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    • tombow
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      I breathe a sigh of relief as I right to tell all who will listen…..I harvested my first bow deer Tuesday morning, 9/25/12. It has been thousands of practice arrows, multiple bows to get it all figured out and now there has been sweet success

      Thanks to all who had a part in this and to all those who urged me along the path. First a turkey in April (first trad harvest ever) and now a doe. Delicious venison in the freezer, courtesy of myself and MTB by longbow. More to come by brothers and sisters, more to come.

      TomBow

    • Rogue
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      Congrats on a beautiful animal,I love to see dedication and hard work pay off.

      Enjoy the steaks.

      Bill

    • bruc
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      Congratulations !!!!

      Looks like that arrow got tucked right behind the shoulder !!

      Congrats again! Bruce

    • Donnie
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      There is an old saying that goes…. “If it was easy…. it would be called “Killing”…. NOT Hunting!”

      Taking the life of an animal is not a pretty thing…. and I believe with all my heart that it SHOULD be earned…. and not given. Shooting an animal using archery equipment…. ESPECIALLY Traditional equipment says a lot about you as a “Hunter”…. and you SHOULD feel proud of your accomplishment!!!!

      Congratulations on taking your deer!!!!! I’m sure you will remember this season for the rest of your life!!!!!

      Respectfully,

      Donnie

    • CareyE
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      Donnie wrote: There is an old saying that goes…. “If it was easy…. it would be called “Killing”…. NOT Hunting!”

      Taking the life of an animal is not a pretty thing…. and I believe with all my heart that it SHOULD be earned…. and not given. Shooting an animal using archery equipment…. ESPECIALLY Traditional equipment says a lot about you as a “Hunter”…. and you SHOULD feel proud of your accomplishment!!!!

      Congratulations on taking your deer!!!!! I’m sure you will remember this season for the rest of your life!!!!!

      Respectfully,

      Donnie

      I agree with Donnie.

    • tailfeather
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      That’s great, man. Congrats on your hunt.

    • skifrk
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      congrats on the first and enjoy the journey of traditional.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Little to add that hasn’t already been well-stated, but another hearty “congrats” Tombow!! Hard-earned meat always tastes better.

    • David Coulter
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      Congratulations on your doe, but mainly on the success of your determination. dwcphoto

    • lyagooshka
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      Pretty much ditto to the above. Great Job! Here’s to many more…

      Alex

      😀

    • Nate Bailey
      Post count: 101

      Right on! It sure is a blessing when we can feed ourselves!

    • T Downing
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      Congrats on such a fine animal. Our lifestyle of traditional bowhunting is one of perseverance…You clearly exemplified that trait with your doe. A good clean kill. So honest and pure.

    • BuckyT
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      Congrats on a fine doe!!

      She’s beautiful!!

      Great Shot too!

    • tombow
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      I will be honest, I was a little heartbroken when I saw the arrow hit, much farther forward and higher than I had intended. If she had been quartering slightly toward me it still would have been high but at a much better angle. I am shooting a 225gr Tuffhead and it penetrated that facing-side scapula, cut right underneath the backbone, between ribs on the off-side and stopped in the offside shoulder. 8″ of penetration at best. I know that when you release the arrow, all manner of possibilities exist. I listened carefully as she ran off and landmarked where I heard branches breaking when she was out of sight. When I got down, I had only dig marks from her hoofs to indicate direction of travel, and found my arrow (24″ of shaft with 3″ of blood, total 31.5″ to back of point arrow). I carefully picked along and found a speck of blood, then another pinhead speck. The hit was high with no exit so I knew things weren’t looking good and worst case scenarios swirled in my head. I was kicking myself and HARD! I moved slowly in the direction she had gone and grid searched but found no sign. I went back to start at first blood but didn’t make it there until I found better more abundant blood. A glimmer of hope, as I started to follow, looking for more and finding it! I glassed the area and still didn’t find her but noticed deeper hoof marks as I travelled, and increasing amounts of blood. 100 yards from the hit, relief washed over me as I saw her white belly facing me and glassed her (how come you can’t get something in the binocs when your 30 yards away??) and watched for a minute, no movement from her and I knew that I had been kissed by Lady Luck! Damage results: the broadhead penetrated the scapula, cut the underside of the spine, severed the windpipe and cut the front lobe off her left lung. After all my agony, she was dead in seconds and I had harvested my first trad-bow deer. I LOVE my bow and fear (well, not too much fear!) that I shall never return to the wheeled contraption as MTB (my bow) is a part of my very being! Thanks again to all! I Love you guys! We of the trad bow!!

