Prior to 2009, I had never hunted nor shot a bow a day in my life. This may come as a surprise when considering my Northern Michigan roots. I grew up amongst friends and family who were avid woodsmen and hunters but simply never caught the bug. Buying a recurve changed all that. My initial goal was to try archery as a mere stress reliever but soon discovered a hunting community rich with morality and tradition associated with it. I wanted to be a part of it. I found the concept of being within 20 yards of game with traditional tackle immensely appealing. It was an experience I wanted to feel for myself. After shooting a recurve for several months, I gave in to the temptations of the longbow and have been hunting with one ever since. I believe this is where my traditional journey actually began. The simplicity and romanticism of the longbow has intrigued me from day one. I’ve grown accustomed to and love its quirks and am now dependent on their quiet and forgiving nature. There is nothing as quiet as a longbow in the woods. It can be the ultimate hunting bow. Bowhunting giants Saxton Pope, Art Young, and Howard Hill believed this and so do I.
Walking the path of a traditional bowhunter has been a challenging yet enjoyable one. It has changed who I am as a person and has become a major part of my life. Traditional bowhunting is both a process and a functional art that takes a lifetime to master but only one hunt to enjoy. I’ve made my share of mistakes and have experienced unmeasurable frustration at times. But, I’ve also achieved (what I consider to be) tremendous success. The beauty of traditional archery is that the ends always justify the means – even if the result isn’t meat in the freezer or antlers on the wall. The real trophy exists in the mind and heart. If you believe that, you’ll never be unsuccessful in the woods.
That being said, if you wish to continue reading my rants and musings, this blog is full of content covering everything from my experiences in the field, gear reviews, observations, philosophy, and DIY projects. You might even get a bit of personal life here and there.
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