help you? Are you interested in buying? I can make that happen." Usually they will say sorry, and then talk to you and maybe you might find they are a pretty good person. Talk first, then act if need be. Archery is a game - for fun and friendship, serious - but fun.
Where I'm from, you don't go grabbin on some other guy's stuff with out asking first. I don't ussually have an issue if you ask. I don't mess with your stuff, please don't mess with mine. It's in the Man Laws, look it up...
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