Let’s play a game bow hunting so long...
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From: Flahunter
30-Jul-19
I use to glue nocks on the back of the arrow... next?

From: midwest
30-Jul-19
I used to buy swaged aluminum shafts from Mike's Archery in Ironton, Ohio.

From: Ucsdryder
30-Jul-19
I used to adjust my sight to shoot Broadheads!

From: ohiohunter
30-Jul-19
My cables were cable

From: Boreal
30-Jul-19
I got full penetration on a deer before I got full penetration on anything else!

From: JohnMC
30-Jul-19
I used to not waste a lot of time on bowsite.com before Al Gore invented the internet.

From: BC
30-Jul-19
I own a trail timer that used a trip string to record the time a deer (or whatever) walked by. If you wanted to get fancy, there was an auxiliary port to plug in a 35mm camera, weather permitting.

From: fubar racin
30-Jul-19
I used to shoot aluminums and an overdraw? Guess that wasn’t so long ago tho...

From: Lone Bugle
30-Jul-19
I used to used skunk screen

From: elkstabber
30-Jul-19
I shot a compound before there were release aids.

From: ohiohunter
30-Jul-19
There was a time when hay was an adequate target

From: Aces11
30-Jul-19
I had to take my trail camera photos in to be developed.

From: 12yards
30-Jul-19
I used Autumn Orange 2317s.

From: Brotsky
30-Jul-19
My compound bow had as many wheels as my truck!

From: Zackman
30-Jul-19
I knew Kotaman when he still had hair

From: BOHUNTER09
30-Jul-19
Killed my first deer with a herters farbenglass arrow

From: kota-man
30-Jul-19
I knew Zack's Mom before Zack did...

30-Jul-19
^^^ Lol....Ouch!

30-Jul-19
Oh, I had a rangefinder you had to dial...

From: Bloodtrail
30-Jul-19
I shot with a finger tab, maybe got 50% let off on my first compound, the tips of my aluminum arrows all turned silver from shooting so much, bought my broadheads at a department store, wore all cotton Camo, built a few hang on stands out of aluminum parts and bolts, didn’t expect immediate success.....

30-Jul-19
I used to have to guess the yardage and where to hold my one pin because it sure didn’t slide

30-Jul-19
Ohio, my target is still hay...

From: cnelk
30-Jul-19
I used to put fishing line across deer trails to see if anything came thru

From: White Falcon
30-Jul-19
I had a Baker climbing stand.

From: Hawkeye
30-Jul-19
I used to use rubber tubing on my peep sight.....

From: Rocky D
30-Jul-19
I called my first elk with a diaphragm turkey call and a radiator hose.

From: nmwapiti
30-Jul-19
My sight pins had the little round ends dipped in different colored paint...

From: Kurt
30-Jul-19
All compounds (both brands) had wood risers and cable winches.

From: DL
30-Jul-19
There weren’t even sights. There were fiber glass arrows.

From: WapitiBob
30-Jul-19
The Herters Farbenglass arrows bring back memories.

30-Jul-19
That I cringe at "gun talk".

From: cnelk
30-Jul-19
I didn’t have more than 2 arrows the same

From: Brotsky
30-Jul-19
My broadheads were "mechanical" in the sense that you could change the bleeder blades.

From: BOHNTR
30-Jul-19
When Port Orford Cedar was THE shaft to have.

From: pa10point
30-Jul-19
That I used or did almost everything on this thread. I don’t know Zacks mom though.

From: JTV
30-Jul-19
I used to use 2216/2117's with Razorback 5's .......

From: Bake
30-Jul-19
I used to own Scentlok

From: Franklin
30-Jul-19
I actually had to read deer sign in the woods.

From: JW
30-Jul-19
When 40” ATA compounds were considered short...

From: grizzley21
30-Jul-19
I worn wwll camo before treebark camo...

From: HUNT MAN
30-Jul-19
When I had to adjust each pin on my sight a little more to the left as the yardage got farther out. Also painted my brass pins to see them!

From: elkmtngear
30-Jul-19
Killed a pile of deer, from home made wooden treestands...in my Army Fatigues.

Didn't evolve that much (I still shoot aluminums, bare bow, fingertab).

