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Archery Geek Outdoors

Archery Geek Outdoors

By Archery Geek Outdoors
Follow an overweight, out of shape middle aged guy as he combines his passion for archery with a journey into health and fitness. Any questions, thoughts or comments email Cover photograph courtesy of Rob Jones
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Episode 39 - Bow Set Up, Growing Archery And Standing United With Special Guest Angel Garcia Of High Power Archery
Welcome to Episode 39. In this episode I'm extremely honoured to be joined by Angel Garcia of High Power Archery. Angel is a USA Archery level 3 coach, an archer and bowhunter of more than 40 years experience and a Hunters Ed instructor for the state of New York.We talk initial bow set up, bringing new blood into archery and standing united to grow shooting sports and hunting. Links to where you can find Angel are listed below. Facebook - Website - Instagram - Spotify - YouTube -
April 19, 2022
Episode 38 -Guesting On The High Power Archery & Offcenter Archers Podcasts New Hotness For The Kuma, & My First Precision 3D Round
Welcome back. In this episode I'm back after being a guest on the Highpower Archery and Offcenter Archers podcasts. I've got some awesome new threads on the Kuma thanks to Nick & Shayla Dawa at Unbound Archery in Kansas and I shot my first precision 3D round at Whitemark Bowmen.
April 04, 2022
Episode 37 - Richard Lissaman of Turning Back The Clock
In this episode I'm joined by Richard Lissaman of Turning Back The Clock. We discuss his journey back into weight loss and fitness, how he became involved with archery and his plans for Turning Back The Clock in 2022.  It was my first face to face interview for the Podcast and we had a great time recording it. Richard's social media links are listed below TikTok - @richardlissaman I'd also like to say a big thank you to Trad Sniper from Instagram for his very kind words about the podcast and sage advice. You can follow Trad Sniper here
February 16, 2022
Episode 36 - Getting Back In Control & Practicing With Purpose
Welcome to episode 36. In this episode I'm attempting to get back into controlling my eating and starting to exercise regularly again and I discuss a crucial new step that I've added to my shot cycle in an attempt to improve my accuracy and consistency ready to start shooting EFAA.
January 30, 2022
Episode 35 - EFAA, Is The Government Coming For Crossbows & The UK Gets A Darton Dealer
Happy new year to you all. In this, the first episode of 2022 I talk about a review of UK crossbow laws ordered by Pritti Patel, I'm pleased to announce that the UK has a Darton Archery dealer with Ryan from The Archers Nest in Shropshire becoming the first official dealer in the UK and I've joined the English Field Archery Association in my quest to improve my archery, English Field Archery Association The Archers Nest
January 06, 2022
Episode 34 - Don't Shoot The Worm
I'm back with Episode 34. We've had a bit of a crazy weekend with Storm Arwen giving us high winds and our first snowfall of the coming winter. I broke out the Mandarin Duck Black Hunter trad bow to shoot the Racoon Shoot at Paget and finally got a sight tape sorted for the Turkey Shoot at Liberty Archers. Listen in to find out how I got on.
December 01, 2021
Episode 33 - My First Yoga Class, Cheap Vs Expensive Arrow Shaft Comparison & New Fletching Toys On The Way
In this latest episode I have attended my first yoga class with Say Yes To Yoga and thoroughly enjoyed it. I do a quick comparison between Skylon Instec, Easton Axis and Victory RIP TKO arrow shafts which range in price from £48 per dozen to £144 per dozen and I've got an addition to my Bohning Helix Tower fletching jig on its way direct from Bohning in Lake City, Michigan. You can find Chelsea's website here - And John's IG profile here -
October 29, 2021
Episode 32 - Postponements, Cancellations & Falling Off The Wagon
Welcome back. After an unintended sabbatical of around 4 months I'm back. In this new episode I discuss where I've been and what's been happening, including the postponement of 2 trips abroad and the cancellation of my favourite 3D shoot of the year. I look at the stalling of my fitness journey and a rediscovered energy and focus in my shooting practice. I also recount freeing a trapped deer in the middle of a Norfolk village early on a Sunday morning.
October 03, 2021
Episode 31 - Admitting You're Not One Of The Cool Kids
Welcome back to the podcast and Episode 31. In this episode I have to face the fact that I'm not one of the cool kids and that I'm simply not consistent enough with a handheld release so I'm back to the old wrist rocket. I have some new budget arrow shafts on the way for shooting 3D and I have a new, very not budget friendly arrow rest on the Kuma. I discover the lengths that Ryan at The Archers Nest goes to in order to supply wooden arrow shooters with the most consistent shafts that he can. Ryan's website can be found here The Archers Nest Facebook Page can be found here The Archery Company website can be found here
May 27, 2021
Episode 30 - Yoga, Codpieces & Chasing Dreams
Welcome back to Episode 30 where I have a conversation with Chelsea and Mark Brownridge. Regular listeners will have heard me talk about Chelsea in earlier episodes in relation to her being a yogini. We talk about everything from yoga to coffee, beer to chasing dreams and medieval re-enactment (including the venerable codpiece) to Mark's digestive system and how it responds to copious amounts of German meat. Links to the various subjects that we talked about are listed below.
