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Mike B 23-Jun-19
deerslayer 23-Jun-19
'Ike' (Phone) 23-Jun-19
Nick Muche 23-Jun-19
Mike B 23-Jun-19
Owl 23-Jun-19
Boreal 23-Jun-19
Southern draw 23-Jun-19
Bowboy 23-Jun-19
Woods Walker 23-Jun-19
Irishman 23-Jun-19
WV Mountaineer 23-Jun-19
Bowbender 23-Jun-19
lewis 23-Jun-19
Hawkeye 23-Jun-19
Franklin 23-Jun-19
Beav 23-Jun-19
Shiras42 23-Jun-19
JTV 23-Jun-19
midwest 23-Jun-19
Grey Ghost 23-Jun-19
Overland 23-Jun-19
Buffalo1 23-Jun-19
GhostBird 23-Jun-19
Photohunter 23-Jun-19
jrstegner 23-Jun-19
jdee 23-Jun-19
Brian M. 23-Jun-19
Ace 23-Jun-19
PoudreCanyon 23-Jun-19
itshot 23-Jun-19
longdraw 23-Jun-19
1Longbow 23-Jun-19
IdyllwildArcher 23-Jun-19
Heat 23-Jun-19
lewis 23-Jun-19
Gene Wensel 23-Jun-19
Gene Wensel 23-Jun-19
Gene Wensel 23-Jun-19
jingalls 23-Jun-19
Billyvanness 23-Jun-19
BC 24-Jun-19
Big John 24-Jun-19
elkmtngear 24-Jun-19
APauls 24-Jun-19
EmbryOklahoma 24-Jun-19
Will 24-Jun-19
LUNG$HOT 24-Jun-19
Brotsky 24-Jun-19
BTM 24-Jun-19
Grey Ghost 24-Jun-19
Gene Wensel 24-Jun-19
Gene Wensel 24-Jun-19
Gene Wensel 24-Jun-19
ki-ke 24-Jun-19
bowhunter24 24-Jun-19
Zbone 24-Jun-19
t-roy 24-Jun-19
ohiohunter 24-Jun-19
Mike B 25-Jun-19
Gene Wensel 25-Jun-19
trophyhill 25-Jun-19
Jasper 25-Jun-19
midwest 25-Jun-19
From: Mike B
23-Jun-19

Mike B's embedded Photo
Mike B's embedded Photo
Fellow was hiking on a ranch in Montana, and came across this in a washed out arroyo. Arrowhead is of a style used by an Alberta tribe; apparently they used to travel into what is now Montana to hunt buffalo.

The head is buried half-way into the spine, so I'm guessing it put the animal down long enough for a kill shot.

From: deerslayer
23-Jun-19
That sir, is truly awesome.

Wow........ What an amazing find! To think that the last person to handle that was a native skinning out a buffalo 1-200 years ago, maybe more, is just so cool. Thank you for sharing.

23-Jun-19
Amazing...

From: Nick Muche
23-Jun-19
Unreal!

From: Mike B
23-Jun-19

Mike B's Link
Here's the story from the fellow that found it:

From: Owl
23-Jun-19
That is a very cool find. Thanks for sharing.

23-Jun-19
Cool!

From: Boreal
23-Jun-19
That's an awesome find!

23-Jun-19
Very nice discovery!

From: Bowboy
23-Jun-19
That's quite the find! The bow must of had some good poundage with the penetration Into the bone.

From: Woods Walker
23-Jun-19
And that stone head is still in one piece! Awesome!

From: Irishman
23-Jun-19
Really cool find. Could be over a thousand years old. It is interesting to me that people all over the world came up with the same basic idea for an arrow-head. African's were using bows and arrows at least 70,000 years ago, and in other parts of the world 15,000 to 20,000 years ago. I wonder how many of us today would manage to kill something if we had to make our own broadheads, bows and arrows (using primitive tools). I think we would be a lot more skinny. HA!

23-Jun-19
That would be the coolest thing to have. Absolutely awesome.

From: Bowbender
23-Jun-19
Way cool!! Would love to have that on my shelf.