From: Shawn
30-Jul-19
My first compound had 4 wheels and ya adjusted the weight by moving 2 of the wheels! Still have it!! Shawn

From: Zebrakiller
30-Jul-19
My spring was held on by teardrops

From: Spiral Horn
30-Jul-19
I took a deer with a Bear Whitetail Bow, took a picture with a disposable film camera, pinned the picture to the bulletin board, and called my buddy on a pay-phone

30-Jul-19
Killed my first deer with a bow with a Bear Pronghorn Hunter out of a Baker treestand. Probably 1984 Time flies man

From: Dirk Diggler
30-Jul-19
I'm just here for zack's moms phone number.

30-Jul-19
Crazy thing was not using a safety belt in those dang Bakers. Can’t believe how intellectually weak that was.

From: Shawn
30-Jul-19
Dirk PM Kota-man!!! LMAO! Shawn

From: Woods Walker
30-Jul-19
I didn't need an app to tell me......

1. What the weather was. 2. Which way the wind blows. 3. What time it is.

In fact.....I still don't!!!

When I started bowhunting the air was clean and sex was dirty.

From: planebow
30-Jul-19
Used to order most of my archery equipment from Kittridge Bow Hut before the compounds came out. Still have a brown Herters fiberglass arrow.

From: Treeline
30-Jul-19
Heck, we used to haul 2x4’s and plywood in to build stands. Looked for three trees growing close and just built them to fit on site. Had several close calls with rotten wood. Hell, didn’t even know what a safety harness was!

From: cnelk
30-Jul-19

cnelk's embedded Photo
cnelk's embedded Photo
Here is a pic of an old tree stand I built about 20 years ago over a wallow. I didn’t have a gps back then and ended up forgetting where it was. I finally found it again 2 years ago

From: dg72a
30-Jul-19
The only score I knew were the two legged does......

From: Kurt
30-Jul-19
Fred Bear was on the TV and the shows weren't reruns.

30-Jul-19
I remember when VHS hunting videos were all there was.

From: Willieboat
30-Jul-19
That some guy named Duke Savora made broad heads..and I killed my first elk with one !

Oh yeah.....and they came in a 10 pack for about 20 dollars !!!!!!

From: BOHNTR
30-Jul-19
I remember when Charlie was middle aged! :).

From: Bowboy
30-Jul-19
I use too shoot fingers.

From: bigswivle
30-Jul-19
I remember the community forum.....

From: Kurt
30-Jul-19
I met Charlie and Pat going on a bowhunt on the North Slope of the Brooks Range before Bowsite was around.

From: DL
30-Jul-19
Never got lost at night until I bought a GPS

From: itshot
30-Jul-19
...first kill was a random arc of a fiberglass bow and field point, rabbit at about 1,000 yds, a wonderful thing to witness, it's gotten easier ever since...

From: Scar Finga
30-Jul-19
I remember when Bowriter was young, I remember when Larry Jones was young, and Chuck Adams just coming on the "Scene" Fred, Gene and the others had been my inspiration for years before! I remember this new thing called Gore-Tex, but it was only for the military, luckily I am from a military family! But it still sucked! I remember this new crazy invention called a release!?!?! I actually said WTF!!!

From: Corn bore
30-Jul-19
When phones were hooked to the wall.

From: nmwapiti
30-Jul-19
That brings back memories of the old Eastman hunting movies...

From: Glunker
30-Jul-19
I remember hunting the rut and by then most bowhunters were done hunting but still had their tag. And yea, I did not know it was the rut as there were no tv shows about deer hunting.

30-Jul-19
Hot glue to fit both Bear Razorheads and field points to swag'd aluminum and wood shafts...

From: Zackman
30-Jul-19
Kota,

A good father would pay for his illegitimate son’s sheep hunt since he missed all the Christmases during childhood...

From: midwest
30-Jul-19

midwest's embedded Photo
midwest's embedded Photo
My first release...

From: sticksender
30-Jul-19
I remember thinking tree-stand platforms made from pine boards were too fancy. Killed several deer while simply standing on a branch 15 feet up.

From: Flahunter
30-Jul-19
I used skunk scent that came in two different bottles.... I use to put my hunting clothes in a garbage bag with pine sol on paper towels

From: WYOBIRDDOG
30-Jul-19
My camo was BDU's when I got out of the military. Before that I had no camo!

From: pav
30-Jul-19
Remember when archery whitetail season in Indiana opened the second week of October and closed the second week of November. Annual limit...one deer either sex. Man have times changed! How long ago? Hint: The President of the United States had the same last name as the release I shoot today.

