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Title: your "proudest shot"
Post by: joel smith on March 16, 2003, 03:53:00 PM
of every shot you ever made, whether target or game, which was your favorite, your proudest moment with bow in hand ?
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: Gonzo on March 16, 2003, 04:10:00 PM
Probably the one I made 2 yrs ago on a 3-D course shooting with the top shooter in our area. I was right on him the whole course and on the next to last target he shot a 12 ring with a 2312 out of his BW MAB - I zoned on his shot and got a perfect Robin Hood with a 2018. The next shot I was 2 points up on him for the first place spot... Or maybe it was the time I skipped the arrow off of 2 trees (unintentional) and killed a Hog I didn't see (big one) when I was shooting at a smaller 1... Or maybe it was this last fall when I was hunting in the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant here in Ok. And got an absolute perfect hit on 2 deer that weekend and watched both fall in sight (1 P&Y)  ;)
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: '46 on March 16, 2003, 05:25:00 PM
On the way up bear huntin a few years ago 5 of us stopped at my cabin for a day, all compound shooters except me. They stuck a colored nock in the 20 yd target and proceded to shoot all around it, but close. I was just sittin back watching, sippin a cool one... couldn't compete anyhow. After about 10 shots each not hittin the nock they started in on the stick bow guy. I took 1 arrow, walked up there and put it into that nock...silence heh heh.

Put 1 arrow through 2 deer once, a buck and a doe, by accident of course. Didn't see the doe behind him.

All of the above by someone who really can't shoot worth a darn..geo
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: Russ on March 16, 2003, 06:53:00 PM
Several years ago I was driving from Anchorage to Fairbanks in the middle of a particularly cold winter. I had my 71# Strunk longbow and a quiver full of blunts with me. I spotted a flock of ptarmigan not too far off the road and stopped to give them some exercise. It was about 40 below and I floundered in crotch deep snow. The birds were onto me and kept running beyond me, out of bow range. Finally, sweating up a storm and feeling the cold starting to get to me, both at the same time, I was ready to give up and make for the warmth of the truck which was already much too far away. I spotted one of the white birds standing still but it was 40 yards away, way behyond my effective range with my longbow. I had nothing to loose but a woodie, so I let it fly. Took the PT in the head. No one around but I sure impressed myself, LOL, and maybe the bird for an instant. Made a sourcream based goulash from it's strong flavored meat - yummy.
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: Charlie Lamb on March 17, 2003, 07:47:00 PM
Like the man said, "I got a million of em". But I'll just tell one right now!   "[laffsmyl]"  

Came out of the hills after rockchuck huntin one day and found another car parked near mine at the trailhead. This friendly kind of guy comes up to me and seeing my bow starts askin all kinds of questions. I was doin my best to answer all of em.
Finally he spots this grizzled old chuck over on a rock face that I had never figured a way to get to and asks if I could hit him. We musta been 100 to 120 yards from that chuck. I tried to explain that it was just too far, but he kept on and kept on about what he could do with a rifle.
Well finally I just had enough and said let me show ya. I pulled an arrow from the quiver and squared away.
All I wanted to do was get the arrow on the side of that rock face with the chuck and not drop it in the scree at the bottom.
I pulled into a good solid anchor and was actually looking under my bow hand at the chuck. I lined it up as good as I could and let the arrow slip.
Up and up it went and about half way there it started losing altitude. I was pretty sure I'd saved face and would land the shot up there in the rocks where he was sittin.
Well, if you haven't guessed it by now, that arrow drove right into the chuck's ribs and he came fallin down the cliff and landed with a racket in the scree. Dead as a hammer!!
I looked at the guy and said, "you wouldn't mind strollin over there and gettin my arrow would ya"?
He was at a total loss for words at that point and went to get it. Soon as he got out there a little ways with his back to me I went into happy dance mode. (you know, the one ya do when ya know ya just pulled a shot right out of your    "[moon]"   )
Had my stuff loaded when he got back, so I threw the arrow and chuck in the back of my truck and drove away without saying anymore than thanks.
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: Limbwalker on March 17, 2003, 08:16:00 PM
The rest of my story (from the embarrassing shot thread) goes like this...

