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How many love their Sunset Hill Bows?

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two4hooking 07-Dec-18
two4hooking 07-Dec-18
foxbo 07-Dec-18
two4hooking 07-Dec-18
two4hooking 07-Dec-18
foxbo 07-Dec-18
boatbuilder 07-Dec-18
two4hooking 07-Dec-18
Shick 07-Dec-18
trad47 07-Dec-18
Thumper 07-Dec-18
Kelly 07-Dec-18
Kelly 07-Dec-18
Kelly 07-Dec-18
Kelly 07-Dec-18
Kelly 07-Dec-18
foxbo 07-Dec-18
dean 07-Dec-18
dean 07-Dec-18
dean 07-Dec-18
dean 07-Dec-18
Buckdancer 07-Dec-18
Buckdancer 07-Dec-18
two4hooking 07-Dec-18
Thumper 07-Dec-18
Buckdancer 07-Dec-18
foxbo 07-Dec-18
alex1987 07-Dec-18
Buckdancer 07-Dec-18
foxbo 07-Dec-18
dean 07-Dec-18
dean 07-Dec-18
dean 07-Dec-18
Andy Man 07-Dec-18
newell38 07-Dec-18
Kelly 07-Dec-18
foxbo 07-Dec-18
Wapitidung 07-Dec-18
Nater D 08-Dec-18
Nater D 08-Dec-18
Elderly OCR 08-Dec-18
rod cam 08-Dec-18
George D. Stout 08-Dec-18
todd 08-Dec-18
dean 08-Dec-18
dean 08-Dec-18
Kelly 08-Dec-18
dean 08-Dec-18
Thor 08-Dec-18
dean 09-Dec-18
Bowlim 09-Dec-18
dean 09-Dec-18
Thor 09-Dec-18
umich1 09-Dec-18
Riverwolf 09-Dec-18
rod cam 09-Dec-18
dean 10-Dec-18
two4hooking 10-Dec-18
swampwalker 10-Dec-18
Jim 10-Dec-18
ottertails 10-Dec-18
foxbo 10-Dec-18
two4hooking 11-Dec-18
trad47 11-Dec-18
dean 11-Dec-18
Nater D 11-Dec-18
From: two4hooking
Date: 07-Dec-18

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How many have been lucky enough to shoot, or own, a Sunset Hill? Please post pictures and share your experiences.

I have owned two of Nate's bows, one custom for me, and another used that has since moved on to another lucky shooter (handle was for a bigger hand than mine).

Let's see some pictures of these sweet shooters.

From: two4hooking
Date: 07-Dec-18

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This is "White Feather".

From: foxbo
Date: 07-Dec-18

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I received my bow, "Good as Gold", from Nate back in November of 2006. It's a 66" bow and marked 55# @ 27". Most all of my pics disappeared with photobucket. What a shame. Even the older threads have no pics now.

I do have this one with the coyote I killed five years ago. Got a deer that year with it too. I remember it well as I had bells palsy and it was difficult to maintain anchor as the right side of my face was sagged down and my right eye watered constantly. Rough season for sure.

From: two4hooking
Date: 07-Dec-18

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This is "Bright Eyes II"

I killed 5 deer with this bow the first season I had it.

From: two4hooking
Date: 07-Dec-18

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From: foxbo
Date: 07-Dec-18

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Here's a pic of one of Nate's bows and backquiver. It's not mine, but looks just like my bow and outfit.

From: boatbuilder
Date: 07-Dec-18




Wish I had one but don't and probably never will, so keep the pictures coming.

From: two4hooking
Date: 07-Dec-18

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Here are a couple of Nate's personal bows:

From: Shick Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Dec-18




Greg and Ed, thanks for sharing pics of Nate's finest. Shick

From: trad47
Date: 07-Dec-18

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Wanted to get one from him but he only builds privately for people he knows. Yeah, his bows are out of sight beauties. I have a back quiver that he made and it is my prized possession!

