Primitive Archer

Main Discussion Area => Archived Hunting Pics => Shooting and Hunting => 2019 Hunting Pics => Topic started by: WhistlingBadger on September 29, 2019, 03:40:31 pm

Title: My first primitive kill
Post by: WhistlingBadger on September 29, 2019, 03:40:31 pm
After many years of trying and quite a few near misses, I killed this fat little muley buck this morning.  This is my first big-game animal with archery, and my first primitive kill of any kind.  27 yard shot; 60# black locust flat bow by Curt Brisky (with some modifications); home-made sitka spruce/wild turkey arrow tipped with a zwickey eskimo.  The arrow went in clear up to the fletchings, took him right through the heart and he went down pretty fast.
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This is a really important kill to me for a few reasons.  Besides the firsts, it also marks the end of a long archery losing streak for me.  I've missed shots at two elk and several deer over the past few years because my head starts messing with me.  A couple times, I've gotten so flustered I made bad shots.  A couple other times, a little voice in my head said, right as I was drawing, "You're gonna miss.  Something always goes wrong."

Well, that's no fun.  This past summer I spent a ton of time researching the art and science of archery, instinctive shooting in particular, and practicing, practicing, practicing.  Today, when the time came, my heart was pounding just like other times...and I picked a little dark patch of hair on that deer's boiler room, and put my arrow right into it.

DANG, it felt good seeing that arrow strike home!  Tenderloins for supper at Badger Manor tonight!

Thomas
Title: Re: My first primitive kill
Post by: sleek on September 29, 2019, 04:26:47 pm
CONGRATULATIONS! That's a nice body on that guy, lots of table fare! 27 years is a hell if a reach, good job on that too!
Title: Re: My first primitive kill
Post by: Azmdted on September 29, 2019, 05:31:09 pm
Congratulations, well done. 
Title: Re: My first primitive kill
Post by: burchett.donald on September 29, 2019, 06:35:28 pm
 Congrats...That is a natural high you will never forget...
                                                                                    Don
Title: Re: My first primitive kill
Post by: WhistlingBadger on September 29, 2019, 07:30:12 pm
Congrats...That is a natural high you will never forget...
                                                                                    Don

You're not kidding, Don.  I think my family is getting a little tired of hearing about it.  I'm sure they'll get used to it eventually...
Title: Re: My first primitive kill
Post by: Deerhunter21 on September 29, 2019, 08:17:21 pm
Ahhhhh! getting the blood flowing just hearing about it!!!

27yrds! dang! my friend is pressuring me into going hunting with a wheels bow but i want my first deer to be with one of my bows, get the high plus the first kill! Remember this day!
Title: Re: My first primitive kill
Post by: HH~ on September 29, 2019, 08:41:04 pm
Very nice. Like the dark color on his chest.

HH~
Title: Re: My first primitive kill
Post by: bjrogg on September 29, 2019, 08:44:32 pm
Congratulations on your first Primitive kill. That's what it's all about. It's what makes hunting like this so addictive to me. Keeping it all together, getting that shot off and putting that arrow where it needs to be.
Bjrogg
Title: Re: My first primitive kill
Post by: PEARL DRUMS/PEARLY/PD/DRUMS on September 30, 2019, 07:18:29 am
Fantastic! Most of us have or will go through all of the things you have went through. I can feel your new found confidence from here :)
Title: Re: My first primitive kill
Post by: Hawkdancer on September 30, 2019, 10:51:03 am
Congratulations!  That is a long dry spell and great persistence on your part!  Just seeing game that close gets your adrenaline going!  Good hunt!
Hawkdancer
Title: Re: My first primitive kill
Post by: WhistlingBadger on September 30, 2019, 12:50:15 pm
Thanks for the support, everybody.  My wife and daughter are very happy for me, but I think they're getting a little tired of hearing about it.  It's nice to share it with people who understand.   (SH)

Ahhhhh! getting the blood flowing just hearing about it!!!

27yrds! dang! my friend is pressuring me into going hunting with a wheels bow but i want my first deer to be with one of my bows, get the high plus the first kill! Remember this day!

