Besides being a great father, businessman and bowhunter, Tom is a great teacher and resource to our lifestyle.
Thank you for all the help you've given me over the years Tom....would love to see you back on Bowsite!
He was driven off by someone using the word "elitist" to describe him which in my book is a word used in bow hunting circles when someone has LOST an argument. His "crime" was believing Bowsite was for bow hunters.
In other conversations people will throw out words like racist with the same intention. It's thrown out to end conversation. I realize the Internet requires thick skin but when guys get misinterpreted as to their life's work/passion I can understand! C
Hope he comes back and shares his knowledge.
It's the internet... the good, the bad, and the ugly!
I asked him if he ever got on Bowsite he looked at me and said you mean bowfight.com!
I said it isn't all that bad he laughed and said yeh Kelly it is.
To many awesome people have left this site because of a few smartass's. Who in fact most likely don't have the balls to be that rude face to face.
I always enjoyed his post. True class act.
Hell even SerbianShark doesn't get on here due to all the infighting....
Tom's Chair of the Ram Awards breakfast on Friday and he's really dong a fantastic job innovating and bring new ideas to the table. So you can see him there.
In addition, his son, Adam, will be our featured speaker at the Life Member Breakfast. As you may recall, Tom was our speaker last year and did an incredible job. So now Adam's challenge is to one-up his dad.
Should be fun!
That would be the taken of the 25th Archery Sheep between the three Foss boys......
He's been spending a good amount of time helping WSF on the Ram Awards, plus he's on the Board of Trustees, along with a few other things.
Besides, hunting season's been in full swing the last three months!
The internet is not always a polite medium, but I know we do a better job than most. Every day I get a hate-filled YouTube or FaceBook post from fellow bowhunters to one of my YouTube videos filled with profanities. Things you Never see here. The term Kelly talks about originated on Archery Talk by the guys who were loyal to AT. It is especially rich coming from that site. I am certainly biased, but I feel we run a very clean site here and by comparison one of the more polite forums on the net.
I'm here a lot, as you know, and I've seen no animosity directed at anyone here on the Sheep Forum in a very, very long time. So I don't think he was driven off.
I'll contact him and tell him the guys here miss him.
In life, and especially the Internet, it is best to "consider the source".
I definitely don't have thick skin and the Bowsite is quite civil. About 100x more so than the Leatherwall. I might go over there once in one hundred Bowsite visits and I've not shot a compound in 15 years!
It was the first time I ever heard that and to be honest I bet I have only heard it maybe 2 or 3 times since then?
Not sure if any of those fellas were AT guys or not. But I do know Serb was pretty loyal to Bowsite then one day bamm he stopped and went to lurking only. Tink said onetime on facebook taking time off Bowsite to much arguing going on.
Agreed Bowsite is a phenomenal website for bowhunters. There are a few bad apples that make it bad for a lot of folks.
I know of 2 people who post routinely who were removed only to comeback. One matured a little bit still rude to folks and the latter is already in the last week starting to put people down and continue with his narcissistic personality.
Just my observation and interpretation of course.
I've met some of the greatest folks and friends here on bowsite that is for sure.
I've yet to meet one I did not like and respect.
Big Pizza Man, One of the nicest dinner get togethers I've ever had!
Bad Karma, Danged near saved my life when I went through a divorce a few years back.
BIGHORN, Dinner then had us stay at his home
Tony Mudd, Several lunches and my original partner for the 'Sheep Shape' seminar.
Tom Foss, The impetus behind the 'Sheep Shape' seminar, my partner for it in 2013 and one of the finest guys I know.
ElkNut, Conducted an elk calling seminar for the CA WSF chapter, then had a tremendous dinner meeting with him in Idaho a few years ago.
Jim in PA, Fellow WSF Director and all around good guy.
Tilzbow, 'Adopted' me as his chukar hunting buddy when I moved to Reno seven years ago and a frequent lunch pal.
Bowboy, Great dinner with him in Cheyenne last month
Heartshot, Friend, golfing partner and invited me to Whitetail hunts on his Kansas property twice.
Don Martin, CA WSF Director and passionate conservationist.
Adam Cassagrande, CA WSF Director. I've shot with him and shared burgers with him at my home when I lived in CA.
Matt, Super guy, former CA WSF Director
Glen Landrus, WA WSF President who's done great things for wild sheep.
Cameron Hanes, Coached him for his Western States 100 Mile race a few years ago.
Rob Rutherford, Crewed for me at the White River 50 Mile Run in 2008.
Michael O'Brien, Hunted with him for elk three times and he stayed at my home for a day or two a few years ago.
And many others whom I apologize to for forgetting their names or handles at the moment.
I agree with Pat though, Bowsite is a lot better than your average community forum, even among the hunting forums.
It's impossible to keep it 100% civil when you're dealing with this many people and Bowsite wouldn't be what it is if it didn't have the traffic it does. You're going to get the occasional douchey comment from someone. I'm guilty of saying things myself that I regret. I try not to get too upset about what people say, though. Most people wouldn't say the things they do online if it were face to face so you just have to laugh.
I hear from him now and then thru out the Fall.
Good luck, Robb
Elitist? Not a hair on his head (I've been noticing that much more lately...hair on heads....)
Elite bowhunter? Absolutely. World class, many other adjectives that come up when commitment and desire meet with enough talent to get a foothold. Joe Montana is an Elite quarterback. Don't think anyone would accuse him of being elitist. Or anyone not envious of his success anyway....
I think he'll be back in his own due time. I'd hate to think a few jealous comments would deprive us of being connected to such experience and insight. (He's pretty good at human motivational insight as well.... =D)