Limited spots available, Contact Rick  {ASAP}  at 501-821-3791
 or email me  at  rick@dakotabows.com for info. and to book your spot


May  2-7, 2016
Rick will have a class/Hunt in Abilene, Tx
                                                   

   "How far is that? Don't know, don't care!

 

 

THE WORD ON THE STREET

   


Rick,


Just wanted to let you know that not only did my time with you at your shooting school completely change my shooting abilities making me a much better archer overall, it without a doubt played a major role in giving me the confidence to take this late season 7 point. This was my very first deer taken with a longbow shooting instinctively! Even though it's only been a couple of months since the class, the training kicked in and I went into auto pilot making a great shot (if I say so myself) in low light conditions that put the deer down quickly.

Thanks again for playing such a major role in an event that I will surely remember for the rest of my life!

Daniel Snapp



Hi Rick,

I thought I'd give you an update. I tested my Dakota yesterday at the archery shop. It was awesome. It seems the bow likes a 400 spine shaft with a 150 grain head the most. My new arrow/head set up is a Axis FMJ 400 shaft with 150 grain head, total arrow weight 500 grains. At that weight the bow chronographed at 212 F.P.S "fast"! My friend Seth was with me and he was very impressed. His Silvertip recurve which is almost the same weight as my Dakota shot the same set up 202 F.P.S...my Dakota was 10 F.P.S faster...and much quieter...

I am going to be in Texas next week and my friend Jon Preston is looking forward to shooting my Dakota!

I love this bow!

Peter Iacavazzi
www.theflagprogram.com





Thanks to your coaching, I'm shooting better then ever! Here is a buck I've hunted for a long time. I never told anyone about him...but last night at 4:40 he gave me the shot I've been waiting for. I'm speechless. I truly blessed to have shared the mountains with an animal this magnificant!
 
Happy Thanksgiving,
 
Peter




Rick, wanted to drop you a line and let you know that I have already taken a deer with the bow you made for me.  Got the bow from the post office on Monday the 25th and shot it through the week with success.  Took it hunting this morning and viola!!!!  Took a doe!  It is my first deer with a recurve or any traditional equipment for that matter.  Thought you might want to know...
 
Mike Cone
Gahanna, OH



Rick,
 
I just wanted to tell you how much I love my new bow.  I have killed two does with it the last two weeks and made perfect shots on each.  Thanks for the great bow.
 
Matt Parker


 

Rick  -  I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful experience I had at your school.  It was a real pleasure meeting you.  I got much more out of our 2 days together than I had hoped for.   When I got home, I took your advice on replacing my 52” short recurve, and bought a full size recurve because of my draw length.  I got the Bear Super Kodiak 50# 60”.  I needed one soon because hunting season starts in NJ in a couple weeks.  I also went down a little in draw weight to hold longer and work on my form.  I set it up like you showed me.  Rick, I can’t tell you the difference your training has made for me.  In just a few days at home practicing your routine, I am now shooting the 10 circle nearly every time out to about 25-30 yds.  I still get amazed at the difference in accuracy and consistency you get when you do things right.   I know you told me that I better get used to it, but right now I am still in shock.  Thanks again for giving me something I will have the rest of my life.  Hope to see you again one day.   Mark Yurkiw.



 

RICK
I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU.
I HAVE 2 TAPES.AND HAVE THE DVD COMING.
YOU SAY BUILD THE PAD UP IF SHOOTING RIGHT.THAT WORKED.
I STOPPED SPLIT FINGER AND DO FOUR UNDER NOW AND IT WORKED.
I ADJUSTED MY FEATHERS TO TOUCH MY NOSE AND IT WORKED.
EVERYTHING YOU SAY IS RIGHT ON THE BUTTON.
SOMETHING I'M DOING THAT IS NOT IN THE 2 TAPES IS I CLOSE MY WEAK EYE AND I CAN CONCENTRATE ON THE TARGET BETTER BECAUSE THE PERIFERY OF THE WEAK EYE IS GONE.
MY ACCURACY IS GETTING ME COMPLIMENTS. 
I COULD HAVE SHOT FOR A THOUSAND YEARS AND NOT FIGURED IT OUT ON MY OWN.
THANK YOU SO MUCH RICK.
                                      GARY

