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Four New Names For The Hall Of Fame~By Chuck Tyler


Bow And Arrow
December 1974

Four New Names For The Hall Of Fame
Another Quartet of Archery’s Notables Receive Recognition

FOUR OF ARCHERY’S greatest
contributors have been inducted into
the Archery Hall of Fame, housed
within the confines 0f the Fred Bear
Museum in Grayling, Michigan.
Installed during the national tournament
of the National Field Archery
Association last August in Golden,
Colorado, were Harry Drake, the late
James “Doug” Easton, Dorothy Smith
Cummings and John Yount.

Harry Drake is the greatest flight
shooter of all time and one of the
sport’s finest bowyers. He has shot an
arrow more than a mile and currently
is plying his special talents with
Browning in Morgan, Utah.

The late Doug Easton was the
pioneer of aluminum arrows. Starting
with a small plant in the 1930s, Easton
proved critics wrong and built Easton
Aluminum into an archer’s byword.
He not only has made the finest shafts
in the world, but also was tireless in
his support of all phases of archery,
sponsoring many tournaments.
Many archers may not be familiar
with Dorothy Smith Cummings, but
she set world records during the early
part of the century. Perhaps most significant
of her many achievements is
that she was the last champion to win
a National Archery Association (NAA)
title and establish world records without the benefit of sights or artificial
points of aim on her bow.

Few field archers will fail to recognize John Yount. Still a strong backer,
he was instrumental in the establishment of the National Field Archery
Association (NFAA) and served as
executive secretary from 1939 through

1958. Largely through his efforts, the
NFAA has become the largest archery
association in the world.

The Archery Hall of Fame was conceived in 1972
by the Archery Manufacturers Association.
That year, the
first archers were installed in this elite
corps of archery’s greatest. They were:
Fred Bear, Karl Palmatier, Ann
Webber Hoyt, Russ Hoogerhyde, Ben
Pearson, Howard Hill and Maurice
Thompson.

In 1973, five more members were
inducted into the Hall of Fame: Rube
Powell, Saxon Pope, Clayton Shenk,
Art Young and Dr. Robert Elmer.
This year’s members were picked
from a long list of outstanding archers,
including: Louis Maxon, Henry
Richardson, Erwin Ketzler, Dr. Erwin
Peletcher, Bill Forbenth, Earl Hoyt,
Mrs. M.E. Howell, Jean Lee, Ann
Marston, Carol Meinhart, Louis Smith,
Roy Hoff, Will Thompson, Joe Fries,
Babe Bitzenburger, Dr. P. Klopsteg
and Dr. Paul Crouch.
Nominees are selected in three main
categories: Shooters, Contributors to
the Sport and Outstanding Influence
0n the Sport. There is one exception:
in an historical category, the choice is
made by the Hall of Fame committee
historian.

Voters for the Hall of Fame nominees include the Hall of
Fame committee, alternating members of the
Hall of Fame, magazine editors and
knowledgeable persons in the sport.
The current Hall of Fame commit-
tee includes: Joe Rusnick, chairman;
Dave Staples; Pat Wingfield; Ed
Martin; and Bob Rhode, historian.
The Hall of Fame banquet and installation is held alternately at championship
tournaments of the Professional Archers Association, National
Field Archery Association, National
Archery Association and the Archery
Lane Operators Association, should
they hold a national tournament.
In keeping with the high standards,
the Hall of Fame has adopted an 1878
quotation as their byword: “So long as
the new moon returns in heaven, a
bent, beautiful bow, so long will the
fascination of archery keep hold of the
hearts of men.” ~ Chuck Tyler

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How Not To Start An Archery Club – By Muriel E Jones


Bow And Arrow Hunting
December 1974

How NOT To Start An Archery Club – By Muriel E Jones

The Techniques Used in Merry Olde England May Apply Here – Complete With Tribulations!

WHAT FOLLOWS IS how a
small group of earnest, dedicated amateurs
tackled the job of beginning a
target archery club. Of course, only
archers know the fun it is; the lay
public need convincing.

There was in our village the nucleus
of a club, which had existed for many
years, although all but a few members
either had expired or drifted away to
other scenes, leaving behind a motley
collection of ancient but serviceable
equipment which was enough for the
purpose. The chairman and secretary
lived in the village and, between them,
stuffed under the doors of each house
invitations for all those interested to
attend a demonstration in the playing
fields, designating the time and date.
The afternoon duly arrived and we
presented ourselves in the field, where
a group of people were huddled together
to keep warm, it being quite
cold and windy with overcast gray
skies — not at all the idyllic scene one
would have wished for. The demonstrators
seemed to be shaking with
cold or nerves and the organizer’s chief
worry was that someone lurking
around the back of the nets would get
hit with a stray arrow.

After a short interval of clapping
one’s hands vigorously around the
body in an effort to keep alive in the
extreme cold while waiting for stragglers,
the demonstration began. This
was conducted by the organizer and
chairman, who very efficiently explained
the rules and terms of archery
and measured us to see what length of
arrow we would require and whether
we should keep our left or right eye
shut; it being advisable to have only
one open for some reason, which I
have since found unnecessary.
We were duly equipped with various
bits of leather which, we were –
told, were necessary to protect our
fingers; those without enough padding
on their arms already were provided
with armguards. We took turns at
shooting three arrows at a target,
strategically placed in the corner of
V the field with a view of missing any
stray passersby enjoying their Sunday I
afternoon walk.

