Passion for bow hunting

When I found out my passion for bow hunting was stronger than rifle hunting.

 I didn’t start hunting until my husband and I got married. That first year I got to go on the yearly hunting trip with my husband Corey, his dad David, Uncle Jake and his wife Lisa. I shot my first deer, a small 2×2, while he was running through the cattails. Having been the only buck we had seen so far, the challenging shot, and of course being my first deer, I was and still am proud of him.

Fast forward a few years.

I purchased my first bow in the winter of 2009. When September 2010 came around I had just had foot surgery, so there was no archery season for me. Archery 2011 and 2012 were kind of a teaser. We went out a few times but never had any luck. Archery season 2013, I got pneumonia while on our trip and 2014 trip was over in 24 hours due to mosquitos. All that’s another story though.

So February 2015 comes and I had won a trip to Texas to hunt javelina and whitetails. I had never traveled to hunt before and had never hunted without my husband, so this was a whole new experience for me. It taught me many things. Where I was hunting was a high fence ranch just 30 miles from the border of Mexico. I brought my bow and rifle in hopes of harvesting a deer with my bow, but was informed that this ranch was mainly set up for rifle hunters. It was a three day hunt, so we started out each morning and evening for the first two days with my bow in the blinds. I sat patiently, motionless, and watched as does and spikes came in each time. We had two nice 4×4 come in, even to fifteen yards, but per their management plan, they were too young. My guide knew which bucks were old enough and had to approve which I harvested. To watch these two and not be able to shoot was mentally tough. The thrill of having them so close, I was shaking. I kept mentally begging that an older buck would step out, or that I would be allowed to take one of those. But I understand their management plan to wait until a certain age, and respected it.

The last morning of hunting, we decided to set up in one of the rifle stands. My love for irregular racks had us hunting a particular stand, for one particular buck. This ranch had feeders set to go off at a certain time, and obviously the deer over time became a bit trained. So we were set in the stand before dark and waited patiently for the sun to rise. Slowly, bucks and does started coming out in the dark, just enough to make out whether or not they had antlers. All these bucks were massive, there were three 170” bucks that made my jaw drop. Finally, one of the last to come out of the cactus, was mine, Mr. Crab Claw. At 150 yards and multiple bucks feeding around, I was concerned about which one I was supposed to take, but calmed my nerves waited for a bit more light and knew I was on the right one. My guide told me that the feeder was going to go off in two minutes and that the deer would scatter, some would return and some wouldn’t. So I set my rifle up, breathe and pull the trigger. Immediately reloaded and had my scope back on him, finger on the trigger, ready to pull again, should I need to. Within seconds he was down and another shot was not needed.

My guide Justin and Ray Howell were in the stand with me and of course there’s the excitement and congratulations. I harvested a beautiful animal and would be donating the meat to a family that needed it.

As soon as I knew the deer was dead, and wasn’t suffering, I felt conflicted. This is what I was here to do, and just harvested a magnificent 137” whitetail, and knew the meat was being used and knew that I would cherish this animal. Most of their clients only want the perfect 10 rack and I love anything irregular, so while he wasn’t considered a cull buck, he wasn’t the most desired either, but it was perfect for me.

Walking up to him, I felt sad. I’ve harvested other animals before, so it wasn’t a first time killing an animal sad. It was a: this was too easy, sad. I put in much more work for smaller racked deer, but was not able to take them with my bow. It was at that moment when I put my hands on him that I knew bow hunting was in my blood. And that it’s more about the hunt than antlers. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have huge trophies on my wall, but having the story to back up an equally as spectacular animal is part of what I love. I love the spot and stalk and trying to see if I can get closer on an animal and hearing all the failed attempts. You’re working for this animal and putting in time and effort, and it feels more like an accomplishment. Whereas here, the guides and ranch owners put in the time and effort into working the fields, setting up the stands and blinds, filling the feeders and studied these animals via trail cameras to know their age and which stands they frequent more. All I did was pull the trigger.

Even though this is my largest whitetail to date, I didn’t feel the overwhelming joy I’ve felt with other animals. Kneeling down beside him to take pictures, I thanked him for the meat and for something else, a passion for bow hunting.

