Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall

First traditional bow

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Red Lion 08-Jun-19
Nemophilist 08-Jun-19
Knifeguy 08-Jun-19
George D. Stout 08-Jun-19
fdp 08-Jun-19
RHN 08-Jun-19
reb 08-Jun-19
JamesV 08-Jun-19
crookedstix 08-Jun-19
dean 08-Jun-19
Zeke121 08-Jun-19
Iwander 08-Jun-19
timex 08-Jun-19
D.Lewis aka tonto59 08-Jun-19
Krag 08-Jun-19
hawkeye in PA 09-Jun-19
Vic McG 12-Jun-19
Pdiddly 12-Jun-19
Vtbow 12-Jun-19
DT1963 12-Jun-19
RymanCat 12-Jun-19
deerhunt51 12-Jun-19
Bowguy 12-Jun-19
goldentrout_one 12-Jun-19
Ollie 12-Jun-19
shooter 12-Jun-19
casekiska 12-Jun-19
Barber 12-Jun-19
Bootaka 14-Aug-19
Live2hunt 14-Aug-19
Lowcountry 14-Aug-19
SteveD 14-Aug-19
Treeman 14-Aug-19
24on48hunting 14-Aug-19
24on48hunting 14-Aug-19
From: Red Lion
Date: 08-Jun-19

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This is the bow that started me on wonderful road of traditional archery back in 1985. Fedora 560 Hunter. 60#@28. How many still of you still have the bow that got you started.

From: Nemophilist
Date: 08-Jun-19

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I still own mine. Here is mine. 45# 1969 Bear Green Fox. My Dad bought me the Bear Green Fox Bowhunting Set in 1969.

From: Knifeguy
Date: 08-Jun-19

I no longer have mine. Cheap wood bow from my Dad in1956. Took the suction cups off of the arrows and sharpened them and used the cactus in the backyard for targets. Yep, got in trouble. I was 7. Lance

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 08-Jun-19

My first was a lilac branch I made in 1954, using baler twine for a string. I don't think it's around anymore ;)

From: fdp
Date: 08-Jun-19

Nope, lost min in a house fire years ago. It was an old Ben Pearson Cougar that my dad gave me. Wasn't a "traditional" archery journey at that time though. It was just archery. Still is to me.

From: RHN
Date: 08-Jun-19

Still have my Samick Sage, 45#@28. It was my first trad bow. Since then, I’ve acquired a few bows and several far more expensive bows have passed through my hands and been sold. The Sage shoots extremely well and it remains one of my favorites at any price.

From: reb
Date: 08-Jun-19

I have.

From: JamesV
Date: 08-Jun-19

Mine was a self bow I made from a shade stick and a piece of twine 1948. How many know what a shade stick is?


From: crookedstix
Date: 08-Jun-19

Is it that piece of wood in the bottom of a pull-down window shade?

From: dean
Date: 08-Jun-19

The order of bows. Lilac, age 3 to 5. Stick red whit and blue paint and suction cup arrows age 5, one week. Plastic thing, brother broke it, back to the lilac stick, killed morning dove off of Mrs. DenHartog's fence, she cleaned and cooked it for me, delicious. Age six a fiber glass stick. Age 7 a Pearson recurve fiber glass, killed ground squirrels. Age ten,a real bow, lightening sheared chunk off of the ash tree. Lightening dried and cured, local bow maker made himself and me a billet bow. Looked like a Hill. Mine was a little taller than was, sinew and raw calf sling backing. Pheasants, squirrels, rabbits and a couple of green winged teal were killed with that bow. The others were toys, that was my first bow.

From: Zeke121
Date: 08-Jun-19

Don't have mine any longer. Not even sure what bow it was as I can't ever remember not shooting a bow even from my earliest memories. I do know my father had purchase a 25lb colt recurve for my mother to shoot while he was shooting with his hunting bow but she never really took to it. I remember shooting that bow at a very young age. Had various bows growing up. I remember a 35 pound black hawk that I really wish I still had. Then my father bought me a 45lb bear kodiak magnum when I was maybe 10. Shot with that until he allowed me to bowhunt at age 13 when he felt I was accurate enough. Hunted with that for several years and then he and I both went to the world of compounds.

Shot compounds thru college, both target and hunting. Killed my first dear and a few more with a compound. I don't think my father ever killed a deer with a compound. Then met a guy still using a recurve one day. He let me shoot it some and I ended up buying that bow from him. A Fedora 560 takedown. It was 60 lbs. I killed many deer with that and a bear up in Canada. Have had probably 5 more fedora's since and several other makes of longbows and recurves mixed in.

From: Iwander
Date: 08-Jun-19

Iwander's embedded Photo

I started with a 66 in Brackenbury and I keep going back to it, or Wes's bows that are just like it.

From: timex
Date: 08-Jun-19

timex's embedded Photo

my fist recurve a Hoyt ram reflex the riser now converted to ilf with Morrison max 1 limbs I was 22-23 years old when I bought that bow 1983-84

From: D.Lewis aka tonto59
Date: 08-Jun-19

Mine was a Bear 70's Kodiak Magnum 45#. I don't have it anymore. I gave it to my son.

From: Krag
Date: 08-Jun-19

Krag's embedded Photo

Still have my first three bows. Shakespeare Parabow bought in '66, Bear Little Bear in '69 and Bear Black Bear in '73. The Black Bear has once again become my go to. Dusted off the Shakespeare to use as my light bow in the TP drills and continue to use it for form work.

