Joined: 5/7/2008I grew up gun hunting as my dad is a gun collector and fanatic. However, for the last three years I haven’t picked up a gun and only taken my bow to the field with me. I enjoy bowhunting more for some reason or another, so I take my bow.bow and smoke pole only..Express yourself now - Fortune cookie
Joined: 8/22/2008I only use rifles for varmints, bow for everything else.
Joined: 10/8/2008Bow only here…like Dodgegirl said “If I can’t get it done with my bow, I guess I ain’t getting it done”.
I have a cabinet full of guns…they just collect dust.
Joined: 11/28/2010Bow Hunt only.Up close and personal,more challenging.Primal
Joined: 12/3/2010100% for deer
98% for always, some times I like to take my Ithaca 16g side by side for a walk in the woods.
Joined: 5/27/2010My friends in PA thought I was nuts in bear season when they all carried rifles and I took my bow.
In SC deer season this year I only took a rifle once, but only because it was raining that day. Buring deer dog season down here it’s shotguns only. I killed 9 out of the 10 shooter deer that came by me so they keep sayin they are going take my shotgun away and make me use my bow. No problem, I’ll still knock em down.
Joined: 4/5/2007I thought about doing that, but I enjoy gun huting too much. Plus, its pretty hard to kill ducks in flight with a bow. Costly in arrows too. Not to mention, there is something said for erasing a turkey’s head with my 3.5″. All of that being said, all but one of my whitetail bucks has been a bow kill. I’d really like to get one with my slug gun or muzzle loader.
Joined: 7/1/2010Bow hunt big game only, but love to woodcock hunt and waterfowl hunt as well with the bang stick.
Joined: 2/22/2009I work at a gun and archery shop here in central Maine and i started thinking i needed to build my gun inventory up so after purchasing a few (6) i set back one night and thought wow that was fun and they are all in the closet, since then i have bought a recurve and a Z7 (blacked out) and a Q2XL to play with i always think i need more guns but i never shoot them, i added a Sig Sauer Sp2022-Browning Sweet Sixteen-Browning Light Twelve-Ruger M77- 12 Double-12 Single, and they are dust covered in the corner and i am headed to the shop today because my new Z7 should be here, they just don’t excite me like my archery equipment
Joined: 2/24/2011I use both. But I love bow the best. I am seriously considering bowhunting for turkey this year, which I have never done. Any thoughts?
Joined: 9/9/2008I love my bow, I love my guns, I love my Muzzleloader, I love it all!
I just love hunting, I honeslty don’t have much preference as to what I’m hunting with, as long as I’m out there and able to do it
Location: VirginiaI’ve bow hunted since I was about 12. I started bow hunting just to extend the time I could be in the whitetail woods. I used to be fasinated with ballistics, I would work up 4 or 5 different loads for a rifle (only 5 shells of each load), would put them each in a zip lock baggy and label them, and head to the bench to see which one would shoot best. It was reading the reloading manuals and fiddling with setting the reloader up that I loved. And then taking the best load to the field to kill a deer with it. Then, by the time I was in my mid 20′s I found myself still doing these things, and still loving them, except I found little satisfaction in pulling the trigger on a deer at 200 yards. When gun hunting, my mind was always wondering to the direction of a tree stand with my bow on the hanger and the thoughts of that deer I am watching over there walking by at 20 yards and what a thrill it was to be that close to the quarry I was after. Even though I had bow hunted for over 10 years at that time, I wasn’t really a bow hunter. It was 2002 when I carried my bow to my tree stand on the opening morning of muzzleloader season, 30 minutes after daylight I had a really nice 8pt chase a doe by at about 50 yards, could have killed him easily with my muzzleloader, and for a split second panic set in. “What in the heck am I doing with this stupid stick and string, I could have killed that buck!” I thought to myself! The next morning I had my muzzleloader and I killed that exact same deer, this time at 18 yards. At that moment I actually felt disappointment. I took another doe in late muzzleloader season that year with my muzzleloader and that has been the last time I’ve pulled the trigger on a deer with a firearm since. I still gun hunt occassionally with my dad because he doesnt bow hunt. I often take my children or wife out during the firearms seasons, but I’ve always got the video camera. Now, since 2002 I’ve became just as fasinated with the flight of the arrow as I used to be with the ballistics. I shoot year around, my mind is in the tree stand more often than not year around, and it was simply a personal choice of preference on which path I chose to travel. Its not understood by all, just as there are things people enjoy doing that I do not understand, but thats ok! As for me, I’m a pure blooded bow hunter!
Location: ManitobaBow only, but I still love a good duck hunt. I have a 3 year old female chocolate Lab named Lucy. I have spent the time training her, she is almost a finished dog now. One thing about duck hunting, it was my first introduction to the outdoors by my dad and grandfather. When I go for a ‘shoot’, as Grandpa called it, I think about both of them. Sad and happy feelings at the same time. I still have my ‘Pop’ (does not hunt much anymore, has a hard time with the killing), but my grandfather is gone. Miss him greatly.
The remembering is another special part about hunting, as you all know.
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