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    • Mudd
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      My name is Roy L “Mudd” Williams. Why Mudd.. well if you’ve ever heard.. “Boy! Iffen you do your name will be Mudd, or Boy! Iffen you don’t your name will be Mudd!” But dads’ most serious threat was “I will stomp a mudhole in your rear and walk it dry!” So when asked my name, my stardard answer was “Bout half the time it’s Mudd”. It has been that way for so many years I can’t honesty tell you how long that my name has been Mudd.

      I owe my life to Christ as He and He alone is my savior. I am 59 years old and have been married 3 times. My current wife Val,is my trophy wife and has been my partner for the last 26 years now. We have two daughters, one by her previous marriage. Heidi 40 has been married going on 2 years, a really good daughter and a great christian woman. Our youngest Marijane is 21 and a work in progress..lol Mj will be giving us a grandchild sometime in July. I wish it were different but it’s not, so I’ll love and support her in any way I can.

      I love archery and hunting. All of my hunting is now with the bow and arrow. It doesn’t matter what the critter is I’m after, it will be with a bow or not at all.

      I spent years trying to make bows but the best I could do was sticks with strings that would fling an arrow. I gave up trying to build them. There’s a bunch of pretty bows out there that are faster, sweeter and more durable than anything I could hope to make.

      I don’t try to make arrows. I love a good arrow and love a pretty arrow that flies like its supposed to but none of that kind were ever made by my hand. I hater making arrows! Enuff said!!

      I’ve been told I’ll talk to a doorknob and I can be a crowd all by myself. I’d rather work a trade than eat when I’m hungry. That said, I think if you saw me you’d know I don’t miss many meals. Not that I’m not in shape, as long as round is a shape.

      I am grateful for all the blessings in my life and I count this site as one of them.

    • 6arrows
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      hi everyone, just started bowhunting when i was 37 never really hunted before, i spent 13 years in the army. moved back to indiana in 2000 that when a friend of my wife said that i should try hunting with her husband since i liked being outdoors. so i went and bought me my first compound bow had six weeks of practice with it went out a couple of times before i saw my first deer, it was an eight pointer i was sitting on the ground the deer was ten yards from me i drew back put the pin right on the vitals and released the arrow . that deer duck that arrow so fast i had never seen anything like that except in the movies and wow was i hooked. the next season i took three deer with a bow then at least 2 every year since , that was five years ago then last year i tried my luck at hunting with a recurve i have killed several dozen rabbits,and more squirrels than i can count even a coyote or two but not one deer yet . that is my goal this year. to harvest a deer with my recurve. had some one told me that i would enjoy archery and hunting with a bow 20 years ago i proably would have laughed at them i have the pleasure of surfing , hang gliding ,parachuting ,and several other things but never enjoyed anything as much as bow hunting. WOW ITS ADDICTING SO HAVE FUN EVERYONE AND GOOD LUCK TO YOU THIS SEASON!!!

    • SteveMcD
      Member
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      Hello Gents! πŸ™‚

    • Patrick
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      Mudd wrote: I’ve been told I’ll talk to a doorknob and I can be a crowd all by myself.

      😯 Don’t know how anyone could possibly come to that conclusion!:D [My reply speaks volumes about me as well :lol:]

      Oh, and…howdy!:wink:

    • William WarrenWilliam Warren
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      Hello all, Duncan on this end.

    • tom-wisconsin
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      Mudd

      Welcome I am in the same great shape as you are. πŸ˜€ You will love this site. A great bunch of people are here. Looking forward to listening to your adventures.

      Tom

    • JWnWyoming
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      Hi all, I am JW McCorkle, known here as JWnWyoming, a handle that answers some questions without them being asked. On another site I am Prarrie Dog. I live in Casper Wyoming and am a retired LEO. Archery and motorcycles are my main interest along with some shooting sports.
      Jesus Christ is my savvior and guiding light. Married for almost 28 years to a woman that puts up with me. She thinks I’m crazy and I never question her judgement. I appreciate beauty in both nature and by the hands of craftsmen. A finely crafted bow, arrow, knife are all things I admire as well as a mountain lake or skyline. In all things GOD IS GOOD.

    • Treetopflier
      Post count: 146

      JWnWyoming wrote: Married for almost 28 years to a woman that puts up with me. She thinks I’m crazy and I never question her judgement. I appreciate beauty in both nature and by the hands of craftsmen. A finely crafted bow, arrow, knife are all things I admire as well as a mountain lake or skyline.

      By golly, ditto here! There was a time when the fairly new wife tried the old “It’s me, or it’s your hunting!” deadline. I responded, “Darling, I would die for you in a moment. But …” Now, with a fully mature relationship, she knows that to allow me to be happy, allows me to try all the harder to make her happy. Life is all about relationships, human to human and human to nature/spiritualism, however we define the latter. I appreciate and enjoy thinking people, no matter what they/we think! πŸ˜€ Snuffs

    • Ed Zachary
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      Hi, I’m Ed, and I’m an arrowholic. My basement looks like a hedgehog/porcupine festival. I have enough arrows to supply Azincourt, twice over. I shoot them, I lose them, I break them, I make more. I have 1,412 good brain cells remaining, the others went up in lacquer fumes. My pillow is stuffed with Port Orford cedar shavings. I seal my envelopes with Ferrule-tite. Everything is always 120ΒΊ from everything else, or 75ΒΊX105ΒΊ on a bad day. I cannot smell my feather-burner anymore. I dream in thousandths of inches and pounds-spine. I’ll buy field points before socks and underwear. I even fletch my pencils.

    • RalphRalph
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      Hey all! I be Ralph and been around awhile I guess. Born in the mid 40’s and been shootin’ something or another since the mid 50’s. Been doin’ trad for long, long time. I plan on shoot’em till I cain’t.
      Enjoy every moment cause there ain’t but one of each.

    • 1armarcher
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      Hello to all,
      I am new to traditional archery, and hunting as well. I’m 27 years old, married for the past 4 years, have a 2 year old son and another baby due at the end of April.
      I started hunting as soon as I could walk in the woods w/ my dad. started bowhunting when I was 14. When I turned 19 IO enlisted in the marine corps where I served two tours in Iraq. On my second tour, I was shot with an RPG and lost my right arm and leg. I tried getting back into hunting right afterwords w/ little success. Tried hunting w/ a crossbow, but I can’t get a permit in new york state. So…. I “invented” my own release and taught myself to shoot a bow right handed. ( was originally a lefty). I have had some success w/ my compound so far, taking 3 bucks and 2 doe in the past 3 years. Last year got an old recurve from a friend and have been plinking away. have only gone turkey hunting w/ it so far and haven’t gotten a shot, but i love shooting it, even more than my compound.

    • M
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      1armarcher,
      WOW! Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

    • 1armarcher
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      Thanks M.

    • MOUNTAINSLICKER
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      M wrote: 1armarcher,
      WOW! Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

      DITTO AND SEMPER FI FROM AN OLD NAM VET. LIMA 3-26 2ND PLATOON AKA THE FILTHY FEW

    • Lunar-tic
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      Semper Fi brothers and thank you for your service. My 4 years in the Corps were pretty uneventful 85-89. 9 months at Marine Barracks 8th&I and 3 years Camp David. My biggest regret in life is getting out. I’m currently a plumber here in Omaha NE and have a wife and 5 kids. I killed my first deer with a Howatt Hunter in 84 that my dad gave me. I stayed trad till 98 then fell victim to the wheels for about 6 years. I found my way back to real archery and never looked back. I currently hunt with a custom D-shaped longbow my bother made for me and I still have that old Howatt I dust off and shoot every once and a while.

    • Hiram
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      Sam, known by many, feared by few:)

    • George D. Stout
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      Hey Mudd and all, I’m an old curmudgeon from Bedford County, Pa.

    • MontanaFord
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      To the Veterans here, I say, ” Thank you.” To the rest, “Howdy.” I hail from Montana, I’ve been shooting a Bear Grizzly since July, 2002. I’ve taken 2 whitetail does, numerous grouse, squirrels and even a couple snowshoe hares. I’m married, and we have 3 kids between the two of us. My baby girl just turned a year on Saturday. I hope to have her shooting a bow in a few years or so.

