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.
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