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StixMemberMay 5, 2015 at 1:56 pmPost count: 158
My abilities keep me hunting them with a shotgun only because head/neck shot is low percentage, Texas heart shot is low percentage because of the need to have turkey struttin’ AND have back to you, a decoy can help with this, but in Colorado I usually hike in several miles and carry as little as possible,.. The broadside shot…well I tried it once, missed a little to high and had arrow deflect off wing quills. Plus a little too far left or right and you got an injured bird. Also not to mention that you don’t want to ruin the prized breast meat. For me shotgun is the only clean kill.
That’s just me and I applaud anyone that has the ability to make a clean kill with traditional equipment. It is truly a remarkable fete.StixMemberApril 18, 2015 at 7:21 pmPost count: 158StixMemberApril 9, 2015 at 2:52 pmPost count: 158
Ok, after reading Smithammers attachment, I understand what you are referring to.
I have on one occasion unintentionally “slept” amongst the herd. I set up a spike camp in the ravine next to where the herd was at dark. I estimate about 200 yards. I was awaken about 3am by the herd, all around my spike camp calling to each other. I guess my snoring attracted them?? Lol. But anyway, all the elk calling to each other woke me up. I peeked out of my tent and they were only a few feet away. The sound of the zipper of the tent caused them to move, bot maybe 50 yards or so. It was a frigid night so I decide not to pursue them as it would have probably drove them into the next county. By daybreak they were gone.
This goes against everything that I have learned about elk, but I guess it could work, but I’ve only read about folks doing this in books. Your mileage may vary.StixMemberApril 9, 2015 at 3:10 amPost count: 158StixMemberApril 7, 2015 at 9:04 pmPost count: 158StixMemberApril 4, 2015 at 1:11 amPost count: 158StixMemberApril 2, 2015 at 8:42 pmPost count: 158StixMemberApril 2, 2015 at 8:08 pmPost count: 158
You should have held on to it. I was bitten by the longbow bug about 5 years ago, and that’s all I shot. Now I came full circle and I’m liking the recurve again. Good thing I didn’t sell it. I had offers.
I find may people that have done the same as me. As with any “bug” there is a recovery.StixMemberMarch 19, 2015 at 3:12 amPost count: 158StixMemberMarch 18, 2015 at 12:15 amPost count: 158
Welcome aboard! There’s a shop here in town, Rocky Mountain Specialty Gear….also on internet rmsgear.com , that sells the Sage that will exchange limbs for free as you get stronger and develop form, as long as you buy the bow from him.
Don’t rule out the Sage as a keeper bow. My avatar pic is a muley buck taken with a Samick Stingray. Samick makes fine bows.
Once you get into it you may drift to a longbow. Matter of choice once you shoot one.
Carbon arrows are the ticket, alot more durable and easier to tune.
You came to the right place for help! Alot of years of expertise on this forum, with great camaraderie.StixMemberMarch 17, 2015 at 9:10 pmPost count: 158StixMemberMarch 15, 2015 at 7:25 pmPost count: 158
Last year, at the walk-thru archery range, I was charged by an aggressive black bear that came to within 10 ft, I threw my bow at him to stop the charge (he probably would have stopped anyway). But the key word here is aggressive, which is not the norm but extraordinary… as with most wildlife.
I then learned from a wildlife officer about this stuff called Wildfire 18%, which apparently is very effective on any marauding animal, 2 and 4 legged. It doesn’t weigh much and can be backpacked easily.
If you need that extra sense of security, then carry it. I stress the word “sense”, which is just fallible human intuition.StixMemberMarch 14, 2015 at 7:39 pmPost count: 158StixMemberMarch 13, 2015 at 7:08 pmPost count: 158