PODCAST: Joel Turner & Tom Clum Sr., Traditional Archery Coaching and Curing Target Panic

What do 2016 Olympic bronze-medal-winning archer Brady Ellison and traditional archer Tom Clum Sr. have in common?

They both shoot their bows according to the techniques taught by Kisik Lee – head coach of the U.S. National Archery Team. Ellison, of course, shoots a fully-rigged Olympic recurve bow, while Clum shoots a traditional, barebow recurve.

A certified, USA Archery Level 3 coach, Clum takes the shooting process taught at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and delivers it to traditional archers across the country. Frequently, he teams up with fellow traditional archer Joel Turner, who specializes in teaching mental control of the shot process. Specifically, Turner focuses on how to beat target panic.

Together, they coach the body and the mind – the primary drivers of the archery shot process. That’s pretty standard for coaching target archery, regardless of whether it’s with a compound or a recurve bow.

But it’s basically unheard of in traditional archery, which is what makes the instructional programs these two put on so unique.

We caught up with Turner and Clum in July 2017 at the Eastern Traditional Archery Rendezvous in northcentral Pennsylvania, where they spent several days teaching groups and coaching individuals.

In this podcast, you will learn:

  • How the shooting form taught to Olympic recurve archers applies to traditional archery and bowhunting.
  • Why archers get target panic.
  • How to beat target panic.
  • Why proper body alignment is important no matter what kind of bow you shoot.
  • What it was like for a shy, small-town guy like Clum to find himself among 6,000 traditional archers.
  • How Turner shoots a bow with a right-handed grip, but a left-handed shelf.

“What I found was, holy mackerel, we can put our shot into biomechanics that we can take under a bush with us. We can use (a recurve bow) the exact same way as an Olympic archer does, but under a bush.”

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PODCAST: Brady Ellison, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist

When it comes to Olympic recurve archery in the United States, Brady Ellison is the man everyone else has been chasing for the past decade.

Across the globe, he’s been one of the most consistent archers over that same period, competing in the last three Olympics and winning an unprecedented four World Cup Final titles.

What makes Ellison unique among the world’s best recurve archers is that he excels at all the disciplines – indoors, outdoors, field archery. And if he sticks to his current plans, you can count on adding 3-D archery with a compound bow to that list in a year or two, as well.

We sat down with Ellison at the U.S. Target Nationals tournament to talk about his impressive career, his new wife, his new clothing brand and the future of Olympic archery in the U.S., among other subjects.

In this podcast, you will learn:

  • How winning an individual Olympic medal differs from winning a team medal.
  • What cool things he’s gotten to do since winning the bronze in Rio.
  • Why the U.S. will have a hard time competing with the rest of the world if Olympic archers here don’t start earning decent money.
  • How he and his wife, Toja Ellison, push each other as professional archers.
  • What it was like spending a few days with the guys from Mythbusters building an “arrow machine gun.”
  • How 3-D archery might become part of his competition schedule in the future.

“Olympic archery in the U.S., I think we’re in trouble, to be honest,” Ellison said. “Until we can get target archery paid like 3Ds, I think we’re going to continue to lose shooters.”

PODCAST: Erin McGladdery, 2017 IBO National Triple Crown Champion

Erin McGladdery.

Remember that name. You’ll probably be hearing it quite a bit in the world of professional 3-D archery going forward.

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As a rookie pro in 2017, McGladdery, who hails from rural Saskatchewan, Canada, shot on the ASA and IBO circuits, and managed to take the coveted IBO National Triple Crown Championship title. She also finished third at the IBO World Championships and at the lucrative Organization for Professional Archery (OPA) tournament.

That’s a great year for any pro archer, let alone a rookie.

It’s not a surprising accomplishment, however, when you hear how McGladdery got to this point in her brief archery career. She’s got one of those great back stories that illustrate how sports can bring out the best in those willing to sacrifice to achieve.

In this podcast, you will learn:

  • What McGladdery does for full-time work. (We’re pretty sure no other pro archer has this job.)
  • The career and business McGladdery gave up before taking up competitive archery.
  • How she ended up shooting for Bowtech.
  • What McGladdery thinks about known distance versus unknown in 3-D archery.
  • How she dealt with nerves in pressure-packed tournaments this season.
  • What she’s weighing as she contemplates her future as a professional archer.

“At the end of the day, I just want to get better at shooting.”