One of the more important
villagers, who rather fancied himself as
a squire, turned up for a lark, I think,
missed all the introductory demonstration
but shot his three arrows,
which the organizer meekly collected
for him. Everyone else, naturally, had
to go and get their own. We all
thought this was a bit of a cheek but,
being English, we’re used to such
carryings-on, and showed our
contempt by not saying a word.
Everyone by now was blue with
cold, so the demonstration ended with
a firm promise that we would all turn
up at an appointed time and date at a
site where the former club used to
meet — this being outside the village
and inaccessible to anyone without
motor transport, which naturally
would curtail the numbers.

The evening of the meeting arrived;
heavy thunderstorm in progress —
skies absolutely black. Hence, only a
few people turned up. The organizer
had thoughtfully arranged a target
some feet from the doorway of the
pavilion and was half-heartedly encouraging
those who had turned up to
shoot from under cover of the pavilion
to save getting absolutely drenched.
He manfully retrieved the arrows for
the same reason.

The practical aspect of the meeting
soon finished, we gathered ’round to
discuss the possibilities of forming a
club while the lightning crackled overhead
and one was initiated into the
more theoretical aspects of target
archery.
I found it somewhat discouraging
to learn that one was expected to
shoot eight or even twelve-dozen
arrows at a match, and I felt this information
should have been kept from
beginners, as merely the shooting of
one arrow seemed to paralyze every
muscle in the body. Encouraging re-
marks that one must be doing it wrong
then, I didn’t find at all helpful.

Happily, the weather improved and
on the following Sunday afternoon we
had many laughs while trying our best
to hit the target only a few feet away.
Some members took it very seriously
and launched into complicated mathematical
analysis of a kind which was
received in silence and awe at first, but
with increasing skepticism as time
went by.

Little by little the targets were
moved off as the weeks went by and
proud members produced super kit
and appeared very knowledgeable
about weight in hand, etc., and the
quality if not quantity of the arrows,
and a few people embarked on the
process of making their own tackle
boxes.
It is true we lost every match that
season, but we came in good seconds;
which impressed Gladys, the barmaid
at the local pub, who had no idea that
there were only two teams participating.

Many jolly times were had
over a glass of beer, as we determined
our faults and how to overcome them.
There was an excitement one
Sunday afternoon during an at—home
match. We were sharing the field with
a cricket club, whose activities were
taking place to the right of the target
archers, when the pilot of a large red
glider decided he couldn’t possibly go
any farther and landed in the field to
our left — making it difficult for even
the most devoted archer to keep his
eye on the target.

Enthusiasm being the strong point
of new archers, we couldn’t possibly
hear of doing nothing all Winter, so we
decided to try and hire a hall for our
purposes. One member’s attempt to
hire an old airship hangar of considerable
dimensions met with little success
and much derision from the other
members. But the more modest village
hall, which allowed us to shoot a full
eleven yards, was at last hired for one
evening per week.
As the young wives used one of the
rooms in the hall at the same time,
very often one was distracted by an
arresting speech or the conversation of
forty women at once. But we
persevered.

On one occasion, owing to our
ignorance, one member whose sight
had slipped unnoticed found her arrow
nearly in the ceiling. There followed
much surreptitious comings and goings
with filler and paint before the care-
taker should return and discover the
damage; as the village hall committee
were not impressed by our prowess
and seemed very anxious, we should
take all precautions.

The most urgent consideration was
to find a site of our own. We had, on
sufferance, been allowed to use the
site of the old club. Much groundwork
had been done on the problem of a
new site by the chairman and secretary,
and we all realized that money
was a necessary factor — not only to
finance the scheme, but to pay for
equipment and ground rent and legal
fees, etc.
The money was raised by running
dances in the village hall and the villagers were pressed to buy tickets.
Fortunately, owing to the exquisite
cuisine supervised by one of our members, the people came in sufficient
numbers, if not to dance, certainly to
eat and our reputation as dance
organizers increased.

Before Summer came ’round again,
we had negotiated the club site and
after much wrangling over the
stupidity of the legal document and
the person designated to attend to it,
it was duly signed, allowing the club
the use of the site until the year 2001.
Hence, one day early in the year
finds us at the site. It is bitterly cold
and raining and the soggy grass flaps
around our knees. The site seems
somewhat overgrown and rather
daunting in prospect. However, rapid
consultation produces a plan of action
which was less than rapid in being put
into practice.

I must mention here that ours was
an exclusive club. Not purposely — we
did not intend to exclude anybody.
But the numbers remained around
twelve. One can imagine, then, that
putting into order this large piece of
ground was a difficult task for such a
small number.

But, by degrees and with
appropriate loss of funds, the site was
reduced to a manageable field. Many
tender little oak saplings were gouged
out of the ground by a machine and
were burned at the stake with appropriate
feeling. It was also easy to deter-
mine one of the boundaries, as the
litter of pigs running loose made it
clear that ground belonged to them.
We earnestly hoped the wind would be
in the right direction when we were
using the field.

Many hands were willing and it
soon took shape. Posts were erected
around the perimeter in preparation
for the endless barbed wire, insisted
upon the the Parish Council, who even
wanted red flags as well. Seemingly,
their opinion of our improvement did
not match our own.

