Between bowhunters.Letters from Bowhunter readers
STICKBOW GETS THUMBS UP
Editor's Note: This magazine introduced its Stickbow Hunting minimag in the Aug/Sept 2002 issue. It was well received by writers, advertisers, and readers, so we present a sampling of responses here. Look for the next issue of Stickbow Hunting in the Aug/Sept '03 issue.
I was thrilled to see the new traditional section. I have started to shoot a recurve re·curve
tr. & intr.v. re·curved, re·curv·ing, re·curves
To curve (something) backward or downward or become curved backward or downward. and love it...I have always had respect for your magazine because you publish articles written by both compound and traditional shooters. I think this new section will be a great addition to your magazine and a great source of information to those of us who use traditional equipment. Thanks.
Kevin Satterwhite, via e-mail
Your Stickbow Hunting supplement was the best thing I've seen in your magazine in a long time. A subscriber for about 25 years, I've always thought your magazine was the best out there, but you really hit a home run with this new section. Keep up the great work!
Joe Lasch, Lake Mills Lake Mills may refer to
Outstanding choice! You have a new subscriber.
Terry Beaudoin, via e-mail
I really appreciated your Stickbow Hunting. I personally use traditional equipment because it just works better for me. Bowhunters, regardless of their equipment choice, must stick together. We have to be accountable for our actions, and that's demonstrated in how we conduct ourselves with the equipment we use... Include more traditional articles and equipment tips, but don't divide the camp.
Carl Kinsella, Albany, OR
I really liked the new traditional section. I hope it continues. Compound and traditional hunters really need to work together for the future of hunting instead of constantly debating who the "real" archery archery, sport of shooting with bow and arrow, an important military and hunting skill before the introduction of gunpowder. England's Charles II fostered archery as sport, establishing in 1673 the world's oldest continuous archery tournament, the Ancient Scorton hunters are.
Brian Strickland, via e-mail
Bravo to your editorial concerning traditional vs. modern (Aug/Sept '02). As a traditional shooter, I get very tired of the bickering between traditional and modern bowhunters. I think it was Patrick Henry who said, "We need to all hang together, or surely, we will all hang separately."
Andy Carpenter. via e-mail
READERS LEARN VALUABLE LESSONS
With a lot of time, patience, and experience, my husband, Tim, has taught me the thrilling sport of bowhunting Bowhunting is the practice of taking game animals by archery. Technique
In contrast to a rifle hunter, who may shoot effectively from ranges in excess of 200 yards (about 180 m), archers will usually restrict shots to 45 yards or less, depending on factors such as . Being a city girl, I never in my wildest dreams thought I'd be in the woods in a tree-stand, or that I'd be anticipating filling my first tag. Unfortunately, I went home empty-handed this past season. But next season will be different. With lots of practice this summer and by reading the informative articles in your magazine I hope to be a better and wiser bowhunter.
Deborah Wojtowicz, Erie, MI
Your magazine has made a big impact on my bowhunting success. I'm 15 years old and have been reading Bowhunter since I learned how to read, and before that I looked at the pictures. The tips in your magazine helped me bag my first buck ever. It was a nice 9-pointer, and I couldn't have done it without reading your book and listening to your tips. Thank you for the best magazine money can buy!
B. G. Johnson, via e-mail
NONHUNTER LIKES MAGAZINE
I just ran across your magazine while working on a drilling rig 100 miles off Louisiana. The Wild Side ("Honesty is the Only Way") in the Oct/Nov 2002 issue is one of a kind. Mr. Schuh's words are clear and loud, and they carry word of wisdom hard to find these days. I have never hunted and probably never will, but I read your magazine from the first to the last page and found it really interesting. Keep up the good work, fellows.
Arturo Perez, Drilling Services Engineer
Abnormally low body temperature, with slowing of physiological activity. It is artificially induced (usually with ice baths) for certain surgical procedures and cancer treatments. CAN KILL
I am writing in regard to Larry Jones' article "Safe and Successful" (December 2002). Thank you for an article on a topic often overlooked by many magazines. I am a family physician in a rural area, an avid bowhunter, and I frequently teach classes on wilderness medicine Wilderness Medicine Definition
Wilderness medicine encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of injuries and medical conditions that may occur during activities in remote territories. and survival. I applaud you for making space in your magazine for such an article. I do however, have some concern about Larry's opening story and his response to the thought that he was in the early stages of hypothermia. He writes that he laid down his pack and hurried 3 miles back to camp. That was very dangerous! Hypothermia is sneaky. Many times by the time the victim realizes he has a problem, it's too late. If you suspect that you or a hunting partner might be in early hypothermia, stop! Even if you can see camp in the distance, you very likely will never make it there.