    • William Warren
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      Congratulations on your first trad deer!

    • jaytbuzzard
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      Awesome job man. Congratulations.

    • archer38
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      Congrats Tombow !I too am a recent convert from compound archery. I’m sure everyone here will agree, that first one really gets under your skin and becomes a part of you. It somehow validates the THOUSANDS of practice arrows and crushes the lingering question in the back of your mind, “When the moment arrives,can I do it? Can I make the shot ?” The answer, of course, is “YES, and I’m going to do it again, and again”….. Great doe and a well earned harvest ! Enjoy those backstraps !!

    • rwbowman
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      Tombow, I’m reading this only a few days late, but brother, I have to tell you CONGRADULATIONS!!! You have set forth and come out shining!

    • pewanogo
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      Isn’t that deer the most special experience youve ever had in the outdoors? Whether Dall sheep , caribou, Bears, or whatever nothing, NOTHING ever lit me up like my first Trad kill( button buck). Ifeel your joy and sense of accomplishment . Hardy congrats and hope many many more, now that you have the first under your belt.

    • Wexbow
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      Great job tombow, enjoy the sweet success and venison 😀

    • tombow
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      Much Thanks to you my brothers and sisters of the bow! Wow, I am just BUZZING with happiness with getting the job done with my longbow! And TWICE in the same year, turkey in the spring and deer in the fall. And yesterday, I ALMOST harvested the largest buck of my entire hunting career! Here in Minnesota, the season starts Sept. 15 and runs until Dec. 31, so we are not far into the season. The weather has cooled a bit but we are still seeing a few days in the 70’s! Not expecting anything “rutty” to be going on with the bucks. But then yesterday morning happened!

      I was sitting in my stand (lucky first longbow-deer stand spot) and not much was going on. A few deer or other animals had been walking around before sunrise, but daylight had brought no activity. The neighborhood dogs had been barking their fool heads off, me thinking maybe a deer is nearby, but not seeing any. AT 8:20 AM or so, I hear something running through the woods and turn my head to see a doe running full-bore toward me and then by me, not stopping to chat! And right behind her is a BIG deer, with BIG bones growing out of his head! And he stops at, no bull, 8 YARDS and BROADSIDE! I got my bow, gripped the string, turned a bit and focussed on the spot as he stood there not knowing I was in the world! When I got to full draw, I was looking at him through several Maple leaves and small branches. I could NOT TAKE THE SHOT for fear of a deflection. And he just walked out of my life, biggest deer I have ever been that close to, antlers probably 2″ or better outside of his ears. To be honest, when I saw this big brute running toward me, it took very little time to gaze upon his headgear, knowing that I might get a shot at the biggest deer of my life, and while I was holding a longbow, and only 4 days after I had harvested my first longbow deer! And he just walked away…..WOW! What a deer! I hope to cross paths with him again but know that may be unlikely. Let me just say EIGHT YARDS and dead-Broadside. And my practice shot out of the stand was dead on. If he had meant to be mine, he would have been. I LOVE TRAD BOWHUNTING!!

      TomBow

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      Tombow wrote:

      …When I got to full draw, I was looking at him through several Maple leaves and small branches. I could NOT TAKE THE SHOT for fear of a deflection. And he just walked out of my life, biggest deer I have ever been that close to, antlers probably 2″ or better outside of his ears.

      That couldn’t have been an easy decision to make, but good for you. The true sportsman is defined by the shots he/she doesn’t take.

      Besides, as you said, the season is young. Maybe you’ll get another chance at him!

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