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Posted by Terry Green (Member # 3) on :
 
Please, ALL who got drawn to hunt with these bows post your adventures....your story does NOT have to include a kill.....

Pics of the bow and scenery of your hunts are much appreciated, as we love to see their travels as well.

Not sure of the length of these gals...but think their weight is around 47#@28. Maybe Will will email me the specs.

We are still recieving inquiries and will post the roster below this post when they leave for their journey.

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Posted by Terry Green (Member # 3) on :
 
Hope is Right Handed.....Faith is Left Handed.

Those that agree to hunt with the bow during a given month must realize they are responsible for getting the bow to the next hunter ON TIME. That means via Next Day Air if need be. Please insure for $500. Thanks.

Please do NOT sign, mark, or draw on the bow anywhere or anyway. If you receive the bow with any sort of added marking other than from the bowyer please email me and also make a PUBLIC post in case I am away from my emails so other admins can deal wit it.

You are responsible for packing the bow as you received it or better than you received it.


Remember, this is all about the Kids at St Judes, we want to take care of these bows the best we can so they will bring the most dollars for the kids.


Fill ins to come...and remember...please see the other thread and make sure you provide ALL of the info, if not, your request will be tossed...also, do NOT put Both Hope and Faith in the title, this is very confusing. If you are ambidextrous, you may put Hope OR Faith...that will get you considered for either.

Must Refer to this thread for email info I will need.

CLICK HERE FOR EMAIL INFO TO SEND ME

2017

Feb - HOPE : Wild Things - Hogs n Dillers
Feb - FAITH : Wild Things - Hogs n Dillers

March - HOPE : Daniel Binkley - Hogs n Frogs
March - FAITH :

April - HOPE : Chad Scholten - Turkey
April - FAITH : Mark Kurdys - Wild Turkey and Coyote

May - HOPE : Wayne Boone - TURKEY
May - FAITH : Randy Doyle - TURKEY

June - HOPE : John Langley and Howard Barnard -FROGS
June - FAITH :

July - HOPE : Terry Green - what ever
July - FAITH :

August - HOPE : Zach Ruble - ANTELOPE
August - FAITH :

Sept - HOPE : Mike Lee - ELK
Sept - FAITH : Michael Davenport - MOOSE

Oct - HOPE : Dalton Lewis - DEER
Oct - FAITH : James Wolffe - DEER

Nov - HOPE : Jerome Bischoffberger - DEER
Nov - FAITH : Colin Earles - Ohio whitetail rut, turkey, possibly coastal NC Bear

Dec - HOPE : Danny Red - Deer/Hogs/Axis/Sitka
Dec - FAITH : Ryan Martin - Deer

2018

Jan - HOPE : Jimmy Twitchell - rabbit/coyote Utah/ -javilina,coues deer AZ
Jan - FAITH :

Feb - HOPE : John Haines - Rabbits and Yotes
Feb - FAITH :

March - HOPE : Rick Stillman - Hogs
March - FAITH :

April - HOPE : Lance Jackson - TURKEY
April - FAITH : Barry Loving - TURKEYS AND HOGS

May - HOPE : Randy Madden - HOGS
May - FAITH :
 
Posted by DanielB89 (Member # 37294) on :
 
Just got to shoot a little video with the bow this evening. I plan on spending more time with her this weekend. I'll probably go try to win a tourney with it.


Here was one of my first shots with her. This was a little over 20 yards.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BakPgoAdhXY


Here is a 2 shot group with her:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfVsg2iFcxE
 
Posted by DanielB89 (Member # 37294) on :
 
Here are a few pics of the bow!
(trying something different than photobucket.. i've grown to hate it)

https://goo.gl/photos/FDQsddoMTzv39tev7
 
Posted by Crittergetter (Member # 40336) on :
 
Where you swatting and a mosquito or something? [laughing] [laughing]
 
Posted by DanielB89 (Member # 37294) on :
 
Randy,
misquitos are horrible this year... did you see where the arrow hit? I could swat flies and and still shoot better than you, you fart nocker!
 
Posted by Crittergetter (Member # 40336) on :
 
Lmbo!! I ain't gonna deny that!! Lol
 
Posted by Buckeye1977 (Member # 44686) on :
 
Sure is a sweet looking bow! Hate I had to give up my turn with her. Look forward to following along with all the adventures. By the way pretty good shooting there Daniel!!!
 
Posted by South MS Bowhunter (Member # 16239) on :
 
Good shooting Daniel!

And the riser looks smaller than I would have thought based on pictures. Looks sleeker!

Ready to see some Frog 🐸 blood on her👍
 
Posted by monterey (Member # 15276) on :
 
Yer getting me fired up for my turn.

Good luck on those frogs [thumbsup]
 
Posted by DanielB89 (Member # 37294) on :
 
Well,

the frogs were a no go. I will try them again soon. Maybe some night this week. I did manage to so slay some foam saturday morning.

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I shot a local ASA shoot and shot pretty good. Ended up winning by 11 point (1st - 194, 2nd - 183) on a 20 target course.

I am very impressed with the performance of this bow. If I didn't know any better, I would swear it was jsut as fast as my morrison max 4's.. it seriously may be.. But I need to get some numbers before I saw that.
 
Posted by Bisch (Member # 17432) on :
 
Awesome, Daniel! Good luck with her. I have to keep watching this thread because my turn is not for a long time yet!

Bisch
 
Posted by South MS Bowhunter (Member # 16239) on :
 
Really good shooting there Daniel, Congrats!
 
Posted by CRS (Member # 13247) on :
 
Looking good Daniel!

Excited to give these Black Hills turkeys a go with Hope next month.
 
Posted by monterey (Member # 15276) on :
 
Rub some of your shooting skills into the grip for me. [Smile]
 
Posted by elkken (Member # 14892) on :
 
Great looking bow ... have fun, gotta love St Jude mojo
 
Posted by fnshtr (Member # 18653) on :
 
Chad: Break her in on turkeys for me! HOPE to nail a gobbler with her come May!
 
Posted by CRS (Member # 13247) on :
 
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Will do, taken this morning.
 
Posted by fnshtr (Member # 18653) on :
 
WOW!
What a picture!
Best of luck.
 
Posted by Will Cocke 2 (Member # 35695) on :
 
CRS. Looks like you need a little help up there!
 
Posted by jbpharmd (Member # 43448) on :
 
I got a chance to shoot her at the Louisiana Traditional Bowmen North vs South shoot last weekend and she is wonderful. No other way to describe it. Thanks Daniel for the opportunity!
 
Posted by CRS (Member # 13247) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Will Cocke 2:
CRS. Looks like you need a little help up there!

Hope should be along here in the next couple weeks. [Smile]
 
Posted by mangonboat (Member # 42303) on :
 
Faith arrived in the North Carolina mountains today. Just enough daylight left to put her together, check nock and brace height, try out a variety of arrows. At my 28.75" draw, 2016 XX75 with 125 grs. up front flew best. A mighty handsome bow. More to come.
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Posted by fnshtr (Member # 18653) on :
 
[campfire]
 
Posted by Bisch (Member # 17432) on :
 
I "Hope" and have "Faith" that the girls are getting some quality time in with the current participants!!!

See what I did there? [thumbsup]

Bisch
 
Posted by DanielB89 (Member # 37294) on :
 
Welp,

my time with Hope is coming to an end. I am about to ship it out to the next person. I did not manage to kill anything with it, except foam. The frogs and hogs did not cooperate in the least bit.

If there are any specific questions anyone would like answered, please feel free to ask.

Overall, I would say it is probably one of the nicest bows I've ever held in my hand and everyone wanted to shoot it and complimented it sexiness. The finish was fantastic. The curves and lines with all the light accents contrasting the dark woods help make the bow "pop".

First thing you'll notice is these limbs aren't your standard straight limbs. They have almost a wavy design to them. This pic kind of shows what i'm talking about. You can see it with the bottom limb.

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Posted by DanielB89 (Member # 37294) on :
 
One of the first compliments I have to give Will is the grip here. It is nearly perfect for my hands. Not that that matters, but it did make my experience with more enjoyable.

After shooting it, the first thing I notice is the speed. It's crazy fast. I have a set of Morrison Max 4's, and i'm guaranteeing you that this bow is within a few fps of that bow with the same weight arrows (morrison is #46@28, this bow is #47@29).


You'll also notice that the longbow limbs are not your typical longbow limb design. I don't know how legal this bow would be in some tourneys due to the string could be touching the limb if the brace height isn't set high enough, making it have to be shot in the recurve class instead of the longbow class, which wouldn't be a problem due to the speed.


With that speed, there does come a little noise. Not much, but definitely some. It's not as loud as a recurve, but definitely not as quiet as most of my longbows.

