The North wind is blowing a strong gale force blizzard over the high country. Drifting snow is quickly piling up, in places already four foot deep and getting deeper by the moment. Across the windswept mountain meadows, a foot of fresh powder has buried the surrounding landscape on this cold November night. These same meadows will be covered with thousands of wildflowers in about six months, a sight to behold in the early weeks of May, but tonight, spring lays a long way off and winter has claimed this land in an icy grip.
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I remember as a young boy in the early 70’s reading old Popular Mechanic magazines and each issue had articles about how to make everything from solar water heaters to laminated recurve bows. Sadly, as technology progressed, we somehow lost the urge to build even the simplest things that we use day in and day out. Thankfully, for many of us there is primitive archery and we can make most of our equipment with our own hands.
Following are instructions on how to make an arrow point taper jig that can be used on a table saw or sander. Most will have the materials at hand, but if you don’t, it won’t cost more then a few dollars to purchase everything. You will need some scrap 3/8" or 1/2" plywood, two 1/4"-20 x 1 1/2" carriage bolts, and two 1/4" wing nuts with washers. Start with your base and cut it 1" longer then the width of your table saw from front to back, and 10" wide.
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The week before our deer season opened I had taken my pop-up tent out to a storage area near where I hunt and then went to check out the tree stand where the year before I had missed four deer. Boy was I bummed when I found someone had locked another stand on a tree not 30 yards from the tree I had used.
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As a collector of archery equipment and memorabilia over the years, I have been afforded the opportunity of obtaining various articles from antiquity relating to archery from around the world. It was therefore no surprise that I received an inquiry offering the sale to me of Japanese arrows reputed to have some historical interest. Of course, one never knows if the items offered are truly as they’re presented, but I guess that’s always the case when dealing with “collectors’ items”. Nevertheless, through a mutual acquaintance, I received an e-mail inquiring as to my interest in obtaining some such articles that eventually led to their purchase.
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Dec/Jan 2015 Edition in this issue:

Killing Paper:
The Importance of Target Shooting
By Ed Ingold

Armed and Dangerous
By Tim Davis

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