From: Scrappy
30-Jul-19
Been bow hunting so long I'll never be able to afford to retire.

From: fastflight
30-Jul-19
My stabilizer was built out of a ratchet handle.

From: Slate
30-Jul-19

Slate's embedded Photo
Coleman made these bows.
Slate's embedded Photo
Coleman made these bows.
My first Bow

30-Jul-19
The springy rest...

From: Willieboat
30-Jul-19
Flipper 2 and a Berger button !! On a Browning Deluxe Nomad !!

From: midwest
30-Jul-19
In Iowa, you got one tag....bow or gun. Gun tags were a draw for buck only or either sex. Party hunting was illegal but they did it anyway. Shotgun only so everyone took their pheasant gun, threw some slugs in and if they actually shot at some paper, they would figure how many feet high or low and how many feet left or right to put their bead. lol

From: greg simon
30-Jul-19
I read every one of these posts and said “I remember that”

From: Fields
30-Jul-19
my first "real" camo was treebark.

30-Jul-19
yup after military surplus i got me some tree bark camo

From: KsRancher
30-Jul-19
Hey now! I still have the rubber tube on my peep.

From: Dale06
30-Jul-19
Savora three blade Bh, I killed my first elk with one, believe in 82. Brass pin bow sight with no pin guard.

30-Jul-19
Made my first bow from a osage limb about 1950. Back then, there wasn't the info out there on bow shooting that there is today. Being right handed, I held the bow in my right hand. By the time I learned I was shooting left handed I had already shot tons of rabbits and fox and didn't want to change. Still shooting the same way, 69 years later.

30-Jul-19
You guys crack me up! Especially Kota and Zack!

30-Jul-19
Seems like yesterday that I’d look forward to the latest issue of Bowhunter Magazine. To heck with the articles, I’d flip to the black and white centerfold to get the latest sale code from Bowhunter’s Warehouse so I could order another tab and Flipper II rest.

From: COHOYTHUNTER
30-Jul-19
We used to use an overdraw to cut down on arrow weight for more speed

From: COHOYTHUNTER
30-Jul-19
Or my first sight was foam tape with those stick pins with the big colored heads stuck in the foam

From: Rickm
30-Jul-19
When my string tracker got tangled 4 feet before my arrow would have most definitely killed my first archery deer. That thing went directly in the trash!

From: Rgiesey
30-Jul-19
I remember the bow and cue on dort hwy in flint, mi. The targets were on tracks so you didn’t have to walk up to get your arrows. The place was full of the most beautiful bear bows. Scarred me for life. Thought I might be able to get something with one of those.

From: Inshart
30-Jul-19
My first compound had limbs that resembled a recurve.

From: cnelk
30-Jul-19
I’ve been bowhunting so long I was doing it before it was cool.

From: bowonly
30-Jul-19

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I've been bowhuntin' so long, I took lessons from Ishi!!!

From: JohnMC
31-Jul-19
If that was really you and Ishi that would be real cool! But since he died in 1916 I doubt you are 112.I wanted to name my dog Ishi but wife and daughter would not go for it. I do plan on having a dog in future named Ishi.

From: Jaquomo
31-Jul-19
I used to full dip my red XX75s in green paint because I thought the red aluminum would scare the animals.

I've hand-swaged cedar shafts with a knife to glue Bear razorheads on, then glued the bleeder blade in. Then wrapped orange rabbit fur between nock and fletching to create a "lighted nock".

From: plenty coups
31-Jul-19
My favorite shows were Saturday MLB game of the week with Curt Gowdy/Tony Kubiak and American Sportsman. Watched Fred Bear make a heart shot on huge grizz with stick, string and a lot of adrenaline.

From: casekiska
31-Jul-19
I used to use and remember the Nelson Arrow holder, Brush Buttons, and a brass pin-on compass. Also, the Jones style camo caps.

From: BULELK1
31-Jul-19
My two finger glove felt so uncomfortable compared to just using my fingers.

Good luck, Robb

From: Sitting Bull
31-Jul-19
I used to hunt with 3 blade Bodkins that had to be glued on.

From: bigswivle
31-Jul-19

bigswivle's embedded Photo
bigswivle's embedded Photo
I remember being 12-13 years old bow hunting in Florida in September and COOKING inside this thing

From: Genesis
31-Jul-19
A lease included a utility bill.