There may be the slightest amount of handshock but fwiw, I don't know that i've ever shot a bow I would say has "NO HAND SHOCK". I'm sure I could adjust the brace height a little and quieten it down some, but it was shooting so good at the 7 3/8" brace that I didn't mess with it.

I shot a variety of arrows from it. The first set was a 30" 500 spine with 225 grains up front. The second set were some 32.5" .400 spine heads with 175 up front. Both shot like darts out of this bow!
 
Posted by DanielB89 (Member # 37294) on :
 
here are just some random pics of the bow:

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Posted by DanielB89 (Member # 37294) on :
 
Here's a buddy, Jacob Bergeron (also a member here) shooting the bow:

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Posted by Bisch (Member # 17432) on :
 
Daniel, can you please explain how to "whoot" a bow?? [laughing] [laughing] [laughing]

That thing is a really good lookin' stick!

Bisch
 
Posted by DanielB89 (Member # 37294) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Bisch:
Daniel, can you please explain how to "whoot" a bow?? [laughing] [laughing] [laughing]

That thing is a really good lookin' stick!

Bisch

Bisch,

it takes WAY too much talent for someone from south Texas. [bigsmyl] [bigsmyl] [bigsmyl]
 
Posted by South MS Bowhunter (Member # 16239) on :
 
Ah come on Bisch😜Daniel being a teacher from South Louisiana know the difference between "whooting" a bow and say Shoothem Elizabeth!
 
Posted by CRS (Member # 13247) on :
 
Daniel,
Sent you a PM with my address.
 
Posted by fnshtr (Member # 18653) on :
 
Ok Chad, you're up next. Get the mojo going! I got good news today, my knee replacement won't be happening until May 22nd! Now I have our entire season to chase turkeys!!!!

Good luck!
 
Posted by CRS (Member # 13247) on :
 
Lots of plans for Hope..... details to follow. [Wink]
 
Posted by mangonboat (Member # 42303) on :
 
Faith has been with me for several days but rain and work have limited my time with her. Our NC turkey season begins Saturday, so I'm planning to get serious about this pretty quick.

In the meantime, I'll share some impressions about this bow, in no particular order of importance. The fit and finish are top shelf. When I was assembling the bow, the limbs fit to the riser with a very precise fit..not sloppy, not too tight. The fit and flow of the limbs and riser is very well-executed, and it gives you the impression right off the bat that you're dealing with an expertly-crafted weapon.

The riser woods and limb veneers are rich and subtle, handsome rather than pretty, classy rather than rather than showy. My photography skills are lousy and taking pictures as the sun sets bleaches them out, so I haven't come close to capturing the deep, subtle pattern of the limb veneers, like carmel, milk chocolate, dark chocolate and fudge layers .  -
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As a package, this bow reminds of a 1960's Diana Grade Browning over and under. The finish is matte and feels like it was rubbed into the woods.
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The first impression as you pick it up with your right arm is of mass. This riser is big and it's dense. I love the mid-1960's bows with the big risers, and this one has that sort of feel.  -


I am still getting to know the grip. The palm swell and thumb rest are very subtle and minimal, so you aren't forced to hold the bow in a certain way. I'm finding my best results by letting the bow find its place in my hand while I barely hold it. Suffice it to say it is solid and steady at release.
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The "hybrid" limbs, as described above and in the pass around thread for one of Will's bows a few months ago, are not recurve, not semi-recurve and not typical longbow when strung up, and as you draw you know they are something different. The only way I can describe it is that you sense the tension building in the limbs more like a coil spring winding up than a leaf spring bending, and as you get to full draw the sensation is that the limbs are coming alive rather than stacking . I draw 28.75" and while there is room for more, I am definitely in the sweet spot for this bow, because things happen in a hurry on release.
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The bow comes with one of Daniel's Hunter's Choice skinny strings with dense yarn puff silencers , and she's plenty quiet. The note on release is a bit sharper in tone than some of my bows but not louder. Shooting from 25 yards, the whir of helical fletching is more noticable than the string noise.

I tend to be a fan of "flat-shooting" bows rather than striving for 11-12 gpp and significant FOC bias, and I am shooting well and leaning toward 30" XX75 2016 arrows with 135 gr Zwickey broadheads for turkey season. The bow is set up to shoot off the fairly wide velcro pile shelf, so nock height is critical. My preference would be to remove the crimp-on brass nocking in favor of dental floss, but that makes it harder for the shooters down the line to set up the bow to their preferences.
 
Posted by DanielB89 (Member # 37294) on :
 
I have searched all over and emailed Terry and can't figure out what were supposed to insure the bow for. Can anyone help me out here?

I am confident in my packaging ability, but I want to be sure it is done properly!
 
Posted by mangonboat (Member # 42303) on :
 
Opening morning of turkey season was gray and windy on top of the ridge at sunset, so Faith and I started sneaking down the south-facing slopes, with the wind at my back to cover the noise. I snuck up to withing 75 yards of a mixed group of nine turkeys including at least two nice toms, but....they were on the other side of brand new horse fence in a pasture I don't have permission to hunt. While I was contemplating a strategy, a truck drove up to the gate of the pasture and the turkeys ran out the other end, away from me. Oh well..that's hunting. We'll keep after 'em.
 
Posted by mangonboat (Member # 42303) on :
 
Funny postscript for opening day. Around noon, I was in the car with my wife headed to Raleigh, and that same group of turkeys had made their way across the pastures to the road and I passed the two toms, strutting on the edge of the road, at less than 10 feet.
 
Posted by fnshtr (Member # 18653) on :
 
That's turkey hunting for ya! They seem to like "rubbing it in". I'm watching 3 gobblers strutting, sitting on my front porch. They are showing up nearly everyday, but come season, who knows?

Good luck, stay after them! Thanks for posting!
 
Posted by Terry Green (Member # 3) on :
 
I did get ahold of Daniel last week as I was out of town...

$500 for future reference...sorry for leaving that out.
 
Posted by DanielB89 (Member # 37294) on :
 
Not a worry Terry. Its going out tomorrow. I just insured it for $800.


Daniel
 
Posted by mangonboat (Member # 42303) on :
 
Monday morning found that same mixed group of turkeys in the same new horse pasture on the other side of the same new wire mesh and board fence from me and Faith...they must feel like they're in a sanctuary. Once they were on that new clover and stuttin', they certainly weren't going to fly over that fence to get to me in a rush. Saturday they made their way out the low end of the pasture then back uphill along the edge of a different pasture and ended up a lot closer to where I started, but it took them 4 hours to cover that ground.
 
Posted by CRS (Member # 13247) on :
 
Anticipation is building. Got a PM with tracking info. Hope should be in the Black Hills Thursday!

My youngest son hasn't even gone turkey hunting yet.... says he is waiting for Hope. He is all in on this St. Judes fundraiser.

His favorite bow was bought off the St. Judes auction a few years ago.
 
Posted by mangonboat (Member # 42303) on :
 
So far Faith and I are being outwitted by "rodeo" toms. Tuesday morning was warm and still and I heard gobblers both north and south of the house, so I headed north down into a cove that was platted for a subdivision a few decades ago but they must have run of money because they quit after dozing roads , including culverts for the small stream. Toms sometimes use the relatively open areas of the roads to do some strutting. But the tom gobbling to the north turned out to be a lot farther off than I thought, clear across the road at the very bottom of the cove. Tuesday coming home from a meeting after work I stopped to snap a few pics of this nice tom strutting his stuff ...in the parking lot of the YMCA soccer and after-school facility 2 miles from my house, trying to coax two hens to navigate the traffic and cross the road from the golf course, which they finally did while I was stopped to take the pictures.
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This morning I heard birds all around me at first light..but I was walking the dogs before an early day at the office. On the drive down off the ridge, I spied one nice tom strutting in the center of a riding ring on one of the horse farms at the bottom of the cove to the west, very close to where I saw the birds on Saturday, but he was all by himself in that enclosed ring, strutting for all he was worth, while the hens were 20 yards away on the other side of the fence. I wish I had a better camera with me than my phone.
These toms sure like putting a fence between me and them. [Confused]
 
Posted by fnshtr (Member # 18653) on :
 
Lol. They can be right down cruel!
 
Posted by CRS (Member # 13247) on :
 
Just got in from a late soccer game and found a box on the counter.

Tore it open and found a bow named Hope. Made the trip to the Black Hills in fine shape. More details to follow......
 
Posted by CRS (Member # 13247) on :
 
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Hope's Spearfish introduction pictures.

Morning started bright and early. First arrow I released drilled the wiffle golf ball I have pinned to my target bale. Distance, 18 yards.

Certainly a good omen and a sign of things to come. Shot the remaining arrows, including a couple of bare shafts.

Showed perfect tuning! All the arrows in a nice tight group. I was done.

