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  • James McCann
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    As a kid growing up in upstate NY in a non-hunting family, somehow I became interested in hunting with firearms and a bow and arrow. In my early teens, I  became the proud owner of a very inexpensive Bear recurve and a couple of wood arrows. I had no instruction immediately available but eventually found a mentor to learn from. I was around 16 and he was 25, married and had a child, but took me under his wing to show me the way. “Van” enjoyed making recurves from Herter’s kits. I eventually made my own arrows, but they were poorly made and quite ugly. I shot a lot, but never connected with a white-tail deer. Took the oath to serve my country in ’69, and after that experience decided to live my dream and move to Alaska. I’ve made my home here for some 50 years now. When I first got here I took moose and caribou with a rifle, but soon switched to a compound bow and took other moose and caribou. Hunting with a compound bow was not fulfilling for me so I ordered up a Black Widow recurve. Loved that bow, shot it pretty good, but I was a bit over-bowed and didn’t reach my full potential. That bow, my American Leather glove, and a custom made one-of-a-kind side quiver full of Gold Tip broadhead arrows was stolen from my truck. I was mad, and since I’m mostly an upland bird hunting pointing dog fanatic I left bow hunting behind and immersed myself deeper into bird hunting. Fast forward 15 years and my eye spied a large bucket of brightly fletched arrows tucked away in my basement and the ember within me began to glow once again. I’d bought a 1970’s vintage Bear “Tigercat” recurve from a friend many years prior but never shot it. Found the bow, dusted it off, strung it up (the old way without a stringer), went out into the backyard and set up a target at 15 yards. Without thinking about anything but the spot I was looking at I put four arrows together in the bull. Don’t ask about arrow 5 and arrow 6. I got cocky. I’ve been shooting that recurve nearly every day for the last couple of months and I’m astounded how well I’m shooting the old bow and carbon arrows that could use some tweaking, but I have another bow being made for me by Black Widow right now, and I’ll be sure to tune it properly when the time comes. I’ve never in my life had so much fun shooting a traditional bow. Getting a bit long-in-the-tooth, but I’ve learned from my errors of the past and my new bow won’t draw much more than the 50 lb Alaska draw limit for moose. A properly placed arrow sporting a razor-sharp two blade broadhead at no more than 25 yards will surely do the trick for an unalarmed moose. Life is good. Glad to be back.

    Jim Bear "Tigercat"

  • Robin ConradsRobin Conrads
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    Hi James! Welcome to the site, and welcome back to traditional archery. I enjoyed your story, and thanks for your service to our country. If you have any questions, just let me know.

    Robin (aka Webmother)

  • James McCann
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    Dear Webmother,

     

    Thanks for the welcoming!  It’s going to take some work on my part to learn to download photos properly, but even old guys can learn new tricks if they work hard enough at it.

     

    As a 30-year freelance writer and photographer, I should know how to post photos anywhere, but I don’t.

    When I’m finally lucky enough to find myself facing the task of field dressing another moose or caribou, but this time having performed the task with traditional gear, I’ll likely send the story and photos along to TBM. I think I licensed some photos to TBM way back in the dark ages? I’ll get busy.

    Thanks again for allowing me to chat here. It’s raining today so I figure that’s a great time to get outdoors and shoot my recurve in typical hunting conditions.

     

    Have a nice day!

     

     

  • RalphRalph
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    Hello and welcome back………….Fun and challenge!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    R2

    • James McCann
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      And a “hello” back atcha! It is indeed fun and challenging and quite rewarding in so many ways. Hope to have some luck next month on a moose and/or a caribou.

  • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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    I’m looking forward to reading about your successful hunt, with or without a kill. Enjoy your travels and campfires. Best, dwc

    • James McCann
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      Thank you! This is an enjoyable group and a nice place to visit.

  • Raymond CoffmanRaymond Coffman
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    James

    Good to have you back after all these years !

    Looking forward to hearing of your adventures chasing moose in the last frontier

    Good luck

    Scout

    • James McCann
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      Thanks! If it ever stops raining perhaps I’ll get out more. So far this is turning out to be a very strange and wet fall in Interior Alaska. We usually have snow on the ground by the first week of October, but the forecast is for lots of rain and no snow on into November. Quite strange. But the moose won’t mind it so much, and since they live out there rain or shine, I guess I’ll just have to get wet…often.

  • James Harvey
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    Hey Jim,

    Welcome to the forum and welcome back to the adventure! I can’t wait to hear more about your Alaskan adventures, if ever you need help uploading photos send me a private message and I’m sure I can help you sort it out.  Us Jims have got to stick together.

     

    Jim

    • James McCann
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      Thanks! I believe I figured out my photo uploading problem. My images are huge! I guess I’ll have to down-res them in order to get them to load up here. In the meantime…if you care to look at the sort of images I do here in Alaska you can check out my website at jimmccannoutdoors.com

  • James McCann
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    Bear "Tigercat" Recurve, Bear, Tigercat, Bow quiver, Interior Alaska-7809.jpg

    • Robin ConradsRobin Conrads
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      Hmmm. Your picture didn’t load. Let me know if you want help.

      Robin

  • James McCann
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    Dear Webmother,

     

    Yes, please. I need all of the help I can get. Perhaps some good stock market advice? How best to deal with daughters? Maybe just a great recipe? But mostly on how to post photos here.

    Thanks!

    Jim

    • Robin ConradsRobin Conrads
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      Buy low, sell high. I think we just got lucky on the daughter (and son), and T.J. is the recipe guy! 😉

      To Post an Image

      When you are typing a post, look in the tools in the Visual tab, click the square with mountains and a sun. Then you can upload your image. If you are sizing your images, 600px wide is good. Hopefully, that sizing adjustment will stop the file size errors.

      I’m also happy to insert pictures in your posts, but that can be a slow process sometimes. Just let me know if you have any trouble. You can also email me directly at webmaster@tradbow.com. That’s easier for me than the forum messaging system.

      Looking forward to seeing your pictures here. I checked out your website and you do very nice work.

      Robin

  • James McCann
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    Thank you so much for your informative reply.  Thanks to you I’m making money in the stock market, my daughter has been accepted into a sought-after college program, and I’ve taken it upon myself to try different ways to cook all of the upland birds I’ve been shooting. As for posting photos here…My next try will have to wait. This is the last day of archery moose season, and tomorrow I may climb into the mountains to photograph Dall sheep, and who knows what else. Thx

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