Some people might read this and think, oh you just killed an animal you didn’t want or weren’t proud of. That’s not it at all, and I don’t expect everyone to understand. I don’t know how to better explain it, except I am grateful for this buck and what he has taught me. Unless it’s to the point that I have to fill my freezer and the season is running out, I don’t want to pick up my rifle, I’d rather choose my bow.

SOS Gear MT Review by Lindsay Persico

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Paracord products have taken the world by storm. One of the best in the business, in my opinion, is SOS Gear MT. What makes SOS unique? The founder and owner Chelsea Cheff makes every piece by hand, custom fit to you and your unique needs. She takes pride in keeping the business personal and getting every piece done and shipped promptly. Her good reputation among outdoor enthusiasts is spreading rapidly and I’m not surprised. I was blessed to become the proud owner of one of her newest bracelet patterns, the dragon claw. Rightly named, the bracelet pattern is indicative of the grasping claw of a dragon. I love the pattern and its uniqueness makes it all the more interesting to me. She made the bracelet to fit me specifically and also used the colors that I personally picked out for the project. Her braiding is flawless with every strand uniformly tight…

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Sportsmen’s Alliance Article – A Hunting Mother

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If you missed my article from the Sportsmen’s Alliance, here’s the link:

http://www.ussportsmen.org/news/hunting-mother/

or read below:

The word hunter and the word mother both have definitions. But what about a mother that hunts. There’s more to that definition than just putting the two together, and I think it has a diverse meaning to different people, but to me it’s about teaching my kids self-preservation, conservation, discipline, persistence, and patience, just to name a few. At five and six years old, they are interested in seeing animals, eating the meat, practicing calls, and learning about the different types of animals we hunt, but at this point, they are not interested in going out in the “woods” and actually hunting.

We hunt almost all public land, and are not afforded the opportunity to take them to private land, with tree stands/hunting blinds, shooting lanes, food plots, etc. with a higher possibility of having some action. Where we hunt is at least an hour away from home, miles of hiking to our area, hours of spot n stalk, and tracking in hopes of seeing an animal. Therefore, although they are excited to learn, they aren’t ready to actually do it just yet, and that’s fine.

When we go on hunting trips, whether it be for the day or a week, they are excited. It means time with their grandparents and the anticipation of mom and dad possibly bringing home an animal for them look at up close and hear our stories. It’s a positive experience all around. Being a parent means we need to nurture their interests and not always project our interests onto them, and not “give up” taking them out fishing if they are willing to go, even if they spend most of their time playing on the beach of the lake. They are still outside enjoying nature, and most likely they will eventually love hunting. A lot of people say “it’s in your blood” (hunting I mean) and I think there’s a lot of truth to that. We always need to make sure we encourage new challenges and allow them to grow. To not be disappointed if they choose to not hunt, but most importantly, to educate them on why we hunt and what hunting provides for our family, environment, and wildlife.

Headrest Handle Review by Michael Bachand

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Review of the Headrest Handle Bars;

I was given two headrest handles, one a generic off YouTube version, the other a very similar one with a few differences from SOS Gear.  On initial inspection the biggest difference and really the best feature of the SOS Gear version was the knots tied at either end of the handle.

The generic version does not have the knots which allows for the handle to slide back and forth on the cord that is used to make the loops to attach to your headrest;
1. This means that you can pull the cords right out of the handle and therefore ruin the handle.
2. Because the handle can be slid across the cords, this could cause unintentional and unnecessary wear and tear which in turn maybe cause failure. Therefore ruining the handle.

The SOS Gear version did have knots tied in at either end of the handle right at the edge of the wrapped cords.
1. This means that the SOS Gear innovated version will not slide back and forth. I tried to make this happen by attaching it between to fixed points and pushing and pulling the handle between the knots. I was unable to make it move.
2. This version was much longer than the generic version, which allows for less effort trying to reach for the handle to assist with climbing into a vehicle or reaching forward to hold on.

While both would serve their purpose, the SOS Gear innovated version is superior to the generic version. I attempted to make both fail without cutting them and was only able to make the generic version fail.  In the end with the strength of this handle your more likely to pull the seat out of your vehicle then have this handle break on you.

Review completed by Michael Bachand
http://sosgearmt.com/Headrest-Handles-HHD.htm