Bowhunting Trophy Whitetail – Foreward
By Gordon Whittington
Mar 9, 2006 – 6:43:00 AM
By Gordon Whittington
American Whitetail Magazine
?Bowhunting Trophy Whitetails?
True experts on bowhunting
trophy whitetails are rare. The man who wrote this book is one of them.
If you have faith in the power of probability, you might assume that North America is home
to a fair number of expert trophy whitetail bowhunters. After all, the law of average practically demands that
it be so. Several folks actively bow hunt
this species, so surely at least a few hundred of them know all there is to know about both archery and
whitetail hunting but
that simply is not the case.
Yes, there are folks who possess great archery ability, and there are hunters with exceptional
knowledge of whitetails. But remarkably
seldom do these two distinct set of mental and physical skills converged
in the same body. In fact, as rare as world–class whitetail’s are, there are many times more of them than there are world–class whitetail bowhunters.
Every so often, though, you discover someone
who really can do it all. You find a Bobby Worthington. And when you do, you are better off for it.
I first heard
of Bobby some years ago, through my work as editor of North American Whitetail
John Sloan sent me the story and photos of a bow hunter who had shot a giant buck on public land. The deer was a 275 pound non–typical, and the hunter was one Bobby Worthington.
The next time I heard of Bobby was in 2001, when he took a stab at writing me a
story on his own. The previous fall he had shot another huge
buck—again, on public land— and he was submitting the story and photos for
possible use in our magazine.
When I receive the
materials, I knew one thing right away; Bobby has whatever it is that separates true
experts from all
the rest. Although just a regular guy who works several jobs to provide for his family and feed his whitetail addiction, he told the story of that hunt with clarity unknown
to some writers having decades more experience. It also was obvious that he had not just stumbled into a giant buck; he had planned the event and then had made it happen under tough conditions. And to top it off, the photos were outstanding.
What followed from
Bobby was a number of North
American Whitetail articles on bowhunting trophy
deer. All featured insights that
went way beyond the norm, and overwhelmingly positive
reader reaction confirmed
that this really
was refreshing material
on bowhunting big
bucks in the real world. Refreshing enough,
in fact, to merit our having Bobby authored
this book on the subject for us.
As you read the pages that follow, you will find that one of the keys to Bobby’s success is his extreme attention to
detail. He simply leaves as little as possible to chance. He works all year long to find tune his gear and shooting skills, so that when a big buck steps out, the archer inside is ready to do its part. And, to get that shot, Bobby scouts with an uncanny eye for nuances of the land, whether in the farm country of the Midwest or
the big woods of his home area. How else could a hunter who has never relied on an outfitter or a private land lease regularly take
great bucks? The short answer is that Bobby has trophy bowhunting
down to a science.
Can you shoot quail or skeet with an arrow, or strike a match with one? Bobby can. He has also had phenomenal success as
a competition archer. But his true passion is finding a mature buck, then figuring out where, when and how to put an arrow into the deer’s vitals. Few if any, are better at it than this six–generation resident of
Bledsoe County, Tennessee.
The goal of any editor should be to acquire outstanding material,
then not mess it up on its way to the reader. With that in mind, I have done my best to preserve the original flavor
of Bobby’s writing
throughout these chapters. What you will find here is plain spoken ? advice from a self ? described ?country
boy? who means what he says and says what he means. If you take the steps to heart, apply them where you hunt and do not get discouraged
along the way, over time your own trophy wall should start filling up as well.
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