Hey Rick, Just an update on my progress since attending your school. I'm
really enjoying my practice sessions because most of my shots are in the
kill zone at any distance. My confidence level has soared. I just returned
from a black bear hunt in British Columbia where I killed a green score 21
1/2" boar. I pulled my bow arm out and hit him too far forward. I didn't
hold my draw and settle in. I may have been a little excited, as he was
walking at about 5 yards! Thanks for the tip on using the Simmon's
Landsharks. The arrow hit the leg bone and still got enough penetration to
cause substantial damage. My guide commented that with a lesser broadhead,
we may not have recovered him.
Thanks again,
Rusty Horn






Rick,
 
I wanted to drop you a note thanking you for sharing your shooting knowledge in the accuracy factory video. It has been an incredible experience for me learning your system. Over the last several years I have been nearly to the point of giving up. My problems began about ten years ago with a shoulder injury that led to all kinds of lousy shooting habits and eventually target panic since I couldn't shoot worth a hoot. I tried everything with no significant results.
 
Your system has put the fun back into shooting for me and my confidence is at an all time high. Almost immediately after going to three fingers under and using your anchoring recommendations, my shooting progressed with leaps and bounds.
 
 I have shot a doe and decent buck here in Illinois so far this year. In the past I could not ethically shoot past 15 yards. After shooting the buck this past weekend I realized I never hesitated and or worried about the shot as in the past. I have been gradually increasing my shooting distances and now can confidently shoot to 30 yards, and I intend to continue training my brain to shoot farther.
 
Thanks
 
Tom


Hey Rick, Just an update on my progress since attending your school. I'mreally enjoying my practice sessions because most of my shots are in thekill zone at any distance. My confidence level has soared. I just returnedfrom a black bear hunt in British Columbia where I killed a green score 211/2" boar. I pulled my bow arm out and hit him too far forward. I didn'thold my draw and settle in. I may have been a little excited, as he waswalking at about 5 yards! Thanks for the tip on using the Simmon'sLandsharks. The arrow hit the leg bone and still got enough penetration tocause substantial damage. My guide commented that with a lesser broadhead,we may not have recovered him.Thanks again, Rusty Horn



Hey Rick, Just an update on my progress since attending your school. I'mreally enjoying my practice sessions because most of my shots are in thekill zone at any distance. My confidence level has soared. I just returnedfrom a black bear hunt in British Columbia where I killed a green score 211/2" boar. I pulled my bow arm out and hit him too far forward. I didn'thold my draw and settle in. I may have been a little excited, as he waswalking at about 5 yards! Thanks for the tip on using the Simmon'sLandsharks. The arrow hit the leg bone and still got enough penetration tocause substantial damage. My guide commented that with a lesser broadhead,we may not have recovered him.Thanks again, Rusty Horn

 

Hey Rick, Just an update on my progress since attending your school. I'mreally enjoying my practice sessions because most of my shots are in thekill zone at any distance. My confidence level has soared. I just returnedfrom a black bear hunt in British Columbia where I killed a green score 211/2" boar. I pulled my bow arm out and hit him too far forward. I didn'thold my draw and settle in. I may have been a little excited, as he waswalking at about 5 yards! Thanks for the tip on using the Simmon'sLandsharks. The arrow hit the leg bone and still got enough penetration tocause substantial damage. My guide commented that with a lesser broadhead,we may not have recovered him.Thanks again, Rusty Horn

 

   

Hi Rick;

I hope all is well with you and your family. I just wanted to thank you again for your shooting school. I can't tell you how much it means to me to be able to shoot and hit EXACTLY where I'm looking!! You have given me back the fun in shooting a bow and that is priceless to me. I'm looking forward to getting my new bow from you and to continue improving my abilities. I have told many people about your class and how it has helped me so much. My shooting has improved dramatically even since I've been home from the class.
Best of Luck hunting this fall! If you are ever in northern lower Michigan feel free to contact me, I'll even give you a free adjustment!

Dr. Bob

 

About a mounth ago i pinched a nerve in my neck. For a while thought i would never shoot a curve again. m.r.i. came back better than expeceted and i am getting better. Took my light 3d bow out this morning to see if i could shoot or not. shoot 20 arrows. Shot 4 five shoot groups then quit to see what effect this might have on my neck. Neck is ok so far but here is the thing.I started trying to learn the things Rick Welch is teaching about a year ago or so. it wasent easy and it diden't come fast but piece buy piece i got it. So after not touching a bow for at least a mounth the last five arrows i shot at thirty yards were spot on in a group i pulled with one hand. If your shooting is not what you would like it to be try what Rick is teaching. Its the real deal for me. Could be for you to. Happy holidays all.