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PODCAST: Matt Zirnsak and Tim Nebel of The Push Archery

Matt Zirnsak is a longtime, barebow target archer. He admits to “geeking out” on the technical side of traditional archery – bow tuning, arrow tuning, aiming techniques, torsional stability and on and on.

While these are facets of archery that most often are associated with compound archery and Olympic recurve, Zirnsak believes they absolutely have a place in traditional archery.

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Tim Nebel, left, and Matt Zirnsak

So he and his friend Tim Nebel – a traditional archer with a passion for videography – last year decided to make a film about the technical side of traditional archery, which they titled, “The Push – A Traditional Archery Film.”

Available to anyone on YouTube, the video has been a smash hit, with nearly 200,000 views in just over 12 months. The video was so successful, Zirnsak and Nebel have made three more films under “The Push” name, and they’ve launched a podcast. They’ve done all of this with a single goal in mind.

“To expedite the traditional archery learning curve,” Zirnsak said.

We sat down with Zirnsak and Nebel at the 2017 Eastern Traditional Archery Rendezvous in northcentral Pennsylvania – the largest, annual gathering of traditional archers in the United States – to talk about the evolution of The Push and about the growing interest in traditional archery across the country.

In this podcast, you will learn:

  • Why traditional archery is experiencing a rush of new participants.
  • Why Zirnsak and Nebel settled on the name, “The Push.”
  • How The Push is helping people get involved in traditional archery.
  • How bona fide target archery practices and principles can and should play a role in traditional archery.
  • How competition can make anyone a better bowhunter.
  • What it’s like to be a rock star in the world of traditional archery.

“Traditional archery is not a hobby. It’s not a sport. It’s a lifestyle. It kind of grabs your primordial essence.”

Archery Podcasts You’ve Got to Check Out

Lancaster Archery Supply earlier this year launched a podcast with the goal of exploring any and all topics pertaining to archery in all of its forms – traditional, bowhunting, target, 3-D, recreational, etc.

If it relates in any way to the use of a bow and arrow, we want to talk about it.

But a podcast dedicated to archery is hardly unbroken ground. There are many podcasts covering a broad range of territory from tournament archery to traditional bowhunting to shooting form. And we love them.

Here’s a list of our favorite archery podcasts – in no particular order – and what we love about them.

1. Lancaster Archery Podcast with P.J. Reilly

Hey, we’re allowed to be biased and start with our own podcast here. @Lancasterarchery already has sat down with some of the biggest names in archery, including Levi Morgan, Jesse Broadwater, George “GRIV” Ryals IV, Dan and Emily McCarthy and Mackenzie Brown. The plan moving forward is to talk to archers, manufacturers, engineers, coaches, sales reps and anyone else we think might have something interesting to say about their involvement in our favorite sport.

2. Nock On with John Dudley

@NockOnTV is one of our favorite archers. He’s an avid bowhunter with a solid background in competitive archery. He coaches all over the world, and is always eager to share his views, techniques, training information, etc. with his podcast listeners.

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3. Bowjunky with Greg Poole

This podcast has been around the target archery industry for a long time. @4biggp knows the players and he knows the games – all of them. We always learn something new from each Bowjunky podcast.

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4. Easton Target Archery with George Tekmitchov and Steve “Big Cat” Anderson

No question, the best thing about this podcast is the co-hosts. One of the best compound target archers in the U.S. @steveanderson88, and Easton product manager and senior engineer – as well as an archery announcer at the last seven Olympics – George Tekmitchov. Their Q&A exchanges with listeners are unrivaled.

5. The Push: A Traditional Archery Podcast with Matt Zirnsak and Tim Nebel

“Traditional archery” and “podcast” might seem like strange bedfellows, but these co-hosts @thepusharchery and @tnebel make it work. It turns out you can use an ultra-modern medium to discuss the ways and means of        archery’s simplest side – the stick and string.

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6. Petersen’s Bowhunting Radio with Christian Berg

In the podcast, the editor of Petersen’s Bowhunting magazine @cbergbowhunt explores the tactics and equipment of modern bowhunting, and he talks to the most accomplished bowhunters of our generation.

7. Tradgeeks with Matt Kephart and Kevin Merrow

A unique approach to discussing all things traditional. Two guys @MattKephart and @Kevin_Merrow who use today’s equipment, music, dialogue, etc. to bring traditional archery to the modern generation.