From: Thumper
Date: 07-Dec-18




Love the looks of his bows. Been trying to find one for a long while now, but it's not looking promising lol.

I was able to buy a quiver from him. Beautifully crafted and fits and functions perfectly. He is a real good guy and is great to deal with.

Loving the pics everybody. Thank you for sharing.

From: Kelly
Date: 07-Dec-18

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Here is Thank Yew, 66", 45# @ 28".

From: Kelly
Date: 07-Dec-18

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This is Sweet Music, 66", 45@ @ 28".

From: Kelly
Date: 07-Dec-18

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This is White Tiger, 65" and 45# @ 27".

From: Kelly
Date: 07-Dec-18

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Another view of White Tiger's handle.

From: Kelly
Date: 07-Dec-18




Thank Yew was custom made for me, Sweet Music and White Tiger were made for others that I bought second hand. Sweet Music was re-worked by Nate to fit my small hands. Sweet Music was the 4th or 5th bow Nate built for sale.

From: foxbo
Date: 07-Dec-18

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Know who that is in the pic?

From: dean
Date: 07-Dec-18

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Okay one more time

From: dean
Date: 07-Dec-18

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And one of my girl friend, just look at those sexy lines and Brazilian flairs.

From: dean
Date: 07-Dec-18

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And one of my girl friend, just look at those sexy lines and Brazilian flairs.

From: dean
Date: 07-Dec-18




Oops, something blinked here, wrong picture.

From: Buckdancer
Date: 07-Dec-18

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I think they're horrible .lol.

From: Buckdancer
Date: 07-Dec-18

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More

From: two4hooking
Date: 07-Dec-18




Nice collection Dan! Hey try to clean off the Bulleit from your cell phone lens before you take the pic next time LOL Little foggy.

From: Thumper
Date: 07-Dec-18




How about some of you guys that have half a dozen help out us poor unfortunate souls and sell a couple? You don't need that many... :)

From: Buckdancer
Date: 07-Dec-18




Hey Greg. I got to go buy some windex ????????

From: foxbo
Date: 07-Dec-18




I really like that osage one. Very cool!

From: alex1987
Date: 07-Dec-18




sadly too many people love their Sunset Hills, as I have never seen one come up for sale....

Alex

From: Buckdancer
Date: 07-Dec-18




I don't know , that's how I got mine . No Osage . Toasted bamboo ??

From: foxbo
Date: 07-Dec-18




Not osage? Looks like it to me, but could be anything. Nate knows.

From: dean
Date: 07-Dec-18




i am doing the honorable thing by not being a bowaholic like some of these guys, so Nate has more opportunities to have more people learn what a real longbow shoots like. You only need one, may I suggest the bamboo riser with a heel of pretty hardwood. A warning, you must want to shoot these like Hill would shoot them. Not they won't shoot with strange adopted shooting styles like certain target shooters push, but you do need to be a dyed in the wool Schulz/Hill shooter to get one. I do think my wife would like one. After all of these years she finally gets the see it, swing draw and shoot it. Her words, "When i draw that way, I can see that I am already ready aimed right, so I can just shoot." BiNGO

From: dean
Date: 07-Dec-18




one thing about Nate's bows, even with a B50 string they do not have a harsh hand shock. Nothing like those maple cored aggressive back set bows from yesteryear. Those suckers kicked so hard they could change your dominant eye.

From: dean
Date: 07-Dec-18




They kicked so hard that if you shot with an open hand the bow would beat the arrow to the target.

From: Andy Man
Date: 07-Dec-18




think thats yellow glass , not Osage on that one

think Newell originally owned it- swanp cat

From: newell38
Date: 07-Dec-18




Yea that’s yellow glass. Good looking bow

From: Kelly
Date: 07-Dec-18




fox o, that is the bowyer Nathan Steen demonstrating how the back quiver should lay on your back.

From: foxbo
Date: 07-Dec-18




Yup, that's a pic of ole Nate's backside. :)He was much younger then too.

