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Bow Help, Camp Fire victim
The before photo of the shop.
The before photo of the shop.
Sincerely, need help for a lost generation of bowhunter. Have been bowhunting for 50 years. Old school, finger shooter, compound bow with sights, alloy arrows, 2315, Thunderheads 125 gr. Love our sport, love the life style. Have been graced with some amazing animals, exceptional hunts. Desert Bighorn in California! PnY Mule Nevada, etc. But, its not about what I've accomplished, its about the equipment. I lost everything in the Camp Fire at our home of 46 years in Paradise CA. I had a home archery shop. Like you, build my own arrows, tune my own bow, etc. Today, you can NOT buy a new compound bow to shoot, using fingers. Axle to axle too short. Let -off too much. Please help me find someone out there with a used, compound bow suitable for a finger shooter, they don't want anymore and will sell. Something I can put new cables and strings on, and hunt again. It needs to have an axle to axle of at least 40", the greater, or the longer, the brace height the better. Let off to 65 percent is the most that will work. I was shooting a Hoyt Montega, had two, one to practice one to hunt. Also, was shooting a Jennings Sonic with recurve limbs on a compound. Great bow. Had two. One for practice and one for turkeys. Please help. Am 70 yrs old and am limited on the years remaining to bow hunt. But, then, what else is there? Thanks. Do we put contact numbers on this site? Call me, Greg 530-228-7276
Can’t help with a bow but are you short on funds? Gear? Clothes?
Sorry for your troubles. Wish I could help. Have a bow that fits your criteria, but unfortunately it is left handed.
What size clothes or boots do you wear. What other tools or gear do you need.
I am so sorry to about the loss, what a horrible thing!
I have a Matthews Conquest 4. It's my finger bow, I shoot it barebow. (no sights). It has a 40.625" axle to axle, 7" brace height, 65% let off. it has the minimax cams, that is what you would want for fingers. It's 29" Draw Length. 60-70lbs. It already has new cables, and strings. It's in very good condition!
It's yours for a song if you want it.
Do you use a sight? I may be able to dig one up. I also have a quiver, tab and a few other things I can throw in for good measure.
Let me know.
I would go to ArcheryTalk classified or EBay.
Sorry for your loss, Greg. I can’t imagine having to go through your situation!
I have a dozen Easton XX78 lite shafts 28.5” length in brown camo that you can have. I’ll even ship them to you. I also have an off brand(BPE possibly) fletching jig with a rt hand offset clamp that I’ll throw in as well, if you can use it.
Greg, my wife's family lost all 12 homes they owned up there. I have an old Mathew's bow at my shop. I'll get a better description for you. It is brand new, even has the warranty card with it. Sorry for your loss but you still have life! God Bless.
Scar finga am very interested in your Mathews bow if you want to sell it. I did lose two Taylor acoustic guitars too, so I can play, but singing a song won't work. The dog howls when I sing! And, thank you to the rest of you for the offers. Much appreciated. My wife and I do have insurance. Grossly under insured of course. And, the insurance company wants an itemized inventory, insane. It's amazing how much hunting "stuff" one person can accumulate in a lifetime and how special something is to you. People say "its just stuff" it can be replaced. Wrong, it ain't stuff, its the artifacts of a life lived. But, we will survive. If I can purchase a couple of bows suitable for hunting using fingers I'll be fine. Scar finga let me know how much you want for the bow, I'll pay it and pay for shipping too. And, I'am interested in the bow sooner than later. Bow season for me is almost year round, with pigs in January through March and then, turkeys in April and May. Please contact me at email@example.com so we can make arrangements. We live/lived in a small home. With mounts all around. Mule deer, Desert Bighorn, lots of waterfowl. Have included a photo of our home. Look around your's and count your blessings! Still our faith is not diminished.
Are you in need of camo? If yes what size are you?
