Jim Crumley, the Father of Modern Hunting Camouflage knows his bowhunting and the equipment he chooses is the best for him. In this article John E. Phillips covers Jim’s feelings on how to get started in archery the right way.
Which are you? The person who hunts with a bow or a true, real bowhunter. Do you pay attention to: draw length, bow weight, practice, scout properly? And there is more. So, which are you?
When you go into the woods with a bow, are you simply scouting for gun season? Are you taking the only weapon with you that’s legal during that time to bag a deer, and hoping to get lucky?
“One of the advantages of having a dog that can find multiple types of game and make multiple kinds of retrieves is that the dog can call on its experience from each task it’s learned to help the dog perform better in each area in which it’s been trained,”
To stir up some activity, I decided to rattle. I played a crashing symphony with those rattling antlers for about 20 seconds. Then I laid my horns across a limb and stood at the ready for 2 minutes. I heard Chris say, “Dad, get your bow ready. Here comes a giant buck.”
Here is some great advice from one of the best bowhunters in the country. If you hunt whitetail deer this is one article you will not want to miss reading,.
Terry Drury of Drury Outdoors gives some productive advice when hunting an area surrounded by other hunters driving, moving, and putting pressure on the deer. Don’t give up, just do what Terry says and you’ll be successful.
Ronnie “Cuz” Strickland of West Point, Miss. is the vice president of Mossy Oak in charge of TV and video production. A successful bowhunter, Ronnie has, for many years picked productive tree-stand sites for himself as well as for the hunters and the cameramen who film Mossy Oak’s TV programs and videos.
Although the life of a professional hunter seems glamorous, with Will Primos, you’ll realize he works harder and spends more hours trying to learn about bowhunting and the whitetails he hunts than other hunters do. His advice will help you find and take more bucks with your bow.
“Since I’d been hunting from this stand for 30 years, I knew when a buck was within range,” Wilde says. When the buck was at about 50 yards, Wilde decided he would take him.
“I didn’t get a really-good look at the buck’s rack until after he jumped across the creek,” Olson reports. “Then my heart started pumping overtime, because he was the biggest buck I ever had seen and realized he was Big John
Allen Shelton only had been in his stand about 5 minutes when he saw Mine coming over the hill. He’d named the buck Mine because he intended to take that big buck himself that now was at about 400 yards.
“I guess Parker and I had to drag that deer for about 30 minutes to go that 250 yards,” Mike Simon remembers. “Besides having a big rack, the live weight on that monster was probably 275 pounds.” A huge buck like the one Mike Simon took was a buck of a lifetime.
“I hunt the scraps – small properties, generally 3-20 acres,” David Yutzy of Nickerson, Kansas, says. “No one wants to lease them. Therefore, the farmers allow me to hunt these properties.” And this was where the River Buck was.
The big buck stepped into a shooting lane, 25-yards out, quartering to him, moved forward, stopped again and stood there for some time, while Perry was at full draw. Then he stepped into the second shooting lane at about 17 yards.
Bowfishing has become one of the fastest growing sports in the country with plenty of fish to shoot everywhere. State records may be hard to come by but the fun is ample. So what are you waiting for? Get your line wet.
After taking Megatron in the first daylight hours of Veterans Day, November 11, 2013, on Veterans Day, 2014, at daylight, Franken was again in a tree stand but on another farm 5 miles away from where he’d taken Megatron. His hunting partner texted him and asked, “What kind of buck are you planning to take?”
Fish Hook moved again and stopped about 19 yards from Colton’s tree stand, quartering away from him. Colton put his pin sight on his Bear Anarchy bow behind the buck’s front shoulder and aimed a little high and a little back.
“When I finally reached the buck and put my hands on his antlers, I knew this buck was the biggest I’d ever taken,” Posey explains. “I’d never even seen a buck this big.” And if his friend has waited, the day before, this huge buck might have been his.
“I saw a really-big 9 point that would probably score 140 and then I saw a monster buck that took my breath away. He had a drop tine that looked to be as big as my forearm, and the rest of his rack was really huge.
The bowman who relies on a blood trail and seeing the animal fall will lose more deer than he ever will recover. But the archer who assumes that he’ll have to be able to see and understand even the smallest detail in trailing the deer will more likely than not recover his animal.
Most archers try to locate where deer are feeding or a trail where they are moving to and from food. But the most-successful bowhunters travel several steps further and read the signs much closer, longer and harder. Are you doing the obvious and overlooking what you should not?
Practice alone doesn’t make a better archer. Just because you’ve been bowhunting for several years doesn’t mean you know how to shoot accurately. So, put your ego in your hip pocket. Allow someone else to evaluate your shooting and help you to correct it.
Howard Hill was the first white man to take an elephant with a bow, and did all of the trick shooting in the movie “Robin Hood,” which starred Errol Flynn. It was Hill who actually split the arrow with an arrow in the film.
“I expect every piece of hunting equipment I own to fail at some time,” notes nationally-known bowhunter Dr. Robert Sheppard of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, a bowhunting instructor at Westervelt Lodge near Aliceville, Alabama, and Bent Creek Lodge in Jachin, Ala. Do you?
Deer hunting with a bow and arrow is the most-exacting sport in the out-of-doors. To consistently be successful, you constantly must pay attention to even the smallest and most-minute details. This paying attention to detail needs to become a reflex, rather than a thought process.
Part 2: What causes bowhunters to miss bears when the bear is in close? Brown bears are dangerous game. They can attack. When you’re within 20 yards of an 800-pound-plus brown bear, a huge adrenaline rush hits the shooter. How do you control that?
I decided I would get my hunters as close to the brown bears as I safely could. Then they can take high-percentage shots. The last thing we want to ever do is to wound one of these giant bears and have to follow it into the bush.
When the bear began to move-down the mountain, I positioned myself where I thought he would come, near some grass. The bear came down to within 20 yards of me and offered a broadside shot.
The bear was traveling, eating and moving faster than me, even though I’d begun to run. Finally, the bear decided to turn-around and come-back toward me. I got into a little cave about 15-yards from the ocean that completely hid me from the bear.