The site not being ready for the
season, it was left sadly to itself while
we adjourned to the site of our former
glories and disappointments. That
season, the English Summer played
havoc with our progress. The
temperature rarely rose above 60
degrees and many a match was post-
poned or abandoned. Most of the kit
purchased that year included water-
proofed garments and umbrellas, as we
thought, in our innocence, how nice it
would be to erect a covered way at the
new site which would afford some
shelter from the weather.

In spite of the dampening weather,
our spirits did not diminish and our
numbers, though not increasing, did
not decrease. Enthusiasm was still
evident and we set about hiring the village
hall for the second year.
At this point I had to leave the club
and accompany my spouse to the
United States. It was with regret at not
having participated, and chagrin at
hearing how well they were progressing
without me, when I learned
the club had won nine matches during
the first season of my absence.

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Is The Compound Bow For You? By Ray Nelson


Bow And Arrow
December 1974


Is the Compound Bow For You?
By Ray Nelson


THE COMPOUND BOWS are here to stay. When they first came
out several years ago they were regarded as “just another gimmick” by
many hunting archers. There are few bowhunters today, however, who
don’t have a healthy respect for compound bows. The compounds now
are being used by hunters throughout the country and they’re proving
to be deadly hunting tools in the hands of competent bowmen.
I’m not a habitual experimenter myself, but last year I finally got
around to trying a compound. It was an interesting experience and
maybe, if you’re one of the many undecided archers, I could share my
compound bow experience with you and help you make up your mind.


As a bowhunter, I’ve always been
pretty conservative with regard to
equipment. But about a year ago, I got
an itch to try a compound. I contacted
Tom Jennings, president of Jennings
Compound Bow, Incorporated, and he
agreed to loan me one of his bows for
the forthcoming hunting season. I was
to hunt with the compound, evaluate
it for hunting and write an article on
it. I told Tom I would evaluate it
strictly from a bowhunting point of
view and that I was primarily interest-
ed in what it was like to hunt with a
compound as compared with a regular
bow.

The Jennings bow arrived in the
Spring, giving me plenty of time to get
used to it before hunting season. The
first thing I did was lose the set of
wrenches that were included for adjusting
and tuning the bow. But they
had set it for sixty pounds at the factory,
which was fine with me, and

evidently they had tuned it well for
me so I just started practicing with it.
I practiced a lot during the Summer,
but never could get the hang of
the bow. Along toward the end of the
Summer, I was totally discouraged and
nearly ready to send the bow back
with apologies.

Somebody told me that I was
having trouble because the release on a
compound_is far more critical than
with a recurve bow. So I dug down in
my gear box in the garage and found a
Wilson Strap Tab release I’d experimented
with a few years back. I took
the release and the compound bow out
to the dirt bank where I usually practice a
nd was surprised to see that the
little gadget did the trick. After shooting
only a few arrows, I decided that
the Wilson Strap Tab and the compound
bow were made for each other.
Based on this early experience, I
think I can say that anyone who is
seriously thinking of getting a compound
bow for hunting had better
plan to try an artificial release if they
have any trouble in adapting to the
shooting peculiarities of the compound.

My first hunting experience with
the compound bow was in August
when I went up to Colorado for the
archery deer hunt. I saw a lot of elk,
but didn’t get any action on deer. I
did, however, get to do a heck of a lot
of stump shooting with the compound
bow. There’s nothing like field practice
to get you acquainted with a new
bow. By the time I came back from
the Colorado hunt, I was convinced I
could kill any stump, dirt bank or
weed patch that came within sixty
yards of me and my Jennings bow.
While waiting for bow season to
open back in New Mexico, I did some
arrow experimenting. In Albuquerque,
where I live, few people had compound
bows at the time, so I had
trouble getting advice on what size
arrows to use. I’d been using sixty-
pound wooden shafts and 2020 aluminums
up to then, but needed to go
to something much lighter to get the
full speed out of my bow. That’s one
of the nicest things about a compound
bow — the fact that you can use a substantially
lighter arrow than with a recurve
bow of equivalent draw weight.
Jennings advertises his compound as
being “up to fifty percent faster than
any recurve bow.” I don’t have access
to a chronograph, but I’ve been shooting
hunting bows for a long time and
my good, old twenty-twenty eyeballs
are convinced that the compound puts
out a horrendously fast arrow.
The arrow that I finally settled on
was a 2016 aluminum, fletched
straight. With the compound set on
sixty pounds, the 2016s flew like miniature
lightning bolts. The trajectory
was so much flatter that for the first
few practice sessions with these shafts
I couldn’t keep from shooting over the
mark.

As opening day drew closer, I practiced
more intensively with the
Jennings, especially at longer ranges.
The Sandia Mountains, where I do
much of my bowhunting, offer the
archer a lot of tempting shots at longer
ranges. Fifty and sixty yards are not uncommon,
and I knew that the
compound, with its zippy arrow flight
and its flat trajectory, could handle
these shots.
On opening weekend, I had my first
shot at a deer with the compound
bow. I was easing around a bend in a
trail that went alongside a meadow
when a two by two buck appeared in
the early morning mist across the
meadow. He was about fifty or maybe
fifty-five yards away, standing broadside,
and looking like he was about to
leave at any moment. I drew back, let
fly, and missed. The arrow was too
high. If he’d been a large camel, I might
have grazed the top of the hump.
I was disappointed about missing
him, but what the heck, I thought, his
antlers needed to grow another year
anyway. The interesting thing about
missing that buck was that he had
stayed perfectly still and not run away
until the arrow had passed over him.