      Michael.

    • Killdeer
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      Hey all, good to see my friends here.
      I’m an ol’ married lady, work as a mailma’am in Virginia. Been shooting bows since ’64 or ’65, hunt a lot but kill mostly time. I am usually a quiet person until I get near a keyboard or the devil tweaks my sense of humor.:)

      Killdeer

    • Hiram
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      Bet your not Older than me KILLDEER!!!!!lol πŸ™‚

    • Mudd
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      Hiram wrote: Bet your not Older than me KILLDEER!!!!!lol πŸ™‚

      I’m betting you can’t use that line to get a lady to admit her age…lol But good try!!
      God bless,Mudd

    • aeronut
      Member
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      Hi everyone. I’m an electric utility worker here in SE Ks. Been shooting bows for 44 years. Got into building bows 6 years ago and am addicted.

      Dennis

    • Charles Hoff
      Member
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      Hello, from sunny South Carolina. Retired from Navy 1993. 21 years on Submarines. Been archery hunting 20 years and doing Trad for the last 5 years. Will never go back.

    • MOUNTAINSLICKER
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      Charlie wrote: Hello, from sunny South Carolina. Retired from Navy 1993. 21 years on Submarines. Been archery hunting 20 years and doing Trad for the last 5 years. Will never go back.

      Hi Charlie, I visit meggett, sc regularly. Do you know of any traditional clubs or shoots locally? I am currently getting 3 people there set up to try traditional and would like for them to meet shooters from area. Thanks, Jim

    • Huntsman
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      Hi everyone from a hot & sunny F.O.B. in Afghanistan πŸ˜‰
      I normally reside in Wainwright Alberta Canada.

    • Bert
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      Welcome Huntsman! And sincere thanks for your service in the Rockpile- otherwise know as another crappy third-world hellhole. Probably not alot of bowhunting opportunities what with avoiding IED’s and exploding Taliban, so stay safe over there, come home and share some Alberta hunting stories with us.
      From an old curmudgeon Yank from the PNW-Good shooting!-Bert
      P.S.-Hey, I was even happy the Canucks won the gold in hockey in Vancouver- didn’t want to hear the sobs and gnashing of teeth over the border here in Washington State!

    • bushmaster
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      Hello guys. My name is Bill Cramer I’m from Aliquippa, PA. I sold my compounds 4 years ago and have been hooked on longbows ever since. It was like a breath of fresh air switching to traditional equipment.

    • Chad Sivertsen
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      I’ve been visiting here for a short time and should say hi to all. I’m an old hermit and live in the mountains of NW Montana, my social graces are limited but I’m cute.

      I’ve been playing with bows and arrows for over 40 years and I still feel like a kid……most of the time. It will be sunny and 60 here this afternoon and I will be playing in the woods. Have fun.

    • turtlebunting
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      hi im jason bunting but everyone calls me turtle.i been shooting traditional bows for 7 years now and i love it. looking forward to chase some turkeys with my stick and string next month.

      happy hunting
      turtle!

    • bruc
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      Hi everyone I’m Bruce. I’m happily married for 37 years to Pat and have three wonderful children and three just as wonderful grandchildren. Madeleine is pictured with me.
      I’ve been bowhunting since I was 20, on and off with traditional but getting back into it.
      I also like bird hunting, hobby trapping and fishing,bowhunting takes the priority. I’m relatively new to the forums and find them to be a wealth of information and fun. Enjoying all the good people and someday hope to meet some of you personally !
      Bruce.

      We’re sitting on what was left of my archery backstop. Guess who ate and wrecked the three alfalfa bales:roll: The eggs laying on the bales are from a woodduck box hung in the oak tree that we had just cleaned out. There were 13 unhatched eggs! There was one brood of little ducks hatched, prior to the box full of unhatched eggs ❗

    • mittenmmittenm
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      Hello, I’m Mike Mitten from Illinois. I contribute to TBM from time to time.

    • Patrick
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      Oh alright, I’ll be serious for once. My name is Patrick. Some call me Pat, others call me P. Have 2 children, 9 & 10 years old respectively. I desparately want to move out West. Have, ever since vacationing/hunting a few times. I LOVE the mountains. I love to learn. I love science, natural history. I’m a huge history buff, especially military, and even more specifically American Revolution and WWII history.

    • MattyC
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      well Patrick, as a Michigan boy who did move out west, I’ll try not to rub it in…
      My name is Matt, and I am here in Denver keeping the streets safe. I am returning to the sport after long couple of decades out of the woods, and I am having a blast with the longbow that my brother gave me so long ago. I have no idea who made it, only that my bro gave it to me and that’s what counts to me.
      I am the math and physics type, so I pour over FOC and momentum and energy and all of the other things and that drives my friends crazy.

    • Patrick
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      MattyC wrote: well Patrick, as a Michigan boy who did move out west, I’ll try not to rub it in…

      Try harder! πŸ˜†

    • MattyC
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      Ok. A buddy and I are planning an OTC elk hunt this fall. We’ll be on 12 hour shifts in the fall, so we are going to head up to the mountains on our weekends, then head back to work.
      then go back the next weekend, and the next, etc.

    • tom-wisconsin
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      I am married 32 years with four children. I now have 5 grandchildren. Got my bachelor’s degree in 1972 in Psychology. Joined the Air Force and learned avionics maintenance. Served four years and was in Southeast asia for one tour. I was honorably discharged in 1976. Met my wife and got married in 1977. Worked in industry as electrical wireman and then electrical tester. After 15 years got layed off and I went back to school at age 40 to get my MA in Counseling. I also got a job as a Psych Tech at a hospital. Graduated in 1993 and have been a psychotherapist ever since.

      Back in 1965 my brother and I wanted to hunt pheasants. Did not have enough money for a shotgun but we saw recurves on sale at Morie Mages sporting goods store in Chicago. We bought 3 flu-flu arrows each and went hunting. Never got a pheasant but it was a thrill to try. Tried deer hunting with no success for a few years. Then life got busier and I shelved the recurve. Moved to northern Wisconsin and took the recurve back out. Could not shoot it at all. Bought a compound and practiced constantly. Shot two deer with the compound but it was too easy. Last year took out the recurve and bought the book “Become the Arrow” and feel good to hunt with it this season.

    • Randy B
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      My name is Randy. I grew up in Minnesota and have lived overseas working as an agricultural missionary with a background in fish farming. We’ve been in Thailand with my wife Cheryl and two kids for about 15 yrs now. I shot bows as a kid and started bow hunting while we were back home in MN in about 1998. I started making my own bows in 2005 and have really enjoyed it. I’ve been exploring the woods of Northern Thailand with a bow in my hands for the last few years.

      I was able to take a nice buck while home in 2009. I’m looking forward to my next time home and hope to go hunting for moose or elk. I’d also like to make it down to New Zealand or Austrailia.

    • Rocks
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      Howdy All.

      I’m Mark, from Alberta, Canada. I’m new to trad archery but have been hunting all my life. Actually I’ve come full circle, I had a fiberglass longbow as a teenager that I killed hundreds of gophers with.

      I’m 47, married, with two daughters 18 and 9, I got the 9 year old a longbow the same time I got mine and she finally figured it out this week and she was shooting awesome today.

      I’m a wellsite geologist, I look at drill cuttings (rocks – thats where my name comes from) for a living for the last 22 years. I live in one of the most beautiful places on this earth, a hunting paradise, and believe that every day is a great day.

    • Rocks
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      double tap

    • Voodoo
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      Hello Everyone, I’m Steve, and I’ll be hitting the big 50 in a couple months, been with my wonderful wife Rosie for 24 years, we have 2 children together and I have 3 from previous alliances, tomorrow the 25th, marks 5 years since my oldest Spc. Dustin Hartley was killed by a drunk 3 weeks after he returned from Iraq, that was truly a life changing experience for my family and I,along with the twice broken neck I suffered in 2000 too, so now I went back to my roots of Trad archery( started in the early 60’s) and I build the Voodoo Kustom Elk longbows, but only about 12 or so a year as I’m not in it for the money, but to give back to archery for all it has given me…..these bows allow me to help where it is needed……….Thanks,Vets!!

