Welcome to our "What is Primitive?" survey.  Back in 1995  in Vol. 3 Issue 1, Primitive Archer Magazine published a survey written by Jack D. Keener Jr.  In this survey, Keener was searching for answers on different thoughts or views on what is "primitive".  He realized that through his experiences of classes, events, and programs that there seemed to be a wide variety of definitions of "What is Primitive?"  So he asked the readership of 25 years ago what their definitions were through this survey.

"I ask you, the readers and practitioners of primitive archery and/or bowhunting, to complete the following survey and send it to the address below."

Well, fast forward a quarter of a century and technology sure has changed, but has our definitions of "What is Primitive?"  We thought it would be fun to find out.  Now in his past article, Keener was working to "develop a standard that clubs and associations might refer to or adopt for use at their respective shoots. This does not preclude a club or association from modifying the standard or adopting whatever definition they wish as 'primitive'."  Our goal is to share the results in a future issue of the magazine just as was done 25 years ago. 

Bow Materials/ Design
Check all that apply
Primitive Bows are:
Must all primitive backed bows or composite bows use naturally occurring glues such as hide glue?
Are epoxy glues permissible to back a primitive bow?
Are any synthetic glues acceptable to use for billet splices?
Are synthetic glues acceptable for carriage bow sleeve splices?
Are carriage bows primitive?
Are horn limb tips/ nocks primitive?
Is any naturally occurring limb tip or overlay primitive?
Bow Finishes:
Are natural oils and greases permissible as finishes on primitive bows?
Bow Finishes:
Are varnishes permissible on primitive bows?
Bow Finishes:
Are modern urethanes, epoxies, or other synthetic finishes permissible on primitive bows?
Handle Wrap/Arrow  Rest/Shelves:
Are only naturally occurring material acceptable handle wraps?
Handle Wrap/Arrow  Rest/Shelves:
Are elevated rests permissible for primitive bows?
Handle Wrap/Arrow  Rest/Shelves:
Should primitive bows be allowed to have a shelf cut in?
Handle Wrap/Arrow  Rest/Shelves:
Should primitive bows be allowed to have a shelf added on?
Bow Strings:
Are only naturally occurring animal tissue and/or vegetative fiber strings primtiive?
Bow Strings:
Are Dacron strings primitive?
Bow Strings:
Are Fast flight string primitive?
Bow Strings:
Are only Flemish twist strings primitive?
Bow Strings:
Are endless strings primitive?
Bow Strings:
Should serving materials be from only naturally occurring material?
Bow Strings:
Is any type of string made from any type of material acceptable as a primitive string?
Arrows:
Are wood arrow primitive?
Arrows:
Are cane arrow primitive?
Arrows:
Are aluminum arrows primitive?
Arrows:
Are graphite or other synthetic fiber arrows primitive?
Arrows:
Are plastic arrow nocks acceptable as primitive?
Arrows:
Are only self nocks primitive?
Arrows:
Are steel manufactured field points acceptable as primitive points?
Arrows:
Are lacquers acceptable as primitive sealers and paints?
Arrows:
Are only naturally occurring pigments and oils acceptable as primitive arrow paints and sealers?
Arrows:
Are purchased, dyed feathers for fletching primitive?
Arrows:
Are plastic vanes acceptable as primitive?
Arrows:
Are only naturally occurring feathers in their natural state acceptable as primitive?
Arrows:
Should only glues made from natural materials be allowed for fletching adhesives?
Accesssories:
Should tabs, gloves, and bracers be made of only naturally occurring materials?

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