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Classifieds & Organizations => Washington State Bowhunters => Topic started by: Squidward on May 12, 2014, 09:08:40 AM

Title: Any Self bow / Trad guys out there?
Post by: Squidward on May 12, 2014, 09:08:40 AM
Hello I'm new to this forum I have hunted rifle and black powder, now I have made me a self bow out of a yew limb pulling 43# 28, making my own stone tipped, shoot shaft arrows. I got to drop the sting a couple times last yr, I ended up taking home experience, I hope to make meat with it this yr.
I wanted to know if there are any others out here in Western WA doing the same. Thanks Ed
Title: Re: Any Self bow / Trad guys out there?
Post by: Special T on May 12, 2014, 10:07:02 AM
There are quite a few trad guys out here. I would make mention that stone tips are not legal in this state... At least i would have to say that I hav not seen a stone tip pass the sharpness test used on blades, cutting a rubber band.
Title: Re: Any Self bow / Trad guys out there?
Post by: arees on May 12, 2014, 10:27:10 AM
I am practicing like mad with the 58# yew longbow my wife made me.  I have had it and shot it for years, but this is the first time I will be hunting with it.
Title: Re: Any Self bow / Trad guys out there?
Post by: Squidward on May 12, 2014, 11:15:42 AM
Thank you guys for the reply's, Glad to here from you, nice to know there are some more Trad hunters out there.
Special T, I have seen no mention that stone wasn't legal in this state nor have I seen any mention of using a rubber band test. all I have seen is, well what is supplied in game laws and it states: " it is unlawful to hunt big game animals with an arrow or bolt that does not have a sharp broadhead, and the broadhead blade or blades are less than 7/8" wide" . It is unlawful to hunt big game animals with a broadhead blade unless the broadhead is unbarbed and completely closed at the back end of the blade or blades by a smooth line toward the feather end of the shaft and such line does not angle toward the point"  " it is unlawful to hunt big game animails with a retractable broadhead", I have found no mention of NOT being able to use them.  PLEASE, if I have missed something can you point out were it states this, I don't need to or want to be in any trouble. thanks.
Arees: Good luck this yr. That would be awesome to here you got one with the bow your wife made for you. thanks again guys. Ed
Title: Re: Any Self bow / Trad guys out there?
Post by: ken1010 on May 12, 2014, 07:21:52 PM
Squidward,
Welcome to the forum. I use a 53# Recurve, bare bow. As for the broadhead, if mine won't shave the hair off the back of my hand, it ain't sharp enough. I don't see in the regs where it explicitly denies using a stone tipped arrow, but I would not want to be subjected to a game warden analyzing a stone tipped arrow for sharpness. It could easily fail on some aspect,  :twocents:
Title: Re: Any Self bow / Trad guys out there?
Post by: scotsman on May 23, 2014, 10:06:24 PM
To meet lots of like minded individuals, check out the Traditional Bowhunters of Washington. Go to one of their shoots and you can rediscover the fun of archery and meet many talented bowyers.
Title: Re: Any Self bow / Trad guys out there?
Post by: Tradbowhunter on May 27, 2014, 04:48:34 PM
Welcome to an extremely satisfying way to hunt, a word of caution though, hunting with stone tips is not legal in this state. I'm sure you could get away with taking rabbits off your property though  ;)