Just missed a gimme shot at my first ever Muley.  When I get back to camp, my brother (and lifelong hunting companion) says, "let's go find some javelina's."  I didn't really feel like it after the morning's debacle, but as usual he talked me into it.  Well, I started down this brushy ravine with him up on the ridge about 40 yards away (it's about 105 degrees).  We parallel each other until he reaches the end of the ridge and looks down into the gully where my ravine and another join up.  By sign languange, he tells me that there are 12 Javie's right in front of him, and to get ready.  He draws back to shoot and misses one, sending his arrow clanking through the rocks.  Man, it looked like a covey of quail busting out of there!  Javelinas went everywhere and one decides to cross about 15 yards in front of me running full bore.  Without even thinking, I went into the "zone"; I drew, released and watched the arrow bury that razorhead right behind the front leg as it extended forward.  The javie ran a tight circle and died right where it was when I hit it.  I looked up at my brother, who watched the whole thing, and he's doin' the "I'm not worthy" bow to me.  Man, it was great to be alive right then.  He later told me that this little "auora" appeared around me when I shot...I don't know about that, but it sure felt good.  When we field dressed the javie, we found the heart with a perfect four blade incision right through the center of it!

Funny thing is, my longbow had broken on me two weeks before.  I made that shot with a 45# Montgomery Ward recurve and a cheap aluminum arrow.

It just doesn't get any better than that, man.

John.
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: Kevin Lawler on March 19, 2003, 08:20:00 AM
A couple of years ago at a local trad shoot it took me $13 to qualify for the eagle eye. In the shoot off, I was the last one to shoot. Everybody else had missed at 20 yards. I stepped up a center punched the orange dot and everybody flipped out. Got my $13 back plus $42 more.

Last summer at the same club we had a canoe shoot. My 6yo son bugged me to death to shoot so I let him. I held him by the hips so he wouldn't fall in. He shot the same course as all the adults. He nailed a bobcat, a woodchuck, a javelina, a standing bear, and missed the bedded buck because it was nearly 20 yards. He scored a 23 which was higher than Bob Wesley's score.
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: Cueball on March 19, 2003, 09:00:00 AM
Best shot on a animal had to be my first trad harvest on a small buck.  It was my first season to hunt with trad equipment I had grown accustomed to harvesting 5-6 deer a season with compound.  Well that first season was brutal missed once early in season and had been all season with no follow up.  It was late January and my four months deer hunting was about over.  A good friend invited to hunt at his place and said he a food plot where he knew I could get a shot.  Deer came out at dark and fed my way I really don't remember much about the shot except the arrow disappear behind the shoulder.  The deer went 40yds and was down had a complete pass through.  Without a doubt the most satisfied I have ever been while hunting.  
Non hunting shot was on a hunt.  We were all back at camp and there was a hollow log about 40 yds from the porch.  Someone said you can't shoot a arrow thru that log from here.  Well I did on the first try and it was sweet.

..........................Roby....................
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: Dan Worden on March 19, 2003, 10:39:00 AM
I wouldn't say proudest, but it could well be the most fun.

We were coming in from the morning hunt stump shooting as we walked. Although I had been consitantly cleaning my oldest brothers clock he was getting really mouthy. As we picked up our arrows from a shot one of my other brothers said "There shoot THAT arial."  Pointing at a nickle sized butterfly flitting around twenty yards away. I turned and let my Judo fly. The butterfly split in half leaving two wings fluttering in different directions. I didn't even tear a wing, right down the body! Two of my brothers were just as dumbfounded as me, but whoopin' and hollerin' over the shot. The mouthy one didn't say a word for a long time.
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: WildmanSC on March 19, 2003, 11:51:00 AM
Without a doubt my first tradbow kill.  It was two years ago on the Saturday before Christmas.  I was hunting with my son and a fellow worker of his on the 260 acres or so of the tower site of the TV station they work for in the Atlanta area.

