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Writing and storytelling has always been a passion of mine. In another life I would have liked to become something of a Hemingway or a Ruark minus the acute alcoholism that plagued many writers. This forum has given me an outlet to practice my passion albeit in a a small way.

Anyway, I would like to chronicle my journey in a thread I hope you all will follow and enjoy:

I have always enjoyed hunting and it’s pursuits and pleasures. I have been fortunate to enjoy many exiting hunts across the U.S and got to take a trip to The Dark Continent a couple of years ago. This trip had ignited a fire in which to take adventure type ventures across the globe for different species and I jumped feet first into booking hunts on both sides of the hemisphere. Unfortunately due to current events plaguing the world, namely the Covid-19 crisis, this has put this trips on hold for an unforeseen amount of time. Deep down I long to return to a time when hunting was seen as a pure pursuit, devoid of competition aside from oneself vs. nature.

Being confined to the lower 48 for the here & now, I began searching for a way to keep the hunts interesting and exciting.....

I’ve been blessed to have taken quite a number of game animals. About a decade ago, I took up archery hunting and quickly fell in love, really falling head over heels for it in the last several years. The complete visceral feeling you get from running an arrow thru an animal at what is oftentimes rock throwing distance is something that can be hard to put into words, hard to define to someone that has not experienced it. Still, after taking taking over a dozen animals using a compound bow, I began longing for something more....

It has been said as hunters evolve, they go thru different stages; the limiting out stage, the trophy stage, the method stage and the giving back stage. Oftentimes they can be in several stages at once. last year I found myself in every stage all at the same time....I got great satisfaction taking as many animals as legally possible ( and In numbers that was ethical and responsible for the properties I hunted ), searching for mature animals, using a certain method, in this case archery, while at the same time giving back by hunting with my kids and other hunters who are new to the sport as an observer and guide......




For it is not the quarry that we truly seek, but the adventure.
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I was browsing thru Netflix one day and stumbled across a survival show “ Alone” which pitted man vs. nature in a challenging environment in the North West Territory of Canada. The contestants were able to take a weapon of primitive nature, namely recurve bows. This intrigued me and I started to research people like Howard Hill, Fred Bear and Bill Negley. I began to search various forums online and asked questions about traditional archery equipment. I contacted several custom bow builders but due to time constraints ended up selecting a more contemporary bow from Hoyt that was a combination of both primitive technology and modern materials. In the end I decided I was going to be hunting using modern tools ( pop up blinds, feeders, technical clothing, etc,) so using a composite bow was actually more in line than a traditional wooden recurve. I place the order and today received my bow.

I plan to chronicle my journey in hunting with this bow and my ultimate goal is to take a whitetail deer with this setup by the end of season, which in my case will end the first week of January. I will be recording my successes and failures beginning at stage 1, as I’ve not shot a recurve in many years and my experience with them overall being fairly limited. I will be sharing my equipment, tips and tactics and hope that it may reach a hunter which thoroughly enjoys the outdoors, but has lost his/her passion for big game hunting.

Yesterday I set up my first bow blind, which is overlooking a feeder at approx. 16 yards. [Linked Image]


For it is not the quarry that we truly seek, but the adventure.
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Looking forward to your adventure, and rooting for your success! I’ve wanted to take up bow hunting as I’m a rifle hunter myself. I haven’t pursued it due to time constraints. One of these post seasons I’ll get a bow ordered and start slinging arrows.


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I'm tuned in!
Keep it coming brother.

What is the brand of that bow blind you've got set up in the pic? Very nice indeed!


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Watch it young man, you scared the crap outa me - by your thread title, I thought you had the big C. bang

Who's the guy that killed an elephant with a longbow? Is he one of the ones you mentioned? I remember watching his film at my dad's Rotary Club meeting, many years ago.

Great looking blind. Good luck!


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I grew up around the corner from the Negley estate and a few blocks away from Louis Stumberg, a "contemporary". Videos on big ol' reels for Stumberg's safaris and hunts were mind boggling. I hope you achieve similar results with your pursuit.

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Originally Posted by Creekrunner
Watch it young man, you scared the crap outa me - by your thread title, I thought you had the big C. bang

Who's the guy that killed an elephant with a longbow? Is he one of the ones you mentioned? I remember watching his film at my dad's Rotary Club meeting, many years ago.

Great looking blind. Good luck!

Yes, it was one he mentioned..Howard Hill.

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You had me at Fred Bear. I'm in.



