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Made a man happy today

Messages posted to thread:
tradslinger 23-Apr-23
chuck-ia 23-Apr-23
tradslinger 23-Apr-23
monkeyball 23-Apr-23
N Y Yankee 23-Apr-23
Nrthernrebel05 23-Apr-23
turkey chaser 23-Apr-23
Don T Lewis 23-Apr-23
tradslinger 23-Apr-23
bentstick54 23-Apr-23
Gray Goose Shaft 23-Apr-23
Wapiti - - M. S. 23-Apr-23
tradslinger 24-Apr-23
selstickbow 24-Apr-23
treetopper 24-Apr-23
reb 24-Apr-23
From: tradslinger
Date: 23-Apr-23

Today after church, I gave a young man a "starter kit" to get him started in selfbows. He got a selfbow, homemade quiver with various arrows for small game, practice and hunting. Also an arm guard and a tab. A quick lesson in how to string it and to un string it. The arrows were 3" too long at the moment but I will let him shoot for a couple of weeks before checking his draw again.

We had several people stop to look at everything and that was good. I tried to get him to take a shot with a rubber tipped arrow at a grassy back stop but he was afraid that he would miss. The bow was only 40# at 28" and it will let him see if he really likes it or not. If he does, I will step him up to a 45# bow so that he will be able to hunt with it in his state.

He was super excited and this was great to see. I wish someone had done this for me way back then too. Anyways, great stress relief, loads of fun and to hunt with. He has a lot of hogs near him so he may be giving them a shot later this year.

Thanks to Bentstick for helping me out with some feathers. Clay was amazed at what a real selfbow looked like and felt. He also was surprised at how light it was to hold. He has two little boys, one about 3 that was all excited about it all. I may be helping two other young men get started as well, that would be awesome. I'm just running out of stuff to give them but at least a starter bow right now. Just love to see those big smiles!

From: chuck-ia
Date: 23-Apr-23

seems a bit heavy bow for a youngster

From: tradslinger
Date: 23-Apr-23

6'2" 175lbs, mid 20s, works with cattle and horses on the farm and an electrician

From: monkeyball
Date: 23-Apr-23

Excellent job Jerry. I am sure that young guy is going to have a lot to talk to you about in the real near future.

Great way to keep the torch burning!

Good Shooting->->->->Craig

From: N Y Yankee
Date: 23-Apr-23

Your most gracious gesture went a long way in making a good name for yourself and the archery community. That youngster will always remember that and you and that is more valuable than having the bow yourself.

From: Nrthernrebel05
Date: 23-Apr-23

Good for you, bringing a new one into our fold. I love the look on their face when they find out how much fun shooting is.

From: turkey chaser
Date: 23-Apr-23

Tradslinger that's really cool you did that he will be hooked good job!!

From: Don T Lewis
Date: 23-Apr-23

Way to pass is on! Good on you!;)

From: tradslinger
Date: 23-Apr-23

Heard from Clay just a minute ago, He totally loves the bow and has already made his mind up to practice hard to hunt with it this fall for deer. He said that he couldn't believe how fun and addicting it was. He knows that he can text me anytime to ask anything or come by for help. So I will be fixing him up with the Osage bow pretty quickly. I just want to touch it up first. Yeah, a friend for life now LOL

From: bentstick54
Date: 23-Apr-23

Great for you passing it on that way Jerry. It’s good to see some young men get interested in our sport and hopefully he will pass it on to his sons.

From: Gray Goose Shaft
Date: 23-Apr-23

Generous gesture. Nice way to pass the torch.

From: Wapiti - - M. S. Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 23-Apr-23

Awesome gifts you gave that young man. Getting young folks interested in archery. That's awesome Jerry.

From: tradslinger
Date: 24-Apr-23

Clay contacted me again, he is very excited which is great. He is wanting more hands on training on all of it. He told me that he is super excited about this fall and deer season so I reminded him that he could probably hog hunt sooner in his state. He lives about 40 miles from me in Oklahoma. He really got excited then, said that he had hogs in his backyard LOL. So when he makes it to my house, it will be about cutting his arrows to a better length, giving him hands on, on all of this and teaching him more about it all. I will also go ahead and give him the Osage bow. He will have the lighter Hackberry to learn on and then move up to the Osage for a better hunting bow. Just love to see an excited person like that.

From: selstickbow
Date: 24-Apr-23

GOOD on you Jerry. sounds like he will be hard to hold back. Steve Long

From: treetopper
Date: 24-Apr-23

Well done Jerry, well done!

From: reb
Date: 24-Apr-23


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