From: elkstabber
31-Jul-19
I survived several slips down the tree in my Backer Portable Stand.

From: TrapperKayak
31-Jul-19
Curt Gowdy was my go-to show. American Sportsman. I think Fred Bear was on it once.

From: TrapperKayak
31-Jul-19
Google :"Fread Bear Grizzly Hunt". Vintage tv excellence!

From: BOHUNTER09
31-Jul-19
I can’t believe we survived the baker sliding tree stand. You could ride it all the way to the ground.

From: bigswivle
31-Jul-19
Tree lounger!!! Took your life in your own hands when you had to turn around in that clunker, but my lord it was comfortable

From: Z Barebow
31-Jul-19
When I wanted another tree stand, I went to the lumber yard so I could build another one.

From: Vonfoust
31-Jul-19
Had to paint my brand new compound flat gray and black because they only came with 'bright, shiny new paint' on them.

From: COHOYTHUNTER
31-Jul-19
Trebark was the best camo around

From: APauls
31-Jul-19
I remember hauling 5 gallon Pails of sand into the bush so that I could spread it on deer trails and count the tracks and determine sex and size in a certain time period. That’s a tough haul. But it was reusable. Take it over and try again

From: Rgiesey
31-Jul-19
Tree stands weren’t legal to hunt from in Michigan till after I’d killed my first deer

From: 12yards
31-Jul-19
Myles Keller was my hero. Bob Fratzke had the cool camo. Dick Idol was the man, even Cabelas named a camo line after him. Chuck Adams had the beanie and a smile and that huge quiver full of giant aluminum arrows. Noel Feather was doin' his thing!

From: cnelk
31-Jul-19
Back in Minnesota, there used to be a limit on how high tree stands could be.

From: Rut Nut
31-Jul-19
My first site was a Keller Pendulum.........................camo was treebark.

Zack and Kota......................................LMBO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )

From: Rocky D
31-Jul-19
Remember when Chuck Adams hunted with a gun?

From: 3under
31-Jul-19
Watched videos of Bob Foulkrod and Dan Fitzgerald , The Wensels,bowhunting October Whitetails over and over again then the first hunting show came on TV on Sunday nights Buckmasters with Jackie Bushman.

From: GBTG
31-Jul-19
Never heard of CWD. Hunted every farm in the neighborhood. Went to Herters for archery supplies.

From: Boatman71
31-Jul-19
When I started bowhunting, there were no deer in Iowa.

From: Z Barebow
31-Jul-19
My idea of processing wild game was making pemmican! (Sous vide? He must be French Canadian. LOL)

From: Glunt@work
31-Jul-19
I've been at it since back when baseball caps had curved brims.

From: hawg
31-Jul-19
In reference to Genesis and GBTG...I remember getting permission to hunt almost anywhere by simply asking, now almost every property is hunted or leased. I still gain permission to hunt some good places but it takes a lot more work building relationships and trust but usually doesn't last long...the property will be sold to someone for hunting land and the cycle starts over. It seems that I spend more time hunting for ground to hunt than hunting the animals on them. I refuse to lease but will always provide whatever services I can to help the landowner.

From: SteveB
31-Jul-19
The "wheel" hadn't been invented yet!

From: Jaquomo
31-Jul-19
We built our Baker stands from instructions we ordered ($2.00!) from a tiny ad in Bowhunter mag.

From: BOWNUT
31-Jul-19
I used A string tied to my arrow to track a shot deer.

From: Vonfoust
31-Jul-19
Had to send my arrow order in to Cabelas by snail mail and wait weeks for arrows to show up. If they were wrong, a few more weeks to return and get new ones. This process started in May because we waited until the last minute to order:)

From: scentman
31-Jul-19
Called my dad on a rotary phone when I got home after killing my first Archery deer.

From: Rock
31-Jul-19
Stole these first 3 from others as they also apply to me.

I started BC (before Compounds).

I used to buy swagged aluminum shafts from Mike's Archery in Ironton, Ohio.

I own a trail timer that used a trip string to record the time a deer (or whatever) walked by. (I still have 2 of these).

I used to used skunk screen

Started hunting out of trees by standing on limbs sometimes with leg on either side of limb above it for safety, then graduated to using a plywood platform with conduit leg.

Spent many Saturday wondering thru Herter's in Waseca, MN

From: Will
31-Jul-19
Fluted aluminum arrows were cutting edge...