This told me that the compound
was shooting quietly. The compound
bows are advertised as quiet shooters,
but I’d heard some that sounded
I downright noisy. I was worried about
mine until after this incident.
Actually, it’s all in the tuning, as I
learned later.

I had no more shooting action
during opening weekend. Later, about
the middle of that week, I was
prowling along down an abandoned
Jeep trail toward sundown and came
upon a bedded doe. She was about
fifteen yards away and there was considerable
foliage between myself and
the doe. She had seen me, but Iwas
wearing quiet tennis shoes and was
fully camouflaged, so she didn’t seem
too spooky, just a little nervous. The
problem was that I didn’t have an
arrow on the bowstring and my strap
tab release was in my pocket. I’d
packed away the arrow because I was
on a steep downhill gradient- and
didn’t want anything sharp poking on
me if I should slip and fall.

Turning slowly, I faced away from
the doe and quietly sneaked an arrow
out of the quiver, attached it to the
bowstring, then fished the strap tab
out of my pocket and hooked it up.
I half expected the doe to be gone
by the time I turned to face her, but
she had stayed in place. Drawing back
the arrow, I leveled the shaft at the
base of her neck, aiming meticulously
through an awkward tunnel in the
foliage, and let go. The arrow went
through the foliage and through the
doe almost simultaneously. It came
out the other side and disappeared in
the bushes somewhere and I never saw
it again. The deer dashed a short distance
and went down dead.
As I walked over to the deer, I
thought of how odd it was to have
practiced all that long-range shooting
and to get my deer at such a close
distance as fifteen yards.

I think any bow would have done
the job at that short distance, and I
doubt if it would be realistic to say the
compound bow was the deciding
factor. The flatter trajectory of the
compound bow may have been an aid,
because the arrow had to get through a
rather tiny opening in the foliage to
get to the deer, but I’d hate to put any
money on it.

If you’re undecided about whether
to switch to a compound bow, this
matter of the compound’s extra speed
may have a bearing on your decision.
The odds are really against you in
bowhunting and anything you can do
to tip the balance in your favor is
worth considering.

Let’s say that doe of mine had been
a huge trophy buck instead, and let’s
say he was standing tense and ready to

bolt instead of bedded down. A compund
bow might very well have made
the difference between a trophy of a
lifetime and a thin air shot. I’ve seen a
tensed-up deer whirl and get away
from a recurve bow’s arrow at a distance
of eighteen yards, and I’m
inclined to think a compound would
have made the difference in that en-
counter.

I have no illusions that the com-
pound-propelled arrow is inescapable,
though. That dream was shattered the
first time I took a thirty-five-yard shot
at a spooky deer, which was about a
week after I bagged the doe. The area
where I do my bowhunting allows two
deer, and I spent the rest of the season
hunting with the compound, but
didn’t get a second deer.

This proves something. The com-
pound bow, though definitely superior
to any recurve bow, is not a cure-all. It
does not add to the skill or luck of the
hunter. The man behind the bow is the
final deciding factor in whether or not
game will be taken. There are plenty
of guys walking around in the woods
with fancy, expensive bows, both com-
pounds and recurves, who have never
killed a deer with an arrow and never
will ~ mainly because they don`i
know how to hunt and aren’t willing
to learn.

But I think I can definitely say that
anyone who is already a hunter will be
a better hunter with a compound bow
in his hands. And probably anyone
who is a serious minded beginner will
find his road to success a lot shorter if
he starts out with a compound bow.
One really big advantage of the
compound bow is that it’s adjustable
in draw weight. When you feel your
strength gaining with practice. you
may want to go to a heavier draw
weight. With a recurve, you have to
trade in your bow to do this but with a
compound you just get out your
wrenches and dial it up.

When I used the Jennings bow, I
got accustomed to the sixty-pound
draw weight early in the season. so I
located someone with a set of
wrenches and we set mine up to
seventy pounds. I worked with it this
way for a few days, but didn’t like it,
so we cranked it down to sixty-five
and I was satisfied with that draw
weight for the rest of the season.
Another bonus you get with a com-
pound bow is the substantial Letup in
draw weight once you get past mid-
draw. This allows you to have a rock-
steady hold at full draw, even with a
hunting weight bow. Whether you’re
perched in a tree stand waiting for a
whitetail to turn his body sideways or
crouched on the ground waiting for a
muley to meander out from behind a
bush, you’re unquestionably going to
be better off with a compound than an
ordinary bow.
On the disadvantage side, there are
some things that might make you
think twice before investing in a pulley

bow. First of all, they seem to be in a
state of evolution, as manufacturers
continue to make changes in the
original compound bow’s design.
Don’t let yourself be a part of any-
body’s research program. Bowmakers
have a responsibility to give their new
products 21 full and thorough testing
both in the factory and in the field
before putting them on the market,
and most do. But it’s something to
watch out for.

Another thing about the compound
is that it’s got so many moving parts,
you need a dealer in your community
to service it. If you happen to live in a
remote area, you could have a whole
hunting season ruined if your com-
pound went haywire and you couldn’t
get to a dealer.