On to Broadhead flight check status. Screwed in some 200gr Magnus, Cutthroat and Eclipse. Total arrow weight 510gr. Perfect for my 29 inch draw, as I should be pulling Hope to 50#.

First two Broadhead were right on top of each other, the remaining were shot at different dots on the target. Do not need to be ruining any arrows. [Razz]

All I did was adjust the knocking point to my standard and check the brace (7 1/4). It works, may play around some, but with a shortened time, I am going to focus on adventures, not tuning, tweaking gack and minutiae.

Went in and touched up the heads to shaving sharp.Time to go hunting, long story short, heard 4 different gobblers, but the real ladies were too enticing and I could not get them to play. Had to cut the hunt short as I had some fencing to do at the ranch.

After the fencing job was complete, both of my boys and I shot some more arrows out of her.

We all really like the bow, and shoot her very well. IMO this is critical with any bow. Putting the arrow where you want it!

We are all looking forward to spending some time hunting with Hope the next couple of weeks. [shaka]

PS
She is absolutely stunning to look at too. [Not Worthy]
 
Posted by fnshtr (Member # 18653) on :
 
[campfire]
 
Posted by CRS (Member # 13247) on :
 
Here is todays update. Spent the entire day chasing turkeys.

It was a great day to be out in the woods, although the turkeys did not cooperate.

Here are a couple of model shoot photo ops for Hope.
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Towards the end of the day we found this track. Here kitty, kitty, kitty.

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We did finally find a gobbler and hens at the end of the day. We got all set up and the hens came in with the Tom hanging up. They finally had enough and off they went.

We thought at least we have a good starting point for the morning. Then I checked the honey hole closer to home after dark and 4 gobblers were sounding off in their roosts. An even better place to start in the morning. [clapper]

Wife is kind of giving me a pass on Easter festivities. Going to hunt the four gobblers closer to home at sunrise. Have Easter dinner at 11:00, then up into the Black Hills for an afternoon hunt.

We will see what happens, going to attend my kind of sunrise service. [pray]
 
Posted by Bisch (Member # 17432) on :
 
Good luck with Hope and Faith guys!

Bisch
 
Posted by CRS (Member # 13247) on :
 
Yesterday morning had the birds acting fickle. Talked with them a little, but were not interested.

They were not super talkative. Hunted until 0930 them had Easter festivities.
 
Posted by mangonboat (Member # 42303) on :
 
Late in posting my Saturday adventure with Faith. Birds gobbling, me sneaking around, same result. Do you sense a pattern, here?
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A nicely bearded tom was just outside the photo beyond the pine tree, keeping an eye on these jakes, any one of which I fantasized would smoke up quite well, thank you.

Okay, I confess: I am hunting turkeys in high fence private areas. Unfortunately, the turkeys are IN said areas, whereas I am OUT. They are more clever than I anticipated.

I did manage to sneak up on this clump, deep in the cove where the trees hadn't been cut in over 100 years, of heirloom daffodils near the ruins of an old cabin and a family cemetery with seven headstones dating to the 1880's
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After taking these pictures, I spent the rest of the day filling a large pothole and have a significant case of bursitis from tamping down the asphalt cold patch. I'm good for about three shots, so if I'm not feeling better in a day or two, Faith is going to find somebody who actually knows how to hunt for turkeys that can be shot!
 
Posted by CRS (Member # 13247) on :
 
[archer2]
Hope is blooded! Details to follow...... [saywhat]
 
Posted by CRS (Member # 13247) on :
 
I was working late tonight to free up a three day weekend. Hopefully to get out turkey hunting with Hope.

Wife was at a concert, oldest son was with a friend, so I call to check on the youngest boy.

He tells me he is doing nothing, then proceeds to tell me about the turkeys he saw driving home from school.

I asked him why he was not out hunting, a light bulb went off as we have a blind fairly close to home in a canyon.

I don't think much of it and go back to work wrapping everything up.
Text comes in "I am in the blind".
Answer back "ok".

Go back to work, 5 minutes later phone rings. It my youngest son.
 
Posted by CRS (Member # 13247) on :
 
I pick up the phone and he is all excited. Here is a short story, told short.

He set up the decoy, made one call and here comes a turkey. No gobbling, just a straight bee line.

Walks between the blind and the decoy. Ian draws and actually has to stand up a bit to clear the blind. Turkey notices the movement, but is still distracted by the decoy. Ian releases the arrow, turkey runs off in a turkey death wobble, and he watches it tip over.

Shot distance, 4 yards.
 
Posted by CRS (Member # 13247) on :
 
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As the boys and I were talking in the front yard while taking pictures. The subject turned to how cool this whole project is and the kids at St. Judes. [pray]
 
Posted by fnshtr (Member # 18653) on :
 
As one popular tradgang poster would say, "how cool is that?", WAY COOL!!!!!

Congrats to you both!
[clapper] [clapper] [thumbsup] [thumbsup] [archer2]
 
Posted by South MS Bowhunter (Member # 16239) on :
 
Congrats! Your son done good👍And that is a beautiful turkey is it a Mearim?
 
Posted by CRS (Member # 13247) on :
 
Yes, it is a Merriam's. The chalky white tips are their trademark.
 
Posted by CRM_95 (Member # 38163) on :
 
Congrats!!
 
Posted by monterey (Member # 15276) on :
 
Wow! Talk about exciting. Your boy did good. [thumbsup]

Merriam's are tough.
 
Posted by CRS (Member # 13247) on :
 
So this morning I head out at dark thirty. It was magical, probably heard 6 dozen gobbles from 4 different turkeys.

What a morning! All that came in was a few hens and six jakes. The mature gobblers hooked up with more vocal (albeit real) hens and moved off.

Did a bunch of running and gunning, while taking Hope on a tour of the Black Hills. Did hear two different gobbles, but no encounters to write about.

No trip is complete to the Black Hills without checking this out.

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Mount Rushmore

Since it is just down the road, checked out this carving in process.
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Crazy Horse

With only two days left, our time with Hope is coming to a close. Oldest boy is going to hunt with her tomorrow and Sunday.
 
Posted by mangonboat (Member # 42303) on :
 
The family is getting it done in the Black Hills!
Lots of gobbling way down at the bottom of the coves around me but no luck running and gunning. They zigged when I took Faith on a zag.
 
Posted by CRS (Member # 13247) on :
 
I have a gobbler working right now. It is a patience game. Been playing for two days and the last hour and a half.

I will have an encounter with him yet.

[Smile]
 
Posted by CRS (Member # 13247) on :
 
My view

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Posted by CRS (Member # 13247) on :
 
Unfortunately this gobbler is hung up on the wrong side of canyon. There happens to be a property line in between.

I have no doubt that some day he will make his way over to our spot. Just may not be in Hopes time of stay.
 
Posted by CRS (Member # 13247) on :
 
Fnshtr,
I believe you are next in line for Hope.

Shoot me a pm or email with your address. Hope will ship Monday and get back on schedule.
 
Posted by fnshtr (Member # 18653) on :
 
Chad,
Sent you a PM with my address.

Thanks, really enjoyed your posts and pictures!

Wayne
 
Posted by mangonboat (Member # 42303) on :
 
Rained cats and dogs all weekend and still raining this morning, so I found other things I needed to do even though I heard some gobbling. On my way into work today, I rounded a curve at the bottom of the ridge below the house and these two toms were walking along the side of the road, headed down to a pasture where two other toms 50 yards away were strutting and three jakes were trying to dry out their feathers without attracting any unwanted attention. I've seen several solo hens , so I'm guessing the hens are setting their clutches while the boys are trying to find a gal before last call.
These photos were taken from 3 yards... I could have almost reached Faith out the window and touched them.
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Posted by mangonboat (Member # 42303) on :
 
Randy Doyle / mnbwhtr , you're up next to host Faith's turkey adventures. Check your email /PM's and send me your shipping address.
 
Posted by CRS (Member # 13247) on :
 
Hope is on the way to West Virginia! Good luck to Wayne and everyone to follow. What a cool thing to be a part of. [campfire]
 
Posted by mangonboat (Member # 42303) on :
 
Faith is on her way to Minnesota...Get er done, Randy!

I want to take a moment to talk about these bows. I'm hoping Will Cocke will jump in with some more expansive comments, but there are two things I want folks to know about these bows: outstanding workmanship and mind-boggling ingenuity and dedication to the craft.