8. Archery Maniacs with Zach Herold

You might hear about bowhunting for elk, an interview with a well-known tournament pro about a specific aspect of their game, details about quality camping gear for DIY bowhunts or details on the latest and greatest equipment from a particular company. Nothing is off the table for @ZachHerold1 Archery Maniacs.

9. Gritty Bowmen with Brian Call and Aron Snyder

We know podcasts are supposed to be about the audio, but @grittybowmen and @aron_snyder this podcast is a video too, so you can see them talking with their guests. And sometimes, they are out on location in the mountains – maybe with an animal Call or Snyder just shot. It’s a cool twist to a great podcast that focuses mainly on bowhunting and proper archery shooting form.

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10. Traditional Bowhunting and Wildernesswith Jason Samkowiak

Some podcast hosts sound like polished and rehearsed speaking professionals. And then there are people like Jason (tbwpodcast: YouTube). He knows his subjects and his delivery is clean and clear, but he sounds like a guy who’s talking to you at the bar about traditional archery, bowhunting, the importance of public land and lots of related topics. His podcast is always a great listen.

PODCAST: Dan and Emily McCarthy

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Dan and Emily McCarthy are one of 3-D archery’s power couples. Both shoot for Mathews, and both are usually in the mix at any tournament they enter.

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The 2017 season was especially good for Dan, who won the IBO World Championship and finished second in both the ASA Shooter of the Year and IBO National Triple Crown races.

We sat down with the McCarthys during the 2017 Organization of Professional Archery (OPA) tournament in southwest Pennsylvania to talk about – among other topics – what it’s like to be a married couple in the world of professional, competitive archery.

In this podcast, you will learn:

  • How the McCarthys push each other in training.
  • Why Dan insists on driving a Toyota Prius to tournaments.
  • How archery quenches Emily’s thirst for competition.
  • What it means to both of them to be held up as role models for up-and-coming archers.
  • How Emily decided to make archery her career.

EMILY: I actually saw a poster of Dan McCarthy on the wall of the archery shop, and that’s when I discovered there were professional archers.

DAN (leaning in to microphone): Boom.

(RELATED CONTENT: Dan McCarthy on using a thumb button release and Dan talks about building killer 3-D arrows.)

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Podcast: Jesse Broadwater, 2017 OPA Champion

In the world of professional, competitive compound archery, Jesse Broadwater is Mr. Consistency. He always seems to be at or near the top of the leader board.

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After shooting for Hoyt Archery for many years, Broadwater in 2017 switched to shooting for Mathews Inc. – a move that surprised many in the archery community. Eager to prove that he could win with a Mathews bow in his hand, Broadwater was victorious at a World Cup indoor competition in Las Vegas in February, but then struggled to ascend the podium at tournaments over the following five months.

That set the stage for the 2017 Organization of Professional Archery (OPA) tournament in late July. Broadwater finished second there in 2016, narrowly losing in a thrilling shoot-off to Chance Beaubouef.

In this podcast, we talk to Broadwater the day before he won the 2017 OPA tournament. He talks about the technical issues he wrestled with in switching from Hoyt to Mathews bows, his drive to win with his new bow and the pain he felt after finishing second at the 2016 OPA.

In this podcast, you will learn:

  • How a Mathews bow feels different to Broadwater than a Hoyt.
  • What his favorite archery game is, and why he likes it.
  • How he approaches social media so his messages don’t seem forced on his fans.
  • How he develops a strategy for a two-day competition like OPA to put himself in a position to win.
  • What he thinks of the state of professional archery today, and how fast he sees prize money rising.

“Us as shooters, we know we have to be 100% confident. We know what we need to train for. We know what we need to be shooting. We know what kind of money is out there.”

 

Podcast: Lauren Fenstermacher and Dave Mitchell of PA Game Commission

In 2016, the Pennsylvania Game Commission offered a unique whitetail bowhunting opportunity on one of its most heavily-managed properties – the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area.

Situated on over 6,000 acres in Lancaster and Lebanon counties in southeast Pennsylvania, Middle Creek is primarily managed for waterfowl, but the management practices make it an ideal place for plenty of other species to flourish, including deer.

To help control deer numbers on a large section of the property that is not normally open to hunting, the Game Commission created a special bowhunting program in 2016 that gave access to 48 hunters selected by lottery drawing. They had the rare opportunity in Pennsylvania to hunt mature, unpressured deer for a full week.