    • Richie
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      Hello, my name is Richie. I’m 34 years old and married with four boys. I live in rural California and I’ve been shooting longbow for just less than a year now. I started with a 50# Bear Montana Longbow and after I killed a couple rabbits with it I sold my motorcycle(I killed a deer with it in 2004.) I bought a 55# Tomahawk SS. Last week I killed 2 ground squirrels with it and I’m looking forward to rabbit season now. If I ever get the time I’ll be going after hogs and deer. I don’t have any trad buddies, but my two older boys(9 and 6 yrs.) are my only longbow shooting companions right now.

    • SCMorris
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      Hello everyone, checking in from Onalaska, WA. I have been shooting traditional since 1995. Yes it is addicting. I have been married 35 years, two daugthers and two grandaughters. I also am a Christian and love our Saviour. My favorite place to hunt is North Idaho, where I grew up chasing whitetails. I enjoy the camp fire forum, it is full of useful information from fellow archers and hunters as yourself. Look forward to reading the forum every chance i get.

      Steve Morris
      Genesis 27:3

    • Cottonwood
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      Well I guess this is a great place to start. My name is Jon B “Cottonwood” Erdmann, and I picked Cottonwood off the top of my head because I live right in the middle of them here in Kalsipell.

      I have two traditional bows, one a longbow I just refinished, and a Bear Kodiak recurve both 45 pound bows.

      Will be ordering a new bow finally from Marriah Custom Bows in Whitefish, Mt.

      You all have a great one.

    • Cromm
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      Hi all,
      My name is Steve and I live in Great Britain and have loved archery and the history of the bow for many many years. I make English longbow, arrows, quiver and all other bits to do with archery for no other reason than I like too.
      This is my first posting on here so HI….
      Thanks for your time
      Cromm

    • Gorbin
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      Hi everyone! I’m Darren from the NW burbs of Chicago. I’m 44 and returned to archery after twenty plus years when my father in law passed and left us a couple of bows and gear. I dug out my old Shakespeare Kaibab, which at 56 lbs was surprisingly heavier than I remembered! Did some research and saving and got myself a Bear Montana and now have been enjoying the agony and triumphs of tuning (my brain still hurts!) My son and daughter, 11 & 9, shoot with me sometimes and that is the best of times. My wife thinks I’m “obsessed” with “playing” bows and arrows. And she’s probably right (only I’m not playing! Well, OK, yea I am.) I hope to shoot a turkey this year in the fall. My only hunting experience is from the 80’s when I stalked the ferocious and universally feared Chi-town alley rat. Took him with my Kaibab in a dramatic encounter in Dad’s old warehouse. But that’s a story for another time.

      The name Gorbin is from a high school D&D character- a Ranger with a magic longbow and exceptional tracking skills.

      My avatar is a crazy wombat I found on one of my late night web crawls- my kids love him.

      Gorbin.

    • David Petersen
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      Wombat, uh I mean Gorbin, thanks for explaining, sort of, your most interesting avatar. Looks happy, whatever it is or was. πŸ˜€ dp

    • Chris Shelton
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      My turn, my name is Chris(formally known as Greatreearcher:wink:), been hunting for most of my life, lol. But since I’m only 19(as of today:) ), that is not too long. Been shooting a stick for 4 years now, shot one deer that first season, and havent needed meat untill this season, and dad took care of that with the 30/30:evil:. I am the king of small game, lol. Only got 3 squirrels and a rabbit this year, but last year I did a lot better.

      Not married(you guys would be suprised at the # of kids my age that are:shock: ), going to school and my major is Digital Film and Video Production. Fingers crossed . . . because I am about to become the sole proprietor of CJS Media Productions!!!! Just couldn’t wait until after college, things just work right now. And if it doesn’t work, I will find a job, if I can’t find a job there is always a backup . . . good thing about being american is that there is always the Military! The economy is rough, but people are always getting married, companies are trying to expand with ads . . .

      Play the guitar, piano, and harmonica! Patrick, I think I am getting a amp for my B-day, so that duet is coming up soon:wink::lol:!

      Fly fishing is my other passion, love it almost as much as trad bowhunting, with all due respect I was into fly fishing first, lol. But really anything outside!

      And that is me!

    • USMC 82-86
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      Hello all my name is Kerry. Semper Fi to my fellow Jar Heads. Served 82-86 Camp Legeune. Went to boot camp Parris Island. I grew up in Bamberg S.C. Charlie, I used to see a girl a few times from Cottageville, Mary Davidson I think was the last name. She lived in the boonies as we say. Great family milked their own cows for milk collected the eggs, pretty cool. I live in Ca now. Plan on a move back soon. I have 4 kids 2 boys 2 girl ages 10,17,19,21. I miss home. Have to pay to fish, hunt and breath here in Ca. Gave up 7 acres and a 3 acre pond for this I must have been crazy.

    • Robin ConradsRobin Conrads
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      But since I’m only 19(as of today) πŸ™‚

      Well, Happy Belated Birthday to you! Sorry we missed it but I hope you had a great day. We miss seeing you around here but your education is more important. Good luck on the new business too.

    • Chris Shelton
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      Thanks Robin!!!!:D As for my education being more important . . . that is questionable:lol:, not really,unfortunately it is more important:oops::cry:! And thanks for the luck towards my business! Now I will never have free time:shock::?

    • tailfeather
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      Howdy, all. Figured with my first post, I’d introduce myself. I’m a recent convert to full-time trad archery…..have been bitten hard, and loving it. I’m a wildlife biologist by trade; I work alot with land conservation and protection. Hunt, fish, paddle, bird watch, and camp all the time. Like to read and play music….have a 3 year old and a great wife. Really look forward to learning from ya’ll and reading your stories……

    • WICanner
      Post count: 136

      First off, I work for a cannery, so that keeps me close to home June through September. I live in a log home on 38 acres full of food plots, woods, squirrels, birds, and deer. I especially like chasing deer with my bow. I feel blessed to be living free in such a great country, with my family and friends. πŸ˜€

    • deaddrift
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      sorry new here,wasnt quit sure how to post to this ,
      my name is kevin,
      most all know me as deaddrift,a term used in flyfishing of which ive been doing the last 10 yes of my life,live in sunny calif ,been married to a wonderful woman for the past 16 yrs as of the 4th of this month .
      we have 2 beautiful children and boy and girl,shot compound for a very long time,came by way of a book store jan of this yr.found the trad bow magazine. bought my first copy and that was it ,just bought 2 take down recurves 1 for myself and the other for my 15 yr old son ,who wants to get a turkey more that a girlfriend:lol:,its ok by me ,I am a union glazier by trade ,I do all the archetectural metal and glass for high rise and skyscrapers in the northern bay area.
      this is a fantastic place and a very good group of individuals ,im looking forward to many moons here under your teepee’s and hope to find a friend or 2.
      thank you for such a great place to hang out,id been injured at work and had to under go spinal surgery,and am now bed bound for quite some time so as I recover,I hope to get to know some of you .
      ty for having me and my son on board ,
      deaddrift

    • bruc
      Member
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      Nice to meet you and your son Dead drift, I’m from Canada.
      Also in the window and door business! Sorry to here about your accident. Hope for a speedy recovery!! Feel free to ask lots of questions. Lots of good knowledge!!Better than some of the archery books! Hiram and Dave Peterson!
      Bruce

    • deaddrift
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      ty sir;
      glad to be aboard.
      workin on the recovery part,miss being up high,gotta get back on my feet again.
      have a great week,ive already spoken to dave peterson ,nice gentleman.
      cheers
      dead

    • Ben Maher
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      Gidday,
      thought I’d say hi to all …
      i recognise a few faces from round the worlds of cedar flinging intertubenets … [ Gidday George …the Ribteks are in their way ]
      I started flinging arrows at 6 years of age in 1979 and haven’t stopped . The last 7 or eight years I’ve slowed on the hunting big critters somewhat but stump and hassle my local rabbit population with even more gusto than ever before. I still really only shoot wood arrows , my longbows are straight and my clothes are plaid … am I a ture Trad archer you ask…naahh …just cheap !
      I worked for years as a Social worker in the Justice system , then trained horses for a while and now work back in the city as a private investigator/ Mercantile agent. This has all taught me one thing … I hate the city and so do my dogs !!!!
      Looks like a good site and looking foward to chatting with you all

    • Wileybuster
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      Howdy,

      I am a man with issues I have been told by many. They tell me that hunting and the outdoors should not run any man’s life the way it runs mine. I think they are just jealous that they are missing the big picture!