There's been references on this thread and the Black River pass around thread about the "hybrid" limbs on these bows. As you can see from photos included in earlier posts the limb profile when strung is quite unusual. In practice, the limbs are very fast for a long bow design and also quiet. But here's how those limbs get that performance:

This is a photo of the limb bases. That's 11 different laminations, not counting the cork limb pad where it meets the riser, and only Will can tell how many different materials.
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Moving outboard on the limb, you can see how the wedge in the center tapers down..but doesn't disappear altogether.
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That center lamination takes a very low-angle reverse taper in the final third of the limbs to the tips.
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As you can see, the limbs at the tips have nine laminations, not counting the overlays, and four overlay layers.
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The tips are really nice-looking , string easily.
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When your not counting laminations and studying that double reverse taper, pondering how that gives the limbs their profile and performance, you can look at the stained spalted maple under a matte clear finish and see that these bows are mighty easy on the eyes as well.
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So, my theory is that the sharp-eyed ( maybe not sharp-witted) toms in my neck of the woods were intimidated by Faith and that's why they kept a fence between us at all times.

Thanks for letting me spend some time roving the ridges with Faith during the prettiest month of the year in these mountains, and a huge shout out to Will Cocke at Black River Bows...handsomely done, indeed!
 
Posted by fnshtr (Member # 18653) on :
 
Hope is on the way and scheduled to be delivered today!!!!
 
Posted by mnbwhtr (Member # 9523) on :
 
Faith arrived today. Will be in the field tomorrow if the rain and snow let up. Been shooting in the basement and she shoots where I'm looking so watch out Gobblers!
 
Posted by fnshtr (Member # 18653) on :
 
I am so impressed with Hope! Craftsman ship, grip, cast, and speed are all excellent. I've only shot it a couple dozen times under lights in the back yard. Although my arrows are tuned to my heavier bows, she shoots them well.

If it is not raining in the morning, I'll carry her afield in pursuit of an eastern gobbler.

Chad did a wonderful job packing her up, as it took me about 45 minutes to unpack her. He sent a "momento" along with her as I hope to do.

Kudos to Will for a fantastic bow built for a fantastic charity!
 
Posted by fnshtr (Member # 18653) on :
 
Sorry for the disappearing act. Pics and story coming.
 
Posted by fnshtr (Member # 18653) on :
 
Well, it WAS raining and I didn't want to subject Hope to the harsh conditions. Then I was out of town for all of last week.

Yesterday I sat in the blind until about 9 am. Lots of gobbling, but all in the distance, and early. It was dead in my area. I had lots of work around the house, so I left at 9. It was 33 degrees!

I shot Hope some last evening. I absolutely love how accurate this bow is. I believe I shoot it better than any bow I've ever picked up!

I'm typing this from my blind at 6 am. More to come.
 
Posted by mnbwhtr (Member # 9523) on :
 
Well Faith has seen a lot of early mornings but no shots yet. Speaking of shooting, this bow really throws an arrow, I'm impressed with the cast it has. Most of the time I shoot about #55 and this bow matches them all. The turkeys are driving me nuts as well as the lack of sleep and it gets lite earlier every day. Maybe tomorrow will be better!
 
Posted by fnshtr (Member # 18653) on :
 
Nothing much to report as the last two days were the slowest of the season. I am confident in this bow should I get a shot though.
 
Posted by fnshtr (Member # 18653) on :
 
Well, my turkey season is over. I'm sorry to say that I never got a shot after the "Hope" bow arrived. Tomorrow is the last day of season and I have two granddaughters that want me to take them out with their shotguns.

I did get a bird today though, a crow. I also shot a short video that my son is uploading to YouTube. I'll post a few more pics and the video link as soon as possible. Whomever gets this bow is going to be happy!
 
Posted by fnshtr (Member # 18653) on :
 
https://imgur.com/a/V33dc
 
Posted by mangonboat (Member # 42303) on :
 
That bird gives a new meaning to the phrase, "Eating crow'.Way to stick after the toms and be a part of the adventures...you did better than I did! [thumbsup]
 
Posted by fnshtr (Member # 18653) on :
 
Mark,
My granddaughter asked me what I was going to do with it and I said "eat it". I was waiting on a response like "Ugh!" To which I would have replied, "haven't you ever heard of "eating crow?". To my surprise she said absolutely nothing! [knothead]
 
Posted by mnbwhtr (Member # 9523) on :
 
Well, I finally got a shot with Faith, had a jake come to about 20 yards, my bullhead dropped and missed the neck. Got some feathers and the jake walked off. My decoy was at 8 yards but he wasn't coming any closer. Tomorrows another day.
 
Posted by fnshtr (Member # 18653) on :
 
Cool. As they say, that's the second best shot you could have made!

I was so impressed with "Hope", that I placed an order today with Will. Mine will be 60".
 
Posted by mangonboat (Member # 42303) on :
 
One of the most rewarding hunting experiences I know of is aiming for a gobblers head and being okay with accepting that it is truly a hit or miss shot, no close. Faith has been honored by your shot.
 
Posted by mnbwhtr (Member # 9523) on :
 
This weekend I went the trad shoot in Rochester Mn. Every left handed shooter got a chance to shoot Faith and a lot of good comments were mentioned. Today I had 4 different Toms respond but avoid me. I moved my blind for my next time out. Got til the end of the month!
 
Posted by fnshtr (Member # 18653) on :
 
Hope is headed for Mississippi! I really thank Will Cocke and tradgang for the experience. I'm hoping and praying that these bows go high in the auction. They really should!

Sorry I couldn't get a shot at a big gobbler, but I really enjoyed my time with the bow.
 
Posted by South MS Bowhunter (Member # 16239) on :
 
Suprem Leader and Captain of the F. R. O. G Team checking in. I have been notified of Hope's pending arrival and her soon immersion into the rigors of war.

I will soon alert the team to prep for our first mission, oh how I pity the fools that mess with Hope.

There will be no hope for them!🐸
 
Posted by fnshtr (Member # 18653) on :
 
Supreme Leader/Captain,
Expected delivery date at your headquarters expected on Thursday, May 25, 2017.

I pity the frogs in your designated area of operation!

(good luck)
fnshtr
 
Posted by South MS Bowhunter (Member # 16239) on :
 
Sir,

Seeing you are a "Man of the Cloth" and highly regarded in the Kingdom of God (pronounced as GoDDd).

I request your prayers of safety and of bountiful wisdom in our endeavors against this vile and transformational creature we refer to as the Vietfrog.

And a word of prayer that they may fine rest in the hereafter!
 
Posted by South MS Bowhunter (Member # 16239) on :
 
Well Hope arrived!

There are times in life when all seems bleak. And, well, your disgusted with your self, and things in general and maybe somewhat in dispair and then, Hope arrives!

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Posted by South MS Bowhunter (Member # 16239) on :
 
Will Cocke of Black River has done an Outstanding job with these bows (I'm sure Faith is as good as this one).

When shooting the bow the very first time I use the arrows that I normally use in my Centaur Chimera GT 5575, (400 spine) 30.5" to back of point with plain insert and 175 grain tip, total wt. 495.

The bow draws 47#@28. I draw about 29" so approximately 49.5 at that draw and right at 10 GPP.

MY first half dozen arrow few to the right so I changed the point wt. to 150 and got her in the wheel house now the arrows sit at 470 grain and 9.5 GPP draw wt.

She a solid shooter and if I do my parts she put it where i'm looking (problem is where i'm looking gets distracted).

Good performance and no vibrations after the shot. I shoot 3 under and have moved the noc point up some to provide better clearance for me.

My plans are to possibly take her to the HH Classic next weekend if I get comfortable to do so.


After that Possum Head will get a turn with her and we plan to get after some Frogs.
 
Posted by fnshtr (Member # 18653) on :
 
[campfire]
 
Posted by South MS Bowhunter (Member # 16239) on :
 
A Frogs Lament...

St. Jude Hope 2017-2018 Bow arrival in video

https://youtu.be/2QBITHP1cg4
 
Posted by mnbwhtr (Member # 9523) on :
 
I don't see anyone signed up for Faith in June,July or August. Terry should I forward it to Sept?
 
Posted by mangonboat (Member # 42303) on :
 
I'm waiting for pics of those frogs!
 
Posted by mnbwhtr (Member # 9523) on :
 
HAVE FAITH! Last afternoon sitting on a field with dust bowls when a hen comes in to dust, about 15 minutes she rolls around in the dirt when out of the corner of my eye I see a gobbler coming to her. She gets up and walks by me at about 17-20 yds and then he comes and low and behold my arrows takes him threw the neck, up he jumps and flies about 20 yds and drops. Season over! I'll try to get some pictures posted when I figure out how to. Faith is the answer!
 
Posted by fnshtr (Member # 18653) on :
 
Way to go Randy! Congrats! [thumbsup] [thumbsup] [clapper] [archer2]
 
Posted by South MS Bowhunter (Member # 16239) on :
 
Supreme Leader checking to give a public advisory announcement, first off Congrats to fellow warrior spirit Randy on the Big Bird!

Second for those seeking sensitive documents such as pictures of the enemy elements, those will be released in due process of the law and not a minute sooner!