 

Rick,
 
Just wanted to say thanks for making your shooting DVD's.  I just started shooting traditional equipment last spring, and I was fortunate to run by a post by Dave Mullins on an archery forum.  That post led me to your web site.  To make a long story short I used your routine and method of shooting and was able to see results almost immediatly.  With your method I had enough confindence to leave the compound and take to the woods with traditional equipment.  I am a teacher and coach in Michigan, I think the one of my biggest faults is that I tend to over-complicate stuff, your method is simple, and the bottom line is simple works.  Thanks again for all your help to the traditional community.  Your time and generosity is truly appreciated.  I'd like to share a picture of my first traditional harvest.  My buddies asked my how far a shot I had on this deer I honestly did not know until I retrieved my arrow.  Thanks, again.
 
Steve Spenner

 

Rick,
Thanks for your shooting clinic I attended March 16 and 17. i have been so thrilled with my shooting after your mentoring and help. I have attached the results of my recent hunt and I know your instructions contributed greatly to my success.
Here is the link   :   http://leatherwall.bowsite.com/tf/lw/thread2.cfm?forum=23&threadid=190574&messages=161&CATEGORY=1
 
I would like to call you again some time to speak some more about the new bow you will be making for me and some tuning questions I have. I hope all is well with you.
 
Your freind,
 
Bryce Olson
Lubbock, TX
 

Rick
i promise not to send you picture after picture of dead animals , but this one is special since it is my first buck. I know he's not exactly a Pope and Young record , but still a noble animal and ... he was standing right there. Thanks again for everything.
John

 

it was a dakota moment,this is the best bow i've ever shot.
thanks rick, griz.

 

Hey Rick
 
How is everything going.  I attached a couple of recent pictures.  One was the elk from this year and the others are two hogs I shot the week after the class at Daniel's.  I smoked them both, one at twenty two yards and the other at twenty nine yards.  Passed through both.  The system sure helped boost my confidence! 
 
Thanks a lot, hope to see ya next year in Florida!
 
-Scott Crippen

 

Big ol angle-headed dow went about 60 yds. Plain old zwickey
Eskimo
125 gr head. I kind of like this new bow! Got time to get another
perhaps.

Have a great christmas to you and your family.

Bruce Martin

 

Shot this button buck with 59lb Dakota recurve this evening. 12 yard shot. 40yd recovery. Thanks Rick. DB

 

Hey Guys,
 
I just had an amazing 2 days and I wanted to share it with you. I traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas to spend 2 days with multiple World Archery champion "Rick Welch", at his 1 on 1 shooting school. First off let me say: Rick Welch was a great guy. Friendly, gracious, humorous and just an all around good man!
 
Everything you have heard about his accomplishments is true. His wall is filled with World championship plagues, trophies and awards. He has won over 50 world and state titles. He is the current IBO shooter of the year, and widley considered the best there is with recurve and/or longbow. But...he is a very modest and unassuming guy. He is first and foremost a "Bowhunter"...By his own admission he prefers animals to 3-D targets!!!
 
I've been shooting a recurve for over 25 years and have always considerd myself a good shot...but never a "great" shot. After 2 full days with Rick...I'm now shooting better and more consistently then ever. Rick is an amazing coach. He videos you and then watches intently to see what your doing right and wrong. He pays attention to every detail of your shooting and then breaks it all down. After watching myself on video it was appearent where I needed to improve My form was good...but I was snap shooting and occasionally "short drawing". Let me tell you...seeing yourself on video is very eye opening.
 
Rick broke down all my mistakes, and then we got to work! His style is very user friendly and easy to learn. He focuses on the basics. Good form. Consistentcy and repitition. He teaches what he calls a "double anchor" using your ear lobe and the arrow fletch on your nose tip as the 2 points of contact that must remain consistent with every shot. He focuses on body position, breathing and settling into your "double anchor" then holding for a 2 second pause before you just let the release happen naturally. Every shot is analylized and each shot is done exactly the same. Ricks teaching stye is very indepth yet simple. He pays attention to everything and covers every aspect of correct form. By the end of teh 2 days I was reaching my full draw 28.5" and holding comfortably for 2 seconds. My release was clean and smooth. I was routinely shooting in the 10 ring at distances of 15-30 yards. My shooting improved dramatically. Rick went over everything I needed to duplicate his style.
 