      So in a nutshell I am a 32yr old Wildlife Habitat Biologist, that moonlights as a hunting guide, free-lance videographer, editor, african safari booking agent, and hunt aholic. I have PROGRESSED from modern firearms, to high tech compounds, to a recurve (best $20 and case a beer I ever spent), to a longbow, to beginning to make my own equipment. Spend as much time behind the video camera and editing station as I do the bow now a days.

      Married the best looking, smartest, most understanding woman that ever walked the planet. The only time she complains about my 200+ days per year in the field is when she doesn’t get to go with me or I track mud in the house!

      Call Oregon home, but have galavanted all over the west. Even took up roots in NM, CO, and ID. College a lot of it, but hunting the rest. Love those western skies!

    • David Petersen
      Member
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      John,

      NO! I got that one!

      Apparently there’s more than one “best looking, smartest, most understanding women that ever walked the planet.” πŸ˜€

      Lucky us, eh? πŸ˜‰

      dave p

    • epenfold
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      I go by Erik and am new to the hunting world, got into archery about 5 years ago and found an enjoyment that cartridge rifles could not provide, I still like muzzleloaders. Last year was my first year big game hunting, I saw a whole new take on the backcountry that camping and wheeling could not provide.

      Fly fishing is fun but i am not very good.

      Thanks to the vets and congrats to all the married individuals, a good woman is hard to find.

      Living in northern colorado(1 hour north of denver, 45 minutes to cheyenne) gives a lot of oppurtonities to enjoy all that nature has to enjoy.

    • excelpoint
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      G,day all. Just joined the forum. My name is Matt. I live in Victoria, Australia and now only hunt with Traditional bows. I mainly like to Hunt Sambar which is the biggest deer we have over here and gets to about 170kg. I’m married with two wonderful kids, a boy Noah who is 3 and my beautiful daughter Shannon who is 8. My wife is Carmen and the light of my life. I love just being out in the bush and enjoying all mother nature has to offer and if the hunting gods smile on me I can bring home some meat.

    • 2Feathers
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      Hi from CNY, My name is Jim! I’m a trad bow guy first and later in the season,maybe a trad muzzleloader hunter! I’ll pick up the frontstuffer only after all the firearms seasons has opened up here! I’ve been married three times, and have three wonderful children one from each marriage! they are all grown with the youngest 21! My wife Cat is the most amasing woman, and also my best friend! we love to camp and hike together and some times she’ll even shoot a bow with me! I’m currently unemployed and doing more job hunting than anything else! Bowhunting is my religon and has kept me going strong all my life!! Looking forward to meeting new friends and chating with some old friends as well!!

    • Tyler
      Post count: 1

      Hi my dad is Patrick. I’m 11 years old and I just started to shoot a longbow and it is one of my favorite things to do. Here’s a photo of me with an aerial target I shot today:

    • USMC 82-86
      Post count: 54

      Tyler,

      Welcome aboard young man. Very nice shooting, looks like dad is giving you some good instruction. Keep up the good work, you are a natural with the longbow. I will be looking to see how you improve. I hope you and your family have a safe and nice 4th of July.

    • Cottonwood
      Post count: 311

      Thought I would say a big ol howdy, and greetings to Tyler, WTG on that target there.

      My trad shooting goes back 41 yrs but was interupted back in the 90’s with compounditus disease, and had the darn thing for till March 21st of this year.

      The doctor says, that I have fully recovered my senses and am free of that disease now, and back to full health πŸ˜›

    • bruc
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      That’s an awesome shot Tyler! I’m 58 and never shot anything in the air with a bow πŸ˜• Keep it up!!!!
      Bruce and my granddaughter Madeleine!!!

    • gidaddy911
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      JWnWyoming wrote: Hi all, I am JW McCorkle, known here as JWnWyoming, a handle that answers some questions without them being asked. On another site I am Prarrie Dog. I live in Casper Wyoming and am a retired LEO. Archery and motorcycles are my main interest along with some shooting sports.
      Jesus Christ is my savvior and guiding light. Married for almost 28 years to a woman that puts up with me. She thinks I’m crazy and I never question her judgement. I appreciate beauty in both nature and by the hands of craftsmen. A finely crafted bow, arrow, knife are all things I admire as well as a mountain lake or skyline. In all things GOD IS GOOD.

      Hello JW! We have a couple of things in common. I lived in Casper many years ago, but still have friends there. Beautiful place accept the wind. They call Chicago the windy city? Hah!
      I’m also a sinner saved by grace! Been that way for almost 10 years now. Led to Jesus by my sweet wife and her family’s Christian example.
      I too appreciate beauty in God’s creation and the work of craftsmen! It’s a small world brother!

      Shawn

    • gidaddy911
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      1armarcher wrote: Hello to all,
      I am new to traditional archery, and hunting as well. I’m 27 years old, married for the past 4 years, have a 2 year old son and another baby due at the end of April.
      I started hunting as soon as I could walk in the woods w/ my dad. started bowhunting when I was 14. When I turned 19 IO enlisted in the marine corps where I served two tours in Iraq. On my second tour, I was shot with an RPG and lost my right arm and leg. I tried getting back into hunting right afterwords w/ little success. Tried hunting w/ a crossbow, but I can’t get a permit in new york state. So…. I “invented” my own release and taught myself to shoot a bow right handed. ( was originally a lefty). I have had some success w/ my compound so far, taking 3 bucks and 2 doe in the past 3 years. Last year got an old recurve from a friend and have been plinking away. have only gone turkey hunting w/ it so far and haven’t gotten a shot, but i love shooting it, even more than my compound.

      I tell ya brother, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE! I did 4 years in the Navy, got out for 10, and now I’m in the Army. I only done one deployment to Iraq, up there in Mosul. I’m a Drill Sergeant right now, but should be going to Afghanistan Early next year. Again, thank you and God Bless you for your service.

      Shawn

    • gidaddy911
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      Well, I suppose I should jump in here.

      My name is Shawn and I’m new to Traditional archery. I’m a lefty forming bad habits by shooting a right handed Browning. I started with a compound but found the Browning Cobra in my shed (that belonged to my father-in-law)so I started shooting it and love it.
      I’ve been married for just over 10 years and have 4 sons and 1 daughter. My oldest who’s 10 is starting to shoot with me also. Hopefully I can pass the tradition on.
      I serve in the Army and will till they tell me I have to retire. I love the places I go and people I meet. I have been deployed to Mosul, Iraq which is the biblical city of Nineveh. Was there just shy of 15 months. Should be going to Afghanistan early next year, and will take my bow with me. For now I will continue to train the next generation of soldiers here at Ft. Jackson.
      I’m also a sinner saved by God’s grace through His son’s sacrifice on the cross. Been that way almost 10 years now, with the help of my wife who assisted in leading me to Christ. I’m not very good a being a Christian I admit, but I will always follow.
      I love the outdoors and spending time in God’s creation.

      Shawn

    • Patrick
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      Chris Shelton wrote: Play the guitar, piano, and harmonica! Patrick, I think I am getting a amp for my B-day, so that duet is coming up soon:wink::lol:!

      😳 I totally missed your comment…until today that is. Very cool. Looking forward to it!

    • George D. Stout
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      Chris….happy belated as well. And as a side note, I have hunting boots that are 19 years old. πŸ˜‰

      I play gitter too:

    • WICanner
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      Oh my goodness Mr. Stout. Thanks! That was great. A great post.:D

      I truly hope to share a campfire with you someday, and if you don’t bring a guitar, it would be a shame.

      So, Chris, got a You Tube session to share also? That would be really neat.

    • bruc
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      That was awesome George:wink: I recognized the tune half way through:) Did you give lessons to Neil Young by any chance:lol::lol:

    • Chris Shelton
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      Patrick no worries. πŸ˜‰ , I snuck it in there, lol. Turns out that I did in fact get a nice spider line 6 for my B-day way back in May.