You didnt move your rest... You just made each pin slightly further away (or closer to) the bracket it mounted to.

TreBark was the latest and greatest in camo.

From: bluedog
31-Jul-19

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Used to like this Bear Archery ad

31-Jul-19
NOW WE'RE TALKIN!!

From: Rut Nut
31-Jul-19
DANG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is that Zack's mom???

From: gottoohunt
31-Jul-19
I remember my first compound was a Jennings and it cost me $103.00 new back in the mid 70's. gottoohunt

From: TrapperKayak
31-Jul-19
Hmmm...I got scolded for posting that on LW once... ;) BTW, what's wrong with 'swagged' arrows? Too light? Just curious, I still use them.

From: The rookie
31-Jul-19
Haha great thread, some of y’all are older than dirt.

From: Elkoholic
31-Jul-19
I wouldn’t even think about shooting my bow without my arm guard on.

From: Stoneman
31-Jul-19
That would have cost bluedog a star or two...

From: goelk
31-Jul-19
Jim Pickering was my shooting coach back in the hay days.

From: Z Barebow
31-Jul-19
bluedog- Jaquomo inspired me with that Bear ad. So I bought the Playboy that included the ad. I post a copy of that pic wherever I set up a spike camp!

From: Jaquomo
31-Jul-19
That framed Bear ad is in my hunting camp trailer. Survived the rollover/totaling of my previous camper without a scratch.

From: EIStone
31-Jul-19
I was shooting a compound bow before they were legal to hunt with in Pa.An I also had the first compound in our area.

From: bigbuck
31-Jul-19
my first dozen of port orford cedar arrows cost 8 dollars came with super hilbre broad heads

From: Z Barebow
31-Jul-19
I was hunting in Minnesota before using a release was legal. (Truth!) Legally, Archers could only shoot with them during practice. Not while hunting.

From: obx
01-Aug-19
Microflite shafts with bear razor heads.

01-Aug-19
Very few had compounds. And it was a very big deal to shoot a deer with your recurve/longbow in southern Michigan. Deer numbers were very low then. And pheasant numbers were high.

From: Jasper
01-Aug-19

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I used to hunt with a recurve and Kwikee Kwiver clamp on without a hood, Bear Razorheads exposed. Shot with a glove and didn’t know what a tab was. Didn’t own a single piece of camo

From: Kurt
01-Aug-19
My first “Converta-point” arrows were a Bear Archery product. They were cedar arrows with a huge outsert to change from field points to Bear Razorheads glued to short aluminum broadhead adaptors. The heads were all mounted crooked by the factory due to the indentation bumps to index the back of the bleeder blade into. But they had a lot of FOC and weight but flew very poorly from my Browning recurve. No compounds around my area yet in ‘72.

From: nchunter
01-Aug-19
Bowhunting October whitetails was about the only vhs movie out there. I started with a Martin cougar mag in target sparkle copper finish that I wrapped in snake skin. My boots were herman survivors with felt lining. Whats funny is that I am sitting in a car dealership getting my new truck serviced and while scrolling down reading this post and the bear ad appeared. An elderly lady next to me goes "oh my".

From: No Mercy
01-Aug-19
Hell-Kota still had hair when I started!

From: Brian M.
01-Aug-19
Took me seven years to harvest my first bow killed whitetail.

From: Flahunter
01-Aug-19
My first stand was a milk crate on the ground..

From: CSAL
01-Aug-19
My dad's been bowhunting so long that when you try to walk to one of his stands in the dark with a headlamp it looks like there are 1 million eyes staring at you from every direction from all the bright eyes tacks he has on trees. I actually have to ignore all the tacks and walk to the trees by memory. It's ok though as there are so many tacks a stand thief will quit before they ever find a stand that way...

From: Will
01-Aug-19
PAUSE:

Bowhunting October Whitetails is still, I believe, the greatest bowhunting movie in the history of the earth. I watch it a few times a year still. LOVE that film. LOVE IT. If you have not seen it, and are reading this, find it, buy it, cherish it :)!

RESUME: "BOWHUNTING SINCE X THREAD"

From: TrapperKayak
01-Aug-19
Jasper, I had the same Kwikee/arrow setup on my Dad's Tigercat, which is what that bow looks like...Is it? TK

From: Jasper
01-Aug-19
Trapper, No that was a Shakespeare Necedah. Do you still have your Dad’s bow?