I hadn't been on stand more than 20 minutes, my glasses were fogged up from me getting overheated walking in, and I had them hanging on a branch of a small sapling to my right.  I was hunting out of my Summit Trophy Chair and my son was 35' up a tree about 50 yards behind me.

They had cut a shooting lane for me through the undergrowth on the edge of a power line I was facing.  I heard the crunch, crunch of something walking across the power line.  Because of my astigmatism, it took me awhile to focus in and see that it was a deer, and a buck.

He walked down below me to my left, and I thought sure he was going to enter the woods and walk back to where my son was waiting.  He stopped, turned and looked in my direction.  But he couldn't see me through the undergrowth.  He turned and started walking up the power line!

There was a tree about 8" or so in diameter that was about 5 yards before the opening they had cut for me.  When his head went behind that tree, I came to full draw.  I released with a full broadside view of him.  I hit him a bit high and the shot knocked him off his feet (a spine shot that also nicked the main artery just below the spine).  He got up and started walking back across the power line.  He fell down 3 times walking back across the power line.  I didn't see it, but my son did from his position in the treestand, the deer fell a final time when it dropped down off the power line to the forest floor below it.   The blood trail was even better than my first bow kill when I killed a doe in WV with a 160 Thunderhead (1-5/8").

It was a nice 7 point buck that weighed 185 lbs and was my first trad bow kill.  I'll never forget it, and I don't think killing one any bigger would be any greater thrill, but I sure do want to find out!

Bill
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: JC on March 19, 2003, 07:46:00 PM
Best shot I ever made was one at a 3D shoot where I made a pretty good shot on a small groundhog target...then when my 7 year old stepped up and was "knee-shaking nervous" I told him if he hit my arrow I'd buy him a new bow....you can guess where his arrow landed...split my nock and I could not have been more happy with that shot than a 200 yard bullseye.  Still makes my heart sing...and Gene Sanders is busy on his new bow.

Joe
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: WildmanSC on March 20, 2003, 11:51:00 AM
Quote
Originally posted by Bill McNeal:
Bill, I like your sign off quote
Bill,

It is a paraphrase of a portion of a verse in one of my top 5 or 6 favorite songs we sing in the choir at church, "Worthy Is The Lord".  He is worthy of honor, and glory, and praise, worthy is the Lord.  

If we are faithful in praising the Lord for everything, He will get the honor and glory for which He is worthy!

Bill
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: RC on March 20, 2003, 10:37:00 PM
I have three shots that stand out for me. The first was a head shot on a rattle snake with my son with me while we were scouting for turkeys. The snake was 15 yards with his head up slightly and I shot him in the SIDE of the head. The secound was on a 280 lb boar at 28 steps with two trees half way between us about 7" apart. The pig stopped in the gap when my partner stepped on a stick and was about to leave when he caught a landshark 2" behind the elbow that stuck in the legbone on the other side. That pig watches tv at my house every day.The third was on a sow that came up a slew to me ,I was on my knees leaning so much my bow string arm elbow was touching grass. Shot the sow at about 8 yards thru both lungs.RC
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: Squirrel Bait on March 20, 2003, 10:50:00 PM
1994, Opening weekend of gun season, Brackenbury Legend, 8 pt. 18 yds. nose in a mock scrape, Zwickey Eskimo thru his heart. Priceless!!   :D
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: joel smith on March 21, 2003, 09:03:00 PM
hello Mr. Carter, good to see you here. Hey, do the local fellas hit them turkeys on Horse Creek pretty hard ? Me and Tony saw a couple of real good ones down there last month and I'm wonderin' if it might be worthwhile to come down and try 'em
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: TrapperJohn on March 21, 2003, 10:44:00 PM
Ever time i miss an get ma arra back  :D    :D  TJ  :D    :D   Don't ya jus luv dis guy  "[moon]"
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: Shawn Leonard on March 22, 2003, 09:10:00 PM
My proudest shot came in 97' I had recently seperated a shoulder playing flag football and was unable to shoot my bow right-handed. I was going nuts, two days before deer season I had an idea. I got to thinking I could try and find a left-handed bow. I contacted a local archery shop and found he had a left handed Howatt Hunter 50#s at 28"s. He told me I could use it and if I brough it back in the same cond., there would be no charge. Well to make a long story short, The 3rd. day of season I went in to hang a stand and standing under my tree were 3 nice bucks! I backed out and went in about 2pm. I climbed up, no easy task with my shoulder and a stand over my back. I settled in and about 4pm.I see a big 8pt. coming in, he came to 6yds, I drew and released the shot was good(doulble lung) and my best buck ever, was mine!!. I got better as the season went on and could of hunted right-handed but finished out lefty and killed 2 more deer. I will never forget that fateful season. P.S Sorry to be long winded!  Shawn
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: Steve on March 25, 2003, 08:44:00 PM
well, a couple -

