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A tribute to a legend

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Sam Dunham 08-Nov-18
Sam Dunham 08-Nov-18
Bowwalker 08-Nov-18
Jim 08-Nov-18
Sam Dunham 08-Nov-18
Mpdh 08-Nov-18
The Lost Mohican 08-Nov-18
Ken Williams 08-Nov-18
4nolz@work 08-Nov-18
Popester1 08-Nov-18
Sam Dunham 08-Nov-18
Sam Dunham 08-Nov-18
Skeets 08-Nov-18
2 bears 08-Nov-18
S. North 09-Nov-18
Rick Barbee 09-Nov-18
kstout 09-Nov-18
Wayne Hess 09-Nov-18
George Tsoukalas 09-Nov-18
Longbow49 09-Nov-18
Longbow49 09-Nov-18
lv2bohunt 09-Nov-18
cacciatore 09-Nov-18
Sam Dunham 09-Nov-18
Shawn 09-Nov-18
John Ryan 09-Nov-18
Missouribreaks 09-Nov-18
Longbow49 09-Nov-18
camodave 09-Nov-18
Sourdough 09-Nov-18
camodave 09-Nov-18
Codjigger 09-Nov-18
Sam Dunham 09-Nov-18
Ken Williams 09-Nov-18
Bill McNeal 09-Nov-18
camodave 09-Nov-18
NOVA7 09-Nov-18
camodave 09-Nov-18
Fields 09-Nov-18
Sam Dunham 09-Nov-18
Shawn 09-Nov-18
Shawn 09-Nov-18
MStyles 10-Nov-18
mature8pointer 10-Nov-18
Burly 10-Nov-18
mangonboat 10-Nov-18
Sam Dunham 10-Nov-18
Sam Dunham 10-Nov-18
Sam Dunham 10-Nov-18
Sam Dunham 10-Nov-18
KyPhil 10-Nov-18
Frisky 11-Nov-18
FITTER 12-Nov-18
South Farm 12-Nov-18
FITTER 12-Nov-18
camodave 12-Nov-18
George D. Stout 12-Nov-18
Sam Dunham 12-Nov-18
Andy Man 12-Nov-18
Greyfox 12-Nov-18
KSshrewman 12-Nov-18
tonto59 12-Nov-18
Sam Dunham 12-Nov-18
From: Sam Dunham Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 08-Nov-18




Ron is one of my archery heroes and I feel inclined to honor him while he is still with us.

Dire Wolf was an archery Icon too and we waited too long.

Let's honor them now and not wait and Ron is a mans man!

From: Sam Dunham Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 08-Nov-18




Let this inspire you and please post up in honor of This Man.I watch these and it makes me want to get out and enjoy the woods.

From: Bowwalker
Date: 08-Nov-18




Great idea ... met Ron several times over the years. He has some great stories and pics for sure.

From: Jim Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 08-Nov-18




Ron is the real deal!!

From: Sam Dunham Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 08-Nov-18




Ron has done it all. He can shoot indoor or outdoor, he is a proven no-nonsense archer and woodsman.

From: Mpdh Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 08-Nov-18




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.

MP

From: The Lost Mohican
Date: 08-Nov-18




I'm a Fan!! TLM

From: Ken Williams
Date: 08-Nov-18




I have enjoyed Ron’s post on this site and I honor him and all has done for archery and continues to do. Truly a living legend.

From: 4nolz@work
Date: 08-Nov-18




OhhhhhhhK

From: Popester1
Date: 08-Nov-18




Also an admirer. Ron's stories and pics kind of make a guy's mind wander. A real adventurer! I doubt Ron knows what a dull moment is. Here's to you, Ron!

From: Sam Dunham Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 08-Nov-18

Sam Dunham's embedded Photo



From: Sam Dunham Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 08-Nov-18




From: Skeets
Date: 08-Nov-18




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!

From: 2 bears
Date: 08-Nov-18




The Mountain Man poet. Ron has done it all. >>>>------> Ken

From: S. North Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 09-Nov-18




Never met the gentleman but I've heard great things about him. When he post messages here off and on I try to read what he says.

From: Rick Barbee
Date: 09-Nov-18




I've always wanted to meet Ron, and shake his hand.

Don't think I'm ready to throw dirt at him yet. I doubt he's ready for it either. 8^)

Rick

From: kstout
Date: 09-Nov-18




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.

From: Wayne Hess
Date: 09-Nov-18




Ron is tall and strong, a good hand shake also. I'm glad to have one of his super shrew's . Great Man. God bless.

From: George Tsoukalas
Date: 09-Nov-18




Ron is special. I had the pleasure of meeting Ron several years ago at Etar. He is a legend. Jawge

From: Longbow49 Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 09-Nov-18




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.

From: Longbow49 Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 09-Nov-18




People can really be nice guys and speak eloquently and shoot trad bows for a long time but that does not elevate to legend status.

