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Author Topic: Was bit by the bug early  (Read 985 times)

Offline BoBallistic

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Was bit by the bug early
« on: June 20, 2012, 05:34:57 PM »
I am going through all my old photos and ran across this old 1961 Christmas photo and thought I would share it with the TH family. I have gotten my first 410 in 1959, when I had just turned 10, then in 1960 got my first 22 rifle and then in 1961 at the old age of 12, because I was a good boy, got this Ben Person Recurve Bow plus quiver and arrows. Look at the box that the bow cam in. The bow was taller than I was back then..LOL..took it deer hunting with me a lot but never got a deer with it. Missed a bunch of deer with it, just scared them. No sights nothing just a good guesstimate where the arrow would hit and let the arrow fly.

When I turned 21, it was time to upgrade and purchased me a Bear Whitetail Hunter Compound (the one with 6 wheels on it) the day before opening day. I found one and only one left handed and it was way to long of a draw for me but fixed it up with sights and something called fiberglass arrows...LOL..did manage to take my first deer with it a year or two later. A button buck at 20 yards. He was standing behind a huge pine tree and I drew back and when he stepped out from behind the tree, I let the arrow fly and he came out with his head down and whack the arrow hit him in the head and he went down...headache number 1. But used that bow for over 10 years until it was time to upgrade again.

In 86, purchased a PSE Mach Flite 4 and used it for years - Had to get fitted for the bow, it was like trying on a pair of shows, measure this and measure that, practice shooting, adjust this and adjust that...Had to get new aluminum arrows and broadheads and headed out to Colorado on my first Elk Hunt. Took 3 Elk in then next 5 years and all were close shots, 7 yards, 11 yards and 17 yards. I have used it for over 20 years and have taken many deer with it over the years.

I hurt my should at work and when I shot to bow more than 5 times, my left elbow really started hunting me. So I knew it was time for a crossbow. Last year purchased another PSE and this one is the TAC15i. Have not even shot it yet due to the knee problems I am having and will miss this years archery season. But next spring will be out in full force with it, getting to know inside and out.

I just wanted you guys to know that I got bitten by the bug early and still have all the bows I have every owned. The picture being over 50 years old is in real good shape....
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Re: Was bit by the bug early
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2012, 07:13:42 PM »
Bo... You poor man! Ha Ha! I still hunt with a Whitetail Hunter! Just upgraded to aluminum... LOL  %^$^

As a matter of fact the following three pictures are my trials and tribulations mounting and sighting in the peep eliminator. A 10 day progression from pic one to pic three. The first two are 10 arrow groups and the last one I didn't want to mess it up so quit at 6. Muscles get tired you know. These all were at 30 yards and with a little more practice I think I'm ready... to take a nap... in the hot-tub... with a beer... well it's just an idea... LOL
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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2012, 07:21:43 PM »
That's Awesome Bo should make that photo your avatar.
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Re: Was bit by the bug early
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2012, 07:27:21 PM »
Awesome story bo. Nothing like the first bow and first gun. They are treasures for sure. I still have the .410 my grandpa let me cut my teeth on. Love the picture,looks like someone forgot it was picture Love the hair.

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Re: Was bit by the bug early
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2012, 07:48:50 PM »

great story  thanks for sharing and the pic too!
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« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2012, 08:12:08 PM »
Neat story Bo. We need a "bo's adventures" column in every magazine issue!  Just to keep things real you know...
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Re: Was bit by the bug early
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2012, 08:39:33 PM »
Great picture and a cool story, thanks for sharing. Look like Dutch is getting the hang of the peep eliminator.
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Re: Was bit by the bug early
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2012, 09:44:11 PM »
great story Bo, thank you nice picture also.

I still have my first firearm that I got for christmas whewn I was 15, a Western Field 12 gauge pump made by Noble manufacturing in Haydenville, Massachusetts. Noble Manufacturing has been out of business sinse sometime in the early 70's. I us to fish in the river below their plant as a teenager.

Dutch, looks like you have the peep eleminator down now
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Re: Was bit by the bug early
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2012, 09:46:27 PM »
you look cool in the picture.      i still have my first gun it is my pellet gun still kills things dead
turkey season is 1 month away

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Re: Was bit by the bug early
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2012, 06:51:09 AM »
Great picture there Cuz... I've still got my .410 I got for Christmas when I was 10. Cedar arrows remember them well. I had several misses with my recruve that I got at 14 and I still have it too. Great story thanks for sharing!
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