Stick to it!  Or switch to a compound, if that would make you happy.  That's a personal decision everybody has to make.  My compound buddies certainly get more kills.  But compound bows don't make sense to me.  If I want to just get a kill, there's always my trusty .270.  The whole point of archery, to me, is the challenge, the tradition, the connection to the animal and to my ancestors.  I don't get any of that from a wheely bow.  And after shooting glass bows for years, I decided I might as well go all the way.  My flatbow shoots just as well as my old fiberglass/wood recurve, so why not?  If I'm going to use a bow, might as well use a BOW.
Title: Re: My first primitive kill
Post by: Deerhunter21 on September 30, 2019, 01:00:49 pm
Im definentially gonna stick with it! Its too rewarding!  :BB (SH) :-D
Title: Re: My first primitive kill
Post by: Pat B on September 30, 2019, 09:27:12 pm
Congrats, WB. Well done.  :OK
Title: Re: My first primitive kill
Post by: JW_Halverson on September 30, 2019, 09:49:12 pm
Im definentially gonna stick with it! Its too rewarding!  :BB (SH) :-D

Don't just stick with it. Stick and string with it!

Nice work on a nice little table buck, Badger. You got something to whistle about now.
Title: Re: My first primitive kill
Post by: Pappy on October 01, 2019, 06:27:23 am
Congrats, very well done. :)
 Pappy
Title: Re: My first primitive kill
Post by: sleek on October 01, 2019, 02:10:01 pm
Im definentially gonna stick with it! Its too rewarding!  :BB (SH) :-D

You got something to whistle about now.

And it ain't just Dixie
Title: Re: My first primitive kill
Post by: Stixnstones on October 05, 2019, 06:43:14 am
Congrats... have been through those trying times myself and probably will again. Congrats again....
Title: Re: My first primitive kill
Post by: Stickhead on October 05, 2019, 10:37:36 am
Nice shot and congrats!  Oughta be some good eating!
Title: Re: My first primitive kill
Post by: WhistlingBadger on October 05, 2019, 07:21:37 pm
Thanks everybody!  It means a lot to be able to share this experience with people who get it.

I've read about the kyudo masters in Japan; they say that concentration is so intense that the spot becomes the entire universe.  Then it is impossible for the arrow to miss, because there is nowhere else for it to go.  I always thought that was admirable if a little hokey, but I never experienced it until Sunday morning.

I've had the meat aging in a cooler for a week; I'll cut it up tomorrow.  Going to save the sinew for future use (I don't know how to use sinew yet--time to learn) and the hide will be going to the tannery an hour up the road for use in a new quiver, and maybe some new mocassins for the Badgerling.

Thomas
Title: Re: My first primitive kill
Post by: WhistlingBadger on October 08, 2019, 12:45:50 pm
Meat's in the freezer!  Ah, don't ya love that top-of-the-foodchain feeling?
Title: Re: My first primitive kill
Post by: StickMark on October 08, 2019, 12:56:21 pm
spot and stalk? Ambush?
Title: Re: My first primitive kill
Post by: Deerhunter21 on October 08, 2019, 12:58:38 pm
Give us your story! what did you feel? where were you? describe it in detail if you may!
Title: Re: My first primitive kill
Post by: WhistlingBadger on October 09, 2019, 07:56:39 am
It was a spot-and-stalk with a couple of funny twists to it.  I'm writing it up (mostly so I can remember it--stinks gettin' old) and I'll try to get the whole story up today.
Title: Re: My first primitive kill
Post by: WhistlingBadger on October 09, 2019, 11:19:18 am
OK, guys, here's the full story.  Take the space out of the link.  Thanks for your interest.

https  ://whistlingbadger2.blogspot.com/2019/10/an-arrow-for-muley.html

Thomas
Title: Re: My first primitive kill
Post by: WhistlingBadger on October 20, 2019, 08:00:14 am
Finished the mount.  Next goal:  Kill something with antlers wider than its own skull!  ha ha ha

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Title: Re: My first primitive kill
Post by: HH~ on October 20, 2019, 12:42:06 pm
Looks nice.

Hedge~
Title: Re: My first primitive kill
Post by: WhistlingBadger on October 24, 2019, 09:43:00 pm
Thanks, Hedge!
Title: Re: My first primitive kill
Post by: PeteC on October 30, 2019, 06:37:00 pm
Congrats on your first primitive kill, Very nice deer with a perfect shot. God Bless
Title: Re: My first primitive kill
Post by: WhistlingBadger on October 30, 2019, 07:17:09 pm
Congrats on your first primitive kill, Very nice deer with a perfect shot. God Bless

Thanks, Pete!  God does indeed bless me.  :)

T
Title: Re: My first primitive kill
Post by: bradsmith2010 on November 07, 2019, 05:45:02 pm
congrats (-S