From: lewis
23-Jun-19
Incredible find most everyone that sees this I’m sure is picturing in their mind the event as it unfolded at least I am thanks for sharing Lewis

From: Hawkeye
23-Jun-19
Simply incredible. One of the coolest pics I've seen on Bowsite. Thanks for sharing:)

From: Franklin
23-Jun-19
That must of took a pretty powerful bow...certainly wasn`t a bent sapling with a rawhide string.

I wonder if there was a discussion in camp about the infamous "dead spot void" below the spine.

From: Beav
23-Jun-19
So cool!

From: Shiras42
23-Jun-19
Now that is one of the coolest things I have seen. Honestly a museum type piece.

From: JTV
23-Jun-19
cool find ..

From: midwest
23-Jun-19
Not enough adjectives. I would literally shit myself if I found that.

From: Grey Ghost
23-Jun-19
I'm surprised the hunter who killed that buffalo didn't take the time to pry the broadhead out and reuse it. It's not like they bought their broadheads from the local Cabelas back then, after all. ;-)

Way, way cool find....

Matt

From: Overland
23-Jun-19
That's truly amazing. But bison, people, bison! Not buffalo, bison!

From: Buffalo1
23-Jun-19
Very interesting. So primitive yet so effective. Wonder how long it took to carve a broadhead?

Will we soon learn that the Native Indians invented and used mechanicals?

From: GhostBird
23-Jun-19
How cool is that? WOW... what a great find.

From: Photohunter
23-Jun-19
That is a beautiful piece of history!

From: jrstegner
23-Jun-19
The Stott projectile point is dated 1300-600 B.P. More than likely it was on an arrow rather than a dart. Most all of them I have seen in bison bones were dart points. Very cool!

From: jdee
23-Jun-19
...and some people think you need a hundred dollar broadhead to kill big game.

From: Brian M.
23-Jun-19
I actually saw that on treasurenet.com yesterday. Very cool find. The pics are getting around. Looks like it could be reused today.

From: Ace
23-Jun-19
Are we sure it wasn't a Crossbow kill?

From: PoudreCanyon
23-Jun-19
One of the coolest posts on Bowsite in a long time.

From: itshot
23-Jun-19
wow! what a find!!

From: longdraw
23-Jun-19
That is an awesome find!

From: 1Longbow
23-Jun-19
What a part of history!

23-Jun-19
Very cool. I've always wanted some artifacts for the mantle.

From: Heat
23-Jun-19
Way cool, I love that kinda stuff!

From: lewis
23-Jun-19
Some mornings I feel old enough to have been on that hunt Lewis

From: Gene Wensel
23-Jun-19

Gene Wensel's embedded Photo
Gene Wensel's embedded Photo
I have a similar vertebra with a stone head embedded in it. It was picked up about 40 years ago from an apparent unregistered jump here in Montana. I sent it off to an archaeological society affiliated with the Smithsonian Institute. They told me quite bit about it. They said it came from the lower neck of a young bison. It was buried in gravel, not soil. Said the hunter either shot uphill at it or the bison was lying on its side when struck. I'm sure the latter is correct since it happened at a jump. Then the guy said something I'll always remember. He said, "Do you realize this is not historic?" I thought he meant it was rigged or fake. Then he said it is "prehistoric, not historic." He said it was done with an atlatl before the bow and arrow was invented. I was originally thinking it was from the 1700s. He said it was right around 6,000 years old! It remains one of my most prized possessions.

From: Gene Wensel
23-Jun-19

Gene Wensel's embedded Photo
Here is another angle
Gene Wensel's embedded Photo
Here is another angle

From: Gene Wensel
23-Jun-19

Gene Wensel's embedded Photo
Gene Wensel's embedded Photo
Here is another view...

From: jingalls
23-Jun-19
That is incredible stuff! Thanks for sharing!!!

23-Jun-19
Incredible finds

From: BC
24-Jun-19

BC's embedded Photo
BC's embedded Photo
Not sure concerning history of this one but found it on a mule deer hunt in Colorado. I was kneeling in a natural blind at a water hole and noticed the point. Scratched away the dirt and gravel and there it was. No bone attached but pretty cool.

