The Bear Facts

 

By: Johnny Costellor
By: Johnny Costello

If one could have mapped my life travels through the world of archery the trail would have shown me wandering through many wondrous forests and valleys that eventually turned me into the “Arrow addict” I am. Along this pictorial path I kept pace with every advancement offered to the hunter. My journey would have shown me jumping in the middle of every breakthrough with both feet, eager to know more. I’ve always been known for field-testing every new product that came down the pike.

 

I also kept tabs on new developments from old companies who have existed long before I was conceived. Let me reluctantly remind you that I’m a senior citizen, so yes I’m talking about a very long time ago. As I’ve said many times before, I have aged into a “no holds barred” kind of hunter who is willing to try every advancement, trick, or gadget that may increase my chances of bringing home that elusive trophy. I’d like to refer to this as wisdom, but you may wish to call me a ‘radical extremist’ if you desire to do so.

Every trend I have observed has changed the complexion of the sport in one way or another, and it’s mostly been for the good. Maybe a few blemishes, but overall clear skin. I’ve written a number of articles about products that have been instrumental to my hunting success. Along this trek I’ve been blessed with opportunities to represent some admirable bow companies in my small way. Of all of the sponsorships I’ve earned in this extraordinary sport of ours, the bows I’ve held in my hands stand above all else. I consider the bow I shoot to be the most critical tool in my commissary and it takes precedence over everything else I possess.  Because this partnership is so vital to my existence it seems to always lead to a “marriage”, if you will. As we know, one must date to find the right partner, so dating I have done extensively. There was a time when I could have been considered to be a vagabond, so what I’m implying is this “Bo knows bows”.

Allow me to twist this another way, if you will…When Valentine’s Day comes around the Cupid I celebrate is in camo holding a compound and the heart he’s piercing has horns. Now that’s love. I put more thought and testing into my bow shopping than I do with clothes. I don’t give a hoot how I look as long as I shoot well. I don’t pass my time away in a treestand by reading GQ magazines, and Lisa ain’t no Holly Baxter either. Along the way there have been mixed feelings, confusion and uncertainty as in any relationship, but I believe that I’ve settled into perfect harmony these days. In case you are wondering, my wife was jealous about all of this until she got her new bow.

 

 

Lisa with her textbook shot 2014 buck.
Lisa with her textbook shot 2014 buck.

 

Now I’m the jealous one, because she’s in love all over again and I’m chopped liver. Ironically, if you were to imagine looking down at this map I’ve been drawing for you you’d see a full circle in my travels that cuts the tracks I laid 50 years ago. As you continued to follow them along they’d take you right to where I am today…with Bear Archery.

 

The author with his 2014 blacktail
The author with his 2014 blacktail

 

When I was a little forked horn back then nothing got my blood pumping more than watching the great Fred Bear pull off one of his signature stalks on national TV.  From the days of “The American Sportsman” to the narrating of the legendary Curt Gowdy these clips shivered me with excitement as they put me right in the hunt. As critics have always said, Fred Bear is “The Father of Modern Bowhunting”, and I agree. Those memories are etched in my mind forever. I can remember jumping out of the chair after one of his shows, running out back and mimicking his every move as I stalked an imaginary critter with a stick in my hand. This is when the seed was sowed in my soul and kept growing all of these years to guide me where I am now.

The day I got my very first bow (a Bear Grizzly) was one I’ll always remember. I took my first buck with that bow. These kinds of memories are the ones that I will take with me when I leave this world and move on to better hunting grounds. I can remember when Papa Bear designed his most prized bow, the “Takedown”. He was so proud when speaking of it I had to have one. I still have it today. Then Bear Archery came out with their first compound bow, the “Whitetail Hunter”. Of course I shot one for years. So as you can see, the Bear name has been attached to me for a very long time. This should explain why I’m so proud to be shooting for such an inspiring company such as Bear Archery.

An added bonus in 2014
An added bonus in 2014

 

However, there is so much more that goes along with this story than just the passion. Bear Archery’s technical staff is continually progressing at a rapid pace with ‘escalations’ that rival even their fiercest competitors. This may explain why they are considered to be arguably the largest bow company in the world. Their HC cam systems are like no other. They are producing speeds that are unmatched, all while maintaining forgiveness, smoothness, and quietness.

 

This dandy was taken in 2015
This dandy was taken in 2015

 

The quality of the craftsmanship in the risers, limbs and limb pockets are flawless. They offer bows that are extremely light as well. I own an ‘Arena 30’ that is a picture-perfect bow in every sense. It’s exceedingly light, blazingly fast, unbelievably forgiving for a short bow and it fits perfectly in my hand. The end result is impeccable accuracy and ultimately, the perfect killing machine. This quality also reflects on their entire line of bows. After all, they’re all sisters’ right?

 

Bear also began offering hybrid target/hunting bows a few years back such as their ‘Anarchy’ line. I absolutely love shooting my HC and they are now introducing the ‘BR33’ which I believe will be the perfect all-around bow for me. I just recently put mine together and feel a new love affair in the making. All of these machines are being offered in a variety of colors and patterns, so there’s a gal for every guy. Even though I’ve drifted from traditional archery I have the utmost respect for these dedicated hunters. I know what it takes to be a successful archer in this field and I also know what it takes to find the perfect bow for a particular shooter. This is why I’m so intrigued with Bear Archery’s traditional catalog. Their long bows and recurves are nothing short of pure artwork as their curves are smooth and sexy while providing the ultimate performance. They have multiple choices to fit every bowman’s style. I always find myself browsing through their selections in dismay. I do not need to explain where Bear Archery stands in this arena, for it is simply cut and dried.

One of 3 birds in 2015
One of 3 birds in 2015

No doubt Bear Archery is my company of choice. They continue to strive for the highest standards in innovation, performance and quality that Fred would certainly be proud of. I know that much of my hunting success is due to the bows in my hand and for that, thank you Bear Archery.

 

EQUIPMENT USED

Bear Archery  Arena & Motive bow Trophy Ridge React sights, Revolution rest, quiver and stabilizer TruFireHardcore release Badlands Packs bino and rangefinder cases and Biothermic apparel Conquest Scents VS1, Rutting Buck, and Evercalm Oakley RX glasses Leica Optics Binoculars Gold Tip Arrows Pro-Hunters shafts Flying Arrow Archery Toxic broadheads Dead Down Wind Scent Prevention Goat Tuff Products Opti Vanes, glues and GT Fletcher HECS Stealthscreen

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