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Not what I was expecting when I opened this thread....I was expecting to see a picture of huge fallow on the ground.


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txtrophy85, I've enjoyed your opening two posts. Please keep up the good work & I've subscribed to this thread. Looking forward to your progress & smooth style of writing! popcorn


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Originally Posted by Choctaw
You had me at Fred Bear. I'm in.

I used to watch him a few times on Wild World of Sports when they did some outdoor stuff.
Still remember watching him take a brown bear with a bow.


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Originally Posted by Creekrunner
Watch it young man, you scared the crap outa me - by your thread title, I thought you had the big C. bang

Who's the guy that killed an elephant with a longbow? Is he one of the ones you mentioned? I remember watching his film at my dad's Rotary Club meeting, many years ago.

Great looking blind. Good luck!



Thanks to advances in modern medicine, its fairly easy to treat chlamydia these days, so no need to make a thread about it....


There were two great archers of that time period ( aside from Fred Bear ), Howard Hill and Bill Negley. Bill was actually from San Antonio so its possible that its his video that you saw.

Negley ended up taking two elephants and two rhinos with his bow with no rifle assistance from his PH


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Originally Posted by ILUVBIGBUCKS

What is the brand of that bow blind you've got set up in the pic? Very nice indeed!



Its a phantom blind. Los Cazadores in Pearsall and Stonewall sells them. Very similar to a Krivoman blind.


First one I've bought but the idea is to have more of a permanent archery blind rather than the pop-ups I've been using. Pop ups are great but they are more of a temporary setup and with this i don't have to worry about high winds blowing my blinds away. Pretty demoralizing to get up early, walk to the stand before daylight only to find your blind 60 yards away in the top of an oak tree


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Originally Posted by txtrophy85
... only to find your blind 60 yards away in the top of an oak tree


My last bow-hunting lease mate was always too ADD/frazzled to ever pick one up; 'bit of a "rockstar" attitude to boot. realmad You've spoken with his eminence on the phone. laugh


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Could you consider using Bobo as a guide and wearing a Go Pro? He is quite the big time deal and would lend an additional something (not sure what) to your pursuits. That there video information should provide some pure entertainment and there's no telling what you may find.

I wanted to see some fallow fur also.

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Originally Posted by Hudbone
Could you consider using Bobo as a guide and wearing a Go Pro? He is quite the big time deal and would lend an additional something (not sure what) to your pursuits. That there video information should provide some pure entertainment and there's no telling what you may find.

I wanted to see some fallow fur also.


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Got the string installed and shot it a couple dozen times. Thing is a blast to shoot! Compound vs. recurve is like comparing a shimano bait casting reel with a graphite rod to a custom bamboo fly rod.

Arrow is pretty snappy, it’s quite a bit quicker than I thought it would be.

The next several weeks is gonna consist of getting consistent shots into the vitals of the 3-D deer target. Ideal distance is gonna be 12-15 yards for shot on a deer/pig.

Here is the bow in its new home:


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My brother Eric went through this same regression process... Set aside his long distance guns and switched to compound bows. Before long compound wasn't a challenge and he moved on to hand made recurve and long bows. Has deer and elk on his wall using them. Unfortunately he now has a bad shoulder and has had to pick the guns back up. So... burn'em while you got 'em. And good luck on your backwards endeavor. Hope you enjoy it as much as he did.

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What # limbs did you wind up going with for this one?

Speaking of Fred Bear, many of his old videos are now on Youtube, so they can be more easily shared. While down for health issues and restrictions from surgery I think I watched about al of them and the first bow I shot when I got to where I could was one of my Bear Recurves.

For some old bow hunting and Fred Bear films a lot of the Fred Bear archives have been uploaded to Youtube.



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The satori limbs that came in were twisted so I ordered some short 55# limbs from TradTech. What showed up was 50# medium limbs but I said eff it and decided just to shoot it.

Gonna shoot these for awhile but I’m gonna order a set of 60# limbs.

Today I was shooting and I shot under my target and the arrow went completely thru a 3/4” sheet of plywood. So I don’t know if penetration is going to be an issue.

Also picked up 6 125 grain Kudu single bevel 2 blade heads


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Brings back memories of watching afore mentioned Fred Bear on TV. Looking forward to the series and reports.

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Posting threads on seclusion, watching “Alone” and spurred by the thoughts of challenges presented by man vs beast makes one sound Neanderthal. I guess you’ll be following Buck Medley next.

You being a Valley boy and all, I am caught off guard and I like it.

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