April 26, 2021
Episode 29 - Learning To Process Deer, Archery Clubs Reopening And The Bowmar Nose Button
It's been a while since I recorded the last episode, but I'm back! Large as life and twice as gobby. In this episode I discuss a deer processing course I attended, talk about getting back to shooting in the woods with a new shooting accessory sourced for me by The Off Center Archers and Shooting Skulls and I offer my opinion on the Bowmar Nose Button, so join me for my uncoordinated witterings.
April 12, 2021
Episode 28 - Bareshaft Tuning Continues, The Curse Of The Kuma Strikes Again & New Reading Material From A Friend In Colorado.
After a couple of weeks of sub zero temperatures, I finally got to start bareshaft tuning the Victory RIP TKO's with the Ethics Archery components, a friend in Colorado sent me some new reading material and the Curse of the Kuma strikes again.
March 05, 2021
Episode 27 - Tough Times, The Loss Of A Friend & Paper Tuning Commences
It's been 3 weeks since my last episode and the UK's third national lockdown has started to have a negative effect on me. This hasn't been made any easier by the loss of a friend and clubmate to Covid. I discuss my struggle with staying focused on my goals but relief was offered by finally getting my paper tuner put together and starting work on my hunting arrows. Bareshaft tuning through paper has got me both excited and nervous but shooting bareshafts through paper is something that I'm going to continue to do as a training aid.
February 14, 2021
Episode 26 -My First Guest, Simon Thomas - A Mammoth Recording
In this episode I'm joined by my very first guest, friend and fellow archer Simon Thomas. Simon shoots a variety of classes in NFAS, all non-sighted and he enjoys diving down the arrow rabbit hole possibly even more than I do. Join us as we sit down for a chat via Zoom due to current Covid restrictions in the UK about how we first met, Simon's wooden arrow building technique, my planned trip to Texas and a plethora of archery related subjects that we just rambled through. This is a long episode at over 2 and a half hours. I was planning to release this as 2 episodes but there were no natural break points so you get it in its entirety. You can find Simon on social media at Unfortunately I've had to upload this episode at 128K instead of my usual 320K because Anchor can't handle the file size at 320K. 
January 24, 2021
Episode 25 - Starting The New Year The Right Way
Well, I've made it to the quarter century! I hope you've all had a good Christmas and New Year. I had 2 weeks off work R&R and indulged in the pig and fish diet so I'm dreading getting on the scales.  I'm back exercising now and eating clean again. The majority of the components have now arrived to start working on the Texas hunting arrow build so I go through the process I'll be using to build my perfect hunting arrow. The Kuma has been back in the country since December 27th but it's still sat waiting to clear customs in Coventry.
January 07, 2021
Episode 24 - The Tipsy Christmas Cast
This is just a short episode to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year and to say thank you for your support. As the title suggests, it was recorded while under the influence of Jack Daniels and Coke :D We have a little musical interlude courtesy of Jeffro's Dirty Country Songs and a quick mention of some new goodies being released by TruBall Axcel. Apologies for the drop in audio quality towards the end, the joys of recording while tipsy. I'd like to say a special thank you to Rob Jones at Off The Arrow Shelf, Anthony and Stephanie at The Offcenter Archers and Lance Shaw.
December 24, 2020
Episode 23 - The Kuma's Coming Home!
In this episode I've had some good news from The Archery Shack. After all the chasing that they've done for me, the final parts for the Kuma have arrived with them. I discuss how close I came to falling off the wagon on my weight loss journey and start looking at how I'm going to get razor sharp broadheads when I go to Texas.
December 09, 2020
Episode 22 - I Peeled My First Deer & An Attitude Of Gratitude
Welcome back to the podcast. In this episode I skinned my first deer, I've had an update on the Kuma and I'm closer to deciding on my arrow choice to take to Texas. I take a dive into the reported benefits of having an attitude of gratitude in life and it's possible effects on health, wellbeing and performance.
November 19, 2020
Episode 21 - Rants and Lockdowns
In this episode the UK is about to go into a second national lockdown, I get put through an NFAS assessment and I look at how some newcomers to archery have been treated on social media.
November 03, 2020
Episode 20 - Rampant Ramblings
Well, I've made it to Episode 20. In this episode I vent my frustrations at Bear Archery, talk about some of the YouTube resources that I've found most useful to me, have a quick look at the perils of sitting for extended periods of time and give you a quick update on how my weight loss is going.
October 18, 2020
Episode 19 - Down The Rabbit Hole Of Choosing Hunting Arrows For Texas & To Coach Or Not To Coach?
In this episode I go through my thought process for deciding on a hunting arrow to take to Texas with me next year. The specifications I'm hoping to achieve and the thought process that's helping me to decide which arrow and broadhead combination to go with. I'm also giving very serious thought to undertaking the NFAS coaching course.
