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WVFarrier 12-Nov-20
WVFarrier 12-Nov-20
JohnMC 12-Nov-20
smarba 12-Nov-20
Bowboy 12-Nov-20
t-roy 12-Nov-20
Treeline 12-Nov-20
Bentstick54 12-Nov-20
WVFarrier 12-Nov-20
Oryx35 12-Nov-20
[email protected] 13-Nov-20
WV Mountaineer 13-Nov-20
altitude sick 13-Nov-20
Treeline 13-Nov-20
Bou'bound 13-Nov-20
WVFarrier 13-Nov-20
WVFarrier 13-Nov-20
WVFarrier 13-Nov-20
mgmicky 13-Nov-20
Treeline 13-Nov-20
mgmicky 13-Nov-20
Shiras42 13-Nov-20
Supernaut 13-Nov-20
WVFarrier 13-Nov-20
Scoot 13-Nov-20
beemann 13-Nov-20
SteveB 13-Nov-20
spike buck 13-Nov-20
WVFarrier 13-Nov-20
JL 13-Nov-20
WVFarrier 13-Nov-20
[email protected] 13-Nov-20
rattling_junkie 13-Nov-20
JohnMC 13-Nov-20
Nick Muche 13-Nov-20
Stix 13-Nov-20
Treeline 13-Nov-20
altitude sick 13-Nov-20
altitude sick 13-Nov-20
jdbbowhunter 13-Nov-20
From: WVFarrier
12-Nov-20

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My first black bear using primitive gear: Osage bow, leopardwood shaft and an obsidian point. Total arrow weight was just over 900 grains. It was a complete pass through. Short recovery at just over 40 yards, double lunged. He bled a great deal, i could actually see it misting when he breathed. No death call though which was a first for me.

From: WVFarrier
12-Nov-20

WVFarrier's embedded Photo
WVFarrier's embedded Photo
Made quite a mess

From: JohnMC
12-Nov-20
I think that is awesome! I doubt that is primitive enough for GF yourself however. ;)

From: smarba
12-Nov-20
very cool, congrats!

From: Bowboy
12-Nov-20
Congrats!

From: t-roy
12-Nov-20
VERY impressive, WV! Congrats! Was this just recently, or earlier this fall?

From: Treeline
12-Nov-20
Sweet! Excellent performance out of old school tools!

From: Bentstick54
12-Nov-20
Congratulations. Nice bear. Love your choice of gear.

From: WVFarrier
12-Nov-20
t-roy that was Sunday

From: Oryx35
12-Nov-20
That's awesome! I love the obsidian point! Congrats.

13-Nov-20
Congrats! I hunt with trad gear but haven't knocked a primitive hunt off the bucket list yet.

13-Nov-20
Awesome stuff. Congrats buddy.

13-Nov-20
Very nice. It’s amazing how effective the old gear is. But a sharp head in front of a heavy arrow is science that doesn’t change with what is propelling it.

From: Treeline
13-Nov-20
Couple of gear questions for you WVFarrier.

What are the dimensions of the obsidian point you’re using - cutting width and weight?

What’s the draw weight of that selfbow?

Can you post pictures of your bow and arrows?

Unfortunately, Colorado doesn’t allow us to use obsidian or flint points - claim they are not effective... Even though stone points kept food on the table for a heck of a lot longer than modern steel points or guns!

From: Bou'bound
13-Nov-20
i would love a picture of the equipment used.

From: WVFarrier
13-Nov-20

WVFarrier's embedded Photo
WVFarrier's embedded Photo
Point weighed 86 grains, and was 7/8 wide. The shaft was made by Forresters. Bow draw 54# @30"

From: WVFarrier
13-Nov-20

WVFarrier's embedded Photo
WVFarrier's embedded Photo

From: WVFarrier
13-Nov-20

WVFarrier's embedded Photo
WVFarrier's embedded Photo

From: mgmicky
13-Nov-20
Congratulations! That’s quite the accomplishment with primitive gear

From: Treeline
13-Nov-20
Awesome! Great looking bow! Love copperheads over Osage:-)

Looks like the tip broke on that point. Bet it was on the other side of the bear! Can probably be fixed though and will probably still shoot just fine. Did you knap the point?

From: mgmicky
13-Nov-20
Congratulations! That’s quite the accomplishment with primitive gear

From: Shiras42
13-Nov-20
Nice looking set up you got there! Congrats!

From: Supernaut
13-Nov-20
Outstanding, congrats! Very nice bear and gear!

From: WVFarrier
13-Nov-20
The tip did break off. It was a complete pass through and was not located inside the critter. It probably was but i didnt put much effort into searching for it. Yes, i knapped it from a spall i bought off ebay. The spall weighed about 4 pounds and i got 6 points out of it.

From: Scoot
13-Nov-20
That is really cool! Many congrats and great work. Thank you for sharing with us.

From: beemann
13-Nov-20
Wow thats sweet congrats....

From: SteveB
13-Nov-20
Congrats...and great looking gear!!

From: spike buck
13-Nov-20
congrats on your accomplishment!!

From: WVFarrier
13-Nov-20
The tip did break off. It was a complete pass through and was not located inside the critter. It probably was but i didnt put much effort into searching for it. Yes, i knapped it from a spall i bought off ebay. The spall weighed about 4 pounds and i got 6 points out of it.

From: JL
13-Nov-20
Very impressive and IMO takes the Bowsite yearly award for best harvest (so far). Thanks for posting up the pics. It would be cool to see someone make a trad crossbow with trad parts/pieces and make a harvest.

From: WVFarrier
13-Nov-20
It took me 3 days of off and on searching to recover the arrow. I ended up taking a yard rake over and combing through the leaf clutter til i found it

13-Nov-20
Love your trad system. Sticks can still rule for sure. Nicely done. my best, Paul

13-Nov-20
Nicely done!

From: JohnMC
13-Nov-20
Any picture of you knapping the stone from a piece of rock to head along the way. That would be cool to do.

From: Nick Muche
13-Nov-20
That is pretty awesome! The only bear I've seen killed with a stone point made a devastating wound channel and there was blood everywhere, very interesting!

From: Stix
13-Nov-20
Good job on the bear. I've always been concerned about using my longbow due to potential lack of blood trail. I've only used a .30-30, as they have dropped in sight. Will have to reconsider for future hunts.

From: Treeline
13-Nov-20

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What really caught my eye was WVFarrier’s bow and work bench... Dejavu all over again:-)

13-Nov-20

altitude sick's embedded Photo
Entrance
altitude sick's embedded Photo
Entrance
Stix, Don’t be afraid of no blood trail. I shot a deer this year with a 52# Osage self bow. A little over 500 grain arrow &BH Penetrating from in front of the left rear leg and exited behind the front right leg. Solid 125 grain Iron Will. A lot of blood and he went 80 yds

13-Nov-20

altitude sick's embedded Photo
altitude sick's embedded Photo
Exit. It’s the weight and sharpness that drove through a lot of the body and exited.

From: jdbbowhunter
13-Nov-20
Congrats! Very impressive.

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