From: hawkeye in PA
Date: 09-Jun-19

First "bought" bow was a Browning Mohawk. Fifty one years later and my youngest grandson is shooting it.

From: Vic McG
Date: 12-Jun-19

Hatfield TD. Bow #1234. Sold it and bought it back.

From: Pdiddly
Date: 12-Jun-19

My first bow that I hunted with and took a deer was a 50# 1969 Bear Super Kodiak in 1989.

Then I got a 55# 1986 Howatt Mamba and never hunted with the SK again. The SK was nice to look at but sooo heavy to carry and slowww..finally sold it.

From: Vtbow
Date: 12-Jun-19

Vtbow's embedded Photo

'56 bear polar that was my grandfathers and my father shot it when he was a kid because he had 2 older brothers and his father couldn't afford amother rifle. Still shoots pretty well too!

From: DT1963
Date: 12-Jun-19

My first was an old Howett Hunter if I remember right. Think it is out in the shop under a boatload of camo paint - maybe I should strip, refinish it, tie up a string and give it another breath of life?

From: RymanCat
Date: 12-Jun-19

If you have your originals you probably still have your Barbie dolls. LOL

I wish I had any original of all things.

From: deerhunt51
Date: 12-Jun-19

I have mine, 60" Indian recurve 35# @ 28". Still shoots great!

From: Bowguy Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 12-Jun-19

I started in 70-71 w bows my dad made me. I never kept em as I was a kid.

From: goldentrout_one
Date: 12-Jun-19

I still have mine, a gift in 1980, Damon Howatt Hunter, 58" model, brand-new (made in 77 or 78 I believe). I almost never shoot it.

From: Ollie Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 12-Jun-19

Wish I still had a few of my earliest bows. I have owned 50+ bows since I started shooting a bow in the late 1960's. Had to sell most to make room for new bows as well as raise cash for the next purchase. Seems like a shame for a good working bow to be stuck on a shelf and never get any field time because one has too many bows.

From: shooter
Date: 12-Jun-19

My first "real" bow is a Ben Pearson "Filly" 30# @ 28". Got it when I was 14 yrs. old & paid $19 I earned selling empty bottles back to the grocery stores. I still have it & it's in almost new condition.

From: casekiska
Date: 12-Jun-19

My first bow was simply a springy stick (probably willow) with the ends tied together with a shorter piece of string. I was about 5 - 6 years old and it was the late 1940s. My first "real" bow was a Ben Pearson lemonwood ordered from a catalog a few years later. It was probably a 30# bow and I was about 10 or 11, I could hardly draw it! Since then there have been too many bows to count! Now, age 74 and I still shoot regularly. I feel very lucky to have been able to have been an archer for nearly seven decades!

From: Barber
Date: 12-Jun-19

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My first Traditional bow was a Recurve. A mid 1940’s Par X . I still own it although I don’t shoot it but a few times each year.

From: Bootaka
Date: 14-Aug-19

Bootaka's embedded Photo

Just found it in the rafters. Mom threw this at me in 1981 and told me to go play. Or was it "go away?"

From: Live2hunt
Date: 14-Aug-19

I guess I started hunting with a JC Penny fiberglass recurve that I bought in 1973. Bunch of odd and end ones before that. Then I went big time and bought a American Archery 45# recurve that I gave to my Nephew to use. Not sure where it went after that.

From: Lowcountry
Date: 14-Aug-19

Lowcountry's embedded Photo

I started in the early 80's with a 1968/69 (?) I-Beam Root Brush Master. I moved away to football, girls, and beer in the late 80's. I gave the bow to a cousin in the 90's. I required that same Root in the late 2000's, and finally jumped in with both feet around 2010. I still have that old Root Brush Master, but I don't shoot it much these days.

FYI - The attached picture is from Larry Vienneau's Shakespeare Blog site, but looks just like my bow.

From: SteveD Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 14-Aug-19

Bear Grizzly, first kill with it and still have it and one of the original arrows I hunted. Glad I saved 'em lots of memories for me.

From: Treeman
Date: 14-Aug-19

I still have my red white and blue #35 Bear 76er my dad bought when I was young.

From: 24on48hunting
Date: 14-Aug-19

24on48hunting's embedded Photo

My Father gave me his Browning Explorer II, 45# @ 28” when I expressed interest in hunting with traditional bows back in 2006. I practiced all Summer and went deer hunting with it for the first time ever on October 17, that same year. Up til that hunt I had only killed squirrels with it. Just after daybreak, I shot a mature doe at 8 yards as she came through the funnel area that I was hunting. I had made a perfect double lung shot and the Muzzy Phantom broke the off side shoulder on its way through her. It was evident by the way her off side leg was dragging as she retreated. I saw that the arrow was buried up to the feathers as she ran off and I watched her fall at my feet after she ran in a big circle. It was over in less that 5 seconds after I loosed the arrow. My Father came to help me drag her out and to take a few pictures. I could see that he was very proud. My Father, Uncle and Cousin all used that bow over the course of 3 decades and it had never killed a deer until my first outing with it! Sorry for the long post. Mark

From: 24on48hunting
Date: 14-Aug-19

I was hunting in an archery-only County, so no orange vest was required.

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