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Biggest accomplishment bowhunting
« on: July 02, 2023, 08:37:04 AM »
Something to talk about in the offseason besides Off topics.   What do you think of as your biggest accomplishment as a bowhunter.   This doesnt necessarily mean biggest trophy.   This can be as simple as hitting the bullseye the first time, or your first robinhood.   I'll put mine up in a minute.  Lets hear yours.

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Re: Biggest accomplishment bowhunting
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2023, 09:11:23 AM »
Mine was the transition from shooting a compound and going to Alaska on a DIY hunt and to harvest a respectable bull.
It was one of my Dad's and myself last epic adventures together.   There is nothing easy about Alaska, and the thrill of hiking through the Alaskan wilderness with Brown bears and wolves at your heals with nothing but a stick and string is hard to describe.  I dont know if I have ever felt more accomplished about anything hunting related  than that trip.   



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Re: Biggest accomplishment bowhunting
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2023, 09:28:43 AM »
Mine was calling in my son’s first archery bowl and helping him harvest it.
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Re: Biggest accomplishment bowhunting
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2023, 09:38:16 AM »
Showing “coach” that all his hard work teaching me paid off.   Been very successful with my bow after being taught by a great friend. 

Archery is an amazing adventure that I missed out on for 25 years. 
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Re: Biggest accomplishment bowhunting
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2023, 09:46:35 AM »
Showing “coach” that all his hard work teaching me paid off.   Been very successful with my bow after being taught by a great friend. 

Archery is an amazing adventure that I missed out on for 25 years.

I'm betting one of your next big accomplishments will have something to do with those your boys you are teaching the ropes to.

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Re: Biggest accomplishment bowhunting
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2023, 10:00:30 AM »
Mine was the transition from shooting a compound and going to Alaska on a DIY hunt and to harvest a respectable bull.
It was one of my Dad's and myself last epic adventures together.   There is nothing easy about Alaska, and the thrill of hiking through the Alaskan wilderness with Brown bears and wolves at your heals with nothing but a stick and string is hard to describe.  I dont know if I have ever felt more accomplished about anything hunting related  than that trip.   



That us amazing. 

I can’t imagine getting close enough to that monster to take him with a traditional bow.  ....  let alone everything else involved in that adventure.
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Re: Biggest accomplishment bowhunting
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2023, 04:37:42 PM »
Mine  was having an instrumental hand it helping turn around silver Arrow Bowmen 15 ish years ago. We went from 33 rundown stawbail target buts to 50 replacing and building the target but frames out of pipe with roofs. Expanded the flat range. Got a new roof on the indoor range. We also went from 50 not so active members to 300 including many family memberships.the rejuvenation now supports several kids shooting clubs. NASP, 4H and others. I'm still only an average shooter but thousands of Archers have benefited from the club I sweated and bleed for.
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Re: Biggest accomplishment bowhunting
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2023, 09:36:33 AM »
Nothing like yours, Bone. That must have been an awesome experience. Mine was shooting my first and only elk. It's been a long time ago.
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Re: Biggest accomplishment bowhunting
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2023, 10:11:08 AM »
I would say this is mine. Calling in a bull for my first archery kill

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Biggest accomplishment bowhunting
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2023, 10:57:47 AM »
Mine  was having an instrumental hand it helping turn around silver Arrow Bowmen 15 ish years ago. We went from 33 rundown stawbail target buts to 50 replacing and building the target but frames out of pipe with roofs. Expanded the flat range. Got a new roof on the indoor range. We also went from 50 not so active members to 300 including many family memberships.the rejuvenation now supports several kids shooting clubs. NASP, 4H and others. I'm still only an average shooter but thousands of Archers have benefited from the club I sweated and bleed for.

That is definitely an accomplishment!  When we lived in Mount Vernon we really enjoyed having the club available and both of our younger daughters loved the youth archery club!

I would have to say my biggest accomplishment was taking a brown bear in Alaska with my bow.  An old sow that wasn't the biggest bear in the area but at 8.5' nose to tail she looked like a Volkswagon beetle at 37 yards!
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Re: Biggest accomplishment bowhunting
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2023, 11:40:53 AM »
I think mine would be ‘not taking the shot’.
Not because it was under poor conditions or an ‘iffy’ shot. Just best judgement to NOT take the shot. No regrets on the decision.
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Re: Biggest accomplishment bowhunting
« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2023, 12:30:25 PM »
Sticking with it!

I remember after my first few seasons thinking there were many times that the hunt would have been over if I had a rifle or muzzleloader. Then you realize that that is part of the fun of archery. The close calls make for the best stories, even better than harvest stories a lot of the time.

I have seen many a archer hang it up in favor of gun hunting because its so difficult etc. I am glad to say that I have stuck with archery for almost ten years now and have no plans to revert back to gun hunting unless I have the MS tag and don't get it done in archery.

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Re: Biggest accomplishment bowhunting
« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2023, 02:01:57 PM »
My biggest accomplishment was learning to become a better tracker.
Started bow hunting seriously over 40 years ago. Rifle hunting was pretty simple, and never had a hard time finding a downed animal. Archery changes that a bit.
As an example, last years buck was a perfect downhill shot, hit him right in the pump station, but with a bit on an angle, the opposite shoulder stopped a complete pass thru by 1/2".
the buck amazingly traveled well over 400 yards before piling up. Much of the tracking was done on hands and knees.

Lessons learned in the past helped greatly with recovering this buck.
 
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Re: Biggest accomplishment bowhunting
« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2023, 06:23:25 PM »
I’d consider this my greatest accomplishment with bow because it’s pretty unlikely I’ll take another cat on the ground again with a sharp stick.

I was elk hunting. Callers well behind and a pack of cats came walking down the trail towards me. Two mature adults and 3 smaller cats, no spots. I drew and at 22 yards I stuck the lead cat in the chest. This was my first year bow hunting. It made a big hiss and literally bit what was left of the arrow fletching out of its chest. Went about 40 yards out of site and died. One I’ll never forget!



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Re: Biggest accomplishment bowhunting
« Reply #14 on: July 03, 2023, 07:22:58 PM »
I don't have a photo of it anywhere I know anymore but my first archery deer, a 1x2 whitetail buck. Always hated treeststand hunting (still do actually even though I still do it) and saw four deer walking way out of range. Knew where they were going so slipped out of the tree and went to head them off. Bumped them several times but never horribly, eventually caught up with them and made a slick little sneak into about twenty yards. Any deer tag there, so picked the first one that gave me a shot (honestly thought it was a doe) and hit it perfect right where I was aiming, double lung top of the heart. Ran about fifty yards and piled up. I get buck fever REAL bad but having been around the deer for about an hour by then it had worn off. Tagged the deer and literally ran back to the cabin to wake up my wife and go find my dad. Really legitimized my skill set in my own mind and gave me a lot of confidence going forward, both in my shooting and woodsmanship.

 


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