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firehawk47
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I Grew up in a small town (30 000 people). Nobody in my family hunt just a few far uncles. For me hunting was a big person thing. And so it was for my childhood.

I grew up. I’ve met people who hunt at my work and I,ve always been intrigued by hunting. It was something I wanted to do. One guy I knew was compound hunting and I been hooked: the quietness of the woods, the time spend to ‘meditate about life’, time to stop and think… So I wanted to hunt me too.

I waited maybe 9 years, got married and 2 kids (dauther and son).

4 years ago, I was playing video game and I got tired of dreaming my life and I wanted the live my dreams so I built a pvc bow, shot it until it slap in my face. I looked video of archery on the internet, I took a few lessons and I bought and old Bear Tigercat 45# and I shot some arrows (a lot). Last year, I got a hunting initiation licence and I’ve seen plenty of deers, I almost had a shot on a spike (3 pointer) at 7 yards, but I let it go away. He never knew I was there. It was awesome! So I got hooked for hunting.

A few weeks later I went rifle hunting and saw no deer but 1 coyote and I shot it at 40 yards, no challenge, 10 seconds earlier I didn’t know he was there and he’s lying dead… I didn’t like it.

I also try compound bow in a exibition and I also didn’t like it, too much gadget, sights, release, trigger, scope!!! Shoot a rifle instead! So traditional archery is my thing, we hold the weight we pull, no sights, no forgiveness. Everything today is too easy. I want to work to earn what I get. I hunt for pleasure, for hardship, to learn to trust my instinct, rely on myself, Clay Hayes said that hardship forge our charater, and of corse for the beauty of nature (I work a garage, lot of noise, dirt, odor solvent chemical…) so traditional bowhunting is just me against the beast.

When I’ll harvest a deer, I’ll be very proud.

I think that it but not all. Archery is so immersive that I could write about it a lot ( I didn’t talk about tournament and friends and my new Firehawk longbow ((yeah, my user name is my bow, sorry for the lack of inspiration)).

Good hunting,