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    • dixiedawg80
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      Hello all,

      My name is Drew and I live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northwestern North Carolina. I wasted an hour last night watching some guy, who paid $245,000 dollars for a governors tag in Montana “hunt” a really big Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep. After the show I was literally sick to my stomach. I did not sleep at all last night. I need some sanity. I am looking for it in Traditional Archery. I have hunted with a compound for several years and grew up chasing rabbits behind my dads pack of beagles. Hunting is a way of life for me and I am ready to take it to the next step. I am ready to shun off the bloated crap of the current hunting industry and return to the way I felt as a boy. I am ready to experience the hunt the way God intended. I am ready to buy my first trad bow, learn to shoot and give my compound away. I’m glad I found you all, and I’m glad I watched that stupid show last night. It could be the beginning of something great!
      Blessings to you all! I needed to get that off my chest and introduce myself. Thanks for putting up with my ramblings.
      Drew Petrey
      North Carolina

    • wildschwein
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      Welcome back, your in for some fun.

    • mts
      Post count: 10

      I can understand your feelings. The only positive thing I can say is that those Govi Tags supposedly raise a bunch of money for the wildlife agencies. Maybe it was more of the style of the show and “hunter” that was foul to you. You could always “kill” your TV and have more time for important things like reading or shooting your bow.

    • dixiedawg80
      Post count: 12

      I hear you! We killed our TV two years ago but left the satelite in place and now receive a couple of free preview channels each month. This months preview is the sportsmans channel. Makes me remember why we killed the tv! And yes, it was more the style of the show and way they hunted. Hiring a complete outfitter to scout for a month before the season opened, keep tabs on “his ram”, dragging the hunter to a ridge top on opening morning and letting him shoot it with his $6,000 carbon rifle at a range of 400 yards, and then the fist bumping, cursing filled celebration of his “accomplishment,” it was bad..

    • Stephen Graf
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      There’s a group up your way Drew, called Carolina Traditional Archers. You can find them on the internet. They host a number of shoots and hunts each year. I get their email news letters and it looks like a good group.

      Know any good places to hog hunt up your way?

    • William Warren
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      Welcome Drew,
      You are in excellent company here.

      Ditto on the hogs!


    • dixiedawg80
      Post count: 12

      Thanks for the kind words guys, I will definatley check out the group you mentioned, maybe they are having some shoots I could attend. About the hogs, I live up in the northwest corner so we don’t have so many in my neck of the Blueridge. You gotta go south down near the Pisgah and Nantahalla to find those big bruisers. I do understand though that down around Asheville in the Pisgah the Wildlife guys are encouraging hunting of hogs because of the land damage they are doing in the National Forest Areas. I would imaging that there are some good articles out there on the web if one were to check into it.
      Thanks again!

    • Brad
      Post count: 35

      Welcome Drew!

    • Nutmeg
      Post count: 33

      Welcome Drew. Come and sit by the fire.:o(nut)

    • George D. Stout
      Post count: 256

      Welcome Drew; those Outhouse channels are ridiculous at best. You will be happy here.

    • celinsin
      Post count: 40

      Welcome, Drew … This is a great site and I’m sure, like me, you’ll learn much. And I agree entirely with your assessment of an obscene hunting industry that places greater emphasis on the acquisition of needless junk and not nearly enough on the spirit of the hunt. Traditionl archery is not like that, which is why I’m so drawn to it.
      I also grew up hunting rabbits behind my father’s beagles.8)

    • Mark Turton
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      And welcome from me also, beagles and hares when I was a bit younger and fitter, nothing like hounds singing on a frosty morning.


    • tom-wisconsin
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      Welcome to a great place to gab about bow hunting.

    • Buckhorn73
      Post count: 77

      Welcome, Drew. You have come home!

    • Chingachcook
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      Welcome Drew. I am a new member also. I totally agree with you on the TV shows. I gave up compounds in 1991 when I met Harry Elburg. I’ve been shooting longbows and recurves ever since and have never had more fun bowhunting. I’m a CO in Indiana and have personally seen the effects of those tasteless, egotisical shows. All I know is that many hunters now want their hunt to be as easy as possible and don’t have a clue what woodmanship is. They’d rather plant a food plot, build what as a kid I called a “treehouse” on the edge of it with all the ammenities of their house, sometimes including a TV, and wait for a buck to walk in. What ever happened to scouting and taking the animal on his own turf by outwitting him. On all those shows it seems all they care about is somehow luring a “shooter buck” in range. What is a shooter buck, anyway? I killed a six pointer last year right after a huge eight ran by too fast for a shot. To me any deer that you want to take is a “shooter” (I hate that term, and am sick of hearing it!). It’s how you take it that counts. Sorry, I’ll get off my high horse now. And again, welcome, both to the forum and to the most honorable way of hunting you’ll ever experience.

    • bruc
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      Welcome Drew!! Good to see young people see the light:wink:
      I am not that young,although I try and think young:!:


    • SteveMcD
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      Welcome Drew!

    • Patrick
      Post count: 1148

      Welcome Drew. My vote is for you to ditch the compound and get a longbow or recurve at the same time. Frustration is bound to set in at times (as is the case with anything requiring dedication and practice) and you don’t want that temptation hanging around. That’s exactly what I did, and I’m glad for it…a clean break.

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