Stop immediately, seek shelter out of the wind and rain, and start a fire. Get warm and get dry! Don't become one of the hunters who dies one-quarter mile from camp or the trailhead, "trying to get out." The information in the article was otherwise excellent, and again I applaud you for a much under-published subject.
Dr. Joe Snyder, Dyersville, IA
Thanks for the timely article, "Safe and Successful," by Larry D. Jones. I would only like to point out that hypothermia is not just a winter killer. In fact, most hypothermia cases occur in the spring, summer, and fall--times of year when many people aren't dressed for a sudden fall in temperature. Sudden rain storms, or even heavy sweating, accompanied by wind can cause hypothermia.
Outdoors people must recognize the early signs of hypothermia and take the appropriate actions to deal with it. The longer a person waits, the harder it is to re-establish a normal body core temperature. Another consequence of waiting too long is that cold injuries usually make it more difficult for the victim to think rationally, and motor skills usually deteriorate to the point that striking a match or lighting a lighter become impossible.
In addition, alcohol is not the "anti-freeze" that many people believe it is. Drinking alcohol causes the veins and arteries to constrict con·strict
To make smaller or narrower, especially by binding or squeezing. , restricting the flow of blood to vital organs, which further slows the body's ability to warm itself.
If hypothermia is suspected, act now. Don't wait until it's too late. Spooking game with a fire should be your last concern. Stay warm and stay alive--live to spook that game another day. Thanks for the great mag.
Bill Claspell, Pueblo West, Colorado Pueblo West is an unincorporated city and a U.S. Census Bureau Census Designated Place (CDP) located in Pueblo County, Colorado, United States. It is part of the Pueblo Metropolitan Statistical Area. The CDP population was 16,899 at the U.S. Census 2000.
NO REWARD FOR BAD SHOTS
In Randy Ulmer's "Maximum Shooting Range" Shooting Tip (Aug/Sept '02), he described a 3-D game where shooters get points for hitting the ring, vitals vi·tals
1. The vital body organs.
2. The parts that are essential to continued functioning, as of a system. , and body of the target. I know these kinds of games are meant to help hunters discover their personal max ranges, but I don't think that points should be given for any poorly placed shots. I honestly believe an archer should be responsible for every arrow he releases and held accountable for every shot he takes. To score a gut shot as anything but a bad hit is ridiculous, and the shooter should be penalized pe·nal·ize
tr.v. pe·nal·ized, pe·nal·iz·ing, pe·nal·iz·es
1. To subject to a penalty, especially for infringement of a law or official regulation. See Synonyms at punish.
2. so that in the future he'll remember it. I've recently started to shoot with the new Deerman's 3-D organization. You can visit their website at www.deermanstheworld.homestead.com.
Johnny L Freeman, via e-mail
HUNTS GETTING TOO EXPENSIVE
I recently read the article "We Cannot Survive As Islands" (The Wild Side, May/June '02). I am in full agreement with the points you bring up about high license fees. Two of my friends and I have traveled to Colorado for many years to bowhunt elk elk, name applied to several large members of the deer family. It most properly designates the largest member of the family, Alces alces, found in the northern regions of Eurasia and North America. In North America this animal is called moose. and in the past we have discussed bringing our children when they are old enough, but this is another dream that is dying. The increase in the nonresident non·res·i·dent
1. Not living in a particular place: nonresident students who commute to classes.
2. license fee is making this trip more difficult for just us to go, let alone the cost of bringing a hunting child.
I am writing to give you one more perspective of how the cost of hunting is killing the "dream." If we cannot pass on the dream to the next generation, we are giving the anti-hunters their goal. There will not be hunters.
Thanks for the article, and if you know of any groups working to keep license fees within reach of the average guy or gal please, let me know.
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