Is bowhunting import to you?
Bowhunting has been a part of my life since I was a little boy. Killed my first rabbit when I was 9/10 years old with a Pearson fibreglass longbow.
That was back in the 60's. Always the longbow, and even eventually giving up the shotguns on birds for arrows...well, I'll admit I gave up on the bow for doves...had to break out the 20 ga. ...I like eating 'em! :)) But I did manage to arrow a couple of pheasants back then. No more wild pheasants here anymore.
Never once considered hunting any big game with a gun....had to be with a bow.
Yeah, bowhunting is an important part of my life,.. a kill isn't necessary. Just being out there is what's good for my soul, my escape from all the BS in our daily lives.
Fred Bear was right, a person will learn more about deer, when hunting with a bow than in a lifetime with a rifle.
Well we definitely have a bunch of likeminded members here. My personal reason for shooting archery is to hunt. It always was and will continue to be.
Hunting is important anf fun, but mostly because it gives me another chance to shoot traditonal archery gear. And if I'm lucky enough to be at a camp with other Trad hunters, to talk about the overall experience of hunting with Trad gear.
In order of importance at this snapshot in time:
Shooting traditional archery equipment.
Buying, selling, trading, researching, testing and talking about traditional archery equipment
Hunting with traditional archery equipment
While I like hunting, I truly enjoy shooting lots of arrows. In 2 hours at the 3D range I will shoot a couple hundred arrows. In several days in the blind, I am thankful to get a 1-2 shots at a live animal.
Yes. Its a grand experience every time.
I stopped getting a "rush", "adrenaline dump" or whatever the physiological response is called when I used a firearm for hunting. Taken Big 5, not quite 30 of N. America's big game and countless exotics. Been with clients on 100 times more than my own quests. But, put a bow in my hand and bring a doe whitetail in range and I perk up. If it might have antlers I could even be caught shaking in my tree. Something about the purity of the traditional bow, the closeness to the animal, the combination of circumstances that doesn't leave room for error. Yeah, bow hunting is very important to me.
I can relate to the rabbits, they just never got boring. When I was a kid I took every opportunity to go after them with home made (lets just loosely call it) bows. No one then really bothered with kids. As a teenager I rapidly discovered that no hunting (UK) means no hunting by any means.
Yes, it is. Archery is about the only hobby I still have. Because of age and health, I don't hunt nearly as much as I used to, but it is still my favorite pastime.
I enjoy bowhunting very much. It's a great way to spend time in the woods with the possibility of taking game and when you do you're not scaring everything out. I've been bowhunting since 1984 with my last big game kill in '86 but I keep going back. I also chased rabbits with a solid fiberglass recurve when I was young. Did a lot better back then. Frank
It is to me. Gives me more time outdoors, peaceful clearing of mind, and sometimes meat for the table. And all this before the guns begin sounding off. Not that I’m against what others do, to each his own, but when the high powered rifles com out, I stay home. The simplicity and feel of hunting with something I made myself is priceless.