Terrible! Sorry for your loss.
tobinsghost, am very interested. Please contact me. Wow, bow hunters, great community. Have had two offers for Matthews bows! Thank you, thank you. Was shooting Hoyt, I think its time to try a Mathews!
I have plenty of extra hunting clothes if you need some and a extra pack also. I can’t imagine losing a lifetime of artifacts. PM me if you need something. Hunt
Sorry to hear about your loss, Greg. Unbelievable how destructive that fire was.
Can’t help you with a compound or aluminum arrows as I am a traditional shooter. I do have a bunch of carbon shafts that probably are stiff enough for compounds and some Bitsenberger fletching jigs with left wing clamps. I could put you together some arrows to keep you going.
What else do you need? Could help with other hunting gear to get you going or possibly a recurve or longbow if I have something that would work for you.
Heck, if you’re like me, mounts are very personal but my wife tells me I have way too many so if you need a few to make you feel more at home when you get rebuilt, I could ship you some of those!
Hopefully you and your wife will be back on your feet and have this behind you soon.
Greg, this is Curt from the old archery shop in Chico. Sorry about your tragedy, glad you and Patti are good. I have an OLD PSE Fire-Flite with round synergy wheels, metal cables, 70#, and I think it's around 29" draw, which might be too long for you? It's always been a great fingers bow. Take care!
I'll do as so many here have already offered to do. I have no bow but, plenty of good hunting gear and clothes. What you need is yours but, as others have already asked multiple times, I need a list of what you might need. Post up what you need, the size of the clothes you need, and let us fill in the blanks on this thread without a bunch of confusing PM's and receiving way to much of something and not enough of what you need to get back to fully hunting.
Curt! Your Archery West hat, lost in the fire too. Please give me your contact info. I am interested in the PSE. Have a long draw length.
Thanks folks! So kind of you to offer so much of your personal hunt gear. I'll be fine on gear. Probably, had too much any way. There is a sport shop where we are now living. I'll get a camo outfit and a pair of boots and be hunting'. The big deal was the bow because I want to stay with a compound and fingers. And, that is the combo of the past. Thanks again for such generous offers.
A Bow, new quiver, finger tab, a new small tactical pack with a new bladder has been donated and will be sent out in the next day or two. I will try and get it out tomorrow! I don't have any extra arrows if some can handle that, he will also need some broadheads as well. I am almost out or I would give him some of mine, I am down to 7 or 8...
God Bless Gents and thank you for stepping up and helping a brother archer! This is what makes Bowsite so incredible!
Sorry for your loss dood..I’m new here not a lot know me and Great to see these guys offering...I have all hells of extra stuff anything your still in need of feel free to pm me... i also have a old pse nova mabye not sure it’s a long axel to axel bow that might would suit you...I can’t begin to imagine losing all my hunting stuff I’ve spent most my life accumulating...I’ll help anyway I can dood
Hi Greg.. Sorry for your loss as i had the same happen to me a few years ago. Lost a life time of hunting gear and trophies.... But this is some advice i would like to give you on your contents insurance. You will have a maximum amount of time before you have to turn in a list of contents. So unless you are in a crunch for that part of your insurance money, please use the maximum amount of time to make a list of what you lost... Take a pad and pen and mentally stand in each room of your home look at the walls and list what you remember was on each wall, what furniture was in that room,etc etc... Then carry a small notebook in you pocket around with you at all times will your out and about shopping, and just doing your everyday things. You will be surprised what items you will think about when you get over the shock of the fire... Try to take as much time as possible so you can give as complete a list as possible to recover what is owed you by your insurance company... Like i said i was in your same shoes. I was told how much time i had and i used it to the max, to make sure i recovered all that was allowed by my ins-company.... And again i am so sorry for your loss....Ronnie.
mustbowhunt........My offer still stands for the arrows if they will work for you. Just need to let me know so I can ship them out to you if they will....Troy
Troy, Thank you! I think those arrows will work. In fact those are exactly what I shot. Perfect length. XX78, Thunderheads, 125gr. Poor animals. Will take em. Will pay too! There is no free lunch. Was a teacher for 32 years and could not get the kids to understand, there is no free lunch. They would say, but, Mr. Silva, I don't have to pay any money for lunch, I just give them this slip of paper. LOL Go ahead text me or send a pm. And thank again. Bless you guys for your offers. And, poultrygeist, thanks for the info. I agree and will do. Wife and I got our notepads.
