Traditional Bowhunters


December 26, 2002, 11:01 AM
Anyone else out there hunt with tradional archery equipment. I personally hunt with a 66" Leon Stewart longbow and wood arrows.


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December 26, 2002, 11:07 AM
Care to post some pics of your ensemble?

December 26, 2002, 11:35 AM
I'll have to get some pictures of my longbows and post them here. They are a work of art by Leon Stewart.


December 26, 2002, 11:45 AM
Are you using his straight longbow or the reflex-deflex version?

December 26, 2002, 01:12 PM
I solely shoot Leon Stewart longbows and have a few of them. I shoot his reflex/Deflex longbows in the 60# range. Leons bows are a work of art and are truely a hard hitting longbow.


Pappy John
December 26, 2002, 07:17 PM
I don't hunt archery anymore, but keep in tune with 2 longbows. A Jerry Hill Wildcat II and a Black Widow LAG. I make it to Denton Hill every year.

December 27, 2002, 07:52 AM
Pappy John,

Denton Hill is a wonderful place for the traditional archer.


December 27, 2002, 03:08 PM
I've shot arrows in the general direction of some deer a few times, but am too lazy to hunt these days. I do have an old yew/hickory longbow blank that I bought from Earl Ulrich, in Roseburg Oregon, about 27 years ago. He was in his nineties at that time, and because I wasn't very bright, I didn't buy one of his finished recurves. One of these days...

December 29, 2002, 12:44 PM
I hunt and shoot tournaments with a compound but have been getting very interested in a recurve. Might be my next venture when I get back to the land of plenty.

December 29, 2002, 01:04 PM
i have a longbow , two recurves , and a selfbow(made of osage)
i make my own arrows useing cedar shafts , fletching comes from
my spring turkey hunts , tipped with a 125gr zwicky single blade broadhead.
i really enjoy bow hunting , and also go to quite a few 3d archery
shoots in the off season.

December 29, 2002, 07:31 PM

Seems like your really into traditional archery. I really enjoy bowhunting over anything else, and making my own arrows is just like reloading my own revolver and rifle ammunition. Haven't got into making bows YET. I do my fair share of 3-D shoots and really enjoy stump shooting with blunts during the entire year. Our stump shooting season will really be into full swing since the hunting seasons are just about over now for deer.


December 29, 2002, 10:30 PM
pa longbow
yea i find trad. bows very rewarding.
one of the biggest thrills in deer hunting for me is to take a nice
buck at extreme close range.
i do a bit of stump shooting myself. my favorite time for this is late winter after the season. i'll go looking for sheds and take my bow along.

December 30, 2002, 01:16 PM

If you every get out this way look me up and we will do some stump shooting or bowhunting.


December 31, 2002, 10:11 AM
It's been a while since I've bowhunted and I don't get out to shoot too much anymore either... This year was the first time I've hunted at all in nearly 10 years - I'd like to get out with the bow next year, though. I've got a John Shulz Trophy Hunter, myself.


December 31, 2002, 08:17 PM
I don't traditionally bowhunt, but I did learn on a recurve as a teenager. I'd like to get back into it, as I've never used sights, and miss the light weight of a good recurve.
Can anyone recommend some good websites that cover traditional archery?

January 1, 2003, 12:43 AM
I hunt with my homemade hickory or elm or walnut or birch longbows when I still-hunt, and with an old Bear recurve when I'm in a tree. Arrows are white ash (shafts from Alleghany Mtn. Arrow Woods usually) selected for straight grain end-to-end with turkey-wing fletch and Zwickey broadheads, and always a few blunts for popping stumps.

I think that's one of the big differences between traditional gear users and compound users - every trip into the field with a longbow means at least a little shooting for fun. I've been known to take the bow back into the woods after dragging a deer to the car so I could shoot around for half an hour. I love my ash arrows - I can shoot a blunt from a 60# bow at a solid stump or treetrunk at 30 yards (maybe jumping out of the way to dodge the arrow if it bounces straight back), pick it up and put it back in my quiver - well, I might have to hand-straighten once in a while and replace a few nocks that fly off. Think you'll see a compound shooter do that with space-age arrows?:D

January 1, 2003, 08:11 AM

The best traditional site on the web is the Probably equivilent to what highroad forum is to us shooters.


January 1, 2003, 08:15 AM

I can relate. I see that you use those Allegheny Mountain Arrow wood arrow shafts. I'm good friends with Bill Bonczar and he does make a terrific arrow. I use his ash shafts to make my arrows. I really like the hardwood shafts for making my own arrows. My ash arrows finish out around 700 grains.


January 2, 2003, 12:58 AM
I use;
a 1966 Browning Nomad/ #57@28"
and a laminated long bow I made in 1993, 68"/ #67@28", with maple limbs and walnut riser section.
My Hatfield Hunter Take-down ( pre Martin) finally split a limb.

both are strung with Flemish splice, Fast Flite strings.
I use #70 spine cedar shafts all components weighed to 5 grains.
Made my own leather back quiver 25 years ago, still use with the longbow.

True instinctive shooting, no string walking, no knuckle sighting etc. Absolutely the hardest thing I ever learned to do!

I would like to have the contact info for the ash shafting, if someone has it.

January 2, 2003, 01:02 AM
Can't even edit my own post!
I still have 8 Butterfield Brute broadheads for deer, imagine cutting the first 2.5" off a Bowie knife.

January 2, 2003, 09:17 AM

Allegheny Mountain Arrow Woods - 814-274-2282. Bill will hook you up with some nice ash shafting.


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