Posted 01 April 2010 - 08:09 AM
Edited by Rowdy Yates, 01 April 2010 - 10:40 AM.
Posted 02 April 2010 - 08:41 PM
Posted 03 April 2010 - 08:09 PM
Posted 04 April 2010 - 03:41 PM
i normally think of bow hunting as a lil inhumane but wow that makes me want to go hunt turkeys with a bow now, the way it took its head off was so cool!
I know several people who feel that way, Timothy. Unfortunately, there are "slobs" in all walks of life. Within archery, many of them end up making the news or something by shooting someone's house cat in the head, or some other shot that never should be taken with a bow (especially on someone's pet, obviously!). But, the video of a cat running around still alive with an arrow stuck in it makes for good drama, I guess. It's knuckleheads like that who get the press and make things seem different from what they actually are though.
I promise you that a well placed arrow is every bit as lethal as a well placed bullet, for example. I have seen elephants fall to bow and arrow. I, myself, killed a ~500# Russian pig about 5 years ago with bow and arrow. The shot was through the heart. The pig took one step forward and proceeded to fall backwards. It was dead before I even lowered my bow arm. (Even faster than the hog I took 3 years earlier with a 50 caliber muzzleloader which was also a heart shot.) I actually believe that bowhunting, when done by skilled and responsible individuals, is less stressful on animals. The sound of a bow going off just doesn't often spook an animal the way that a gun blast almost always does. It's not unusual at all to see an animal that has been arrowed trot a short distance, lay down, and expire right there. (By contrast, even the sound of a firearm going off tends to scatter every animal in the vicinity.)
I encourage you to seriously consider giving it a try. Check in on some used archery equipment. (This is the perfect time of year for it. Plenty of time to practice up before the fall.) Just be sure to visit a reputable archery shop first up so you can at least have your draw length figured out and get a feel for what type of bow poundage you can handle for a proper fit. I'd love to see you join the ranks of bowhunter.
Posted 04 April 2010 - 07:38 PM
Posted 14 April 2010 - 10:34 AM
If I get out this season and I fully intend to I'd like to carry at least one for an up close head buster.
Posted 14 April 2010 - 12:07 PM
One more thing... Magnus also recommends 5" feathers for fletching. If you've got some, go for it. But, I have used everything from feathers to 4" vanes and even 2" Blazers and all have steered the smaller 100 grain Bullheads just fine out to 30 yards. (Self-imposed bow turkey max range. )
Posted 14 April 2010 - 02:58 PM
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