Always make a point to shake his hand at the Kzoo Expo. I’m sure he doesn’t know me but I’ve seen him at a lot of events over the years. Watched him shoot thrown aspirins at MBH rendezvous in the 80s, and went to an indoor event where we all shot at pics projected on a white sheet. Afterwards was a buffet of wild game that members had harvested. First and only time I’ve ever eaten alligator and octopus. Michigan has a proud history of bowhunting and archery and he is a big reason why.
Yes, it has been a pleasure to have met, spoke with, and listened to Ron for quite a number of years now. Wow, I think it might be 30 years! Ron has done a lot for archery. Like Jim said, Ron is the real deal!
I was in line for the dinner at the stick bow shoot at Elm Hall a few years ago, and was just ahead of Ron and his wife. Talked with him for a while, and he told us about his wifes hunting skills. And Of her taking her first deer with a bow. It was a pleasure to watch him tell the story, you could see the love and respect he held for his wife. It really gave me a lot of respect for Ron.
Why is Ron LaClair a living legend. No one called Fred Bear or Howard Hill or Jim Douherty or Paul Schafer living legends. I guess I don’t understand. If you wear mountain man clothes and shoot a longbow that makes you a legend? What about the hundreds or thousands of other men who have done that and are not called legends? Again please explain exactly the feats that makes him a “living legend” because he is not Fred, Howard, Jim or Paul. I know I’m going to irritate a lot of guys about this but I’ve been at this so called “traditional” game for over 50 years and don’t remember anything that qualifies him as legendary status.
Lonbow49, you obviously have no clue what Ron has done, NONE!! He is still ne of the best shooters out there. He has done more for archery than the hundred of thousands of other guys out there that shoot traditional bows. He is truly a living legend in most everyones minds that know him, others obviously just don't have a clue!! Shawn
Well Longbow, makes no difference how long you’ve been in the traditional game. I imagine that you are the only person on these forums that feels the way you do, and you are certainly entitled to your opinion. Fred, Jim Dougherty, Howard Hill, Paul Shaffer, all have been called legends. Not sure where you have been all this time. Ron LaClair has done a LOT for traditional archery, primitive hunting and the like. I think you would have to look long and hard to find a nicer person than Ron. I’ve spoken to him and he is a very kind, humble, man. Traits that you don’t see much any more in REAL men.
I didn’t say he wasn’t a nice person, but most people who are legends have killed many species of big game, brown bear,polar bear,grizzly bear,mtn goat,bull elk, moose and on and on. I was in the hunting industry with my products for many years and met and became friends with many men who I would call legends but have never heard anyone call them legends. I am friends with Gene and Barry Wensel, Paul Brunner, I knew Paul Schafer, I know Jim Dougherty and many others and never heard anyone call them legends and they are. Ron can be a positive influence on bowhunting and really good guy but legend and heroes are terms used much too frequently today especially on forums like these which is why I never got on them before. I got on this site 8 months ago and have never heard more childish self indulgent people and know it alls in my life. That’s why I rarely contribute.
I first met Ron at our Bear camp in Ont, i was impressed by his archery skills and his beleif that you should eat what you shot, that included pigeons and turtles. I was at his deer camp in Michigan and was made very welcome by Ron and his pals.later i visited his archery store in Potterville.? And bought my first longbow from him there,.i credit him with my switch over to trad archery.
Longbow 49 i refer you to my post on the Mantra thred." .you can't build yourself up by putting others down" sandy
Mr Haskell, I get where you are coming from, I really do with the hero worship and all that. With that said, look at the purpose of this post by it's author. Granted Ron is no better or worse in the big picture of Creation than any of us, but the author wanted pay respect for an elderly man who according to him has effected him and I can dig that......peace!
There are a few people on here who walk their talk, not when it is convenient, all of the time. Ron is one of them. The Wensels do too. Jim Dougherty did too. Paul Schafer as well. Ron does not call himself a legend. Larry Hatfield does not even like to be called Mr. Hatfield. Does not change anything.
There are few people I really look up to in the world, beyond my mom, dad, maybe an older buddy or 2, but never have I been truly in awe of anyone else. I never met Ron and he will never miss me, but any time I see a post with his name attached to it, Im reading. He's my definition of a true mountain man, living in modern times. The legends of the past were before my time, I'd never think of arguing with anyone that they were not legends. How one can argue or dispute with someone over their definition of legend, or tribute to a person who has been part of archery history for 70+ years.... lol???
