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  • Luke Hamer
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    Hello All,

    This is my first post on the forum. I have spend the last hour or so looking for the answer on here so if this has already been discussed, if someone could point me to that post that would be great.  I am living in Papua New Guinea and while living in the states, I enjoyed trad bow hunting. Here in Papua New Guinea, the bow, arrow and subsistence living is very much alive and a way of life. It truly is like stepping back in time. I have noticed a trend, however, that the people here will gladly take you hunting when you show up with the gear. Most of the time thats just a bow and a headlamp. Since they are subsistence hunters, most of the game in a 5 mile radius of their village is non-existent and so quite a bit of hiking is required, sometimes over a few days. I have to pack very light, extremely light, if I want to keep up with the nationals. I also have to pack compact for the type of work that I do. I’m looking for peoples experiences and advice for a lightweight, takedown bow. Im looking forward to reading more articles on here, its nice to stay connected to the states this way!

  • RalphRalph
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    Welcome Luke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Glad you found us and welcome to our clan.

    My Samick Sage doesn’t seem to be overly heavy. But I’m more of a longbow shooter so not really experienced in other take down recurve bows and their physical weight.

    Take down longbow? I’ve never had one but I’ve never hefted a heavy longbow.  They’ve always been lightweight.

    Good luck,  good hunting and hope to hear more from you.

    P.S.

    Didn’t y’all just experience a 6.+ earthquake?

    Best of luck for all on that.

    Ralph (R2)

     

  • Luke Hamer
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    Ralph,

    Thanks for the answer, I have a longbow back in the states, and it is quite lightweight, but because its ~5′ tall it didn’t exactly fit in my suitcase! So Im trying to look at more of the takedown R/D bows.

    Yes, we did have a big one. My house is on stilts so it felt a little bit like I was inside a waterbed at the time but no damage around here.

  • Raymond CoffmanRaymond Coffman
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    Hi Luke

    Welcome to the forum , sounds like you are in a unique place and situation for hunting adventures.

    I have 2 RD takedowns, both quite short and very light. A shrew Samurai ( Coffey/ java man) and a Centaur archery. I like them both and They would work perfect for your situation.

    Scout

    • Luke Hamer
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      Raymond,
      Thanks for the lead. I will definitely research those bows. It is a very unique place for sure. Lots of bows made from black coconut and non-fletched arrows are the norm. However, most shots aren’t made over 10 yards I would say.

      Luke

  • Raymond CoffmanRaymond Coffman
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    Luke

    You bet. Both are great bows . 54″ long and 53 # and 55# . Shoot fine . Little trickier to shoot than the bigger std longbow. However due to their design, I don’t have any problem at all with them for instinctive shooting at hunting ranges ( 25yds +- for me) they would be perfect for your scenario.

    If you get an opportunity, and it is ok with your New Guinea friends, post some pics

    My Grandfather was a Marine in the Pacific in WWII and actually visited NG . I Havn’t had the chance to go there myself. I understand it is quite the undertaking  to negotiate it’s jungles.

    Scout aka Ray

     

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