The sheer physical weight of the
average compound is a matter to consider.
The Jennings model I used
weighed six pounds including bow
quiver and arrows, a heavy burden to
lug around all day. It was about like
carrying a rifle. But to make matters
worse, when I was stalking a deer, it
became very cumbersome to maintain
the compound bow in a semi-ready
shooting position. The only answer to
this problem is that manufacturers
need to devise lighter materials for
compounds without compromising on
durability.

I see that several of the compounds
now on the market do offer lighter
weights, and that’s encouraging. While
the weight is going down on com—
pounds, the price is not. They arejust
plain expensive.
The price may be what is keeping
many archers from buying compound
bows. Most of them cost around two
hundred dollars and a lot of guys are
reluctant to put out this kind of
money.

I like the compound bows myself,
but haven’t bought one yet. l think I’ll
watch them evolve a while longer and
hope they get lighter.

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What You See…Is What You Get! By Roy Hoff


BOW AND ARROW HUNTING
October 1973

I AM WRITING THIS in an effort to be helpful
to the countless bowhunters who travel each year
a couple of thousand miles more or less to bag a deer,
perhaps with braggin’ size, rocking chair antlers, only
to return home and explain to the ever lovin’ how come
he got skunked. I was a member of this nationwide
group of buck-missers until about ten years ago, when
I came to the conclusion there was just no way I could
meet a trophy buck on his own terms and in h·is wild
habitat and come out a winner.

Know what I did? I joined the clan who hunt from
tree stands. This select group all are of the opinion
that using a bow and arrow really is hunting the hard
way. After ten years of figuring all the angles, bagging
a trophy buck deer still is no cinch. But when I learned
to hunt from a tree stand, Lady Luck started looking
my way and with a pleasant smile.
I built my first tree stand on the Wilcox Ranch
in 1960. The site was in a big cottonwood overlooking a
forty-acre alfalfa field. No stand could have been more
comfortable, and as safe as the roof of the nearby ranch
house, but for efficiency, and putting me on an even
footing with the big Utah bucks, it was a total loss. I’ll
tell you why.

I selected a tree with a beautiful view of the field.
I found soon this could be placed last on a list of necessary conditions.
This blind was immediately abandoned except for morning hunting. The field was in a
canyon. Deer, bedded on the canyon walls, could see
everything that was going on in the stand and, of course,
bypassed the spot at a considerable distance.
Lesson number one: select the site for your tree
stand so that the game can not look down through the
branches. All the area round the stand should be well
below eye level of the hunter and well above that of
the deer. Unless you make noise, the chances are a deer
will not look up into your tree. But if he approaches
your tree from any direction which places you eye level,
you might as well return to camp.

I strongly believe that of the deer’s senses, sight
is his best alarm signal. If you can see a certain movement
at a hundred yards, I’d venture to say a deer can
see the same movement at five hundred yards. I am
mindful of a lesson in the Boy Scout manual: If a
person becomes lost in a forest and hears a plane,
he should vigorously shake a young aspen or the limb
of a tree. Rescuers can spot the movement.
On opening morning of the hunting season, as

I make my way to a previously prepared stand, I probably
resemble a junk collector. I carry a gunny sack
over my shoulder in which are: pillow, down jacket,
mittens, large-size plastic bags, binoculars, raincoat,
apple and some Tootsie Rolls. The latter item may
be kids’ stuff, but you’d be surprised how good they
taste when you’re real hungry, even those which were
left over from last year. Another item which is always
good for a laugh is my piece of carpet for the floor
of my stand, to deaden the sound if I shuffle my feet
when a deer is nearby.

When night closes in, I put everything back in the
bag and tie it down for the night. Yes, even my bow. I,
of course, cover the fletching of my arrows with a
plastic bag as a protection from morning dew or rain.
My hunting partners look at me with tongue—·in—cheek
like I was cracking up. I explain to them when I am
returning from my blind at night or going to it in the
morning, it’s too dark for any possible shot. When making
this same journey in daylight, if I were to see a
deer I would pass up the shot. I can’t with any confidence
guess the distance of a shot, and foregoing the
shot would preclude any possibility of a bad hit.
If a bowman hunts from a tree stand, he will
fin·d there is a lot more to the sport than flinging arrows.
He will have an opportunity to see wildlife and
observe much in their kingdom he never previously
realized existed.

Often I have had a bird alight on a limb a few
feet from my nose. Keeping absolutely still, not even
blinking my eyes, I have watched the antics of these
winged creatures. It has often been humorous as a
feathered species cocks its head and curiously ex-
amines the funny—looking nearby object which was
not there the last time this roosting place was visited.
Every hunter knows creatures of our wildlife
kingdom have ways and means of communication. One
afternoon, while sitting in my tree stand on the Wilcox
Ranch in Utah, I had a fascinating experience of observing
a deer family tableau of communicating evidence
of danger followed by a signal that all was clear.
I had climbed into my tree stand shortly before
four -in the afternoon. I knew from past experience
that the chance of seeing a deer before sundown was
extremely remote. But I also had learned that it is
a good idea to arrive at your stand early, get settled
down and give any deer who has spotted you a chance
to convince himself you mean no harm.

To help resist the temptation of looking around
or glassing the area to see if a herd of bucks is approaching,
I take a·long a favorite sporting magazine
and catch up on my reading. After reading two or
three pages, I glanced ahead while turning the page. To
use an old hunter’s cliche, there, on the far side of the
alfalfa field, a herd of deer had appeared as if by magic
There were four bucks and five does, all with their
noses in the feedbag. It was a sight to quicken the pulse
of any bowhunter. It would have taken a patient and
expert stalker to climb down out of the tree, make a
huge circle and approach the herd from the wooded
side of the field. It was a cinch I didn’t have the qualifications.

