I admit it, I sometimes make wimpy bows. Worse yet, I usually do it on purpose. It was not always that way to be sure. Back in about ‘98 I tillered my first Osage orange bow from a green stave. It shot quite well, drawing perhaps 50 pounds. After it had cured for a year or so, I could barely bring it to anchor. After shooting a couple of fish with it, I am now content to keep it as a valued reminder of those early attempts at bow-making and rarely shoot it anymore. At six feet and 240 pounds I am no wimp, but I am not young anymore either and struggle against degenerative ailments.
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"No compound shooter could ever do that!” Joe exclaimed after seeing Jesse shoot a wild hog in the lungs while on the run after being charged. Just a few seconds ago, the wild hog had stared Jesse down, sizing him up and getting ready to cut him good with those razor sharp hooks they are so famous for.
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There has been a large revival of people building and hunting with wood bows in the last decade. By wood bow, I mean a bow made from a single piece of wood, often referred to as a “self bow.” I don’t know if this is due to a conscious movement by many to get more in touch with their hunting roots, a rebellion by some against the constant onslaught of modern technology, or the result of older, more experienced hunters attempting to augment their enjoyment of the hunt by increasing the challenge. Maybe it’s a combination of all three.
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Without a doubt one of the most attractive and traditional arrow fletches found on the arrows of traditional and primitive hunters are the naturally barred wing feathers of America’s wild turkey. The grand old bird is not only a supreme challenge to hunt, but he provides excellent table fare as well as superior fletching for the arrows we hunt with. No wonder the large bird is so highly sought after.
Obviously each turkey has two wings, one on each side of his body. Just like your arms, these are designated right and left depending on which side of the body the wing is on. The feathers off each wing are also designated by the wing from which they come.
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April/May 2015 Edition in this issue:

Third Turkey Time by Rob Sager

Far East Pig Hunt
By John Borgeson

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