In this current political climate where everyone is a "leaker" you will find no such treasonous traitor on the F.R.O.G Team [Eek!]

In fact I'm seriously deliberating on placing such current members in the brig for Major Cyber Security breaches. One such member as Scout.

During a roll call this morning it was discovered that he has lost his password and may have compromised his secure cryptic computer account [scared]

This could very well allow access of enemy "hackers" to very "Top Secret" mission codes and battle plans [Eek!]

We will soon know of the damage possibly done once the targeted Forward Operating Base (FOB) is accessible. Currently it is at 11.2' and rising preventing successful mission objectives.

Once it is below 8' and lowering the Team will be alerted for action.

Please prep for pending battle and detail accounting when that time comes.

To track the progress of possible dates and times when this mission is possible, click on the secure link below and monitor the rise and fall elevation as posted above.

https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lix&gage=pgfm6
 
Posted by mangonboat (Member # 42303) on :
 
Way to go Randy! I know you were running out of turkey season, but you made the wait worth it. [thumbsup]
 
Posted by South MS Bowhunter (Member # 16239) on :
 
...Fate has prevented the men and I from our latest attempts at making inroads into enemy territory.

I can only speculate that God has kept us from impending dangers unseen by mere mortals, however advance we are as the F. R. O. G Team 🐸.

We will advance as he see fit.....
 
Posted by mnbwhtr (Member # 9523) on :
 
http://imgur.com/a/oP6OT
Hopefully this will work for pictures
 
Posted by South MS Bowhunter (Member # 16239) on :
 
Nice bird Randy!
 
Posted by fnshtr (Member # 18653) on :
 
Congrats Randy! Nice bird. [clapper] [thumbsup]
 
Posted by CRS (Member # 13247) on :
 
Fantastic
 
Posted by South MS Bowhunter (Member # 16239) on :
 
Still waiting on river to recede...

Much rain continues to hinder our operations....
 
Posted by South MS Bowhunter (Member # 16239) on :
 
If and when we can get back out here a teaser of what I hope will be the results

https://youtu.be/Y3V0HNxydvU

And this was from the last St. Jude Hope bow from Sarrells

https://youtu.be/T1KHlI7nSgs
 
Posted by South MS Bowhunter (Member # 16239) on :
 
We have been in the midst of Tropical storm Cindy for the last 2 days with torrential rain and flooding.

And this will cause the river to continue to rise....
 
Posted by South MS Bowhunter (Member # 16239) on :
 
Well it is with sad regret that I as the Supreme Leader and Captain of the F. R. O. G Team must admit......

We FAILED🙀

Due to fate or Devine Interventions we have not been able to get it done!

Now I could easily pass blame to Sniper for not showing up when missions were scheduled (he blamed work obligations, likely stories🙄).

Or Scout for not having the fore thought to plan other mission sites instead of a flooding river😳☔️

But nope, I'll not do that and just take the high road!

Zach, Hope is on the way to Montana, and this missions success rides squarely on your shoulders 😁
 
Posted by monterey (Member # 15276) on :
 
quote:
Zach, Hope is on the way to Montana, and this missions success rides squarely on your shoulders
No pressure of course. [biglaugh]
 
Posted by Cove-Creek (Member # 13378) on :
 
Hope is now in MT, delivered today.

I am looking forward to putting this bow through the paces. Superb craftsmanship and finish! The lines of the bow along with the wood combos really appeal to me and are easy on the eyes!

Thank you John for getting the bow to Billings! You done an excellent job packing her up nice and tight for the trip here.

I will get some pics of her here in Big Sky country over the next few days and report back in with initial thoughts after running some arrows through her.

My goal is to put an Antelope down with her next month.
 
Posted by fnshtr (Member # 18653) on :
 
[campfire] [clapper]
 
Posted by mnbwhtr (Member # 9523) on :
 
I'm ready to ship Faith off to Michael Davenport but am having trouble locating him. Anyone know him?
 
Posted by Cove-Creek (Member # 13378) on :
 
Thought I would take a moment to report in.

I spent some time a couple of evening this week shooting Hope.

I built a set of Easton Axis 500s that I cut to 29.75" and installed 50 grain brass inserts and fletched with 4" right helical feathers.

I paper tuned and was shooting bullet holes with 125 grain field tips.

I took the bow to a local 3D shoot this morning and had really good time.

Here are a couple of short videos and a pic.

Video was captured by my son with a phone and it's hard to see much but you can get an idea for the landscape that I will be hunting in and around.

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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qyOS3THjsKs

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=s6bUVLUAVbY
 
Posted by Possum Head (Member # 23948) on :
 
After seeing the pic I asked myself why I didn't strap the Eagles Flight on it while test driving.
She handled nicely and launched with authority. Will is quiet an artist and those considering a 3 pc. should give this baby serious thought. Now that she's gone the water is falling and frogs are waiting. Sure did wanna ship her with a slime coated riser! [banghead]
 
Posted by ca (Member # 4619) on :
 
For those who shot both, the recurve and hybrid which one do you prefer and why?
Thanks in advance.
 
Posted by monterey (Member # 15276) on :
 
I'll be hunting with Hope in September and im getting ready to make up a set of woodies for her. since our season actually opens August 26th I'll be receiving her and getting tuned after the opener.

Wanting to be as close as possible on the arrow setup so therefore, I'm asking the current holder of Hope to post a degree of center cut to help me select a spine weight.
 
Posted by fnshtr (Member # 18653) on :
 
I think he cuts them all 3/16" past center.
 
Posted by monterey (Member # 15276) on :
 
Thanks, Wayne. With that I should be able to get very close.
 
Posted by Cove-Creek (Member # 13378) on :
 
I just checked for you and it does measure to be 3/16" past center.
 
Posted by monterey (Member # 15276) on :
 
Thanks, Zach. [thumbsup]
 
Posted by wapiti792 (Member # 8137) on :
 
Faith arrived safe and sound today...strung over lunch and taaaaa-daaaa 20 yard bullseye first arrow. I was late back to work after lunch and told my staff I had a hot date with "Faith". Murmurings and rolled eyes [Smile] !

I get her a little longer as I have a moose hunt. Truthfully I am injured. Jiujitsu omplaplatta (shoulder locks) and trad archery do not mix. I have had my hands full trying to stay in the game...then along comes Faith.

I am going to kill a moose with this bow. She told me over lunch, whispering sweet nothings over a growling stomach in scorching heat as the arrows made a rhythmic thump into the target.

Stay tuned...
 
Posted by fnshtr (Member # 18653) on :
 
[campfire] [pray]
 
Posted by mnbwhtr (Member # 9523) on :
 
Glad Faith got there safely! Good luck on your moose hunt. Randy
 
Posted by wapiti792 (Member # 8137) on :
 
Thank you Randy! Appreciate you getting her to me [campfire]
 
Posted by Cyclic-Rivers (Member # 21222) on :
 
Good luck Mike! Both with the moose and the shoulder...
 
Posted by Rock 'N Bow (Member # 16369) on :
 
It's been almost a month since the last post, so I figured I would let you know I received Faith today from Mike. Due to his shoulder injury he passed her along early.

I was concerned at first about not having an opportunity to hunt with her opening day, but now I have plenty of time to get acquainted. The first thing I noticed was the mass weight. Having shot mostly Hill style bows weighing about 18oz. it took a little getting used to.

The first shot with a bare shaft was to the right and nock high. I adjusted the brace height from 7 1/4 to 7 1/2 and I was right on the money. The mass weight and relatively low draw weight allowed me to take my time with each shot.

I look forward to hunting with her this October for deer, but I just might be able to hunt bear at a friend's property in Pennsylvania. Hopefully this bow will get some good mojo.
 
Posted by Cove-Creek (Member # 13378) on :
 
Antelope season opened one week ago today here in MT.

I have been out 4 evenings and one morning. There are lots of goats using the place that I am hunting, several respectable bucks and they are beginning to show some signs of rutting.

Water is readily available on the property which makes it tough to sit on one certain place to wait them out.

I have some pictures that I will update with one day this week when I have time.

I also attended another 3d shoot the weekend of the 12-13. I shot well, Hope is a nice performer and I have enjoyed shooting this summer with her.

I plan to stay after the Antelope any chance I get for the rest of the month. As I get closer to the end of the month and finishing up my time with Hope I may consider filling my tag with a doe if that is the only opportunity I have.
 
Posted by fnshtr (Member # 18653) on :
 
Good luck guys!
[campfire]
 
Posted by wapiti792 (Member # 8137) on :
 
Glad she made it safe! I got a shot in my shoulder and switched to righty. I just hope I am ready for whitetail righty by October. Good luck with her!
 
Posted by monterey (Member # 15276) on :
 
Hope is in the house.

She arrived yesterday well packaged and in great condition.

I'm trying to get some time to set her up and tune for hunting arrows. Hopefully I'll get her on the trail of elk early next week.
 