October 03, 2020
Episode 18 - The Club Championship & Starting To Plan For The Trip To Texas
In this episode I discuss my performance in my scoring rounds of the club championship at Paget and how Covid-19 has affected how we shoot the competition and I also delve into my initial thoughts on planning my trip to Texas with one of my listeners to bowhunt hogs next year.
September 21, 2020
Episode 17 - The British International Bowhunters & Cold Soaked Oats
In this episode, I look back at the weekend meet up held by The British International Bowhunters in Norfolk and try a breakfast recommended to me by Simon Thomas I seem to use the word amazing a stupid amount of times in this episode so the weekend was obviously amazing.
September 13, 2020
Episode 16 - The Kuma Is In South Carolina, Bohning X3 Vanes & A Look Into Why We Over Eat
In this episode my Bear Kuma has made it across the Atlantic to The Archery Shack in South Carolina for repair, I've got some arrows fletched with the 2.25" Bohning X3 vanes and after listening to a podcast from The Art of Manliness I discover why we over eat in an attempt to keep my weight loss on track after a week of struggling with my food intake.
September 02, 2020
Episode 15 - Sharing The Love, Another Weight Loss Goal Reached & The Heath McDonald Go Fund Me
After a fairly quiet week for me I hit a weight loss goal and take the time to thank those who have supported my efforts so far and talk about the Go Fund Me page started by the guys at The Wobbly Arrow Podcast for Heath McDonald of Young Guns Archery to assist in his ongoing battle with cancer. This is the link to the page -
August 23, 2020
Episode 14 - Switching Up My Vanes To Try Something New & A Rookie Mistake Leads To Disaster
In this episode I talk about some new vanes that I'm going to try out, adding to my exercise routine and how an awful rookie mistake led to disaster for me.
August 12, 2020
Episode 13 - A Present From America
In this episode I get a present from a listener and friend in the States, I've shot some more 300 rounds and I've switched releases plus the usual waffle and bletherings that I seem to do.
August 03, 2020
Episode 12 - Cardio Fitness, BMR And A Middle Aged Moan
In this episode I take a look at exercises that I can do at home to improve my cardio fitness, what basal metabolic rate is (doesn't that sound interesting?) and have a moan about the ongoing Covid 19 situation and the inability of dumbasses to follow basic rules.
July 27, 2020
Episode 11 - Discipline Require
In this episode I look back at a week where I lacked self discipline more than usual, particularly in relation to exercise and look at methods of assisting to develop more self discipline.
July 20, 2020
Episode 10 - The Elixir Of Life
In this episode I look at the importance of hydration in relation to my shooting performance and my overall health and fitness. There's an update in the ongoing saga of the sight and news of a new UK based archery podcast that has just been launched.
July 10, 2020
Episode 9 - Bow Tuning & The New Wrist Sling
My new wrist sling has arrived from Shooting Skulls in South Carolina and a run through of the tuning steps that I'm going to go through with my bow now I've shot in the new cables.
July 03, 2020
Episode 8 - Rambling About Rambling & My First Weight Loss Milestone
Well, I made it past episode 7 which bodes well. In this episode I talk about an early morning hike to watch a sunrise in Shropshire and the first milestone in my quest to lose my excess weight along with working on skeletal alignment at full draw.
June 25, 2020
Episode 7 - Arrow Builds
Well, I've made it to 7 episodes. In this episode I look at the arrows that I started out with, the arrows I went through and what arrows  I shoot now along with how I build my arrows and what arrow building kit I want next. I've also ordered a beautiful new wrist sling from
June 16, 2020
Episode 6 - Progress So Far, The Ups And The Downs
In this episode I look at the progress that I'm making on my journey. The high points, the low points and recognizing that one bad day doesn't mean that it's quitting time.
June 08, 2020
Episode 5 - The Kit That I Shoot
In this episode I take you through the kit that I've shot and what I'm using now. I have to apologise for a little bit of distortion in the audio in some places. I tried changing the input levels and it led to a bit of clipping in places. Rest assured that the input levels will be restored to their original levels for Episode 6.
June 01, 2020
Episode 4 - Breaking Down My Shot Cycle
In this episode, after my thoughts on the Mybo Trueshot bag target that I purchased, I look at my shot process, how it's developed, how it can break down and what I do to maintain control of it. Yes, I do come across as a Joel Turner fanboy at times.
May 16, 2020
Episode 3 - Technical Glitches, Discipline & Routine
In this episode I discuss a technical hiccup that stopped me shooting for over a week and the relationship that I have with discipline and routine.
April 29, 2020
Episode 2 - Archery Is A Perishable Skill
In this episode I look at how a lack of practice has affected my archery and the first step to getting back to a decent level of performance.
April 17, 2020
Episode 1 - Introduction
In this, my very first episode, I introduce myself to you and explain the aim of the podcast in assisting me on my journey into archery, health and fitness.
April 13, 2020