Recurves and longbows are traditional archery equipment. That includes a wide range of bows from selfbows and horse bows to high end FITA style bows with ILF limbs.
Carbon arrows don't have a soul; Neither do aluminum arrows or wood arrows or any other inanimate object, for that matter..
You can believe inanimate objects have a soul if you want to, though.
Bowhunting is traditional.
Shooting tournaments and target archery is equally traditional.
No traditional archery Icon I know of ever gained that status by virtue of his bad shooting.
Everyone aims somehow if they're trying to hit something. The very act of trying to hit a target is called "aiming".
Instinctive aiming exists but is hard to explain and often misunderstood
Gap shooting is an aiming method that is much easier to explain and still often misunderstood.
How well you hit what you're aiming at is your measure as an archer within your equipment class. If you want to achieve your fullest measure, use the most accurate aiming system you can apply in that class.
You don't have to be a target champion to bowhunt. You just need to buy a hunting license.
Being very good at shooting, however, will not be a hindrance when you're hunting.
"Hunting accuracy" and "target accuracy" aren't different things. Accuracy is accuracy and the more you have, the more effective you'll be in either hunting or target shooting..
No hunter I know of ever came back from an outing wishing he didn't shoot so well.
You and you alone are the only one who can decide what your maximum ethical shot distance is.
We shouldn't forget that "traditional" is an adjective for archery; not the other way around.
A 600 grain arrow out of a 50 pound bow is deadly for whitetails.
A 400 grain arrow out of the same 50 pound bow is equally deadly for whitetails and shoots a lot flatter.
There's nothing wrong with shooting a longbow off the shelf. And there's nothing wrong with shooting a metal riser bow off a plunger and flipper, either.
Shooting traditional archery equipment isn't very challenging and it isn't very hard. Shooting it well, however, is very challenging and very hard.
If you want to say you're "doing it the hard way", then you need to be putting your arrows in the bullseye. There's nothing hard at all about missing..
The only practical difference between shooting groups and shooting one arrow at a time is how much walking you do between each shot.
promoting one aiming style as naturally superior or bestowing special status to it's adherents compared to other styles is divisive and a patently repugnant form of elitism.
I believe that it is a very dirty debate tactic to smear an individual, his character and/or motivation instead of staying on point in a civil and rational fashion. This is the tactic of last resort used by people of low character who cannot support their position(s) fairly and honestly.
I believe people I don't like can be right and people I like very much can be wrong. Right and wrong; correct and incorrect are independent of personal relationships good or bad.
Confusing personal opinions with facts when making assertions is a sure way to create conflict. If it's a personal opinion, say so. If you say it's a fact, be prepared to support and prove it.