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Sorry to hear of his passing.
I purchased one of his U-Finish bows last year. Talked with him on the phone concerning brace height and what finish he recommended. That longbow was the first one I owned that was in a hunting weight.
I felt that today would be a good day to take that bow out and do some stump shooting, then launch one in memory of Dan.
God speed Dan. You'll be missed by many.


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I met Dan a couple of times, bought one of his Canebreak recurves from Archery Traditions when I first started in traditional archery.
I would say a person lived a good full life when they have touched this many people.
Prayers said for the family.

"What was big was not the trout, but the chance. What was full was not my creel, but my memory"
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Dan had a real nice funeral Saturday, buried in Oconee Hill cemetary (right over behind Sanford Stadium) on a hill with a great view, bout the highest spot around. He probably picked that spot himself---right under an oak that drops a lot of acorns, still a bunch on the ground....happy hunting Dan.

"...some of it's magic, some of it's tragic, but I've had a good life all the way..."
Jimmy Buffet from HE WENT TO PARIS

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I called Dan when I was looking for a kit bow for my son. We talked probably 20 minutes that day and his recommendation was to buy a kit from another bowyer.
He was friendly,helpful and all anyone could ask of an Ambassador.
Dan is one reason that my two boys are shooting with me.
I didn't know who he was the day I called him, I didn't know for a year or so after that either. But, I do know something about the man I spoke with that day, and the world is a dimmer place for his passing.
Rest Well, Mr. Quillian. Best to the Family.

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Once Dan was asked about the speed of his longbow - compared to a compound. "I can get an arrow into a deer faster than a compound guy, so I guess mine's faster" he quipped HA! Dan had a way to cut straight to the point.

I use to talk quite a bit with Dan when he did the Bowhunting Trade Shows in Louisville many years ago. "Get a good grip on it" was what Dan once told me about my hand position on the string. Been doing that ever since Dan!

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Condolences to his Family , I am the proud owner of several of his bows and and happy to have had a few short phone conversations with him . Fred


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Shot with him years ago - the man was a gentleman in my books. He took time to help and teach others even when he was strapped for time. dan you still are one of the great ones in my book. Will see you sooner than I want! Good bye and happy hunting in our archers' paradise in the friend.

Getting older I tend to talk to myself but, at least I know that I am as smart as the one I am talking to.

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I have one of his patriot bows,its been a goodun.
I was gonna sell it.Might hold off on that that now.
I have a question...would it have been made by him personally
here it is  -

[ March 08, 2007, 06:47 PM: Message edited by: Ozi Jeffro ]

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Sorry to hear of his passing. He will be sorely missed. Down to earth, and would take time out to talk with a new trad hunter! Thanks, Mr. Dan!!!

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Like so many of us I started out bowhunting as a kid with traditional gear (Bear Grizzly) and was mistakenly lured to and swithed to the compound bow. After several years of hunting with the compound I picked up one of his longbows but just couldn't seem to get back a trditional shooting form. After finding out that Dan had his telephone number posted on **** and was offering his assistance to anyone that wished to call him, I gave him a call one night. That telephone call turned out to be just the first of several calls to him for help and advice. The man was a complete gentleman who just couldn't help me enough. Today because of his willingness to assist me I have returned to hunting only with traditional gear and I am shooting better than ever before. As I have told you many times before, "THANK YOU DAN", you will forever be missed!!!!!!!!!!!
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my first longbow was also a longhunter it was a great bow to transition from a recurve.DAN had a very easy video to watch and learn from a life well lived
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He convinced me that a 68" longbow was what I needed and I have never looked back.
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I haven't been looking on this site for a while, so I was shocked and saddened by the news of Dan's passing. Dan was a big influence on me in the late 80's when I first started in traditional archery. I bought one of the first Patriot recurves made and began shooting local tournaments. I have a closet full of trophies from tournaments where I shot that bow. Later, I ended up with about 14 bows of various kinds and would always go back to the Patriot when the chips were down. I was using that bow when I killed a Caribou on the hunt where I met my wife, so the bow has special sentimental value to me. My wife even has a soft spot for the bow! Several years ago I traded for a Longhunter and enjoy shooting it also. I'll never forget the excitement I enjoyed being in his shop and shooting his bows. My brother bought the canebrake that he brought to show everyone at the first Traditional Bowhunters of GA rendezvous in Sylvania, GA. One of my first dealings with Dan was when I spotted a couple of Archery Traditions bows hanging in a Pawn shop in Palmetto,GA. I knew the value of the bows, but I hoped the shop owner didn't. I got both bows for $150. A 65# Traveln Hunter, and a Howard Hill style bamboo longbow,57#. I couldn't pull the heavy bow, and I couldn't shoot the longbow well, so I called Dan to see about trading. The Pawn shop owner had told me that the owner of the bows had to hock them cuz he had a drug problem. Mrs Quillian informed me that the fella had paid for the bows with a forged check off his father's account! So I had two hot bows! Dan graciously allowed me to keep one of the bows. I kept the longbow, but eventually traded it since I never learned to shoot it. I have many more stories, but I'll save them for another campfire. I'm real happy Dan was honored a few years ago by TBG for his lifetime of achievement. I had tears when he was given a standing ovation. He deserved it. My heart goes out to the family during this difficult time.

"Lead on!"

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Another " Great one has left us ". May you watch over us and guide our arrows true.
My prayers go out to the family.
God Bless.


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I am saddened to hear of his passing. I bought a tab form him recently and it does accommodate the DEEP HOOK. He was a straight shooter in all respects and his kind is getting rarer in this world.

I further saddened by the fact that he had to go through so much from diabetes. Peripheral Artery Disease or PAD is insidious and painful as it advances; this is what caused the lower limb circulation problems that Dan experienced. Get a screening test for this if you are diabetic or have other risk factors like advanced age or smoking. The test is called an Ankle Brachial Index or ABI and is like have a fancy blood pressure test done - easy and cheap. If anyone has questions about this they can check out several websites or send me a PM and I'll answer as much as I can.

May DQ rest in peace.


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