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Time to get after the as the acorns are falling at my locations. Have taken a doe (and missed one as well when my bow limb hit an obstruction) so I have had a good start. Headed to Kansas next Saturday (again) so I'm excited.

Let us know when that trad kill happens!
 

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bigsmoke, we will make you an honorary member of the group....though you still my be required to shoot a stick every once in a while if the shoulder gets better:) I will let you borrow one.

As far as Kansas 8upbowhunter1, I'm going to a new location that has very restricted access this year. We will just have to see how this one turns out; but as always, I'm expecting a great hunt. I don't see 50 miles an hour winds in this years extended forecast. I don't think I will ever forget that and living off MRE's for 17 days:)
 

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This traditional archery thing started with me when I was 12 and now I'm approaching "old geezer" status at 63. Other than two or three years in the 80's with a compound, the go to bow has always been a recurve..... the last 36 being all that I have hunted with. I love it more than what is reasonable and often obsess about how many more years I have left do it. Being blessed with good health in terms of mobility; it isn't a problem yet.

The odd thing is I still can't give a simple answer to anyone as to why I do it. It just seems 'right.' I get asked a lot though......

I don't think ever think anybody ever becomes an expert as a trad bowhunter. Maybe all we do is merely strive to reach for a higher level of mediocracy.... and maybe on your best day you approach 'good'? That's kind of the way it is for me.

I’ve taken over 100 whitetails with a traditional bow; not counting the other critters like numerous bear, elk, mule deer, turkey, caribou, antelope, pigs, javelina and too many other smaller stuff to mention. Least you think of the last sentence as a brag, please understand we are talking about 50+ years of bowhunting. As Glenn St Charles once told me, at his age you could have just shot arrows blindly in the air for all those years and it would have landed on something. I know that is true for me.

I think I mentioned that I have taken a doe this year. I would post a picture but I'm not sure I can post on this format anymore; besides it was just a picture of the deer as the mosquitoes were killing me. I did miss a deer the very next morning though. It's the first time I ever missed so badly that I lost flight of the arrow. At 12 yards, I was so confident that I texted a friend to say I had killed one. I didn't see the arrow but there was no way I could miss....right? Only on the next trip to that same stand did I see the upper limb of the bow hit a tree limb. I drove myself crazy up to that point trying to understand what had happened. I still don't remember a jar in the bow at the shot. Compound and crossbow guys probably don't have bow limbs that hit trees very often. I guess that why I like traditional bows. Some of you know what I mean.

This Kansas thing has me pumped. Truck is already completely loaded, gassed, washed, and cleaned a full four days before my departure. I hate to be going alone but that's the way it is this year. It's only an 8 day hunt so I might try to post something each day. I plan to sit 11 hours each day in the stand. I think I will have plenty of time:)

Lastly, to anyone who needs trad advice and would want to talk to me; just PM me and I will give you my number to call or text as you need it. I have helped folks before and I think they all say it has worked well for them.j
 

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8upbowhunter1, I did notice the weather in Kansas today mentions wind gust over 40mph. Doesn't look that bad for next week though; cold with a chance for rain nearly all week with winds 15 mph or less.
 

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I know Tim was slated to be the MBA banquet speaker in Merigold the year covid first hit. I think the banquet was rescheduled the next year but I'm not sure he came for that one.

No doubt that Tim is the greatest instinctive archer since Howard Hill though I do wonder how good he would be with a stickbow. My bet is he would still be amazing. I watched an episode a few years ago where he was hunting wolf in 20 below zero weather in the sub artic. It was a dark film that reeked of frozen desolation. In the end, he took a 100+ yard shot over a frozen lake in fading light and I watched the lighted nock tract across the frozen darkness to take the wolf perfectly.

I sometimes think about how many people are inspired to try the same type shots. I doubt that there will ever be another Tim Wells (or Howard Hill)
 

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Stickbow hunting is hard....but I think its the hard part that keeps it interesting. I've always thought that there is some informal fraternal bond among traditional shooters; meaning that I usually find that we are all often very much alike.

I contribute that primarily to the hardship and sometimes difficult learning curve that ever trad hunter has to go through. Most people eventually give up on something that they perceive as too hard, those few that push through and persevere come out the other side amazingly similar.

It will happen for you. I think you have a great deal of what older folks call 'grit'
 
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