From: kota-man
01-Aug-19
Don't make me talk about your momma too Jason! :)

01-Aug-19
Tying in my peep with dental floss while watching a bob McGuire hunting video tape.

From: badbull
01-Aug-19
I bought my first bow,a used solid fiberglass one, for 5 bucks. Gas was cheap then and they had a special if you got 10 gallons of gas you got a free steak knife. Wonder how that would work out these days. Shot my first buck with a Bodkin with glued on razor blades and that was years later with one of those new models. Could hardly believe that I actually killed a buck with a bow. People seemed to discount bowhunters as takers of game in those days.

From: 1boonr
01-Aug-19
I got my first bow, a whitetail hunter from Feline archery ( $63.95)and my Easton aluminum arrows from FS Arrows. Then I loaded them with that wasp 6 blade. I hunted with the baker treestand and used skunk screen to mask my scent. I had it all figured out in 1978

From: jerry
01-Aug-19
Using unhooded kwicky kwiver.

From: caribou77
01-Aug-19
Ive been bowhunting so long, there was no deer shaming. Shooting a fork horn was an accomplishment. There was pride in everyone that did it. Paper plate sized groups at 20 yards were considered good. Amazing that at 42 I've seen and tried pretty much every thing in this thread. When I started, there were only a select few people doing it. It was no fad. It wasnt the cool thing to do. I remember the very first 3d targets to come out. I remember my dad bring home a "blemish" delta deer target for me in my teens. I cut that thing in half over the years shooting at it. I LOVE my new bow, but boy do I miss those old days.....

From: ahunter76
01-Aug-19

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I bowhunted Illinois FIRST EVER DEER season. 1957. I say I started bowhunting in 1956 (small game) as that is when I bought my 1st real bow & joined the local club.

From: blackbear62
01-Aug-19
How about changing blades on the green Wasp broadheads with the two split rings. The blades were cross cut injector razor blades.

From: Treeline
01-Aug-19
Solid form there ahunter!

02-Aug-19

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Black bear. I still have some of those in my barn. They were the last BHs my dad used.

02-Aug-19
Ahunter. Great picture

From: AZBUGLER
02-Aug-19
I had a 6” overdraw....

From: 3arrows
02-Aug-19
I been bowhunting deer before Ohio had deer,thank God for Pennsylvania.

02-Aug-19
30 years from now today's youngsters will write things to the same question such as, "I remember when Solo Cam was all the Rage..."

From: ahunter76
02-Aug-19

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Form is pretty much the same with my Longbow that captured 1st place in Traditional class in the NFAA 5 day field national in Pa. in 2015. I remember when Micro-Flite 8s were the best shaft you could get.

From: ahunter76
02-Aug-19
I remember Forgewood shafts (compressed wood)

From: yellow eye
02-Aug-19
First Camo was a set over coveralls tied died

From: swampokie
02-Aug-19
If one of the "high end" mountain gear companies would start offering woodland green and brown they would not be able to produce enuff to keep it in stock. The best patterns ever were the first ones.

From: Norseman
02-Aug-19
.....I remember when a NR could draw a N.M. elk tag every other year, if not more frequently.

From: GhostBird
02-Aug-19

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Tools of the Trade...

From: GhostBird
02-Aug-19

From: GhostBird
02-Aug-19

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Damn phone...

Brear, Brown Bear, round wheels & laminated wood riser, shot with fingers & no sights.

From: GhostBird
02-Aug-19

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Did pretty good at local 3-D tournaments with that Brown Bear. Good times.

From: TJS
02-Aug-19
I remember fondly and painfully, bear hugging a tree to be able to bring up a TSS plywood and metal strap stand up the tree with your feet. This was, of course, after having a Baker stolen. Yes, metal cables, two part skunk cover scent, dented orange arrows, no releases, painting bow with camo paint, brass pins, painted pins, bent pin bracket to make for a miss at a buck, good quality BDU camo pants. And watching Curt Gowdy and the American Sportsman to prime me to have a deep and long lasting interest it the great outdoors. How about remembering reading about "Deer Hunter" on the the Bowsite in the early years?

From: Bowfreak
02-Aug-19
Lots of cool stuff. I remember moving from the green wasp to the orange wasp and how huge the upgrade was.