I have a split limb Reflex (I think it`s a Bighorn) that is a finger bow....these are the Chuck Adams line of bows. You`re welcome to it.
I have a Hoyt Carbonite 40'' ata 60-70 lbs. 30'' draw that I shot fingers with for years. Set up with a cushion springy rest and a Black Gold sight if that works for you, Dale
I am so sorry for your loss Mr. Silva. I grew up in Paradise and attended Paradise Intermediate where I seem to remember you were a teacher, history?. Although I do not believe I was ever in your class, you more than likely taught one of my five siblings who also attended the school. The devastation of the Camp Fire is just heartbreaking and I sincerely feel for your loss and that of the entire community. While I have not lived in the area for quite some time, my family still resides in Magalia and Chico. I am 44 years old now and have lived in Colorado for 15 years where I live to bow hunt for elk, mule deer, etc..! I do not have a suitable finger shooting bow but can offer up an Elite Hunter with Spot Hogg Hunter sight and Tight Spot quiver if you have any desire to move to a more modern release shooting bow? Or, if you ever find yourself in Southern Colorado and want to chase some elk, I live and hunt in an OTC unit, would be thrilled to share spots or some time in the elk woods in September. Thank you for all your years as an educator and I wish you and the community a speedy recovery back to a normal life on the ridge! Sincerely Aaron Franck
I have a hoyt reflex 44 long has a quiver,I think it is a 30 or 31in draw,also have 2315 arrows let me know.
Archery Talk has a classified section for finger shooting bows. Hope that's ok to post this here.
Thank you for all the generous replies. Your generosity will be paid in full by the head CEO of this life.
I have already been repaid! But I welcome His Blessings!)
I pray and wish them for you and your family!
HAPPY NEW YEAR GREG!!!!
Greg, I have some thunderheads and blades I don't need. I'll be in touch.
Greg, Am also 70 yr. old bowhunter. I have a Hoyt SuperSlam Legacy (55-70) with 32" draw length. Has Hoyt 2 pc quiver and flipper rest. Needs new strings. All free mailed to you if interested. PM your address.
I have several aluminum arrows,2216,2117 if they will help.I won't be using them
I'm sure I have some stuff I can spare PM what you still need
Sounds like Greg is going to have to rebuild his archery shop before they start on the house :-)
Thank you! Thank you! I am set and can start hunting tomorrow. Thanks again.
Greg....Shipped the arrows out yesterday for ya.
When I first saw this I went to my 'workroom' to try to find my Hoyt Pro Vantage that was my finger bow for many hunts. Thought I'd passed it on but Just saw it in the garage so opened this up to see all the support offers. Wow
The Pro Vantage Hunter is 48" ATA, 30" draw, deflex/ recurve limbs 65% let off wheels, 8.5 " brace height. Great finger bow!! It has a two piece Hoyt quiver and string changer buttons . Bowstring and buss are still safe to shoot. I think there is a NAP center rest someplace. I added a med high Hoyt wooden grip that fits nicely.
I have many dozen aluminum shafts- 2216s are spoken for but 2315 - 2512 and several in between. A few finger tabs are around someplace. Some 125 gr T Head blades and a few ferrules available.
Hmm, site won't accept a photo add edit
And go easy on the 'too old' stuff
Another Greg in W WA
Hmm, maybe I am not set after all! Is there interest in "The Bow Shop For Old Equipment". Yes, maybe I'll start a late in life career!! Lol.