From: Big John
24-Jun-19
Must have been on heck of a bow to have sunk a stone point into a bone. I love this stuff!!!

From: elkmtngear
24-Jun-19
Those are the coolest things I've ever seen, Incredible pieces of pre-history!!

From: APauls
24-Jun-19
I thought that was the coolest thing ever and then Gene one-upped you! Thought both are really really cool.

24-Jun-19
Really cool finds! I've found many arrowheads in Oklahoma and the first thing that pops into my mind is the craftsmanship and patience it took to make it. Also, to realize you're holding in your hand something that a hunter(s) made YEARS ago. Pretty amazing!

From: Will
24-Jun-19
That's completely awesome. What an astonishing find!

From: LUNG$HOT
24-Jun-19
Wow! Those are both amazing. What a find!

From: Brotsky
24-Jun-19
Incredible finds! Gene, I imagine that prehistoric hunter was more than a little upset that he lost his hard earned spear point in the neck of that buffalo! If only he had thought to invent the pliers! :-)

From: BTM
24-Jun-19
"I wonder if there was a discussion in camp about the infamous "dead spot void" below the spine. " LOL!

From: Grey Ghost
24-Jun-19
I have a neighbor who routinely hunts for arrowheads along the edges of the our dirt roads after a heavy rain. He's found dozens of them. I've tried it a few times, and similar to shed hunting, I never find them when I'm actually looking for them.

I did find one by chance one evening while deer hunting. It's a perfectly shaped, 100% intact, mini head, that's only about 1/2"-5/8" long. I assume it was used for small game or birds, but I don't really know. Now, where did I put that darn thing...?!?

Matt

From: Gene Wensel
24-Jun-19

Gene Wensel's embedded Photo
I'll forward several examples.
Gene Wensel's embedded Photo
I'll forward several examples.
To me, the very best thing about any stone arrow head found is that each has an untold story that will never be known. We can only use our imaginations. Here are some prehistoric items that most hunters don't even realize exist. These are petrified whitetail shed antlers that have turned from bone to stone. Like petrified wood, these have fossilized via mineralization over thousands of years. They are very heavy for their size. Most are from the Pleistocene Era, which places them from a minimum of 11,500 years to 2.6 million years old! Interestingly, these are from almost the same species of whitetails we hunt today.

From: Gene Wensel
24-Jun-19

Gene Wensel's embedded Photo
Gene Wensel's embedded Photo
more specimens

From: Gene Wensel
24-Jun-19

Gene Wensel's embedded Photo
Gene Wensel's embedded Photo
Here are some more

From: ki-ke
24-Jun-19
Those are some next level awesome finds!!

Thanks for sharing!

From: bowhunter24
24-Jun-19
Just a little before my time! Thanks for sharing.

From: Zbone
24-Jun-19
All of those are freakn cool... Thanks for sharing...

From: t-roy
24-Jun-19
Amazing finds! I wonder how many artifacts we have all walked over/by, without a clue, through the years.

From: ohiohunter
24-Jun-19
Very cool, and well worth the effort of getting it aged. Like others I am impressed by the penetration, as Gene mentioned it most likely was launched from an atlatl

From: Mike B
25-Jun-19
Gene, those are incredible finds.....and they do cause a persons imagination to surge back a few thousand years!

I think about an ancient man..sitting by a campfire and chipping away on the arrowhead he'll use to kill the next meal for his family.

From: Gene Wensel
25-Jun-19
I have a guy knapping four stone heads out of petrified whitetail. I doubt anyone has ever killed a deer with a stone head crafted from an ancient buck!

From: trophyhill
25-Jun-19
Great thread and finds!

From: Jasper
25-Jun-19
Simply amazing! Love this stuff and thanks for sharing!

From: midwest
25-Jun-19
I had a real good spot to hunt artifacts. Must have been a camp there. I would scrounge the field every spring after it was disced and we got a good hard rain. When ever I pick one up I always wonder who the last person to touch it was.

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