In this podcast, we talk to Lauren Fenstermacher, the Middle Creek manager, and Dave Mitchell, land management supervisor in the region for the Game Commission, about this unique program and about how hunting – especially bowhunting – can be used across the country to help communities, government agencies, etc. control deer populations. Even in heavily populated areas.

The Middle Creek bowhunting opportunity is a perfect example of hunters donating their time and services to help control deer numbers. An alternative some entities turn to is hiring sharp-shooters to simply cull the deer. That costs money. And if the landowner is a public entity, then we’re talking about using taxpayer dollars to solve a problem hunters would gladly help with for free.

In this podcast, you will learn:

  • How to apply for the 2017 Middle Creek bowhunt.
  • How the hunt works, and who is eligible to apply.
  • The results of the 2016 hunt.
  • How the PA Game Commission pushes landowners to utilize hunters to solve their deer problems.
  • How controlling deer numbers helps a variety of wildlife.
  • That hunting can be used effectively and safely to control deer numbers on a property used by a variety of people.

“When you look at available public land that’s out there, there’s not enough for everybody,” Mitchell said. “So we all have to share, and I think we’ve proven time and time again that hunters can share with nonconsumptive users without any issues.”

Podcast: Paul Jaeger of Jager Archery Products

Paul Jaeger is your typical builder. He’s always looking to modify the things he owns to make them function the way he wants them to.

So it probably surprised no one who knows him that he eventually turned his creative focus onto the grips on his bows. He says of the first bow he ever owned, “I loved the bow, but I hated the grip.”

A plastic model builder by trade, Jaeger chucked the grip on that compound bow in 1985, fashioned his own slimmer grip and went to The Vegas Shoot to compete. The custom grip caught the eyes of several other compound archers, and Jaeger sold it before leaving for home.

That early experience led to the foundation of Jager Archery Products in 2005. Jager – yes the company name is spelled different than the founder’s name – makes high end custom bow grips for both compound and recurve archers.

“A bow is a machine,” Jaeger said. “It’s meant to do one thing the exact same way, over and over. We are the organic part of it. How we interface with the bow determines performance.”

Jaeger has agreed to sell some of his custom grips through Lancaster Archery Supply. We caught up with him in our warehouse as he was making three-dimensional maps of certain risers, in order to build custom grips for them.

In this podcast, you will learn:

  • Which top-level archers Jager has built grips for.
  • The style of grip preferred by USA Archery for Olympic archers.
  • How Jager builds custom grips to meet the exact specifications of its customers.
  • The importance a grip plays in shooting a bow.
  • How technology is helping archers become more accurate, even as bow designs remain relatively unchanged.

“Archery is the poor man’s NASCAR. It’s taking a machine and getting it to do what you want, but you’re not spending millions of dollars to do it.”

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Podcast: Olympic archer Mackenzie Brown

Mackenzie Brown is one of the top female Olympic recurve archers in the world. Rising as high as No. 3 in World Archery’s rankings of female recurve archers, Brown represented the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil She’s also the two-time defending champion in the Women’s Recurve Division of the annual Lancaster Archery Classic.

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We caught up with Brown recently at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) National Tournament in Louisville, Ky. Brown was introduced to archery through the NASP program at her school in Texas when she was growing up, so she attended this year’s national tournament to sign autographs and pose for photos with thousands of fans.

Brown sat down and talked with us about a wide array of topics, offering unique and riveting insight into what it’s like – and what it takes – to be one of the best athletes in a sport in order to represent your nation at the Olympics.

In this podcast, you will learn:

  • Brown’s initial NASP coach didn’t think she’d go too far in archery.
  • How NASP helped her develop a love for archery.
  • Archery actually wasn’t the sport Brown originally hoped would take her to the Olympics.
  • How seriously Brown takes the notion that she is a role model to young people.
  • Her view of her performance in the Olympics, where she finished in 19th place.
  • Which member of the Cleveland Cavaliers Brown hung out with in Rio – but didn’t recognize.
  • An idea of the sacrifices it takes to be an Olympic athlete.

“It’s not for someone who won’t give up almost everything,” Brown said. “I’ve been to two school dances in my entire life. They were in junior high….I’ve made sacrifices all throughout my archery career. But I want it that bad.”

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