Posted by BOHO (Member # 1810) on :
 
Just a quick question. Is it too late to be on the list ? I live about a hour from Will and if I was the last person to get a bow I could drive it to him. Thanks
 
Posted by Terry Green (Member # 3) on :
 
The bows ship directly from the last hunter to the Winning Bidders on the St Judes Auction...

Let me see what the list looks like...and would you please post what bow you would like to hunt with?
 
Posted by BOHO (Member # 1810) on :
 
Sure thing. Right handed around 45#. Longbow or recurve doesn't matter. Thanks
 
Posted by BOHO (Member # 1810) on :
 
Never mind Terry. I was thinking that Will was letting people test drive em and he was getting them back at some point. Forgot they are going to the winning bidder. My apologies. Congrats to the winnng bid
 
Posted by monterey (Member # 15276) on :
 
Dalton Lewis! I need contact info in order to get Hope shipped to you!
 
Posted by huskyarcher (Member # 22271) on :
 
Pm sent! Cant wait to get Hope and get started on a great month!
 
Posted by huskyarcher (Member # 22271) on :
 
Got Hope in this evening! Took the evening off from hunting in order to get her tuned and ready to go for the weekend. She loves some cedars i had made up for another bow. Shoots great! Really love the weight in hand.

Maybe i can get her bloody here shortly!

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Posted by huskyarcher (Member # 22271) on :
 
With this moon, Hope ans I are trying a midday sit.

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Posted by Over&Under (Member # 8273) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by huskyarcher:
Got Hope in this evening! Took the evening off from hunting in order to get her tuned and ready to go for the weekend. She loves some cedars i had made up for another bow. Shoots great! Really love the weight in hand.

Maybe i can get her bloody here shortly!

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What kind of quiver is that?
Looks like a modified big Jim??

Thanks
 
Posted by huskyarcher (Member # 22271) on :
 
One of those cedars Hope loves got broke yesterday evening...


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Posted by South MS Bowhunter (Member # 16239) on :
 
[Eek!] [scared] [readit]
 
Posted by ceme24 (Member # 22378) on :
 
Beautiful bow! Your arrow has a different coloration to it. How’d it break? [campfire] [archer]
 
Posted by Bvas (Member # 44555) on :
 
This is quite the dramatic pause. [campfire]
 
Posted by huskyarcher (Member # 22271) on :
 
Sorry for the delay!

Took hope out on saturday afternoon. I had a ton of pics in an area, and with the wife complaining about the lack of fresh deer in the freezer i figured it would be a good time to try it.

I thought the evening was a waste as the landowner was exercising his 2nd amendment rights about 100 yards from the stand but the deer didnt seem to care. Two yearlings came down the hill to almost right under me to my surprise. Sure i could have waited on a bigger more mature doe, but honestly i was thinking about how tender the yearling would be, and decided it would be perfect to eat.

The shot was nearly straight down, and after i realeased the deer dropped, i immediatly followed up with another arrow as i thought it was hit in the spine, but upon further inspection the spine was just clipped and all the goodies were taken out on the initial shot.

I was tickled to get some meat on the ground, and especially with Hope. I went home and cubed up the meat, and put it right in the crockpot the next morning complete with several veggies. That crockpot full made it about 10 hours between my wife and I. Needless to say that deer was some fine eating.

Took the deer with a cedar arrow topped with a tusker head. Hope is a great shooting bow that comes complete with mojo apparently! Cant wait to see what the rest of the month holds! Maybe we can add to the mojo, as if Bisch needs any more mojo, lol.

Ohh yea, pics:

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Posted by ceme24 (Member # 22378) on :
 
Congratulations! Yes, they taste wonderful.
 
Posted by Bvas (Member # 44555) on :
 
Well done!!
 
Posted by South MS Bowhunter (Member # 16239) on :
 
Congrats Dalton! Aim Small, Kill small or something like that...right?

Oh, not your deer, what I meant to say was miss small...oh never mind [biglaugh]
 
Posted by twitchstick (Member # 19043) on :
 
Way to go! Congrats
 
Posted by Bisch (Member # 17432) on :
 
Way to go Dalton!!!!

Keep the magic going!!!!

Congrats,

Bisch
 
Posted by mangonboat (Member # 42303) on :
 
[thumbsup] [thumbsup]
 
Posted by ceme24 (Member # 22378) on :
 
I will need to figure out IMGUR but for now I will report that Faith arrived safely in Ohio. I had a couple Trad friends over to check her out today.
Beautiful bow
Workmanship is top notch
Quick bow
Very quiet
I will get some practice time in this week and she’ll hit the Ohio rut this weekend
 
Posted by Bisch (Member # 17432) on :
 
A little birdie told me Hope was on her way to Texas! [goldtooth] [goldtooth] [goldtooth]

I Hope I can do her justice while she spends some time with me!

To be continued.........

Bisch
 
Posted by Bisch (Member # 17432) on :
 
And I have already figured out that I cannot figure out imgur, so I’m gonna have to get one of you guys to post pics for me if the need arises! [pray]

Bisch
 
Posted by huskyarcher (Member # 22271) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Bisch:
And I have already figured out that I cannot figure out imgur, so I’m gonna have to get one of you guys to post pics for me if the need arises! [pray]

Bisch

No worries Bisch! Just let me know when you need them posted and i'll get them right up!
 
Posted by Bisch (Member # 17432) on :
 
I picked Hope up from the PO today at noon! All I can say is she is one sweeeeeeeet bow!!!!! She REALLY likes my arrows too!

More to come later!

Bisch
 
Posted by Bisch (Member # 17432) on :
 
Hey Dalton, I’m gonna need you to post up some pics for me!!!

[bigsmyl] [bigsmyl] [bigsmyl]

Bisch
 
Posted by Bisch (Member # 17432) on :
 
So, like I said earlier, I picked up Hope at the PO yesterday. I put her together and went to my practice range. The first 5 arrows were real close!

https://i.imgur.com/Fzqd1O4.jpg

I played with the grip a bit, and was soon stacking them in the bullseye!!!!!

https://i.imgur.com/SOFg85R.jpg

I really need to figure out how to post pics again to finish this!!!

Bisch
 
Posted by huskyarcher (Member # 22271) on :
 
Send them on over man! lewisda3@appstate.edu
 
Posted by ceme24 (Member # 22378) on :
 
Very nice bows! I regret to say I share your pain on Imgur Bisch.
 
Posted by Bisch (Member # 17432) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by ceme24:
Very nice bows! I regret to say I share your pain on Imgur Bisch.

Yeah, but I got pics that neeeeeed to be posted. There’s red in a few of them too!!!!

Bisch
 
Posted by Bisch (Member # 17432) on :
 
Sooooo, after seeing this bow shoot so well for me, I decided I had to go hunt!

I went to a ground blind close to the house this morning. It was a fine cool morning. It was real foggy. Not long after daylight, I caught some movement. It was the first of 3 bucks to come my way. The next one was a really nice buck. I also had a little spike and a doe come in. The smaller 2 bucks kept harassing the doe, and kept her jumping a bit. After a while the big buck decided he wanted in on the fun, and he pushed her out of the area. After a little while, just the doe came back. Being alone now, she was very calm and eased right in front of my blind at about 10 or 11yds. I picked a spot and let an arrow fly. The shot looked real good, and she busted out of there, stage left!

I couldn’t stand waiting, so I got out to look at the arrow. This is what I found:

https://i.imgur.com/f2hLPzg.jpg

I was not at all impressed, and began to wonder whether the shot was as good as I had originally thought!

I took up the trail probably a bit sooner than I should have! It was pretty sparse at first, but really picked up after about 25 or 30yds!

https://i.imgur.com/HcMHo60.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/tVgCKCV.jpg

After about another 30yds, I found her!!!!

https://i.imgur.com/TumNJ57.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/Qjj411h.jpg

So, less than 24hrs after getting the bow, I had my first deer with Hope! This was also my first deer this season, and the first deer off my new ranch!

I can’t wait to see what the rest of the month holds for Hope and I!!!!

Hopefully, more to come!!!!

Bisch
 
Posted by Bisch (Member # 17432) on :
 
I Hope y’all can see the pics when you click on the links. I can’t figure out how to get the pic to post in the thread!

Bisch
 
Posted by BDann (Member # 9875) on :
 
Congrats again Bisch!
 
Posted by ceme24 (Member # 22378) on :
 
That’s phenomenal Bisch!!! Great shot! What arrow/BH setup are you using and what is your DL?
Faith will hit the Ohio woods tomorrow!
 
Posted by Crittergetter (Member # 40336) on :
 
Good job Bisch!!!! Congrats!!
 