  I have killed 2 turkeys during deer season, spot and stalk. Both in flocks, 1 at about 30 yards, 1 at about 25. Shot the first with a martin hunter recurve and alum, the second with a jeffery curve and alum.

  I snuck up on a hog with it's nose in the mud, and zipped one through the lungs from about 12 yards. The hog took off for the thick stuff, but for some reason circled back like it was coming back at me. I shot it slap through the lungs on the run, and don't even remember renocking or shooting. 21st century longbow and cedar.

  while elk hunting in colorado, on of my friends pointed out a little bush WAY down this hill. I put an arrow right through it. Paced it off in excess of 120 yards. 21st century, and carbon. He was pretty floored by that one   :eek:  Steve
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: Rick Boyer on March 26, 2003, 07:15:00 PM
maybe not my proudest but but a turning point.
 I was working at the nation's third largest sporting goods store. I shoot on a league for them with a cumpound.  :eek:   so of course I hunted with one also any way it was getting late in the day when a buck that I had been trying to get a shot at for two years finaly was coming in slowly. he was taking his time seemed like forever. finaly he gave me a shot 30yrds broad side drew the bow you know the story couldnt see nothing thru the peep  :mad:   so I pulled the arrow up just below my eye and let her fly.. the buck ran 45 yrds or so and I heard him crash.. recoverd the 9 point only to see it was a almost perfect shot arrow hit right where I sent it. That monday at work I traded the compound in on a bob lee recurve aint never looked back since..

 gator
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: JRW on March 27, 2003, 12:26:00 PM
Tough choice.

Hitting the $50 bill at last year's CTB shoot was fun. Especially with a BBO and cedar arrow.

JRW
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: Denny Sturgis Sr. on March 28, 2003, 07:45:00 AM
Ive been bowhunting 50yrs a have had lot of proud shots, also I might add a lot of humbling shots. The one that stands out in my mind took place in 1992 in Montana on a hunting trip with my son. It was a white tail hunt with Gene Wensel at his Cotton Wood White Tail operation.On the second morning of the hunt my son took a dandy 10pt and after meeting back at the ranch for coffee he and the rancher were going to go pick up his buck. Gene told the guys,after you load up Jr.s buck walk through the red willow patch and we will set up on the other end of it. As we set up for the push, Gene mentioned he had missed a big one, at the same spot that we were setting up at,the year before. I got to thinking to my self, here I am where my hero missed a shot from the same spot and almost looking over my shoulder, how in the world am I supposed to makethe shot if one presents its self. About then the sound of running deer and 2 nice bucks pass by. I see in the distance a bigger one heading my way and comes to a stop about 25 yards away. Next thing an arrow appears low behind his front leg. Buck runs about 50 yards and rolls end over end like a rabbit. Dont remember the shot, probably would have missssssed if I had to think about it.That morning my son and I both took nice bucks and were hunting with Gene Wensel, just doesnt get any better.      Denny Sturgis Sr
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: TrapperJohn on March 28, 2003, 09:32:00 AM
Hey Coleman  How'd ya keep from pokin hoes in da barn roof  "[laffsmyl]"    "[laffsmyl]"   Trapperjohn  :D    :D
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: mike g on March 28, 2003, 11:40:00 AM
Last weekend at the Lodi Bowmens "Cartoon Classic"
A 50 yd. Target,It's drizziling rain....Wet fletching....A perfect bull's eye....
    I won the Longbow class....And beat the recurves too..!!