      George, I too have boots that are 19 years old:shock:

      I am actually editing a little duet I did with a friend of my sisters. Nothing really special as far as my guitar playing, the girl can sing tho :D, although the audio is not the best . . .

    • Hubertus
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      Greetings All!
      To start with, God is deffinately good, & Jesus is Lord! (John 3:16! It’s not a verse about football. It’s about God’s love for us.)
      I’m 30, married 11 years now with 3 great kids (7, shoots with me, 4, just getting started, & 3) & 1 on the way. I’m both blessed & cursed to live in the middle of a city of some 600,000 people (Robert Yaciuk’s article “Traditional Shooting in the Concrete Jungle” resonated deeply with me). However, Winnipeg is close to some of the greatest wilderness in the world, which I try to enjoy as fully as I can.
      I’ve been shooting/hunting for about 5 years. Hunting time is rather precious living in a large city & having a young family. I have yet to put any meat on the table, but always enjoy the time spent in the woods. I don’t plan on giving up any time before the second coming!
      I also love music. I sing some & play the saxophone & a few chords on guitar. I also do some arranging/composing.
      I love being a part of these forums & appreciate all the knowledge that you have all shared with me.
      Shalom!

    • lee c
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      Hi all! My name is Lee. I have been shooting bows since 2nd grade,when my dad bought me my first bow…a Bear Red Bear!(Not QUITE 40yrs. old yet) I shot the heck out of that! I bought my first compound,a Bear Whitetail Hunter…shot it for a few years,then traded for a Bear Kodiak Magnum…LOVED that bow,wish I still had it too. Well,there IS E-Bay…Anyway,I am happily done with compounds…went through that for a few more years,then 2 yrs. ago,met the love of my life,a Bear Super Kodiak,55#. Brand new,in box! Havent made a kill with it yet,didnt get to hunt much last year. However,THIS year,well,gonna put in the time,MAKE the time to go!
      I just moved last year to VA. Still learning the area…I REALLY like this state too! Plenty of great fishing and hunting! Plus,i like the folks here too…not as wound up as New England….you can breath here. Anyway,Looking forward to meeting you all! Take care,Lee

    • Jimmymac
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      Hello all, fairly new member here. Love the forum, complete with a few of my favorite writers! Name is Jim (or Mac) and live with my beautiful lady, Cheryl, in the southern tier of western NY (read; snowbelt). At 53 years young we have subscribed to a simple way of living, sharing our one room log cabin with a spunky lab and spending our time (when work doesn’t interfere) in the woods of our property which borders a few thousand acres of state lands. Have bowhunted since a teen, starting with a stickbow for years and then spent a few wretched years behind a compound (please forgive me) before finding my way back to what matters several years ago. While Cheryl doesn’t bowhunt she does love to wingshoot and turkey hunting has become a favorite pastime (when she isn’t chopping and putting up wood – God bless her!).

      Looking forward to conversing with all you fellow trad-hunters and good people on here. Special call-out to Dave Petersen whose book; “On the Wild Edge”, which I discovered a year after Cheryl and I made this move was akin to receiving a stamp of approval for the choice we made. Truly inspirational to both of us, although Cheryl would love to have your wifes take on it…..:wink:

    • 3blades
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      Been on here for a year or so but mostly a lurker. Got into trad archery on 07 and got the bug bad. I have two sons 3 and 5 to which I have been blessed to raise since birth. I am a Stay at home dad by trade and at 47 is a good challenge. Wify is from the Philippines and is my sugar mama.:lol: Life is good.

    • vermonter1
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      Greetings,
      Dale from Ascutney,VT where the deer are scarce and traditional bowhunters seem to be even more so. My 1st year of going totally traditional with my bows and enjoy the freedom so much that I’m sure I will never switch back. I never practiced on the way into the woods with my compound bow (felt there was no need to). Traditional is so much more fun Period.

    • David Petersen
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      Vermonter1 — few have said it nearly as well in many more words! Great to have you here. dave

    • blade
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      My name is Tim,I live in S.E.PA with my beautiful wife and i have been shooting a bow for 29 years.Mostly compounds but have really fell in love with shooting a longbow last year and now love traditional archery.This is my first year hunting with my longbow and i am loving it.

    • vermonter1
      Post count: 17

      David Petersen wrote: Vermonter1 — few have said it nearly as well in many more words! Great to have you here. dave

      Thanks Dave, I have your “A Hunter’s Heart”, A great collection of essays in a superb presentation that I have recommended to many people (not just hunters). I look forward to reading some of your other publications.
      Dale

    • vermonter1
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      blade wrote: My name is Tim,I live in S.E.PA with my beautiful wife and i have been shooting a bow for 29 years.Mostly compounds but have really fell in love with shooting a longbow last year and now love traditional archery.This is my first year hunting with my longbow and i am loving it.

      Welcome Tim, I know the feeling, if we’re not careful I think it may come to define us.
      Dale from Vermont

    • Pilot
      Post count: 4

      Hello All, Jeff LeDonne here from the free State of Maryland. Served Maryland as a LEO for 30 years and been flying helicopters for about 28 of them. Fell in love with Trad Archery about 4 years ago and having a great time, except when I miss then get really upset with myself. Thanks for all the advice that you guys provide on this site !!

    • David Petersen
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      Pilot — did you get your chopper training originally in the military? In any event anyone who flies those buckets of bolts for 28 years and survives is equal parts damn lucky and damn good! I felt really blessed to make it through 5 years and never wanted more, at least not as a civilian pilot, as the military let us hot-dog to no end and called it training. πŸ˜› Welcome here, dave

    • sorno
      Post count: 13

      I guess maybe I should add to this list…

      My name is Kent Sorenson – ‘Sorno’ became the nickname I have carried for years. I’m beginning my walk through ‘traditional’ archery later in life…47 and counting now. I just like the simplicity (or complexity, depending on your point of view, I guess) of the stick and the string. I’m enthused enough at the prospect of killing a critter for the table, but, uh, ‘seasoned’ enough to want to accomplish it in my own way. I’ve killed plenty, but have to admit that the actual kill was usually the least memorable part of my hunts. Now I find myself striving for additional memorable circumstances leading up to the possibility of loosing an arrow, hence the trek into traditional gear. Besides, it’s so elegant to be able to drill a target without the aid of sights, range finders, pulleys, releases and an assortment of other gadgets ad infinatum. I will not judge others for pursuing their game with more modern equipment (in fact, many of my friends do), but it’s just not for me. I’m not a classic trophy hunter (antler measurements have never enhanced the flavor of a backstrap in my opinion), but have bumbled into some dandy specimens. I love living in the west but as of late I find myself longing for a Minnesota whitetail hunt on my Dad’s farm. I enjoy small game hunting as much as chasing hooved mammals and thoroughly enjoy punching holes in paper. My God and Saviour, my wife and my kids mean everything to me and occasionally the family will accompany me on my pursuits…much to my delight. I also have an angling addiction and pursue tiger muskies here locally most of the year.

      And to those of you who fly helicopters…a good friend of mine who survived a couple of tours as a door gunner once described them as “7000 moving parts working against each other to produce flight”…so you understand you have my utmost respect!
      S.

    • tko
      Post count: 19

      My name is Tom O’Brien. TKO are my initials. (My Grandfather was a boxing fan) I have been married for 14 years to my version of the perfect girl. Taryn and I have 2 sons. Ethan, age 6 and Michael, age 2. I got into archery (compounds)in 1986 or 1987 and even worked in a pro shop in Sarasota, Fl for several years. I just started shooting traditional a couple months ago after almost a decade long break. My brother and I decided to give it a try and we were both quickly hooked. My 6 year old son Ethan also loves to shoot with us. Although I am an embarrassingly poor example of one, I too am a Christian. I am trying however. I currently live in El Dorado, Kansas but we are thinking of a possible move to Idaho in the next couple years. I love hunting, fishing, camping and just about any shooting sports. I also enjoy expedition type off roading. I like building dual purpose, off road vehicles. I like to build and ride custom, one off choppers (motorcycles).

      Anyway, in a very condensed nut shell, that’s me.