Posted by Bisch (Member # 17432) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by ceme24:
That’s phenomenal Bisch!!! Great shot! What arrow/BH setup are you using and what is your DL?
Faith will hit the Ohio woods tomorrow!

Easton Axis Full Metal Jacket, .400 spine, 31.5”, 75gr brass insert, 150gr Wasp Traditional broadhead

My DL is 29”

Bisch
 
Posted by huskyarcher (Member # 22271) on :
 
Heck yea, man! I knew it wouldn't take long!! Congrats!
 
Posted by huskyarcher (Member # 22271) on :
 
Btw, all you have to do is copy the "linked bb code" from the pic on your imgur sight and paste onto here and it will show up!
 
Posted by Bisch (Member # 17432) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by huskyarcher:
Btw, all you have to do is copy the "linked bb code" from the pic on your imgur sight and paste onto here and it will show up!

I don’t have a PC right now. All I have is my phone. I can’t find a way to copy that BB code anywhere in the imgur app???

Bisch
 
Posted by South MS Bowhunter (Member # 16239) on :
 
Great job Bisch! There is "Hope" for you after all [biglaugh]
 
Posted by ceme24 (Member # 22378) on :
 
Bisch, my research told me that it isn’t possible in the app. This is my complication as well
 
Posted by twitchstick (Member # 19043) on :
 
Nice job Bisch! [thumbsup] [thumbsup]
 
Posted by huskyarcher (Member # 22271) on :
 
Bisch, you dont need a laptop. Instead of using the app, go to the imgur site on your phones browser. The linked code will appear when the photo is accessed from the browser.
 
Posted by ceme24 (Member # 22378) on :
 
Only had a doe and small buck come through tonight. It’s surely not a normal November in Ohio. 62 today and will be over 70 tomorrow! I think it’s affecting deer movement
 
Posted by Bisch (Member # 17432) on :
 
I had a couple close encounters the last two mornings. I saw a new buck yesterday that is a stud 8pt. I “Hope” I get a crack at him at some point! Still in the blind with about another hour left before I have to go get ready for church.

I’m going to be out of pocket for most of this week, but Hope and I will be back in the woods by the weekend!

Bisch
 
Posted by mangonboat (Member # 42303) on :
 
Nice job, Bisch! [thumbsup]
 
Posted by Bisch (Member # 17432) on :
 
What’s up with Faith up north?

It’s gonna be a couple more days till I get to hunt again with Hope!

Bisch
 
Posted by ceme24 (Member # 22378) on :
 
Hey Bisch! She’s been out a bit. I have 5 days of hunting lined up 11/18 -11/22. It hit 26 degrees last night and we have a dusting of snow here this AM. If i can I will get her out sooner as it’s gonna get good here! For now, it’s practice practice practice. This bow is SWEET!
 
Posted by deerhunter_w (Member # 37337) on :
 
Congrats to everyone. These bows are shooters. I got my hands on hope when dalton had it.

Jeff
 
Posted by Bisch (Member # 17432) on :
 
I have 3 big does in front of me now! It’s supposed to be rut time, so I’m holding off for now.

It’s taking every ounce of will power I have to hold off though!!!!
When it comes to shooting critters with my longbow, I have little restraint! [laughing] [laughing] [laughing] [laughing]

Bisch
 
Posted by Bisch (Member # 17432) on :
 
It won’t be too much longer before my time is up with Hope.

Danny Red, if you are keeping up with this thread, please PM me with your address,so I can send Hope to you at the end of the month.

Bisch
 
Posted by CRM_95 (Member # 38163) on :
 
Faith made it to east Texas today!! She's already shooting good for me, and Will makes an awesome bow. She's quiet and quick, and just beautiful craftsmanship. Be forewarned, hunting has been incredibly slow in my neck of the woods. With that said I'm persistent so she's gonna see a lot of tree time regardless. I have a week off coming up pretty soon and have a little public land camping/hunting trip planned. I'll keep y'all posted!! Oh, my first 3 shots at 12 yards the feathers were touching. I'll post some pics later on.
 
Posted by Bisch (Member # 17432) on :
 
Good luck with Faith Ryan!!!!

Well, it’s near the end of the 4th qtr for me with Hope. I got just a couple more days to try to make something else happen, then she will also be headed to east TX.

I’ve been seeing a lot of deer, but have not connected on anything else yet!

Bisch
 
Posted by CRM_95 (Member # 38163) on :
 
Faith and I will be headed out in a couple hours for our first hunt. The antlerless season for the county I live in ends tomorrow, and I've already used my buck tag here...so it would be awesome if I could see a doe this afternoon. Won't get to hunt tomorrow because of church so this is my last shot here at my lease. But I can still kill a buck in the county that borders mine, and I have a pretty good late season public land spot over there, so all is not lost no matter how this afternoon goes. I'll post some pics and an update when I get home.
 
Posted by Bisch (Member # 17432) on :
 
A double up; Hope and Faith on the same day, sure would be cool! Let’s see if we can make it happen!

Good luck Ryan!

Bisch
 
Posted by CRM_95 (Member # 38163) on :
 
No luck on my end!! Had a good afternoon in the woods but not much moving. I only heard one rifle shot all evening and that's odd for around here. This is the old ladder stand we were in.
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And the view from the stand. This is normally a pretty good spot. Lots of sign but nothing came through today.
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I'll be back at it next weekend!!
 
Posted by CRM_95 (Member # 38163) on :
 
Holy huge pics!! Sorry guys not sure how that happened lol.
 
Posted by Bisch (Member # 17432) on :
 
Hope is on her way to east TX!

Have fun with her Danny!

Bisch
 
Posted by CRM_95 (Member # 38163) on :
 
Faith and I will be back at it tomorrow. The counties around where I live are mostly antler restriction counties, with relatively short doe seasons. In my county I can kill 2 bucks and 2 does. 1 buck has to have an inside spread of 13'' or greater, and the other has to be a spike or have at least 1 unbranched antler.

I've already used my big buck tag here, and doe season closed Thanksgiving weekend. So all I can shoot here is a spike or pigs. I can go to the next county over though and kill a big buck on public land still.

That was my plan for this weekend, but my son wants to hunt and hasn't killed a buck here yet in our county, so I'm going to our lease with him tomorrow. I have had a spike or 2 on camera and the pigs are showing back up, so we'll see what happens. If I see a spike or pig they're gonna be in trouble!!

After that I work a week and then start a week of vacation, and while I'm off I'm hoping to be able to camp and hunt quite a bit in the next county over with Faith and possibly connect on a buck there. It is however public land and gets hunted pretty hard. I'll update tomorrow and post some pics from the hunts!!
 
Posted by Bisch (Member # 17432) on :
 
Good luck Ryan!

Bisch
 
Posted by CRM_95 (Member # 38163) on :
 
Another day hunting with Faith today. This morning I set up in a ladder stand where the hogs have been coming in fairly regularly. I heard some but they never showed up. You can see where they've been rooting around a little in here on my corn.
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This evening I set up in a somewhat random spot, because I'm limited on what I can shoot here anyway and I wanted to test out this new climber on familiar ground before I start hunting public land with it. Climbed up in a pine with a pretty good trail out front and on my right side, which is perfect since I'm a lefty. Wind was a little finicky and about 5:00 I heard a doe blowing downwind of me, so I guess she caught my scent. Nothing else ever showed, but any day in the woods is a good day in my book. And I think this new climber is gonna work out just fine, so that's a plus.
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I start a weeks vacation when I get off Friday, so I'll be back in the woods then!! It's been a slow, tough season for me but I'm persistent.
 
Posted by yleecoyote23 (Member # 6956) on :
 
Sounds like a fun weekend Ryan....even not getting one, it is a privilege just being out there...
 
Posted by huntingarcher (Member # 29483) on :
 
I am thinking Hope is taking the long way around Tx.Bisch put her in the mail on the 28th of Nov.She made it to N.Houston and now seems to have gone awol.Keeping my fingers crossed she finds her way.

I am only 350 miles from Bisch,its been 8 days.Sent Priority Mail USPS,Just sad!My post office says its still on the way. [banghead]
 
Posted by Bisch (Member # 17432) on :
 
That’s not what I wanted to hear Danny!!!! I’m out of town, but let me know on Tuesday if you still don’t have it, and I’ll see I can find out on this end!

Bisch
 
Posted by CRM_95 (Member # 38163) on :
 
Hopefully it'll make it soon!! For whatever reason when something headed to or from east Texas goes through Houston, there seems to be problems. Last year I overnighted a big check to our landowner for everybody's lease dues. It never made it and I had to stop payment and drive a check over to her!!

I may not get to hunt this weekend, my son's birthday is today and then my granddaughter's birthday is tomorrow and we'll have her for the weekend. But, I'm off next week and if the weather holds out Faith and I will be headed to San Angelo to hunt the Twin Buttes WMA. Can kill a buck or doe there and turkeys of either sex, and I've never killed a turkey, so I'm hoping everything works out!! If all goes as planned I'll be on the road early Monday morning. I'm shooting this bow really well so hoping I can get a chance at something.
 
