There are a lot of White Birch trees, or Paper Birch as some call it, where I live. White Birch has bark that can be used for many things. It’s great for starting fires even in wet conditions; additionally, its waterproof qualities are great for making birch bark canoes or shelters. Its attractive look and flexibility are good for decorative crafts including decorative backing for bows. Another use beneficial to bow hunters is in making quivers. There has been an increasing interest in birch bark quivers of late...
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Many archers such as myself, make their own strings for their long bows or recurves. What do you do with those pieces of string that are too short to make a bow string with? Answer: I make string keepers with those pieces. This is not a difficult project and uses string that might otherwise go to waste. In the photo below you can see the sting keeper as it is attached to the bow.
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...The healing plant used by the Medicine Man was the willow (Salix spp.). From coast to coast, from the Arctic to the subtropics, some type of willow grows almost everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere with over a hundred species in North America. These woody plants of the willow family (Salicaceae) range in size from dwarf shrubs to large trees. Most species grow in open, moist habitats near water.
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...On December 29, 2009, Marines from Gulf Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment
were given the opportunity to shoot a different weapon system at the Simulation Center located on Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan. This particular weapon system has been around since before the Marine Corps was established at Tun Tavern in 1775, and some Marines since that time might have been on the receiving end of this weapon system.
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Dec/Jan 2017 Edition in this issue:

Energy in Archery
by Cipriano Rivera

Festive Archery
by Tim Lewis

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