I have been around bows for a long time and I've never seen yellow glass before, at least not on purpose. It's cool looking, but I like osage better. :)

Why doesn't Nate build more bows? He could charge more and still keep busy. Maybe he's limited for time these days. Too bad. He crafted a top shelf bow.

From: Wapitidung Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 07-Dec-18

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Meet Huckleberry. Finest bow I've ever owned.

From: Nater D Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 08-Dec-18

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“Great Hawk”

From: Nater D Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 08-Dec-18




Plenty of fine longbows out there. But there is not a finer bow made than a Sunset Hill. Period, end of story.

From: Elderly OCR
Date: 08-Dec-18




OK

From: rod cam
Date: 08-Dec-18




John Schulz and Pete George rolled into one. Great Bow

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 08-Dec-18




We all have different tastes...period...end of story. ;)))

They are good looking bows. I personally like a mild deflex/reflex myself. But it's good to see folks loyal to a fine weapon like that.

From: todd Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 08-Dec-18




I love my Sunset hill, I only hold onto others because of emotional ties. Once Nate makes you a bow, you will forever be scared of the best. Pic will be posted next time I get out.

From: dean
Date: 08-Dec-18




I have shot a few deer with Robertson D/Rs, but, I need to be more careful and it helps to stop and tighten up and be more static on release, even more so with recurves for me. Something about the side hotness of my duo shooters help me to get securely on target in a fluid shot, especially with the 'sunset' . Beautifully built bow and fine performer, the ability of getting an arrow into small game fast and fluid is always the peak of performance when judging any bow for me. I am pretty sure that my Sunset Hill is better than the rest of these Sunset Hills, I only need the one, but if something happens to it, i am going be calling Nate until his phone burns up getting it replaced. I am betting that it will outlive me. I have been working on my wife, she is a total one bow at a time tight wad, she is at the place where she has aged and again her words, "If you can sell my NAT for enough money to pay for a good chunk of the Sunset, I want one. But it has to be made no heavier than 37 pounds for me and I want a fast one." Of all of the people that have gotten the sluggish ASLs that i have picked up over the years, she has been the toughest student of them all, then one day this fall, she found the feeling and the power and the rhythm and declared that she got it. She had three easy opportunities go by this fall because she got caught in a static shooting rhythm trap. She was biting the bit pretty hard after she 'got it', but no more chances to use it. For those of you that were caught in that static rhythm trap that had shooting chances just go by in your pre-Sunset Hill days, will exactly what I am describing, I was there myself many years ago before I had a Schulz built longbow.

From: dean
Date: 08-Dec-18




Oh, for those nay sayers that don't think a 37 pound at 26 ASL will do the job on an Iowa whitetail, look at Greg's arrow in the first picture or even replace that head with an original Grizzly or a 140 Hill, that arrow will come out the other side, providing you don't hit the shoulder joint. My wife just added, looking over my shoulder, 'I would want brown glass and a smaller grip.' They get fussy in their old age.

From: Kelly
Date: 08-Dec-18




Nate and his wife own/operate a glass business so 50-60 hour weeks are the norm. That is the main reason why he is not taking new orders at this time.

Then in his free time he likes to hunt and trout fish.

From: dean
Date: 08-Dec-18




When I was a shoring foreman on a construction crew, we always subbed out the window work for the large structural concrete buildings. In some cases it was heavy challenging work.

From: Thor
Date: 08-Dec-18




They for sure look like great bows!! But I doubt if they are really any better then any of the other well known bowlers with years of experience that build ASL,s.

From: dean
Date: 09-Dec-18




Announcement!!! With a couple of conditions, one of which is requiring me to sell her Lost Creek NAT which in almost now condition, she will be joining the ranks of the Sunset Hill shooters with a yew Sunset Hill as it now stands. What to name it. 'sunset II' perhaps? Now I do not claim to know any bowlers that build ASL bows, but is that a thing? ASL makers that like to bowl or do some bowlers like to make bows? Just kidding, Thor, those who have know, those that have the latest version for sure know.

