Two message threads emerged–one for the North and one for the South–so the craftsmen and the Primitive Archer community could monitor the work and provide feedback and encouragement in this good-natured "war between the bowyers". Pat Brennan started the thread on January 18, 2007, with the clarion call: “OK all you Yankee guys from up north. This is your thread.”
Thus, the conflict began.
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I have made both Flemish and endless loop string and I find that both are a bit of a pain to make. Generally I prefer the endless loop in a hunting application because of the performance aspect; however, they are a nuisance to make. Once the strings are made, their length is fixed. Twisting may make small modifications; however, this is not the best way of changing the length of a string, especially when making a bow because the string length will vary as you put the finishing touches on the nocks. A few months ago, I came up with an idea for a string that is quick and easy to make.
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There has been a large revival of people building and hunting with wood bows in the last decade. By wood bow, I mean a bow made from a single piece of wood, often referred to as a “self bow.” I don’t know if this is due to a conscious movement by many to get more in touch with their hunting roots, a rebellion by some against the constant onslaught of modern technology, or the result of older, more experienced hunters attempting to augment their enjoyment of the hunt by increasing the challenge. Maybe it’s a combination of all three.
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Without a doubt one of the most attractive and traditional arrow fletches found on the arrows of traditional and primitive hunters are the naturally barred wing feathers of America’s wild turkey. The grand old bird is not only a supreme challenge to hunt, but he provides excellent table fare as well as superior fletching for the arrows we hunt with. No wonder the large bird is so highly sought after.
Obviously each turkey has two wings, one on each side of his body. Just like your arms, these are designated right and left depending on which side of the body the wing is on. The feathers off each wing are also designated by the wing from which they come.
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April/May 2015 Edition in this issue:

Third Turkey Time by Rob Sager

Far East Pig Hunt
By John Borgeson

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