Posted by South MS Bowhunter (Member # 16239) on :
 
Good luck everybody, looking to see some new kill pic's after these next couple weeks!
 
Posted by huntingarcher (Member # 29483) on :
 
Bisch,great news Hope showed up to day!Still well packaged and in perfect condition.Now to see what she likes in my way to large arrow collection.It will be a couple weeks before I get back to the lease.I am thinking she will be more than ready to fill a couple tags I have left just for her.
 
Posted by CRM_95 (Member # 38163) on :
 
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Originally posted by huntingarcher:
Bisch,great news Hope showed up to day!Still well packaged and in perfect condition.Now to see what she likes in my way to large arrow collection.It will be a couple weeks before I get back to the lease.I am thinking she will be more than ready to fill a couple tags I have left just for her.

Glad she made it!! Good luck!!
 
Posted by Bisch (Member # 17432) on :
 
I’m relieved to hear you got her Danny! Good luck with her!

Bisch
 
Posted by CRM_95 (Member # 38163) on :
 
I'm not hunting this weekend, because I'm buying groceries and packing and getting all my camping gear together. Everything fell into place and looks like we will be headed out early Monday morning for West Texas. It'll be about a 6 hour drive to the WMA, then we'll set up camp, find some spots, hunt Monday evening, all day Tuesday, and Wednesday morning then head home. Weather is looking good, supposed to be clear with lows in the upper 30's and highs in the mid 60's. I've talked to several folks who have hunted this WMA and got some good advice.

Another cool thing, my son started shooting a recurve last summer after going to a 3D shoot with me. He's practiced quite a bit and this will be his first hunt with trad gear other than 2 or 3 sits here at home. Hopefully we will bring something back, if not Faith will get to hunt some new areas and we'll have a good time anyway. I'll make sure to take lots of pics!!
 
Posted by CRM_95 (Member # 38163) on :
 
So this turned out pretty cool also I thought. Another bowhunting forum I'm on has a traditional archery challenge every week. Last week the challenge was 3 arrows, one at 17 yards, one at 13, and one at 11. Scoring was based on the boxes in the middle of the paper with closest to the bullseye being the tiebreaker if scores were the same. Faith and I won the challenge and got to pick the challenge for next week. This was my first shot at 17 yards.
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Then my second shot at 13
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Then my 3rd shot at 11.
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And a pic of my 3 shot group overall.
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I'm really enjoying my time with Faith and shooting this bow really well. Tomorrow morning we'll be on the road at 5 a.m. headed to west Texas. I may not post while I'm on the hunt, but I'll take pics and update when we get back. The weather is looking good so hopefully the critters will cooperate!!
 
Posted by Bisch (Member # 17432) on :
 
Good luck Ryan, to both you and Faith, and to your son too!

Bisch
 
Posted by CRM_95 (Member # 38163) on :
 
Well we're back from our trip. It went great, even though we didn't kill anything. My son saw a nice buck, but he has a self imposed limit of 10 yards for now, and this one was a little further than that, so he passed. I was proud of the restraint. I had a buck come in well within range, but he caught me off guard and caught a little movement when I was trying to get my bow in position and took off.

We ended up renting a small cabin at a marina just down the road instead of tent camping, and overnight temps were in the high 20's and low 30's so I'm glad we did that. Tons of deer and turkeys in the park where we stayed, and they were pretty much tame. We did a little stump shooting at mid day both days and overall it was a great trip.

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Posted by CRM_95 (Member # 38163) on :
 
Well it's not a deer, but got a kill with Faith this morning.
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Posted by Bisch (Member # 17432) on :
 
Congrats on the tree rat, Ryan!

Bisch
 
Posted by twitchstick (Member # 19043) on :
 
Congrats!
 
Posted by mangonboat (Member # 42303) on :
 
Squirrels are hard to hit, as they don't hold still long and they have quick reflexes..good hunting!
 
Posted by CRM_95 (Member # 38163) on :
 
Well I won another first shot challenge with Faith last week. The upside down "V" represents the pocket where you would aim on a deer, and it was one shot seated from 15 yards. Closest to the tip of the V wins. I was right at an inch.
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Posted by CRM_95 (Member # 38163) on :
 
Also, if any of you other lefty's want to sign up there is nobody else on the list until April. If anybody wants her next month email Terry and I'll get her headed your way right after Christmas.
 
Posted by huntingarcher (Member # 29483) on :
 
Leaving early in the mourning,my dad and I are heading to the lease.Going for the rest of the week.I saved a couple whitetail tags just for Hope and the axis and sika will be on the menu as well.Not sure about the hogs,have not seen any the last couple trips.We really hammered the hogs before deer season so we will see.
 
Posted by Bisch (Member # 17432) on :
 
Hey, Danny, if you want to meet up at Simon Bros for lunch one day, let me know, and I’ll drive over there!

Good Luck!

Bisch
 
Posted by huntingarcher (Member # 29483) on :
 
Hey Bisch,I just now checked in and saw your message.I have not left the ranch since we got here Tuesday.Would like to meet up with you but may not happen this trip,I would like to get you over here to hunt with me sometime.Been hunting hard trying to get Hope a chance to shine.Well this mourning we have drawn blood not once but twice.
 
Posted by South MS Bowhunter (Member # 16239) on :
 
[clapper] [clapper] [campfire]
 
Posted by huntingarcher (Member # 29483) on :
 
On my way home,will have to wait till I get to my computer so I can wrap this up.
 
Posted by huntingarcher (Member # 29483) on :
 
So its been cold for Tx this week but had 2 whitetail tags left.I had saved them for my time with Hope and she did not disappoint.This bow was super easy to shoot right from the start,her weight range was right in my wheelhouse.My hunting arrow setup shot perfectly so all we needed was live targets.I hunted 2 of my best setups for a couple of days.Passed on several small does and young bucks,only saw a few small axis does.Had one nice shooter 8 come by but would not come in to my comfort zone.

Changed up my tactics moving away from feeders and started hand corning different spots proved to be the ticket.On day 3 right at daylight had a couple good size does come right in to my setup.I was not picky they both looked the same.I made a good shot tight to the shoulder with complete pass thru.I heard her crash after about a 7 or 8 second run.

Since it was so early I just reloaded Hope and sat tight thinking maybe some thing else would show.In an hour or so I heard animals walking on rocks coming my way.Three does, a button buck and a spike buck came right in to the hand thrown corn.With the pressure of running out of time on this hunt with only one day left.I decided to put my last buck tag on the spike that was now standing 10 yards broadside.The arrow zipped right thru the young buck and he went down insight. I will try to post a couple pics.I have enjoyed hunting with this special bow.

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Posted by Cyclic-Rivers (Member # 21222) on :
 
Awesome. Congrats
 
Posted by joe ashton (Member # 11463) on :
 
Now that is how you do it!
 
Posted by BOHO (Member # 1810) on :
 
Congrats !! Great shooting.
 
Posted by Possum Head (Member # 23948) on :
 
Great work!
 
Posted by Bisch (Member # 17432) on :
 
Way to go Danny!

Congrats,

Bisch
 
Posted by Roy from Pa (Member # 10602) on :
 
Awesome job, congrats.
 
Posted by CRM_95 (Member # 38163) on :
 
Good job!! Congrats!!
 
Posted by mangonboat (Member # 42303) on :
 
Good hunting + good shooting = great eating. Way to go, Danny!
 
Posted by South MS Bowhunter (Member # 16239) on :
 
[clapper] [clapper] [thumbsup]
 
Posted by huntingarcher (Member # 29483) on :
 
Jimmy Twitchell,you are next up with Miss Hope.PM me your address and I will get her out to you.
 
Posted by twitchstick (Member # 19043) on :
 
Nice shooting Danny! I sent you a PM
 
Posted by huntingarcher (Member # 29483) on :
 
Jimmy I sent the bow out today.Also PM you the tracking info.
 
Posted by twitchstick (Member # 19043) on :
 
Well hope has made it to Utah. I've been shooting it the last couple of days. She tuned up quick and is ready to hunt turkeys this weekend.


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Posted by twitchstick (Member # 19043) on :
 
She is looker for sure

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Posted by huntingarcher (Member # 29483) on :
 
Good luck on your turkey hunt! [thumbsup]
 
Posted by Bisch (Member # 17432) on :
 
Good luck,twitchstick!

Bisch
 
Posted by South MS Bowhunter (Member # 16239) on :
 
Good hunting twitchstick, Will Cocke did an Outstanding job on these bow!
 
Posted by smokin feathers (Member # 6780) on :
 
congrats great job
 


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