    • vermonter1
      Post count: 17

      TKO wrote: My name is Tom O’Brien. TKO are my initials. (My Grandfather was a boxing fan) I have been married for 14 years to my version of the perfect girl. Taryn and I have 2 sons. Ethan, age 6 and Michael, age 2. I got into archery (compounds)in 1986 or 1987 and even worked in a pro shop in Sarasota, Fl for several years. I just started shooting traditional a couple months ago after almost a decade long break. My brother and I decided to give it a try and we were both quickly hooked. My 6 year old son Ethan also loves to shoot with us. Although I am an embarrassingly poor example of one, I too am a Christian. I am trying however. I currently live in El Dorado, Kansas but we are thinking of a possible move to Idaho in the next couple years. I love hunting, fishing, camping and just about any shooting sports. I also enjoy expedition type off roading. I like building dual purpose, off road vehicles. I like to build and ride custom, one off choppers (motorcycles).

      Anyway, in a very condensed nut shell, that’s me.

      TKO- welcome, it is good to see another tech convert gravitate this way. I have never been to Kansas or Idaho for that matter but hope to in my retirement which is (well the way the economy is I think I have a better chance of tagging an wide racked albino mulie in Vermont) none too soon. Good luck with your traditional persuits. Dale

    • tko
      Post count: 19

      Thanks, Dale. I wish you the best in your pursuit of the illusive, Vermont grown, wide racked, albino mulie…er…I mean retirement.
      Tom

    • rnorris
      Post count: 88

      My name is Roger Norris, and I live in the great bowhunter state of Michigan. My greatest passion is traditional bowhunting/shooting, but I love to be in the outdoors doing anything. My second greatest outdoor passion is chasing rabbits behind my beagle, Daisy. I’m fortunate to be a member of ShrewHaven, and spend an awesome 10 days up there each fall with guys like Ron LaClair and Tim Cosgrove.

    • James HarveyJames Harvey
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      I’m bumping this from the depths of history because I have been gobbing off here to all you guys for a few months now but have never bothered to actually say hi and introduce myself 😯

      I’m Jim from Australia. I started bowhunting in the pursuit of adventure about 10 years ago when I was 19 or 20. This started with a cheap compound bow and many misadventures.

      By my early twenties I was a (this is a mouthful) Scientific Instrument Maker for an Australian instrumentation company. The two biggest achievements of that time in my life was meeting my beautiful and brilliant Kentucky wife Carolyn and building the bulk of the borehole strain meters for the Plate Boundary Observatory (if you have an interest in wildly boring subject matter you can find more here: http://pbo.unavco.org/instruments/bsm).

      As rewarding as it was, a life in a lab was no life for me and in 2009, again seeking some adventure I joined the Australian Army and went from one of the geekiest jobs in the world to become an Airborne Paratrooper. I was and still am a nerd but that fact has been poorly disguised by a maroon beret. In the months leading up to joining the Army my wife and I joined a traditional archery club and delved into the world of recurves and long bows. We were both hooked.

      The army, Afghanistan and the gift of two children have seriously thwarted our outdoors/archery pursuits, but my army career is wrapping up now and we’re looking forward to having the time to pursue our passions and share them with the two pint sized citizens of our little family. On a holiday to the US this Christmas just passed, I picked up a magazine with a man wearing a funny hat building a small fire next to a wooden bow. It has been an absolute breath of fresh air. I have never seen or read or heard of anything like this in the land I am from. I have spent the last couple of months pouring over the website, reading OLD threads, in awe of the wealth of experience and thoughtful pursuit of hunting shared here.

      To all the folks here who generously share your experience and insight with hopeless little neophyte hunters like me, thank you. I look forward to soaking up all that I can from you and perhaps one day having stories of my own worth sharing.

      Jim

    • Penntradarcher
      Post count: 18

      Good evening and welcome all. I hail from northcentral Pennsylvania, just a bit from the NY/PA border. Have really delved into traditional archery in the last year. Shooting a longbow, after having spend some years with a recurve.

    • mhay
      Post count: 264

      Glad to have found this site . Mark Hay is my name ,,,archery is my g,,ga,,gam,,,,passion ,,,,,right next to turkey hunting .

      Live in southern Ohio ,,,,born and raised here . Married to Linda for 21 years ,,happily !

      Very few days pass without archin’ a few arrows downrange. Spot , or stump shooting is my favorite practice .

      I love a challenge . Turkey hunting with a trad bow and no blind is to me the ultimate. Came close last spring ,,,but I just smiled as he ran away , keepin’ that big cedar between us .

      Found this site to be most enjoyable .

      Rerally lookin’ forward to talkin’ with you all .

    • Steve Capps
      Post count: 85

      Hi I’m Steve. I shot a borrowed recurve about 40 years ago and was instantly hooked. Went over to the darkside in the 80’s when I got active in the tournament scene but eventually returned to my addiction to the arc of the arrow. I’m a retired Marine living in Illinois with my wife Kim and grand daughter Kymbrah. Health problems limit my time in the woods these days but I always buy a license and manage to get out a couple times a year.

    • maddawg
      Member
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      Maddawg here. Yankee by birth Southern by choice or by the grace of the great spirit. Retired Air Force. I shoot recurve, compound and working on learning the long bow. Love the tradtional and the archery way.

    • Dan Jackowiak
      Post count: 106

      Dan here. Been shooting bows since I was knee high to a tadpole. Started out with recurves and went to compounds for 8 years, then traditional for 12 years, then back to compound for the last 7 I think. Now I’m going back to traditional, if I can get up the nerve. I sure do enjoy shooting them more that’s for sure and shoot almost every day. Live out west and love to hunt elk! πŸ˜€ Deer hunting has turned into a side show.

    • T Downing
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      Post count: 233

      Ladies & Gentlemen, good evening. T is in the building! I have been a traditional bowhunter since 1991. This art of bowhunting has become a life long passion. It is simply my form of self expression.I love everything about traditional bowhunting, the rich history, the pursuit, the legends lost…God has used it to teach me perseverance, persistence, discipline, endurance, loyalty, true conservation, and ultmately, love…Elk bowhunting has been my family’s tradition since I was six years of age. I am proud to teach these principles to my three sons…

    • Alexandre Bugnon
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      T Downing wrote: Ladies & Gentelmen, good evening. T is in the building! I have been a traditional bowhunter since 1991. This art of bowhunting has become a life long passion. It is simply my form of self expression.I love everything about traditional bowhunting, the rich history, the pursuit, the legends lost…God has used it to teach me perseverance, persistence, discipline, endurance, loyalty, true conservation, and ultmately, love…Elk bowhunting has been my family’s tradition since I was six years of age. I am proud to teach these principles to my three sons…

      If this isn’t the best explanation of what Traditional Bowhunting should be , I don’t know what is! Thanks, T !!!

    • Alexandre Bugnon
      Member
      Post count: 681

      My name is Alex. I’m a musician. I am originally from the French speaking side of Switzerland. I grew up in a small village in the Alps. I have been drawn to the woods, the mountains, stalking wild animals every since I could walk on my own. we used to make bows out of the many hazelnut trees around the house. I came to the US, Boston, 33 years ago to go to music school. I’ve lived in NY state 28 years. I ran into bowhunters every October after moving from NYC to the Hudson Valley and said to myself: I want to do this. I finally made the trip to an archery shop in 2002, bought a compound, hit the woods, but felt awkward being in Nature with such a high tech mechanical device. The following Spring, I bought a 10 year old Black Widow and killed my first deer. I am in love with shooting arrows and bowhunting almost as much as with music! I now live in Harlem, New York City, but love to hunt in my old backyard of Garrison, NY, where I know every hill, rock and trail. I also will try to never again miss an Elk season out West. I am divorced, but my ex is one of my best friend,…. now 8), I have a daughter and a 7 year old grandson, both are my life!!

