This is, sadly, the last chapter in Dr. Dave Samuel’s exciting book on his life and times bowhunting around the world. Through good and bad times Dave continues to inspire us all with his knowledge, dedication and love of the sport.
There is something magical about grizzly bears and of course, there is a tinge of danger in doing so with a bow. No question, that this chapter included bit of danger and part of the reason Dr. Dave wanted to hunt grizzlies.
In March, 2005 I had the opportunity to go to Argentina to bowhunt. I was joined by the guys from Bowhunter Magazine Television and our goal was red stags. We were hunting with an outfitter who had never taken bowhunters and that turned out to be a problem.
In Chapter 19 Dr. Dave Samuel heads for the South Hills ranch to bowhunt for exotics like aoudad, blackbuck, axis stags and hogs. It was another exciting hunt and the meat was terrific.
In this chapter of Dave’s exciting book, he goes on a hunt in Utah to follow his long dream for Shiras Moose. The guide said Moose didn’t act like deer. Maybe not but in this hunt the results were the same with Dave’s arrow finding it’s mark.
With a number of physical ailments to contend with Dr. Dave Samuel set out on this third attempt to take a mountain goat. It was a combination of pain and pleasure that resulted in another exciting bowhunting chapter in his best selling book, An Empty Quiver.
In this Chapter of An Empty Quiver Dr. Dave goes after the Grey Ghost, the desert Coues Deer.
I walked out to look for sign, and the guide stepped up, asking “What the heck are you doing?” I told him that I’d shot at a turkey and was looking to see if I hit it. He said, “I didn’t hear you shoot” and I responded as I held my bow high, “This gun doesn’t make much noise.” Come along as Dave goes to WY and SD for Merriam.
The prions that cause Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in whitetails, mule deer, and elk, are extremely complex, almost impossible to study, and thus very difficult to eliminate. Hunting will be greatly impacted if we are unable to find a cure for CWD .
My bull was a 6×6 and scored 300 inches. Not one of those New Mexico monsters, but a good first bull for anyone. You can take big elk in many states, but there are three states that rank above the others; Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.
Cows and small bulls fed past me at forty to sixty yards. The direction they were moving meant they would soon get our wind. The herd bull brought up the rear, harassing a cow and eating grass. I put the range finder on him at forty-two yards, but he just would not move into the open.
My chances for drawing a mid-September elk permit in this central New Mexico area were nil, but darned if I didn’t get lucky. I couldn’t believe it when outfitter Ken Swaim of Beaverhead Outfitters called with the news.
I held the draw and he again chased another cow at around thirty-five yards. Suddenly he was broadside and I tried to hold steady for the shot. I talked to myself, trying to hold it together and knowing I may never get another chance at a woodland caribou this big.
Come along with Dr. Dave Samuel on one of the most difficult, exciting hunts of his life. This was truly a life changing hunt for Dave.
There are more non-hunters, than hunters so we in the sport have to be extremely careful as to what we post on social media. We understand our sport but many do not. Think before you post your hunting experience. Some did not and the back lash only hurts our sport.
The bull stopped at fifty yards, but just as I started to draw, a low but menacing growl caused us to look behind. A smaller bull had snuck in behind us. I have no clue where he came from, but he was now at thirty yards and rolling his eyes while uttering a low, menacing, growl.
We found the big bull but how was I to get close? There was almost no cover in this country, maybe some sparse grass poking through the snow and an occasional boulder strewn about the landscape, but that was about all.
Diseases are impacting wildlife in ways we have never seen before. Salamanders are threatened worldwide. In many parts of the country white-nose syndrome has killed 90 percent of our bats. Chronic wasting disease is spreading and all that politicians do is take control of game farms away from the state DNR’s and turn control over to Departments of Agriculture.
I began to talk to myself. “You stop there big guy, with your head and butt behind those two elms, quartering away, and I just might have a chance.” Five minutes later, he stopped right there. As the buck stopped in the pre-selected opening, I was already at full draw.
Staten Island, NY has a deer problem so Mayor, Bill de Blasio, and city officials have decided to do vasectomies on all the bucks on the island at an estimated cost of $2 million just the first year. You just can’t make this stuff up.
In my opinion, these two fine bowhunters are the sharpest minds in bowhunting. Although they’ve hunted other species, and done quite well, the Wensels are whitetail bowhunters extraordinaire. Dr. Dave Samuel
The winds were swirling, but held as he quartered toward the clump of cottonwoods that held my tree stand. My bow came up as if on automatic pilot when he reached forty yards.
Come along with Dr. Dave as he enjoys another thrilling bowhunt in Africa. This hunt is in Namibia after kudu, eland and red hartebeest.
Every spring, around this time, Dr. Dave write about tick diseases. And every year the story gets worse. First there was Lyme disease from the black legged tick. Then there is Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Last year Dave talked about several new tick diseases that are totally debilitating. Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, Heartland Virus, and there are more.
When most bowhunters think about Africa, the very first species on top of their wish list is the kudu. No wonder. They are about as impressive as any animal I have seen. Elegant would be a word. Awesome would be another.
State and federal politicians are ignoring science and playing politics with our wildlife. With economic bad times, the lure of more jobs might be the cause of such terrible decisions, but whatever the reasons, politicians are ignoring science with some of their legislation.
There were tracks everywhere, and many were near the blind. With a wave and “Good luck” the vehicle headed off through the acacias. I settled in.
“What is so special about bowhunting in Africa?” I get this question all the time. What they really want to know is…
A January post discusses the movements of radio-collared buck #8503 before, during, and after a bad winter snow storm. What happened was very interesting
For years we’ve heard that selling venison, your deer meat, goes against one of the basic tenets of the North American Wildlife Model. And it does do that because one of those tenets speaks against putting a commercial value on wild animals. When we eliminated market hunting with game laws, we eliminated the […]