The Push podcast

The Push Archery Podcasts

The Push Podcasts

The Push Podcasts

 It’s been a while since I’ve written a review, other than shoot reports,  so here goes, hopefully you’ll find it useful and interesting. This is kind of a part literature review and general review as I am going to be reviewing a podcast site, which some of you may already be aware of. In recent months I’ve been listening to The Push Archery podcasts.
Here is a link to their website. https://www.thepusharchery.com/
The guys have been publishing material for a few years, putting out a podcast every week or so. Over the last few weeks I’ve been working through their back catalogue of different topics, which I thin is well worth doing.
The podcasts are aimed at traditional bow hunter in the USA and beyond. The fact it is targeted at traditional bow hunters might put some people off, which is in my view is a mistake as they cover many aspects of archery many of which field archers could find helpful.
The Push podcast

One of Matt at anchor

Hosted by Matt Zirnsak & Tim Nebel, who I have to say are not only very knowledgeable on the subject of archery but a good laugh to listen too. More than once I’ve caught myself laughing on the train to work listening to them and their guest interact. As I said since finding them I have been working my way through their back catalogue of recordings of topics and guest. Yes Grizzly Jim if you are reading this I did hear your interview, from the other year.
Tim showing you can shoot in all weathers

Tim showing you can shoot in all weathers

I know that some of you might be wondering what am I doing promoting a traditional bow hunting site, after all hunting with a bow in the UK was outlawed decades ago. Well these guys and their guests know a lot about archery and I do mean a lot. Knowledge, them and their guests are more than willing to share and knowledge that is very applicable to field archers the world round. Also I know there are archers in the UK who go bow hunting overseas, some of whom read this blog who might find the topics covered of interest.
The format of the podcasts are generally focused on an interview with a guest archer, focusing on their shooting, equipment and advice. These usually have a running time of an hour or so. There have been some recent shorter podcasts which have focused on coaching advice and tips. As a field archery coach I have found these really interesting to listen to. The topics have covered your grip of the bow, your “hock” on the string, stance, etc., all of which I think are worth a listen if you are interested in improving your form or just interested in new ideas. I’ve especially liked the post on open verse closed loop shooting with Joel Turner. I think this has been of particular interest as I can be quite analytical at times when shooting, especially if things are not going well. One reason I like the podcasts is I can listen to them on route to work or home and then try applying some of the techniques in my own practise.
Push podcast- Matt at anchor

Matt at full draw

Before I forget, they also have a YouTube channel which you might want to check out.  https://www.youtube.com/user/tnebel20/
Also my thanks to the Matt and Tim for the photos they supplied for this article.
To be completely honest I wasn’t sure how applicable the guest interviews would be, but I have found them both interesting and informative. Whilst I’m not that interested in the hunting aspect, I do enjoy the narrative and it has highlighted the wealth of knowledge out there, going beyond just UK focused field archery.
I used to do a bit of bird watching (feathered kind) along with wildlife photography, so some of the techniques and comments on stalking or sitting in a hide, brought back memories of this.
 I’d suggest you have a listen and let me know what you think, be warned though you may well catch your self laughing or smiling on a train or bus journey.
Thanks for reading
A few from the bookshelf

Sponsorship, freebies etc

I was recently asked at a shoot whether I’m sponsored by any archery retailers or suppliers, when it comes to getting hands on books or equipment for my reviews.

The simple answer to this is no, I’m not sponsored by anyone or linked to any company.
As many of you know I’m a registered NFAS coach and a member of a couple of archery clubs but that is all. I don’t work for an archery company, though I do occasionally write for Bow International.

Bow international

I have occasionally been given products to review and I’m happy to do this, but it is on the understanding that it is a fair and honest review based on my experience and not a promotional piece.
When I have written equipment reviews for items I’ve been given, I will submit the review to the supplier, for feedback and comment. This has meant that on a couple of occasions I’ve pulled a review. I feel very strongly that any review I give is as fair as it can be, based on my experiences or observations. I would like to thank those suppliers who have been good enough and open enough to offer their equipment for my perspective.
Most of the time though I’ve just bought the book or item myself out of my own pocket, reading it, trying the techniques, testing it, sometimes to destruction. This is why I don’t get to write many reviews as I do take my time trying stuff out and limited funds.
Check out the different reviews by clicking on the categories list
Thanks for reading.

Literature Review – Field Archer News UK

October November 2016

October November 2016

There are numerous books and magazines on all aspects of archery from the target side of the sport, to hunting magazines, the latter being very popular overseas where hunting with a bow is legal. Though there are few magazines covering elements of the field archery side of the hobby there are even less that cover the UK in depth. That is until now with the recent launch of the free on-line magazine Field Archer News UK (FANUK).
With the growth of on-line material there has been a development of e-magazines and publications providing either a fully on-line version or a downloadable option.
FANUK is exploiting these e-publications and provides a good read for those field archers in the UK wanting to know what’s going on. Before I get started giving a review I feel it is important that I state I could be considered as being a little biased as the latest edition has run with an article I submitted. Have a read and let me know what you think.
The magazine is produced every couple of months and is free to view online or download as a pdf. FANUK is new entry to the media world and has just published its third instalment, so it is still early days at present for them, but I think it is fair to say it is looking good so far.

August September 2016 edition

August September 2016 edition

So what about the content and look?
The magazine is in full colour with lots of event photos and glossy adverts from archery suppliers across the country. It tries to provide a breadth of different topics to appeal to all possible readers from novice to experienced.
Content covers the traditional shoot reports of events in the Field archery calendar, with submissions from course layers and clubs. In the latest there is a write up by the organisers of the NFAS Welsh Championships held earlier this year. ( You can read the review I wrote of the event here on this blog if you like)
Other articles cover personal experiences in archery, along with articles on the history of the sport.
Guest writers have produced some interesting articles including one by Pip Bickerstaffe on the different woods used in longbow construction.

Sample article

Sample article

This touches on another important point, such magazines require the support from not just readers and advertisers but contributors writing articles.
Launching a magazine of this nature is a very brave thing to do and I wish them all the success in the world.
I think having a magazine that focuses on the UK field archery scene is a very much of a niche market but something that could work if it receives sufficient support.
I’ve provided the link to the magazine’s website here and suggest you sign up and have a look at some of the past editions.
If the magazine can keep generating a good mix of articles I think it should keep many field archers well informed, but of course that makes sense as it is called Field Archery News.
I think the only downside to the publications is that it is an e-publication. Yes, you can call me old fashioned but I quite like having a paper copy and thumbing through them physically rather than hitting the page down button. Here’s hoping they can continue.
Thanks for reading.