      I only shoot my Gregg Coffey 55#56″ Shrew CHunter now, but I own 3 more longbows: a 63#68″ Swiss Yew (best yew in the World!!) laminations classic D, a 63#64″ Schafer one piece reflex/deflex, a 63#60″ Osage selfbow, and a 55# Bear Super Kodiak recurve. I shoot 80% carbons 20% wood arrows, but I sure don’t let them carbons touch my beautiful selfbow!!! πŸ˜€

    • David Petersen
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      Alex is the most joyful hunter I’ve ever partnered up with — like a child in the purity of his appreciation of every moment of the experience. And as a musician he’s no garage-band or cocktail lounge player but one of the heaviest hitters in his genre of progressive jazz. If we could just get Alex to perform in a loin cloth and shoot flaming arrows on stage at each concert, we’d have a trad archer’s refutation of Ted! πŸ˜€ Take a listen …

    • Bruce Smithhammer
      Post count: 2514

      [quote=David Petersen]Alex is the most joyful hunter I’ve ever partnered up with — like a child in the purity of his appreciation of every moment of the experience. /quote]

      And really, isn’t this what it should be, and what what we should be striving for? I get a little tired of all the grim-faced seriousness that so frequently gets betrayed, particularly in the hunting media.

      And Dave, that is one of the more interesting quotes I’ve seen in a while. Had no idea that Burroughs was a trad enthusiast.

    • David Petersen
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      Smithhammer said: “And Dave, that is one of the more interesting quotes I’ve seen in a while. Had no idea that Burroughs was a trad enthusiast.”

      Neither did I, Bruce. :lol::lol::lol::twisted:

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      Hi Folks,

      I’m a freelance photographer for more than 30 years. I’m a former news photographer who left the paper after 16 years to go out on my own. I have family, wonderful wife and two terrific kids. We all enjoy spending lots of time outdoors and are fortunate to live in a place that we can do that, here in the Pocono region of eastern PA. I’m my son’s Webelos I leader and an Eagle Scout myself. I’m having a great time leading eight really good boys and watching them grow.

      My folks got me a Browning Wasp for Christmas about 1973 or 74. I remember my first archery hunt for deer with a bit of a laugh, as my hunting buddy and I walked through woods and fields with factory sharp broadheads on discount wood arrows more like we were hunting rabbits without a dog. A few years ago after finding out an acquaintance was a traditional archer, I got the Wasp out of the attic. He quickly became a mentor for me teaching me by example of how a good and ethical archer hunts. Three years ago I was fortunate to get a Leon Stewart longbow and about the same time started reading the FOC discussion here. I killed my first deer with a bow this past season. It was the first deer I butchered, too, with the help of my hunting buddy. My butchering job wasn’t pretty, but it sure does taste good. I’m also lucky to have a wife and kids that enjoy eating venison. With some luck, they’ll be enjoying a squirrel stew soon, too.

    • Michael Scott
      Post count: 80

      Well, I found my old profile on this thread. I used to go by Montana Ford. Anyway, I read my comment, and wow, things have changed. I now live in Texas, north of Houston about an hour. When I wrote that comment, my daughter had just turned 1. Now, she is fixing to turn FOUR!! Wow…where the time has gone. I still have and shoot my Bear Grizzly, and I added a 70’s Kodiak Magnum to my arsenal. Anyway, just wanted to drop and update on here since the thread popped back to the top.

    • David Petersen
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      Great to hear from you, Michael. Just today I noticed your long-ago post here and wondered wtf happened to you. Hang around …:D

    • Michael Scott
      Post count: 80

      Yep Dave, between moving to Texas and then spending most of last year in North Dakota, I have been away from the site for a bit. It’s nice to be back, though. Lots of familiar faces and plenty of new ones, too. Feels almost….homey…lol! And I do hope to stick around this time.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
      Post count: 2514

      David Petersen wrote:

      Neither did I, Bruce. :lol::lol::lol::twisted:

      Haha…

    • BuckyT
      Post count: 138

      My name is Tommy. I’m 34yrs old, a Georgia native, and been hunting something or another since I was 5yrs old.

      I’ve been bowhunting in general for over 20yrs, but only traditional archery hunting since 2011. I absolutely love traditional archery!! My compound is collecting dust… I admit, I still hunt with my compound and firearms as well.

      I’m a universal hunter and take a bit of pride knowing I can hunt with a multitude of weapons.

      I’ve only killed 1 deer and a couple of armadillos with my recurve, but it’s been my go to weapon since 2011. I hunt with it more than anything else nowadays!

      I’ve been married to my insanely beautiful wife for almost 9yrs,and we have two children. My son who is 4yrs old and my daughter who just turned 1.

      My family and I run a small security business. We install residential and commercial intrusion, fire, and cctv systems.

      This is a fantastic forum and I’m very happy I’ve found it.

      Tons of great info on this site and I enjoy visiting it daily.:D

    • Bunyan Morris
      Member
      Post count: 135

      My name is Bunyan Morris. I’ve lived In Georgia all of my life. Teaching art is my passion. Connie is the love of my life and my daughter is my joyful pride.

      I’ve hunted or fished all of my life. I am fortunate to have been reared and to have worked on a farm whose southern border is Echeconnee Creek. My father was was hard on his brood. But, he instilled a love and respect for the outdoors in his children. While he ruled at home, he gave me freedom in the woods.

      By the time I was twelve years old, I knew almost every tree, slough and tadpole in the swamp. To cool off on hot summer days, my friends and I jumped from the nearby highway bridge into its cool muddy waters. In July 1970 naked “hippies” from The Atlanta Pop Festival swam and bathed in my favorite swimming hole. Echeconnee creek had introduced the naked female form to a boy of eight. For this if nothing else, my buddies and I will forever be in debt to that body of water.

      Free time on Saturdays and evenings after school were spent fishing, listening to my pair of beagles chase rabbits or just exploring. Sometimes I would take my Dad’s recurve just to shoot the arrows aloft to see how far they would go and to see how far across our pasture they’d land.

      I was interested in song birds, snakes, pitcher plants ferns and any oddities or ancient artifacts that I could find and study. That swamp was a source of wonder for a young boy.

      Later, I went off to college and spent more time hunting college co-eds than fur and fins. The next decade brought marriage, graduate school, a beautiful daughter and a divorce. During this time I’d taken a break from hunting itself. However, I never left the woods. I spent time fishing, camping, hiking and paddling on public lands and waters.

      The property that borders Echeconnee Creek is still in my family. I’m privileged to continue my visits to the swamp. I occasionally take a deer from there. But, mostly I spend my time enjoying its beauty. I can’t help but write romantically about the wonders of the swamp. Because if a place can define a person, Echeconnee Creek Swamp is the nature of who I am.

      In the second half of my life, I’ve developed a similar affinity for a Carolina Bay that lies in the low lands of southern Screven County. It is here that I made a new beginning in traditional archery.

    • Etter1
      Post count: 831

      Alright, I might as well jump in since my buddies just did.

      My description won’t be as romantic as Bunyan’s. Not because I’m not capable of such poetry, but because I met a friend earlier for a three hour sit at a watering hole and am now chasing a good night’s sleep with a famous grouse.:D

      My name is Sean. I’m 29 years old and previously lived in PA and VA before ending up for most of my life here in GA. I love this state. I’ve been hunting and fishing for as long as I can remember and for fifteen years, I got to go with my birth father to Canada to chase bears, pike, and walleye. The far north holds a really special place in my heart, but I guess all wild places really do.

      I got my degree from UGA in wildlife biology, but decided that I could probably hunt and fish more if I started my own company and I now own a swimming pool service and repair business in north metro atlanta. I love being self employed and I get to do most all of my work in a 6 month period and travel the rest.

      I have a wonderful wife who is a high school teacher and who apparently has infinite patience because I’m probably more immature than all of her students. We don’t have any children yet, unless you count our two Walker dogs, who we treat like our own progeny.

      I have owned 5 recurve bows at this point. I bought two different bows, a bear grizzly and a pse coyote, years ago and quickly gave up on trad archery both times. My good buddy Joe (Tailfeather) switched to a longbow a few years back and killed two deer and some pigs his first season and the fire burned again. I immediately went out and bought a vintage Damon Howatt and got to hunting and I’ve never looked back.

      Traditional archery feels like balance to me. It is just right and nothing has ever made me feel so close to the earth as packing a daypack, grabbing my recurve and setting my lungs against a steep hill.

      I have some of the best friends in the world and I live for our hunting trips. Broadhead, BuckyT, and Tailfeather get the trouble of having to share a lot of camps with me every year, and I live from calendar to calendar, awaiting the next one.

      Traditional archery has also given me hope for humanity as I’m a constant cynic and am terrified when I meet the average hunter today.

