I am writing this letter to you, not to disrespect anyone, but to bring up a point that has been on my mind for a while now. Bow hunting is my strongest passion.
I killed my first deer with a bow when I was 10 and have killed many deer over the years with an arrow. I enjoy watching the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel when they are airing bow hunting, but it has come to my attention that they feel, in order to kill a deer, you need Ozonics, Lumenoks, a Firefly gizmo for the wind, a rangefinder, a new bow, a Bad Boy Buggy and of course, trail cams.
I remember killing my first deer with a Bear Whitetail Hunter that shot 170 feet per second, aluminum arrows and the old Wasp broad heads.
As I got older, my dad taught me how to scout (without the help of a trail cam), how to hunt the wind (without the use of a Firefly), how to judge yardage (without the use of a rangefinder). Well, you get my point. What has happened to the sport of bow hunting where you scout, hang a stand or two and hunt? I remember going to my stand with my bow in hand and a small fanny pack, but by today’s standards I would need a wheelbarrow to haul everything to my stand for a three-hour hunt.
Let’s get back to some basics. You don’t need a truck load of gear to go out and kill a deer with the bow. All you need to do is invest some time in scouting, practicing and learning to judge yardage and I think you will be fine. I am sure that there are others out there that feel this way too.
Kenny Flanagan Jr.
Fort Ashby, W.Va.
No Bambi for you, Mrs. Doe
Some people want so badly for deer birth control to work that they actually think it will, even on wild populations.
I wish I had a couple bridges to sell.
A week ago on the Outdoors page we ran the deer there do what deer everywhere do. They eat the easiest food available such as gardens and ornamental plantings. They walk in front of moving cars. They give ticks and parasites a place to live.
Bad catfish should be eaten
ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has launched a statewide campaign to educate citizens about invasive blue and flathead catfish - their negative impact on native fish species and what anglers can
do to help.
Nice first one
Brett Ishler, 16, Frostburg, bagged his first gobbler during the junior spring turkey hunt. The bird had a 9-inch beard and was taken near Westernport. Ishler was accompanied on the hunt by Rodney Lipscomb.
Archery open house planned May 4
CUMBERLAND — The Cumberland Bowhunters Club will host an archery open house at its Valley Road facility on May 4 beginning at 1 p.m.
Turkey hunting class scheduled
TYRONE, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Game Com- mission will offer a Successful Turkey Hunting course at the Tyrone Sportsmen Association on April 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Commission meeting set
ROANOKE, W.Va. — The next quarterly meeting of the West Virginia Natural Resources Commission will be May 4 at 1 p.m. at Stonewall Resort State Park in Roanoke. The public is invited to make com- ments. Items on the agenda include:
• Summary of the 2014 Sectional Meetings – Sportsmen and Landowners Questionnaire.
• Approve 2014 - 2015 Big Game Hunting Regula- tions.
W.Va. cautions about eating certain fish
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has updated its advisories for eating fish caught in lakes and rivers.
U.S. Army Corps campgrounds open
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing to open campgrounds at five West Virginia lakes.
Fishing rodeo slated
ROCKY GAP — A children’s fishing rodeo will take place at the Rocky Gap State Park Nature Center on May 4 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Register at canderson@dnr. state.md.us or call 301-722-1480.
Crossbow use begins for New York deer hunters
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The new state budget includes an agreement that will give crossbow hunters their own season in New York.
Language within the budget will allow crossbow use for all small game, including turkeys, and any big game season in which firearms are allowed.
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