I continued to watch the feeding animals
with considerable excitement and fascination.
Suddenly the scene was changed. All heads being erect
with eyes focused toward the sound of a jeep engine starting.
Later I learned the card game had broke;
up and for something to do to kill time, Waldo Wilcox loaded the
hunters into a jeep pickup and headed for Cherry Meadows,
a distance of about ten miles up Range Creek Canyon.

The deer held their position until they saw movement
of the vehicle coming toward them. They quickly
dashed across the ranch road, use a draw for a short
distance, then topped out on a small hogback where
they could get a commanding view of approaching
danger.
The four bucks immediately laid down. The does
sort of messed around, nuzzling the ground and making
like they were doing the chores. Several minutes after
the sound of the truck was lost in the distance, all the
does started making their way back to the field. The
bucks, mind you, continued with their siesta. To me,
I imagined one buck, probably the boss of the outfit,
issued a command something like: “Okay, gals, let’s
get with it! Take a run down to the field and see what
gives with those hunters who just passed by !”

The does, upon reaching the road, looked first
up, then down the canyon. Perhaps two minutes later
all five of them walked nonchalantly into the alfalfa
and started grazing. They paid no more attention to
the road or vehicle.

Suddenly, as if the boss buck had wirelessed to
see if the coast were clear, all the does, as if at a command,
turned toward the mountainside and walked
slowly single file to the top of the hogback and joined
the apparently dozing bucks. Whatever means of communication was used it didn’t take long.
The does turned around and started down the hill. The bucks then
got up and joined the procession. When the herd, led
all the way by the does, reached the road they did not
hesitate to look up and down it for possible danger.
They crossed without hesitation, walked a few feet
into the meadow and immediately resumed feeding.
As a sort of epilog to this episode, two of the
hunters, upon their return to the meadow, spotted the
deer and made a successful stalk, Hank Krohn bagged
a buck and Milt Lewis a doe. Doug Easton got some
shooting, but no hits.

I highly recommend hunting from a tree stand.
Before I go into details of construction, I want to
emphasize two conditions: right at the top, as most
important, I want to stress the safety angle. Most any-
one could sit on a stool and watch the birds indefinitely.
But seeing a deer and with quickened pulse take a shot
at your quarry, you could easily step too far or lose
your balance and fall to the ground seriously injuring
yourself, even fatally. So, be a sissy like me and wear
a safety belt of some kind. I merely tie a length of
nylon rope around my waist, with the other end wrapped
around and tied to the tree. If you ever have need
for this device, I’m sure it won’t be very comfortable,
but most assuredly will save your life.

If climbing a ten-foot ladder gives you cold shiv-
ers, then hunting from a tree stand is not for you.
Next would be the comfort part of tree stand
building. My wife, Frieda, has often called me an ol’
wiggle—butt, because I never was able to sit still in a
cramped and uncomfortable position.
Construct your stand so you can occasionally
stand up and shake the kinks out of your lower extremeties.
I don’t mean like a jack-in-the-box, so your
movements might be noticed by a big buck bedded
on a nearby hillside. Even with the luxury of a pillow
I find a brief respite from sitting, about every half-
hour, is a real pleasure.


There are a number of portable stands which have
been advertised in Bow and Arrow magazine. I personally
like Ron’s Porta-Pak. It comes with shoulder
straps, so you can back-pack it into the woods. Best
of all, for me, it comes equipped with a canvas top
seat. Remember, there will be times when you will
have to spend hours in a confined area, and the less
you move around, changing positions, the better off
and more successful you’ll be.

If you are going to hunt within a day’s drive of
your home, I’d suggest you go on a scouting expedition
a week or two before opening day of season.
Look for tracks and other signs of the species of game
you’re going to hunt. For brevity of this article let’s
presume you are going deer hunting. Search for a
spring or other watering place where tracks indicate
the game has been visiting frequently.
Now we need a tree-—one we can climb into and
out of with safety. The tree should be within four
to ten steps from a waterhole, or used deer trail. This
so that when the deer puts in an appearance, you can be
on the alert and not move an eyelash until your game
is almost directly beneath you. This is what makes
tree stand hunting so popular. A deer cannot see you
draw your bow and loose the arrow.
A word of advice: practice shooting nearly straight
down. You will find it a lot more difficult than you
think——even using a sight. Talk your club members
into setting up one tree stand target. Use it for a
novelty event if nothing else. Upon arriving at my
tree stand, I never fail to shoot a few practice arrows,
picking certain spots where I believe a deer might
appear. I have found that a twenty-yard setting will
suffice for anything around the tree, even for an actual
distance much farther.

Let’s say we found a pine tree which was just
what we were looking for. It was forty or fifty feet
high and eighteen inches in diameter. The first limb
was ten feet off the ground. Being in a national forest,
we would not be permitted to nail climbing blocks to
the tree or build a stand of a permanent nature. We
would install a portable stand and use a rope ladder
to climb up to it.