"Mike" a friend In archery
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: Canyon on April 03, 2003, 10:03:00 AM
Didn't even pull a string but I was more proud than if I had  :D   when my 13 year old son Jason used his HH Bear Cub to arrow a Mulie buck while it stood right under my stand. Prettiest shot you've ever seen and he was as cool as a cucumber  :cool:
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: Chad Sivertsen on April 03, 2003, 10:42:00 AM
Canyon, good to see ya here.

Over the years I've had several shots that I'm proud of. One that stands out would be the first antelope buck I took.

After a few seasons of trying to get an antelope by stalking I still had unpunched tags. I was determined to get the first one by stalking and shortly after moving to Montana got an invite from a guy that knew of an area with rolling terrain that at least offered a possibility of stalking. I tried to make most of my stalks on bedded animals because they offered the best chance of success. From my previous experiences I knew that getting close enough was possible but because of the need to raise up from a prone position after crawling into range and getting a shot off at a buck that was not already running was very difficult. So I spent the summer practicing shooting from as close to the ground as I could at a 3d bedded antelope. On the first day of the season I spotted a buck dozing in an area with a few low clumps of sagebrush and after a careful stalk was less than 15 yards from him. He was quartering toward me slightly and there was a clump of sage a few feet from him directly between us. Once in a while he would open his eyes to look around and I knew if I stood up to shoot over the brush he would be running in a second. I couldn't shoot through it so I raised up as far as I dared and with my longbow horizontal and at about 3/4 draw I lobbed an arrow over the brush. It dropped in perfectly and went through both lungs. I had actually practiced a shot similar to that through the summer and the results were very satisfying.
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: MYSTIKBOW on April 03, 2003, 06:38:00 PM
A bottle cap twisted into a Mckenzie deer at 25yrds. three compound buddies went at it with 6 arrows each. All missed. I walked up with my longbow and drilled it with my second arrow.
 Yes I have compound shooting buddies.  :knothead:
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: Jim Picarelli on April 03, 2003, 11:27:00 PM
It was my 1st traditional kill.I was sitting in my treestand for the evening hunt when this doe came into the area to feed on some apples.She came in my right side and stayed a little far out so I just sat back and watched what she was going to do.This deer would come in close,then back out,then bed ,then feed a little.After an hour of this,I was getting mentally worn out.Finally she got up and came out of the deadfall she was layng in but walked straight away from me-Again no shot.All of sudden,she turned to her left to drop over the ridge and automatically the bow came up,I hit anchor and watched the arrow pass thru-perfect shot.She jumped and ran about 10yds and looked back to where she was standing-wondering what happened-and started to feed again.Then I saw the back legs go out and she dropped 20yds from my treestand.I've taken 120" to 140" buck with a rifle but this little doe is by far my favorite trophy.
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: CBD on April 04, 2003, 06:43:00 AM
Okay, I think I can post in this thread now...LOL.

My first ever bow, my first ever shot! was a bullseye!  AWSOME! and I didn't even know I did it cause I was checking out my hurting arm from the string hitting it.  Poor form, probably poor stance...yep, thats what did it!.    :knothead:
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: MikeW on April 05, 2003, 02:04:00 PM
I don't know but I just got a Mckenzie boar. I paced off 18 yards turned around and put two in the 12 ring this morning. I quit at that point while I was ahead.