After watching him shoot....it was clear "his" style is effective and impressive. But also that anyone can duplicate it. Its a basic technique and Rick has certainly prefected it. If the awards on his wall aren't enuff to prove it works....just watching him shoot is proof. he shot both his recurve and longbow with me. With either bow and at distances from 10-50 yards he shot the same. Watching him shoot a bow is like watching Tiger Woods play golf or Michael Jordan play hoops. His "bad" shots are 8's instead of 10's.
 
Aside from teaching me how to shoot, Rick also taught me how to properly set up a trad bow. His method of arrow/bow tuning is simple and makes complete sense. Within a few shots he had identified my tunining problem and had my bow tuned to perfection. my arrows were flying like darts and my bow was working to 100% of its performance.
 
I suppose I could go on and on about Rick, his style, his teaching profecciency and his overall persona. But...what I want all of you to know is. After 25 years of trad archery and countless hours watching every instructional DVD and reading every book on shooting....2 days with Rick taught me more then anything I've ever learned in the trad world. Its easy to see why he is the best in the world!
 
It was by far the best money and time I've spent in my quest to be a great shot! I would encourage anyone of you to contact Rick and experience what I did. Rick Welch's 1 on 1 shooting school was fantastic and I enjoyed my time with Rick.
 
If you're interested Rick can be reached at rick@dakotabows.com
 
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or to learn more about my 2 days in Arkansas!
 
Best,
 
Peter Iacavazzi

 

Hi Rick
I hope you and Lisa are well. Please forgive me for the self-indulgence here , but it is certainly by way of compliment to you and your teaching... I have done 4 tournaments locally in Ohio so far this spring. I won or had high score in 3 of them and placed as close a second as possible in the 4th. 1st place Wayne County "Heartland Triple Crown" ; 1st place Trumbull County ; and yesterday I had the high score for the day @ Coshocton County (a two-day shoot that I could not be at the first day of ,so not allowed to officially compete in the 80 target cumulative ) I shot the 40 target course at a 345. The nearest score to me was a 291.There were 120 shooters. Quite frankly it was below average for me which is now hovering in the high 80's and sometimes breaking into the 90's - (I shot 271 for 30 at Trumbull) The second place was in the recurve division of the last OSTA shoot.
I'm finding your practice suggestions when followed fastidiously to be the real difference maker and i do practice daily. Right now I am getting a lot of improvement out of refining my release which I think is the real key for me at this point to becoming a consistent 90+ per 10 shooter. I would still like to come see you this summer for some touch up... As I improve, my questions actually increase and i think there is much you could help me with for me to become as good as I can be. It would probably only take part of one day....
I will be shooting the Fairview event next month as my first outdoor IBO shoot . Not sure if I will see you there or not ... I know you are shooting longbow and I will shoot trad on your recurve. i might could swing by Arkansas on the way back from a trip out west with my family in early (first few days of) July. Would this work for you? Maybe you could spend time with Nicole and Timmy too and we could buy one full day from you.
On another note ... just a reminder to keep me in the rotation for the heavier set of limbs for this bow for the fall hunting season.
Thanks again for everything.
John

My name is Pat from Morgantown, Indiana. I have been hunting and shooting a compound bow for 25 years. I am new to traditional archery and have been shooting a longbow for seven months. While searching for information on the internet, I found Rick Welch. I was especially interested in learning more about him after finding that he has won many national championships. I also learned Rick has a shooting school and also makes traditional bows.

I have been shooting 3-D for about 10 years and my longbow for about 7 months. My longbow scores on 30 targets with 10-8-5 scoring usually between 185-225. I was very inconsistent to say the least. My main goal in shooting traditional equipment is to be consistent and know my limits and to place ethical and humane shots on the animals I hunt. Secondly, my purpose is to get good scores on the 3-D course and to do well in the upcoming traditional Nationals this year in Cloverdale, Indiana.

I purchased all of Rick Welch’s DVD’s and watched his videos on you tube. I also researched to learn more about what kind of guy Rick is. I talked to my wife about attending Rick’s shooting school and she asked why I couldn’t learn from his DVD’s. I told her I felt I could learn more by getting one on one instruction from Rick at his school. Little did I know my wife had already been in contact with Rick to send me to his school as a gift. What a great gift it was!

