I recently read Dick Lattimer's book about Fred. I think the '75 hunt was the promotional hunt where they brought up a couple of dealers. I sure wish I could have met Fred and to have hunted out of the same camp is something I bet most here wish they could have experienced. Wow Charlie, getting to shoot Fred's bow and talk to him at the same time....Did he offer any shooting pointers (not that you would need it)? Thanks! Bill
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Sir, My hats off to ya. You have done things in your life that I am still planning to do with mine. I truly wish that I could have meet someone as great as Fred Bear. I would have loved to have meet Howard Hill, Ben Pearson, or Earl Hoyt as well. Thanks for sharing those pictures and the story.
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I've had the opportunity to hear those stories first hand. I always feel honored to hear them again. Somehow we can't build a future without some building blocks from the past. Very cool Lambo. I can't wait to hear them again sometime next to a campfire. Maybe Oregon, ok? CK
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Guys... nobody knows better than me how lucky I've been to meet Fred and spend time with him in that environment.
My close friend Gary Norris killed a bear the first night of hunting and spent many afternoons with just he and Fred in camp (I always hated him for that! )... Fred was more interested in the fishing at that point in his life. Like he said, "I've killed a lot of black bears."
He did hunt a couple of evenings. More for the sake of the outfitter than anything else... so the guy could say that Fred had hunted from his camp, I'm sure.
Fred made what he called a "stalking blind". He built a ground blind of sorts and cleared a path to it from the downwind side. He'd go off in the timber and dink around, then every once in a while he'd "stalk" the bait to see if anything was there.
N.O.S. guy... Earl Hoyt was one of my mentors when I was growing up. Pretty much had the run of his shop from the time I was about 13.
Somewhere there's a picture of Earl and I with the trophies we were presented for being two of the three guys that killed deer that year (around 1964) in the St.Louis Bowhuntes club. Great man!!
Oh at work... that bow was 65# and Fred would have been 75 or thereabouts.
Calvin... I think I was. But I could be hallucinatin!!
The shelf on that bow wasn't "exactly" like Freds but still pointed very naturally. Todays bowyers have jumped on the low shelf band wagon... mostly thanks to Fred Asbells articles... and I think that's a good thing.