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Ibow

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Any Traditional Shooters Here?
« on: December 21, 2011, 06:51:37 PM »
Just wondered if there were any recurve or longbow shooters here. If so, what do you shoot?

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Re: Any Traditional Shooters Here?
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2011, 08:26:35 AM »
I mostly shoot compund but I also own a 58# chek Mate.  Harvest Master loves his longbow and has great success with it, Harvesting a couple mulie bucks in the past 2 years.

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Re: Any Traditional Shooters Here?
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2011, 02:33:43 PM »
Love those Chek-mate bows. I have a Check-mate Hunter as a back up bow and I've got a buddy who owns several of them.

I've been shooting Black Widow recurves since I was a kid with the exception of a couple of years when I tried the longbow. I did shoot a compound for some time during the 80's.

Just wondered how many here used a trad bow. I'm enjoying reading through all the threads and posts. You guys are fortunate to live in such an incredible place.

Merry Christmas!

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Re: Any Traditional Shooters Here?
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2011, 12:45:42 AM »
Black widow makes a great longbow and recurve!
Sorry Rick I shot that last mule deer with a rifle, actually felt bad at how easy it was after using the stick for so long. I started shooting recurves first for fun and was certain I would always shoot a recurve. Now I can't even hold one, its longbow or nothing for me now.
Glad to see the interest and I'll post some picks asap.
Post script,
Rick has a sweet recurve and all he has to do is come pick up those arrows.....
Quote from Howard Hill.( Whenever he taught someone to shoot) "Son make up your mind right now if you want to target shoot or hunt as theres a world of differance between the two"

Hope this goes over well....

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Re: Any Traditional Shooters Here?
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2011, 07:42:09 AM »
It's interesting to see you mention your preference for the longbow. I've heard many guys say the same thing after making the switch from recurve to longbow. Looking back, I think I actually did shoot my longbow more accurately than I did the recurve but I just never developed the confidence required to stick with it. (no pun intended :)) I think I had a bear hunt scheduled that particular year and I chickened out and went back to the Widow.
I'll post some pics as well when I get home.

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Re: Any Traditional Shooters Here?
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2011, 12:10:36 PM »
A great wall of Bows that my "Deer" friend owns


My favorite shooting stick Hill country bows Harvest master 55# @28


A doe I took early in the season, but regretted because every day after that i had bucks at closer ranges then she presented. 22 yard shot from a tree stand.


A mule deer Weste and I Collected in a sweet honey hole with tonnes of activity.
Quote from Howard Hill.( Whenever he taught someone to shoot) "Son make up your mind right now if you want to target shoot or hunt as theres a world of differance between the two"

Hope this goes over well....

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Re: Any Traditional Shooters Here?
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2011, 12:11:57 PM »
Sorry about the poor quality pictures. A camera is definitely on the shopping list.
Quote from Howard Hill.( Whenever he taught someone to shoot) "Son make up your mind right now if you want to target shoot or hunt as theres a world of differance between the two"

Hope this goes over well....

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Re: Any Traditional Shooters Here?
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2011, 03:08:46 PM »
Wow, you've definitely got a collection of bows there! Beautiful. And congrats on your success this year to. I just cannot believe the size of the deer you guys kill there in AB.
Here's a few picts of one of my Widows ... 48@28. Hope I know how to post these things ...  ::)





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Re: Any Traditional Shooters Here?
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2012, 03:38:16 PM »
Sweet looking bow there Ibow.  We all pick our poison and I am definitely a compound guy.  I had a blast helping Harvest get that Mule Deer and I love his passion for the Longbow.  Where are you from Ibow?  And I believe you will be in Alberta to let the air out of a bear this spring(saw in another thread).  Where are you headed?

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Re: Any Traditional Shooters Here?
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2012, 04:14:15 PM »
Re the bow, thanks. And yup, we all have made choices down the road and their all within the boundaries of ethical and legal hunting. I'm not really one of these "traditional" guys ... it's just the type of bow I started hunting with 30 years ago and just never changed.

I'm headed to Swan Hills to hunt with John Rivet this spring. Not sure of the dates yet but I am DEFINITELY excited about this trip. It's been a live long dream to shoot a color phase bear and I'm going to give it one more try. I am really looking forward to seeing Alberta. I've of course never been there but I sure look forward to it! I'm trying to take a little "pressure" off myself and thinking more about the total experience of heading there.

I'm from "less than snowy" Michigan. It's been a very strange year. We live close to Lake Michigan and usually at this time of year we're getting pounded with snow. Not so this year - we finally got our first decent snowfall of the year last night.

How about you guys? Where in Alberta are you from and how much snow have you had so far?
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Re: Any Traditional Shooters Here?
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2012, 09:15:25 AM »
Swan Hills should be a great area to hunt bears.  I usually go  little further north and west for bears.  I have hunted them just about every spring for the last 10 years and have been firtunate enough to get a nice color phase bear in the first year.  Havent seen one since.  LOL  I live in southern Alberta, just 40 miles north of the Montana border.  We are in the shadow of the rockies and get very little snow.  We did get a dusting yesterday and the weather has turned cold after a couple of months of unseasonally warm weather.  It has been a warm winter in Alberta so far with not much snow province wide, this should be good for bears in the spring.  After a couple of hard winters its good to see the wildlife getting a little break.

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Re: Any Traditional Shooters Here?
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2012, 01:34:18 PM »
Well, I checked out all of Rivet's references and they all were positive so I'm hoping you're right - that the Swan Hill area will be good. Like I said, I'm really just looking forward to experiencing Alberta and of course the great bear hunting you guys have. Bear hunting is far and away my favorite thing to do when hunting so I am really looking forward to it.
I spoke a little too soon re the snow. We got hammered this weekend with "lake effect" snow ... The colder winds blow across the warmer and open water of Lake Michigan and being fairly close to the lake, we get dumped on when that happens. Crazy thing is, the temps moderated this afternoon and it's now in the mid 30's. It's been a weird weather year for sure!