Shot a cottontail running away once. Right up the ole bum hole and out between the eyes.
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: Reg Darling on April 06, 2003, 10:58:00 AM
Whitetail buck at 11 feet (measured afterward)-- the thing is that I spotted this buck bedded down and stalked that close. Could have taken the shot sooner, but at some point I just got lost in pure stalking. At 11 feet he got nervous and stood up and I put an arrow through his lungs.
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: bayoulongbowman on April 11, 2003, 09:45:00 AM
OK my proudest shot wasnt one...Let me explain..all I was thinking about was getting a deer with my bow ( a recurve at the time)I had just started out and I knew my shooting range was only 12 to 15 yds...at the time anything past that ..well I would of just wounded the animal..that sicking to me...we owe the game at least a swift ending as possible..anyway here comes 2 deer one sporting almost 12 pts...but only got as close as 20 to 25 yds...I mean for a long 15 or 20 minutes ...But I knew I just wasnt comfortable at that time shooting on one of Gods most beautiful animals..so I passed ..I was going back to camp empty...but when I expressed my disapointment two of the old timers one part indian padded me on my back ,and said Mark ,you did the right thing and we talked about it in front of some of the younger guys..well it made me feel real good inside ...the way the old timers talked youd thought I had bagged a trophy buck of the year.....they were right..Thank you God for the Blessing,#78 ..Mark
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: Stekewood on April 11, 2003, 04:33:00 PM
My proudest shot was this past January in Fl.  I was hog hunting with 5 friends who were shooting compounds.  I had switched to traditional equipment only four months ealier, and got nothing but grief over my choice to hunt only with my longbow.  We had a shoot off to choose our hunting area.  Closest to the bull gets first pick, next closest gets second pick, etc.  We backed off to an unknown distance of around 30 yards, and began the competition.  I shot fifth, and there were already four arrows encircling the bull.  Well, you guessed it, I put it right in the dead center.  For the rest of the trip, there was not a word said about my "inferior" equipment!
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: bayoulongbowman on April 11, 2003, 04:38:00 PM
steve, Go ahead , Youd the Man!!!love that one..thanks Mark#78
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: Coop on April 11, 2003, 04:57:00 PM
Since I have yet to take any animal with traditional gear my proudest shot was at Denton Hill last year. I was shooting at that uphill Moose target (100 yards?) with a friend. I was using my first ever selfbow, a Hickory bow named "Hen-le". On the second shot I nailed it.  Of course he was the only one to see it.
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: Brian L on April 11, 2003, 06:46:00 PM
It would have to be my first traditional kill. After quite a few blunders, things finally fell into place. Had a doe feed into my area at a fast pace which gave me limited time to think. Instinct took over and I made a clean lung shot at around 12 yards. She only ran about 25 yards.
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: mike g on April 20, 2003, 11:59:00 PM
While shooting A 3-D tournament with all African animals....
A Warthog At 49 yards slightly uphill, I shot a 31,Thats a spot and 2 ten's....Shot with longbow and POC taperd shaft's
    Made my day......  :D    :thumbsup:
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: zagaya on April 21, 2003, 12:13:00 AM
Stumping one day I found a survery marker about a foot high with an orange tape wrapped around the top. Took out a judo and hit the 1x2" piece of wood right on the tape where I aimed.  Paced it off at 50 yards.  Retrieved my arrow, walked back to the spot where I shot and did it again. Got my arrow and went home. No use p  :)  ushing things I figured... _BAXter
Title: Re: your "proudest shot"
Post by: Earl E. Nov...mber on April 21, 2003, 12:26:00 AM
Proudest may not be the correct term, as if I had thought about it, I probably wouldn't have taken the shot, but I did. A Tom turkey caught me coming to draw and took off quartering away at about a 45 degree angle heading for the timber. I dropped to one knee and let go. It hit him just in front of the left thigh. He took off flying, got to tree top, and folded. I paced it off, 38 yards. The arrow was sticking out just under the right wing butt, a perfect quartering away hit, on a running Tom.