From: Bowlim
Date: 09-Dec-18




The thing about building a better ASL, is it often ends up less of an ASL than something else.

For those who are not sure they could get in the line-up for one of these bows, they do come up for sale in the classifieds.

From: dean
Date: 09-Dec-18




Bowlim, that is kind of a confusing statement. My description of how mine shoots would be, 'feels like a bamboo stave, shoots as fast as a fast Schulz.'

From: Thor
Date: 09-Dec-18




That's a good play on words dean.Hahaha! Darn spell check anyway.

From: umich1
Date: 09-Dec-18




Georgous bows. Nate is a master craftsman and a great guy.

From: Riverwolf
Date: 09-Dec-18




....Beautiful bows , pictures, and equipment !

From: rod cam
Date: 09-Dec-18




ttt

From: dean
Date: 10-Dec-18




Well, it looks like my wife will not be joining the Royal Academy of Sunset Hill shooters. My son in lawed had a gas can tip in the back of his pickup, even though he had propped up with salt bags. The lid was not on straight or something and about half of it leaked out, it dripped through the box onto his muffler system and started on fire in their garage. He got it out of the garage, but it is still totaled. My daughter is two weeks from completing her masters in elementary education, it takes about a month for the degree to be issued, so she will only have her substitute teaching job until the fall of next year. Philip just got a seasonal lay off from his job, so for the next couple of months they need to get by on her car that started taking a lot of oil. Looks like our available cash will once again go for car repairs or a different car.

From: two4hooking
Date: 10-Dec-18

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Sorry to hear that Dean. Just a bump in the road so to speak!

Somebody is recovering pretty well! Can't keep Nate down.

From: swampwalker
Date: 10-Dec-18




More than their other ASLs? That's the question. And why.

From: Jim Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 10-Dec-18




Swampwalker, that’s a fair question.

From: ottertails
Date: 10-Dec-18




Anybody willing to 'borrow' their Sunset out to me? ;) I've never handled or shot one but have heard nothing but good (even from one of his major competitors). I shoot weights from mid 50#s up to 70# I promise to return it,,,;) Anybody? :))

Now that's a long shot ain't it! :))

From: foxbo
Date: 10-Dec-18




Ole handsome Nate. I wish I could see him sneaking thru the woods around here. I put on my mask and rob him of that bow and quiver. After all, he can make more! :)

From: two4hooking
Date: 11-Dec-18




For me it is the feel.... When I first started shooting the ASL I had a Howard Hill Big 5 made sometime in the late 90s - early 2000s.

Then I managed to buy a used Schulz made Tembo. I was like WOW! What a feel and cast compared to that other bow. John certainly put a little magic in his bows. I Tracked down another previous owner to this bow and he made me promise him to sell it back if I ever wanted to part with it LOL!

Then I received a used Sunset Hill Nate found for me. So gentle and well behaved. Super light in the hand and balanced. The feel is just quality.

My other bows collect dust now....

This past year I shipped out my Sunset for an elk hunt and went back to shooting the backset Schulz again while I waited to travel. Wow...now i can really tell the difference and that Schulz bow just seems "harsh" for a lack of a better term. And maybe now I can feel the differences better. Don't know.

Nate does his research and is friends with many of the Schulz's. A true Hill aficionado.

From: trad47
Date: 11-Dec-18




Tantalizing that Nate only builds on a limited basis...I would like to get one from him someday.. if it s anything like his back quiver it’s got be pretty good !! I am no connoisseur and have no way to test out bows except buy them. I feel with me anyways it might be casting pearls to the swine..

From: dean
Date: 11-Dec-18




I just sent off a check that could buy three of Nates bows for my wife, my wife was pretty disappointed, but the kids and grandkids come first.

From: Nater D Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 11-Dec-18




It’d be detrimental to my bank account if Nate took unlimited orders...





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