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02-Aug-19

From: ahunter76
02-Aug-19
I remember indoor 300 rounds b/4 there was an X ring. I remember when you could find an indoor Chicago rounds someplace every week (indoor, 20 yds, multi colored face, 16 ends xs 6 arrows = 96 arrows)

From: ahunter76
03-Aug-19

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I remember bowhunting Elk & Mule Deer in Colorado as a Non Resident & my tags cost $35 total & points & drawing an area was non existent. I remember bowhunting as a non resident in Wisconsin & your lic. was $10 AND you were allowed all small game, Deer & A BEAR with a bow.

From: Jasper
03-Aug-19
Cool stuff Ghost and ahunt!

From: WoodMoose
03-Aug-19
been bowhunting so long,,,,

Fred Bear asked me for pointers,,,,,,,,,

From: Jaquomo
03-Aug-19
Ishi once asked me about my deer hat so he could make one for himself. Except he used a real doe cape, looked way cooler than mine...

From: ahunter76
03-Aug-19
I remember meeting Fred Bear & talking one on one with him for an hour about bowhunting Grizzlies at Cobo Hall, Detroit at the huge Pro/Am back then 1968.. AND never asked for his autograph. Saw many famous archers of that era that weekend.

From: tonyo6302
04-Aug-19

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I think I bought this in 1980 at Arrow Manufacturing in Costa Mesa, CA. It still works.
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I think I bought this in 1980 at Arrow Manufacturing in Costa Mesa, CA. It still works.

From: tonyo6302
04-Aug-19

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From: So467
05-Aug-19
What a great thread. It brought back so many memories. I to used the skunk screen. Buddy of mine mixed two bottles together and poured them in the bottom of a locker. They looked for that skunk for a week.

From: BOHUNTER09
05-Aug-19
I remember bow hunting Colorado unit 76 every 3 years and 66 every year as a nonresident

From: ahunter76
05-Aug-19
I remember when Illinois did not allow non-resident Deer hunting. I remember as a Archery shop/lane owner being unable to sell any of my 200 recurves in the shop because everyone was switching to compounds in the mid 70s (Now I could triple my money on them). It was a "very tough" transition" for those in the business.

From: ahunter76
05-Aug-19

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mid 70s BEST BHS out there. Replaceable blades, Wasp, Satellite, Savor, Rocky Mountain. Not shown Razorback 5s. Oh so many + Bear Razorheads, Hilbre, Hi-precision, 003 & others.

From: Myke
05-Aug-19
I have a signed copy of Wensel's Hunting Rutting Whitetails from 1982. Used to have a subscription to Deer & Deer Hunting back when the group publishing it called themselves the 'Stumpsitters'. We made our own Baker style stands and ladder stands from 2x4's and plywood. Hard to believe how things have changed in over 40 years of bowhunting.

From: ahunter76
05-Aug-19

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I bowhunted Black Bear in Minnesota b/4 draws & you only needed a small game lic.. They were not considered biggame. I remember "stump sitters" Myke.

From: WapitiBob
05-Aug-19

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I was young enough to be a model.

From: WoodMoose
06-Aug-19
some great memories on here,,,

From: Swampbuck
06-Aug-19
The blades on my broadhead blades look like they belonged on top of my dads razor. Refer to pics several posts above..... man this post really makes me feel old

From: bow-hnt
06-Aug-19
Pat McManus was my favorite reading material!

From: Twinetickler
06-Aug-19
I remember shooting Beman Carbon Flash arrows with outserts and over the shaft nocks. Shooting Satelite broadheads out of my Hoyt Rebel XT. I remember when Utah was statewide archery for deer, using the dial in rangefinder and shooting an overdraw 6 inches long haha those were the good old days for me! Fun thread

From: Hookedspur
06-Aug-19
Got my first compound when Jimmy Carter was president!

From: ahunter76
06-Aug-19

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I remember when A field round was tge round & 3-D was never thought of except home made targets & a NOVELTY" round. That little 5 yr old boy is 45 now & a veteran archer/bowhunter.

From: Mule Power
07-Aug-19
I remember, barely but I do remember when the the Bowsite Search feature actually worked!

Anyway Zack... tell your mom I’m a Gemini. Brown hair, some of it anyway, and brown eyes. Love campfires, romantic walks on the beach... and in the woods... with a bow. Call me!

From: rallison
07-Aug-19
I used to shoot and hunt with a longbow...wait a sec...I still do...

From: raichad0
07-Aug-19

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Got my first compound when Jimmy Carter was president! Yes!

