Up Close and Personal (Part 2)

When I first started hunting deer, around the age of 12, I could never understand how a deer could detect me.  It honestly wasn’t until I was in my early 20’s that I started to pay attention to the wind and practice my scent control.  It almost seems like the deer have gotten smarter over time and progressed with our technologies.  Or, that could just be my excuse for still getting busted from time to time. Read More

Up close and personal (Part 1)

Throughout my time in the woods and conversing with others who enjoyed the same past times, bragging rights typically revolved around several things…

  • How far the shot was at an animal – the further the shot, the more impressive the harvest.
  • How big the animal was – rack size, weight, skull size.
  • Whether or not you killed something.

Though there are nothing wrong with these feats, so long as they are accomplished as ethically as possible and legally, in a pursuit with the stick and string you may be let down if these are your goals.  Our culture and upbringings taught us these feats are necessary to be considered a “good hunter.”  To me the ultimate measure of success in pursuit of an animal is how close I can get.  When I find myself in the situation where that animal is within 20 yards, it’s almost as though I slip into a different state of mind.  Closing this gap between and animal and myself, has proven to be the most crucial step in successfully harvesting game with traditional archery equipment. Read More

The Switch

At one point, not long ago, I was a die hard compound bow hunter. I think a lot of the mindset and “necessity” for the use of a weapon that took less practice and time was because I assumed it would fill the freezer faster. Without changing how I hunt, this would, no doubt, be 100% true. Read More

Here goes nothin’

Welcome to Primitive Pursuit.  Being this is the first article, I’m going to keep it short, sweet, and to the point.  I have been eyeing up this idea, the whole blog thing, for quite a while.  My dream was once to be an outdoor writer.  Though I have more than enough encouragement from friends and family, my mortgage might disagree with that life path!  This is meant to fill the void, let me get it written down, and share my experiences both outdoors and in my day-to-day life as they relate to the lifestyle of a traditional bowhunter.

A traditional bow? What does that mean?  A simple stick and string, typically in a longbow or recurve fashion, that shoots an arrow.  Some guys have their own idea of what “traditional” or “trad” is.  To me, as long as it doesn’t have cables, pulleys, sights, or other strange gadgets, it’s most likely a trad bow.  At the end of the day, I will never bash on anyone who chooses to hunt with different equipment.  All that matters is getting in the woods.  Whatever gets you there, is a great thing.

This past year (2017) has resulted in a huge leap in my skills and abilities with traditional archery equipment.  I am currently writing a book and will be sharing some of those stories on here.  I am hopeful that this catches traction, and can help bring the traditional archery community together through stories and experiences.

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