My Dad who is actually my Stepfather but he has been my only real Dad. My mom divorce before I was 4 years old and us kids (4 of us from my momís first marriage) never saw much of my real Father due to the nature of these things. So my stepfather stepped in and has been Dad to us for over 47 years.
When he was in his twenties and thirties he used to shoot a lot of NFAA tournaments and was quite successful as I remember. But as he aged work, bills, and other responsibilities took priority and it has been well over 40 years since he has shot a bow.
During the years that he hunted and shot in tournaments I remember growing up day dreaming from the stories I read in the archery magazines that he had around the house (back then all traditional). I would imagine me shooting like him and looked for the day when I could hunt with a bow like Dad shot.
Well, Iím 51 years old now and have been hunting with Traditional gear since 1989 (It's still a miracle that I ever kill anything ) and I owe it all to my Dad.
Well, due to arthritis he has not been able to shoot and he would always say whenever I recounted one of my hunting adventure how he wished he could still shoot. This would alway pain me to see that desire their but not really thinking he would ever be able to do it.
A while back I had posted an ad in the classifieds seeking a light weight bow (25-30#) for my Dad who is now in his early 70ís thinking a bow of light weight would allow him to possibly shoot. and I had many offers of bows and advice on how we could make it happen. I eventually pulled the ad due to concerns of my mom about his chalk bones (I hadnít realized this at the time of posting the ad) and thanked everyone for their concerns and decided to move on. But after discussing further with mom decided to go head and try and see what happens.
I re-contacted Paul Inguaggiato (from NY) who had offered up a fine 62Ē 28#@28 draw recurve during the first inquiry and we made a deal and the bow arrived back the first week of June. Well, today I delivered it to my Dad and here a video of him shooting it today after over 40 years.
Sorry for being longwinded here but it been a good day, and hope to spend some time with my Dad seeing him shoot and picking up some tips!
-------------------- Everything I have and have become is due to the Lord and his great mercy. Posts: 1799 | From: Mississippi | Registered: May 2008
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Awsome! I can only Pray to LIVE to be able to say "I havent Shot in 40 Years"! God Bless You and Your Family!!
-------------------- Proud Member of Christian Bowhunters of America "Life doesn't get Simpler; it gets Shorter and Turns in Smaller Circles." Dean Torges "Faith is to Prayer what the Feather is to the Arrow" Thomas Morrow Posts: 5181 | From: Crawfordsville, Indiana | Registered: Aug 2004
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John, That was a great video and it's like riding a bike you never forget...He had good form and looks like you were around 18/20 yards and I would say he still has it...I even saw a smile like a kid just being introduced to archery the first time! Happy Fathers day and take him out again today if ya can...God Bless and thanks for sharing!
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