From: ahunter76
08-Aug-19

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I remember

From: Moben
09-Aug-19
I still have grooves in my butcheek from sitting on that hand attachment that came with the baker climbing stands.

From: Yogibar
10-Aug-19
We bought our licenses and wore them on our back

From: ahunter76
10-Aug-19
I remember when feathers was the only fletching that came on an arrow. I remember when Pete Shepley (PSE) shot a recurve (Dick Roberts I think). I remember when PSE Factory was in Illinois.

From: TonyL
11-Aug-19
i watched dan fitzgerald’s grand slammin small game and predators, passing through, corn crazed white tails on an endless loop.

climbed up screw in steps to hunt out of an API baby grand tree stand, the loudest, creakiest aluminum piece of crap ever built.

From: ahunter76
11-Aug-19

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I shot with this group of characters today at my sons. He has 12 assorted 3-ds & other targets on his few acres (Son, G-son & 3 of sons grade school buddies)- 3 in their 40s & I remember them paling around at 10. It was a fun day.

From: montnatom
11-Aug-19
taped a wooden matchstick to my recurve for a sight...stole a pillow from the house, rolled it in dirt and tied it to a crotch in a tree for a "treeseat"

From: ahunter76
12-Aug-19
My 1st sight was a piece of styrafoam taped to the front of my bow & I used a hat pin.

From: darralld
13-Aug-19
My dad's archery distributor catalog was 2 pages.

From: blackbear62
14-Aug-19
How about changing blades on the green Wasp broadheads with the two split rings. The blades were cross cut injector razor blades.

14-Aug-19
I used to think of Vanna White while I was in my stand.

From: ahunter76
14-Aug-19
I think of Vanna White now in my stand. She's still a kid at my age.

From: Scar Finga
14-Aug-19
^^^ What He Said! ^^^^

From: ahunter76
15-Aug-19

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I remember when this was the best sight on the market (chek-it) & it was $50. Many indoor 300s shot with this on recurves & fingers.

From: Urbncwby
15-Aug-19
My first compound had 4 wheels.....

From: ahunter76
15-Aug-19

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I remember when NO one thought this to ne wrong.

From: ahunter76
17-Aug-19
I remember shooting in the Cobo Halls $20,000 pro/am in 1968. I shot a 288 & 292 with a 70" 42# American Archery Pro Supreme, chek it site & fingers. I remember the scores because I have them written down in some of my "old stuff".

From: JCarrowthem
17-Aug-19
shot my first a spike deer from the ground with a wood arrow and a 40lb red wing hunter. I had lunch with Fred Bear at McDonald's in Grayling Mi.

From: ahunter76
18-Aug-19
I was shooting a bow b/4 Illinois had their 1st Deer season. Illinois 1st Deer season was 1957.

From: archer56
19-Aug-19
i remember when everyone shot a recurve, compounds were a some kind of new gadget. however, most important, when someone killed a deer, of any size, everyone in the local archery crowd celebrated.

From: ahunter76
19-Aug-19
archer56-that is SO true.

From: Scar Finga
19-Aug-19
Yep, I remember that as well... Just killing a deer with a bow was an extraordinary event! Sadly, that day has long since passed! If it isn't huge, massive, a "Shooter" or a toad, it is less an accomplishment. Kind of sad!

From: ahunter76
20-Aug-19
In our circle of bowhunters, family & friends A DOE still gets a high five & congratulations. We just all enjoy bowhunting..

From: Coyote 65
20-Aug-19
AZ didn't have a archery season, last day of deer season was any deer, and Colt made arrows. Arrows were wood, yellow, with feathers and razor blade broadheads. Rangefinders were nonexistent and camo was a red flannel shirt.

Terry

From: CurveBow
20-Aug-19
A Jenninjgs Model T compound I bought when they came out. Retired my Herters Sitka recurve that I still have....

From: CurveBow
20-Aug-19
I rangefinded with my Sprandel sight.....

From: ahunter76
22-Aug-19

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...................... Long b/4 a compound was thought of.

From: arlone
23-Aug-19
Easy to remember back to POC shafts, glue on nocks, hot melt for broad heads, and feather fletchings, because yesterday I finished up some new arrows for this year doing it that way still! Yes I remember before releases were legal in Minnesota, and those that got it passed were photographed with the governor, all wearing a Fratzkee Camo sweater.

From: TXCazador
23-Aug-19
I remember when people didn't say "I smoked him"

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