Not stepping on stevepros' post, but what/how did it start?
For me it started in NJ, (the hunting mecca of the us) with my neighbors who had a beagle. Introduced me to hunting bunnies and it quickly grew to hunting deer too. A bow was just another alternative month to try to get one. They hunted with recurves and then so did I, my 1st being a Ben Pearson Cougar which my dad bought me used from one of my brothers friends. Dad and I had a bet on me catching my trout limit on opening day. I did (long day) and he delivered. From that April on, I have been on an archery quest to harvest a deer. The gear has changed but not the desire. It still makes me shake seeing a deer, just hoping it comes within range.
Life long shotgun hunter for deer... then I moved for work to a more populated state that has less space, therefore if I wanted to hunt without travel I picked up my first bow. Never looked back... However I have to add still looking for the first kill with my bow, last year had a hit but a bone shot that lived to see another day.
Bow Madness 3G - Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity, B-Stinger 10" Sport Hunter Xtreme Stabilizer,
NAP Apache Rest, Copper John Mark I 5 Pin Sight w/Dead Nuts 3 Micro Adjust Kit and Light,
STAN SX2 Release, and ABB Premium Full Set Strings. Shooting Gold Tip XT Hunter Arrows.
Like most it was an extention of my time I could spend in the outdoors. When I started I was a farmer, so I made lots of time. Now I have the farm and an outside job, so my time is limited for hunting, but I still shoot a lot indoors. I have been shooting since 1974 and still having fun!
For me it was an uncle. I watched him shooting and was even with him when he harvested his first deer. I was hooked. Took about 2 years before I got my first one. But the old PSE lightning flight II, and XX75, did me very well and I killed all but 1 deer I shot with that bow. First was very nice 6 point. I have killed my share of game with archery gear and boom sticks. It wasnt until I went to my first 3D shoot that I relized how much I really loved archery. Took the last 2 years off but now I am back.
I cut things up and split them down!
My son and I started shooting in 2009. He was 14 at the time.
He was curious first, and found a place that offered archery lessons. We went there, but with the intent to buy (and actually, bought) an air rifle.
The store had a nicely set up indoor range, and offered free lessons, 2 days/week, for the 1st month.
So we decided to give it a try ... we were hooked since day 1!!!
It's been an amazing ride for us both ... sharing a passion (that is priceless with your teenage son!!!) and finding a sport for life.
We both shoot compound; my son has gone down the FITA path, with amazing success, and while I do practice FITA Indoor from time to time, my true calling is in 3D.
I love this sport & community!
Enjoy it while it last Catanus, it goes by fast.
My daughter went with me almost every weekend to a shoot somewhere and not to sound like a spoil sport but now that she has left and went to college, archery just isn't as much fun.
I haven't done a whole lot of shooting this year, I kind of lost my groove but maybe next.
Gator buddy, life has it's swings. I don't need to tell you that. Fishing and bow hunting has been my 2 most important personal pastimes since I was a kid. One or the other dominates for a few years depending on my situation but neither never leaves me. My 2 sons were my shooting buddies at different times in our lives. Both caught bigger stripers than me (SOB) when I paid for charters to introduce them to striper fishing. Just saying, fishing/hunting importance has it's swings. sounds like you laid a good foundation with your daughter. Archery is still fun. Get your bow out. perhaps your daughter would like to hear about how bad your shootin, lol.
Last weekend I ran into a guy at the archery shop I shot a few winter league with before my kid started shooting, he ask me to check out a winter league he and a few others I know from the shooting line are doing this winter. I mean to check it out.
Everyone has a plan till they get punched in the mouth.
I grew up in a hunting family but none were really bowhunters. Sure my dad and one of my brothers had each messed around with a recurve at one time or another but nothing serious. When I was 11 or so I saw an old Bear recurve at an estate sale and got it for $25 and that got me to shooting in the yard some and I heard about a 3D shoot in town and decided it sounded like fun and had my Dad take me. We ran into a couple of his old friends who took went with us through the course and although I didn't do very well and lost a number of arrows, I was hooked. I got a compound for Christmas that year and then hit the local 3Ds hard the next and have been hooked ever since.
My wife and I were avid shooters. Mostly Glock and ARs. After the stupidity that followed Sandy Hook we switched to Archery. We shoot both 3-d and indoor. When ammo prices return to normal we will try to divide our time between our favorite sports.