To be sure, there are many ways to climb a tree,
an·d many different kinds of trees, each presenting
a particular problem in climbing. One time I was privileged
to hunt on the Walking Cane Ranch in Texas.
The land was covered with millions of scrub cedars.
All the equipment a hunter needed in this area was:
hammer, saw, two or three nails and a one—by—six two
feet long. No devices were needed to climb these cedars.
There were lots of limbs from top to bottom. After
reaching the top, the hunter would saw off a couple
of feet from the main trunk, then nail on the board for
his seat. An added pillow was for luxury.

In all of our western states, forests are composed
of pine, fir, hemlock, aspen, cottonwood and many
other species. Personally, after I have located a good
spot for a stand, I search for a tree with a natural
opening in the foliage about the right height for a stand.
This precludes the necessity of pruning many branches
in order to see out and get an arrow through. Often
a hunter will find where lightning has struck a tree
and gouged out an opening ideal for locating a stand.
Photographs accompanying this article will give
you a good idea of how to set up housekeeping in some
tree and make like an owl. It was my dream to present
a photo of me drawing a bow and aiming at a live
deer. Sort of having my cake and eating it, too. But
I found this chore more difficult than I thought. Deer
are narrow minded and uncooperative.

One photo depicts what looks like the real thing.
Here is how the shot was accomplished. About ten years
ago, I was hunting in Rock Creek Park, near Monte
Vista, Colorado. My hunting partner was Ernest Wilkinson,
local taxidermist and founder of the Piedra
Bowhunters Club. In his display room I feasted my
eyes on a life~like full mount of a f·our—by-four mule
buck deer.

Last summer en route to Colorado for a bear hunt,
I dragged this picture out of my memory file and stopped
by Ernie’s place to sort of say hi. It took a little
arm twisting, but within the hour we had loaded the
mount into a van, driven to a spot in Rock Creek Park,
where we had long ago hunted deer together, and
set up a realistic shot of Ernie sitting on a tree stand
with bow drawn and aiming at the one—for~twenty spot
on a trophy buck.
Don’t build your stand in the top of the highest
tree. When the wind blows you’ll wish you hadn’t, and
you might get seasick! I’d say the minimum height
should be ten feet, with a maximum of thirty. Remember,
the higher you climb, the more difficult it is to
get in and out of your stand and hoist your gear to

and from. For the latter chore I use a hundred—foot
length of quarter-inch nylon cord.
I recommend you be in your stand about half
an hour before daylight. This will give time for any
body odor lingering below to dissipate. Al-so any deer
who have been alerted by the noise you made getting
to your stand will have settled down and figured that
Whatever caused the disturbance had disappeared.
Hunting from a tree stand can be really exciting
at times. You may spot your deer at a considerable
distance and then observe it slowly making its way
toward your stand. I guarantee it will raise your blood
pressure and increase your heart beat! Have an area
picked where you are fairly sure of getting a good hit,
then wait until the ·deer reaches that spot. It will be a
bit rough, but wait him out.

“The greatest hunting thrill of my life was waiting
for a record—class buck slowly make his way to a spring
near my stand. He only had to cover two hundred
yards, but the way he picked his path, hesitating at
every step, it must have taken him two hundred minutes
to reach the spot where I planned to loose the arrow.
I forced myself to turn my eyes in another direction
from time to time s·o I could not see him and to better
hold back the buck fever which was creeping in. Even
though my bow arm was a bit on the shakey side, the
arrow flew true to the spot, and I had the further
thrill of seeing the big beauty go d·own for the count.
Th·is experience took place on the Lamicq ranch in
the high country, back of Grand junction, Colorado.
John, as an outfitter, is a firm believer in hunting from
a tree stand. Annual kill success of his clients tend·s to
prove this is the only way to go. Much of the Lamicq
property, owned or leased, covers the tops of several
huge ridges. Needless to say, ·if a hunter is thinking of
bagging a trophy buck he’d better go topside.
Ecologists complain that tree stand-s are ugly and
spoil the natural wilderness of a forest. I will admit
some I have seen are an eyesore, but I have been as-
signed to a tree in a certain small area and have had
difficulty finding the tree with the stand in it. The
hunter does not have to chop off limbs with reckless
abandon, even if there were no objection. If you leave
chopped-off limbs scattered around the foot of your
tree stand, forget it! Deer know when things are not
as they were yesterday and sense danger.
A word of caution: check your game laws. There
are a couple of states which prohibit hunting from a
tree. There also are several states which prohibit hunting
except from a tree stand. <——<<<<

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Published by Mike on 02 Feb 2011

Blue Hunting Sight?

Looking at Viper sights for the wife. She wants one for her Passion but wants it in blue, not the Passion Pink one….anyone know if someone makes a blue sight not just knobs and scales (Sure-Loc)

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Published by Lynne Holdeman on 29 Jan 2011

Lynne Holdeman Iowa Archery Tips

Before you begin – Select a bow that fits you. It is best to get an experienced archer to help you select your first bow. No matter what type of bow you choose, you want one that is the correct draw length and draw weight for you.

I like to start people out with recurve bows. If you can shoot a recurve you can shoot a compound bow, but not necessarily the other way around. It’s kind of like learning to ride a motorcycle. It helps if you already know how to ride a bicycle.

Here are 8 tips for better shooting:

1. Grip (Bow Hand) – The main thing here is that you want a loose grip. If you are right handed, you will hold the bow in your left hand and vice versa. Form a V with your thumb and index finger. Now allow the bow handle to rest deep in the V and lightly wrap your thumb and fingers around the handle. Curve your fingers so they are not sticking out in the way of the arrow. You need a slight bend in the elbow of your grip hand. Do not lock your elbow.