I arrived in Conway, Arkansas the night before my shooting school was to start. I met Rick at 8am the next morning when he picked me up to take me to the school. I was so excited the night before, I was like a kid on Christmas Eve who could not sleep. The first thing we did as we drove to the shooting school site was talk about how long I had been shooting and what kind of problems I thought I had. The first thing I noticed about Rick was what a nice, humble man Rick seemed to be.

When we arrived at the school, I took some practice shots to warm up. Then I shot 20 3-D targets while Rick filmed me and kept score. I did my usual kind of shooting. A few 10’s-8”s-5’s and a few misses. When we finished, we went back to the archery shop to watch me on video in slow motion. I was amazed at how bad I looked in slow motion. I had poor form, inconsistent anchor point, and I was over bowed. I told Rick I had an open mind to anything he wanted to change. I wanted to be as good as I could be. I jokingly said “Maybe as good as you, Rick”

Well, change I did. Rick changed my anchor point and showed me how to have a double anchor point by touching my nose to the back of my fletching. I tried to do this at home, but could not do it. Rick showed me how to fletch my arrow to make it really easy to touch my nose. He also showed me how to hold the bow back for 2-3 seconds to allow my bow arm to settle in on the target. Rick let me borrow his sons bow because it had a lighter draw weight .

The one thing Rick said that really made an impact was to “have a child like faith in your bow arm”. “Always trust it and never change its position at full draw…for better or worse till death do you part”. He explained this is your body’s way of programming. He further explained your body is an amazing computer - if it is a good shot, your body will store the information and if it is a bad shot, your body’s supercomputer will delete the information. If you change your bow arm in full draw, your body’s supercomputer will not have the data it needs to store the correct information. This is why Rick does not care how far away the target is. “How far is it? Don’t know…Don’t care” Where have we heard that before?

On the second day, Rick showed me how to tune my bow and arrow so the arrow will impact the target where my body naturally wants to place it on the target. This involved a few hours of discussion from Rick about his techniques he has developed for the past 25-35 years . Much of this information can not be obtained from Rick’s DVD’s, but is shared during your one on one time with Rick at the school. At the end of the second day, I did not feel I had learned all I could from Rick (and certainly to no fault of Rick’s…I was just eager to learn more). I asked Rick if I could do a third day at the school and Rick gladly agreed. By the end of the third day, I was feeling as if I understood what Rick was trying to teach me.

At the very end of the school, we shot the 3-D targets again. Rick shot video of me (the new Pat) shooting. I later found out Rick was secretly keeping score on each target I shot. My score when I left the class was 171 as opposed to my score of 121 when I first arrived. I was amazed. I am forever changed.
Rick is an amazing shooting instructor. He knows what to say and how to say it in order to encourage you. He knows when you are tired. He knows when you aren’t quite grasping what he is trying to tell you and he is always willing to work with you until you do get it. He teaches you how to know what you are doing wrong to allow you to correct it when you are on your own.

For those of you considering attending Rick school, you need to go with an open mind and allow Rick into you head. I can still hear Rick saying “hold, hold, hold…” or “keep your bow arm strong” or “trust your bow arm”. The most memorable thing Rick said to me was one word…”BELIEVE”. I still get Goosebumps when I think of him saying that one simple word.

Rick said when you leave his school, you are like a baby learning to walk. You have to practice and apply what you have learned. The most amazing thing is as you do practice, you will continue to hear Rick’s voice in your head.

My intentions are not to be long winded, but I also want to give anyone reading this a clear picture of the amazing, life changing experience I had at Rick’s school. My hopes are that by writing this, I will be able to allow people the opportunity to have the same experience I had. It truly has been life changing for me.

I know Rick may read this and my hopes are that he will know what an impact he has had on me. I told him one day when we were eating lunch what a humble man I thought he was and I sincerely mean that. He shared with me how his father instilled humility and humbleness in him at a young age and to let people talk about you…good or bad.

In closing, Rick Welch is a great teacher and his passion for traditional archery clearly shines when you meet him. All I can say is thank you Rick…..because of your willingness and faith in me, I am forever changed and now I get it “how far is it?…don’t know, don’t care”

Pat Melone