Ron has done it all when it comes to traditional archery. That elevates him to a living legend status. I regard Norman Blaker to be a living legend as well. Ron and Norman have competed against each other back in the 70’s. I’ve never talked to Ron when I’ve been to Kalamazoo. He’s usually talking to some admirer. I believe it’s a good thing to recognize those who have live thru the history we’ve only read about.
Not to steal away from the topic but Bob Wesley is another old guy a former world champion who competed with Ron. He is still around living quietly while still promoting traditional archery. I knew him very well till he relocated to be near his son . All these guys have played a role in traditional archery history.
I consider Ron one of the legends in archery. Even though I have never spoken with him, That's on me as I am shy. The man has a big following and always has great stories to tell. He has been there and done that. I especially like the stories about Shrewhaven, since I use to live and hunt in the same area as it and miss it dearly.
Here's an interesting squirrel recipe that was in the nov/dec issue of Gray's Sporting Journal. NORTH COUNTRY SQUIRREL PATTIES
3 gray squirrels
1/2 cup grated potatoes
1 medium to large onion, minced
1 tablespoon catsup
2 tablespoons fine dry breadcrumbs
bacon drippings or peanut oil
1 medium chicken egg
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
"Dress and disjoint the squirrels. Put the pieces into a pot, cover with water, and sprinkle in a little salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to very low, cover tightly, and simmer for an hour or so , or until the squirrel is tender. Drain and debone the squirrel pieces. Chop the meat in a food mill or mince it finely with a chef's knife. Mix the chopped meat, breadcrunbs, onion, catsup and graded potatoes. Shape the mixture into flat cakes. Heat a little bacon drippings, using just enough to coat the bottom well Saute 3 or 4 patties, turning carfully with a good spatula, until browned on both sides. Add more bacon drippings to the skillet if needed and saute another batch of patties."
Legend? What legend? All lefties are disqualified from legendhood. Ron should consider himself lucky to have been allowed to remain in this sport. Throughout the majority of history, lefties were not allowed to participate. How I long for the good old days!
Have always admired Mr LaClair a great deal and wouldnt hesitate xallin him a legend. Never have met him...... but I listen to him. He made a post about this swamp awhile back abd I still have daydreams about that place.... maybe one of these days
Shrew Haven is the kind of camp I've always dreamed of having! Thanks for letting me live vicariously through your stories there, Ron...you keep the fire burning in so many of us you'll probably never even know.
Frisky, I know you're only funnin' but you better watch it because Ron could tie you in a knot with his left arm alone! LOL!!
Joe just because you are unable to shoot from the correct side of a bow does not mean you cannot learn how. I could teach you in about a half hour. And you would then be in your right mind, possibly for the first time. Plus I have a nice lefty Bear Takedown I could lend you while learning, eh.
I've see some of those guys who kill all kinds of game, all over the world, and they sure as heck don't deserve the moniker legend. Throwing money at exotic hunts don't make you a legend, nor does hunting high fence farms for the favor of sponsorship.
I rarely used the term legend. Matter of fact I don't think I ever used it except for the old mountain men like Bridger or Colter, etc. If I were to use it, then Ron would likely fall into that category...along with Fred Anderson, and Bob Wesley. And unless you haven't been paying attention at all, Fred Bear, Howard Hill and even Jim Dougherty were referred to as legendary hunters while they were alive....and rightly so.
My guess is you can only have so many "legends" in one aspect of a sport and they should be notable for what they brought to it...not took from it. Ron's okay...I would share my squirrel hunting with him any day.
George, "legend" just came to mind. Ron is a legend to me and that was the OP opening.
If you do not like the word I used, let us say Icon.
I see no reason to interfere with using the word Icon and so like many other words that get argued here just for the sake of argument like "Instinctive", I would appreciate it if you and others could just think Icon and not take away from the subject. Thank you for your cooperation and I am sure Ron would not mind because none of this is anything about anything other than a celebration of a dedicated life to our sport.
Jealousy is a terrible thing... Ron LaClair has earned the title "living legend". You just don't get a title like that for no reason. Heck I have felt honored anytime he posted something on one of my posts. I wouldn't hesitate to say Ron is right up there with all the other Legends of archery greats. And I have never met the man. But sure would like to shake his hand. I also really enjoyed the Ghost of Armstrong Creek. Like I said Jealousy is a terrible thing. Good post Sam.