      At this time, I’ve never met a traditional archer I didn’t like and I feel kindred spirits with all of them. The average hunter I meet otherwise terrorizes my thoughts.

      Glad to be a part of this forum.

    • sinawalli
      Post count: 222

      My name is Bill, I’m from Alberta , Canada. I am a machinist by trade, outdoorsman, hunter, husband and father. No necessarily in that order. Glad to be hanging out here!

    • pewanogo
      Post count: 35

      This is Tim from Michigan, a retired GM employe after 42 years, a hunter and fisherman, archer for 30 or so years and a tradbowyer for the last 10. Spent three years as one of Uncle Sams’ nephews during the Vietnam conflict but spent all my time in Alaska. Use pewanogo as my handle because I live on the banks of the Flint River which was home to a band of the Ojibway indians known as the Pewaniogowinks and seems like proper homage to early men and women whose footsteps I’m honored to walk in.

      Early on I was influenced by an uncle who was on of Michigans first archers and who continued to hunt with bow and arrow, attend deer camp with family members, and entertain all who would listen,until his death at age 92.

      I’ve been fortunate to be able to hunt in a lot of different places and for many different animals but most of my time is spent here, in Michigan, hunting whitetails and turkeys.

      Thanks to Dave for reprising this thread as it is very interesting reading the bios of those participating

    • William WarrenWilliam Warren
      Member
      Post count: 1384

      I should update my bio here as I did not give much in my original post back in 2010.

      I’m a lifelong native of The Old North State. I’ve spent the last 34 years in the natural gas distribution industry where I’ve worn a few different hats from hardhats and boots on the ground to the cube farm I’m now relegated to in our Engineering Dept. So yeah retirement from that is closer than it has been. Been married almost that long as well and would not change a thing.

      During all this time I contiued to practice archery sometimes with clubs and friends but also on my own. I find it relaxing to just shoot a few rounds on my home butts.

      Over the years I’ve taken squirrel, whitetail deer, birds,and various fish with my trad bows. I’ve tried for bear and have always wanted to go for hogs. Western hunts have always been a dream but family has always come first.

      I sometimes seem absent from this site its true, I have another affliction, fishing. So I have to divide my time between this and a fishing forum or two.

      That is pretty much it. Nothing gets me fired up like some crisp fall air and turning leaves unless it is the sweet smell of pollen on a misty springtime morning with every bird in the woods competing for a mate with his song at daybreak. Turkey season is almost upon us. Good Luck and Happy Trails!

      Duncan

    • woodman
      Post count: 9

      Hey everyone,

      I’m Damon Wood, born and raised in MI. Lived a couple years in GA, and recently moved back to MI from CO after 3 years there. I’ve been a bowhunter for 22 years with 20 of those using longbows and recurves. I like getting my buddies to try out my bows and have converted or introduced a few to our fine sport. Can’t wait for turkey season to get here in May, I love to spend time up at deer/turkey camp and I’m in the decision process of either building a small shack or pitching a wall tent up there…

      Have a good one all!

    • garydavis
      Post count: 101

      I live on an island in Puget Sound. We have ten acres of mixed forest with a few dogs,goats,chickens and cats running about the place.

      I shot a bow rather poorly as a kid and now shoot one poorly as an old fart. Getting a little better though.

      With regular practice and some help from friends and you folks, I hope to get good enough to hunt with confidence.

    • coastalbendbows
      Post count: 120

      My paper subscription ran out so my wife said why don’t you just do it digitally. I looked at her funny and had to ask what she meant. So here I am I think I got it figured out.

      Shawn Hultquist live just south of Jacksonville Florida for now planning on moving back to Texas in a few years when I retire from the fire dept. wife and I own and operate coastal bend bows. I build about 25 custom bows a year.

      Thanks Shawn

    • grumpygrumpy
      Member
      Post count: 962

      Hi,

      Im know as the short, ugly old man with a white mustash… Wears a dirty old hat…

      aka Grumpy Grampa

      I made bows, arrows as a child in upstate NY, but that ended when I was 14 when I got my hunting (gun) license. The last few years I have toyed with the idea of getting a bow, but I have a few problems with what is available. Im short, 5’1″, and have short arms for one of my size. Thus my draw length is only 22″. As I loked at the compound bows I was confused and confounded by the 28 draw length. Kids bows with my draw length are only 20#. Recurves arn’t much better as they are too long, and again expect a 28″ draw length.

      Since I am raising my 9 yo grandaughter, I was looking forward to the holidays at home (aside from sliding trips) and bored. I found something in the cloud about making a bow out of red oak, and fiberglass. OK, I had the time, some left over fiberglass fabric/resin and found a piecs of red oak for only $2.50 at home depot (1/4 x 1 1/2 x 4). Figured it probably wouldnt work but it wouldn’t cost much might be fun, and I had time, and the help of a 9 year old.

      The first bow was done in a few days, and it actually worked, I took it out on the porch with a cheap target arrow, and the first shot actually hit the tree in the back yard (dam near needed a new diaper). Apparently my muscles remembered all of that shooting when I was a kid. Unfortunatly, the bow was too weak for me, and too strong for Arwen (grandaughter).

      Now it is march and I have a pile of broken bows on the back porch (I refuse to count them), and bows that work for both me and Arwen. Oh, we also have 16 arrows that I made. If anybody wants I cnn tell you all about it, but not sure this is the place.

    • Robin ConradsRobin Conrads
      Admin
      Post count: 914

      Hi Grumpy! Welcome to the site. I’m glad you and Arwen have something that you can work on together.

      We’d love to hear that story. Just start a new thread/topic in the Bows and Equipment Forum. There are lots of bow builders who visit our forums, and they are friendly and helpful. πŸ˜€

    • Troy Warner
      Post count: 239

      grumpy wrote

      “Im know as the short, ugly old man with a white mustash… Wears a dirty old hat…”

      Would love to see a picture of your hat, I like old hats, and the bows you made. Of course in a new topic as webmother suggested.:D

      Welcome and enjoy your time here

      Troy

    • JEMBO
      Post count: 29

      Woodman – sent you a PM.

    • Wolfshead
      Post count: 82

      My name is Doug. “Wolfshead”

      I am coming to the game rather late…

      I used to spend a lot of my time “outback” in the woods as a kid, making and shoot bows and arrows. I had a 35# green fiberglass Bear bow that I loved. I loved being in the woods I could always count on them to be there for me and I spent a lot of my time there, daydreaming about being there when I was not.

      Then around the age of 13 I discovered football. I played through out school, went on to college to become a PE Teacher.

      When I graduated I took a job as a Teacher and football coach at my Alma mater. Falls were at this point all used up coaching and scouting and all the football related things.

      Now at 52 I am here. I stepped down from coaching a couple of years ago and am now “rediscovering” my love of the outdoors and traditional archery. I have never hunted before and I plan to begin that as well. Hopefully this coming fall with the start of deer season.

      I have a lot to learn, have learned a lot already, and I truly love this site, and I am really enjoying the people I share it with.

    • Goraidh
      Post count: 101

      Hi Everyone, I’m Jeff Stewart from Maine. When I’m not hunting with either my longbow or recurve, I’m flyfishing for trout or landlocked salmon on the many rivers, streams, and remote ponds in our beautiful state. I grow organic vegetables for my living (such as it is).

    • shotsome
      Post count: 33

      Hey all. Ernest here. Born in New Mexico, Lived in CO.,,NM.,,Arizona (home base) Now temp in Co. again untill the Ma-inlaw goes under. My first deer hunt was with my dad, up on Mt. Taylor, NM. I was 6ys and he was pulling a Bear bow at 75#(1960). At present just cut some salt cedar sprouts to make some more primitave arrows. Pulling a osage stick bow at 59@ 28. I am watching the magpies chase each other while it is snowing out the back window. So, new to this forum but not new to Archery. Don’t forget that when your law makers are done with guns, they will be after our bows and arrows, and knives.

      Thanks for your time. Hope we get to see each other out in the woods.

    • adkmountainken
      Post count: 1

      hello all, Ken Mowrey here. i see many familiar people, looks like a great place to be, many topic’s to enjoy. i live and wander in Gods country The Great Adirondacks of NY.

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