From: lv2bohunt
Date: 09-Nov-18




Living Legend, a person who is famous while still living for doing something extremely well.

I think Ron LaClair qualifies for that title.

From: cacciatore Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 09-Nov-18




Ron is one of my heroes

From: Sam Dunham Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 09-Nov-18




Hey Longbow, to know Ron and the kind of man he is, if you followed him any at all, you would know that he is truly a legend.

Everybody that knows of him already knows this and Ronis still young at 85 and hope he stays with us because a lot of the greats in his time when Trad had not taken off yet, Ron was dedicated.

I would appreciate it if you do not have something really respectful to say, please refrain because most of us have immense respect for the man and want to honor him.

He has posted some here on threads and he is ALWAYS very much a gentleman, even to me, a jerk sometimes and I respect that a lot.

I could learn a lot from the Man and already have.

From: Shawn
Date: 09-Nov-18




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

From: John Ryan
Date: 09-Nov-18




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.

From: Missouribreaks
Date: 09-Nov-18




Ron has been a positive influence on bowhunting as it was meant to be, I have always respected him.

From: Longbow49 Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 09-Nov-18




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.

From: camodave
Date: 09-Nov-18




I think I already have. We old geezers just naturally respect each other if only for the fact we lived this long, eh.

DDave

From: Sourdough
Date: 09-Nov-18




Ron walks the walk forsure. Thank you Ron for sharing your life with us. God bless you my brother in Christ.

From: camodave
Date: 09-Nov-18




Never owned a Shrew. Time to fix that eh. Kind of short on longbows and I, like Ron does, shoot lefty.

DDave

From: Codjigger
Date: 09-Nov-18




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

From: Sam Dunham Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 09-Nov-18




I would give my left*** for a shrew bow.

From: Ken Williams
Date: 09-Nov-18




Wow Sam that Shrew must be out of this world. Never had the pleasure of shooting one

From: Bill McNeal
Date: 09-Nov-18




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!

From: camodave
Date: 09-Nov-18




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.

DDave

From: NOVA7
Date: 09-Nov-18




Sam why don't you just give money for it?

From: camodave
Date: 09-Nov-18




Sorry missed the reference to Paul Brunner. I think he posts here as the Missing Dwarf or something, eh.

DDave

From: Fields
Date: 09-Nov-18




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???

From: Sam Dunham Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 09-Nov-18




Nova, limited budget.

From: Shawn
Date: 09-Nov-18




Mr. Haskell, LOL!! Shawn

From: Shawn
Date: 09-Nov-18




Longbow you should know Jim Dougherty died a few years back than!! Shawn

From: MStyles
Date: 10-Nov-18




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.

From: mature8pointer Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 10-Nov-18




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.

From: Burly
Date: 10-Nov-18




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.

From: mangonboat
Date: 10-Nov-18




I dont care what anybody else says. Ron's pictures and recipe for squirrel stew in hunting camp every year are legendary.

From: Sam Dunham Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 10-Nov-18




Could you share that with us Mangon? I am about to do my yearly harvest of tree rats, I think they have medicinal quality and need that recipe.>>>>>>>-------------------->

From: Sam Dunham Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 10-Nov-18




found one;

From: Ron LaClair Bowhunters Date: 09-Jan-04

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

salted water:

"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."

From: Sam Dunham Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 10-Nov-18




Ron had a segment in the well know Masters of the Barebow dvd series volume one. Is a must have because it has Dean Torges in it also, RIP Dean.NOT seeling,,no,,just a reference to the man.

Masters of the Barebow Vol 1 - Vol 4 DVD Set - 3Rivers Archery https://www.3riversarchery.com/masters-of-the-barebow-complete- dvd-set.html

From: Sam Dunham Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 10-Nov-18




From: KyPhil
Date: 10-Nov-18




The first time i saw Ron was in a shooting video that pedator bows put out in the mid 90s. He was shooting golf balls out of the air along with some other shooting skills.

From: Frisky
Date: 11-Nov-18




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!

Joe

From: FITTER
Date: 12-Nov-18




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

From: South Farm
Date: 12-Nov-18




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!!

From: FITTER
Date: 12-Nov-18




http://my.coredcs.com/~dholland/mountaintop/d eadmansswamp.html

From: camodave
Date: 12-Nov-18




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.

DDave

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 12-Nov-18




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.

From: Sam Dunham Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 12-Nov-18




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.

From: Andy Man
Date: 12-Nov-18




Ron LaClare (Legend) good enough for me

and that is all that matters to me

From: Greyfox
Date: 12-Nov-18




I appreciate you doing this. Legend sounds good to me. Kenny

From: KSshrewman
Date: 12-Nov-18




Legend!

From: tonto59
Date: 12-Nov-18




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.

From: Sam Dunham Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 12-Nov-18




He is an inspiration.





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