2. Grip (String Hand) – There is more than one grip that works, but I teach two fingers on the string below the arrow nock and one finger on the string above the knock. This is of course if you are shooting without the aid of a release. I do not recommend a release for beginners. Learn the basics first. Make sure your pinky stays back out of the way. You can use your thumb to hold it down. Look at your fingers…You will want the string to come across your fingers half way between the tips and the first joint. Many people use too much of their finger on the string which prevents a smooth release. As you begin to draw the bow, you will want to keep your fingers in the same position on the string. A common problem is that people curl their fingers as they draw the bow string. This causes the arrow to come off the rest.

3. Drawing the Bow – As you draw the bowstring, your elbow on your string hand should be pointed directly out away from your body and parallel to the ground. I always take in a breath as I draw.

4. Anchor Point – As you reach full draw, there will be a spot on your face where the string naturally comes to. I place my finger against the corner of my mouth. Every time I draw, I go to this same spot. This ensures consistency in my draw length. Find an anchor point that works for you. Once at my anchor point, I hold my breath momentarily.

5. Relax – Try to relax as much as possible. The more uptight you are the more likely you are to jerk as you release. A smooth release is essential to accuracy.

6. Aim – Again, there are different methods that work for different folks. I close one eye and look down the arrow at my target. Some people shoot with both eyes open. Either way, you should really focus on your target, mentally visualizing where you want the arrow to go. Pick out a specific spot and stare a hole through it. Once you are at full draw, do not hold your arrow for more than about 3 seconds. The longer you hold your bow at full draw, the more you will shake and the less accurate you will be. One to two seconds is plenty of time to take aim. By the same token, do not rush your shot.

7. Release – Allow your string fingers to relax. No sudden release is required. As you release, let out your breath. Relax.

8. Follow Through – This is very important as with most sports. Do NOT drop your hand. It is a common tendency for archers to drop their bow hand in an effort to see over or around the bow to watch their arrow strike the target. Concentrate on the target and where you want the arrow to strike, not so much the flight of the arrow. Only after your arrow strikes the target should you drop your bow hand. If you drop your bow hand even slightly in an effort to watch your arrow, your arrow will miss the target low.

Make sure if you are shooting at a range or with other people that all is clear before you go retrieve your arrows. Have fun out there, and be safe!Lynne Holdeman

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Published by jerryjking85 on 28 Jan 2011

Sponsor resume

Hi im trying to get sponsored but i need to send a resume does anyone know how to do a good resume or has an example? if so please email me at [email protected] Thank ya’ll for your time

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Published by jodimark on 26 Jan 2011

janesville bowmen, beginners archery class

the janesville bowmen archery club in janesville wisconsin, is hosting beginners archry classes now through march, ages 8 to adult my come out and learn the safe and proper method to shoot a bow. we will supply all the equipment you will need to learn its fun for the whole family, men, women, boys and girls. to reserve your time slot call 608-774-7265.

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Published by NYI1927 on 18 Jan 2011

CBC 2011 Sportsmen’s Banquet

I wanted to let people in North Eastern Indiana know about a fantastic Sportsmen’s banquet our church puts on every year.

Our purpose is to share with men, woman, and children our love for the outdoors as well as our passion for Jesus Christ.

This year our speaker is Brad Herndon. He and his wife have done outdoor writing on a national level for 23 years, and do assignment photography for Realtree Camouflage, Nikon, Hoyt bows, Remington Arms, Thompson Center Arms, Cabela’s, and other outdoor companies. He is the author of the book, “Mapping Trophy Bucks.” Brad will share how to use topographical, aerial and plat maps to figure out how to put yourself in the best possible position to waylay deer, and especially trophy bucks.

This banquet will include a seminar on turkey hunting, dinner, displays from local vendors, as well as many prizes.

This year we are giving away a Parker Youth Bow for those under 14 and a Matthews Drenalin bow for those 15 & over!

When: Saturday, March 5th from 5-9 P.M. Doors Open at 4:45 P.M.
Where: The Ligonier Rec. Center 502 W Union Street Ligonier, IN.
Cost: It is free! There is a donation taken to offset some of the costs.

Space is limited. You can reserve your spot by calling the church at 260-761-2321 or by signing up at the Rec. Center.

For more information go to www.cospervillebc.com.

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Published by Spring Lake Archery on 15 Jan 2011

New Archery Park Opening in Virginia

New Archery Park Opening in Virginia

Spring Lake Outdoor Club (SLOC) is announcing the opening of a new Archery Park in Moneta, Virginia.  The park is open everyday sun up till sun down and is a function of the Spring Lake Outdoor Club.  The park is located at Spring Lake Farm in the heart of Bedford County.  There are  14 tournaments scheduled in 2011 with two of those being benefits for local organizations. The Park consists of several miles of trails, an extensive warm up area and a shooting tower (opening April ) with three levels to practice from.  The park is open to the public for a set fee per round. Practice rounds consist of 20 -25 McKenzie targets and the tower will include another 5 to 8 targets. Tournaments will start Feb. 12 and the grand opening is scheduled for April 16/17.  For more information go to : Shootarchery.com,  Spring Lake and Info. Page.

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