View Full Version : Any one ever give up their guns for bow?
07-03-2005, 04:43 PM
About 13 years ago i had my first taste of bow hunting when a
good friend named Randy had a extra bow and let me hunt with it
A Fred bear.But a split in my family caused me to lose touch with a
friend and give up the thirst for the Bow.
Now after all these years iam back in the game and hooked
more than ever,Shooting a Martin Saber and more gadgets than
Maxwell smart.I cant get enough.
I would like to get a better bow, and thought of selling my guns
too buy a new one.Now i would keep one rifle and one shot gun.
But why keep any ?i have give up on gun hunting and turned to Bow only.
Have you ever sold out to the Bow?
Randy was a die hard bow hunter
If he could seeme now!
07-03-2005, 05:24 PM
I'm giving up on my rifle and taking up a bow.......this comming saturday....LOL.......but I'll still hunt rifle if I don't fill my tag.........I'm hunting with a martin jaguar and this will be my first bow hunt saturday..........
07-03-2005, 05:55 PM
The question you have to ask is "Am I a buck hunter or a bow hunter". I have gun hunted since I was 17. Bowhunted since I was 22. I am a grandfather so you know that I have a few grey hairs. But, I live for the bow season. I love killing big bucks and sometimes even small ones. I kill does when neither of the first take place during the season or when it is necessary for game management. My passsion for bowhunting will never wain. I live from year to year not by the calendar year but by the beginning of bow season.
BUT,. . . . . I love hunting whitetail bucks. If the season is muzzleloader then out comes the muzzleloader. If the season is shotgun then I've got a good one for that too. Got a great 270 Ruger with a 2x7 Leupold that I wouldn't give up for anything and when I carry it I am terribly deadly. When the bow season is back on they all go back in the closet and the new Hoyt comes out and we are off again.
In my optinion that is the way a "big buck hunter" has to be . Use whatever means to get that big boy. Don't limit yourself and stay home during a season when you could be killing the biggest buck of your life. You are only hurting yourself. My bowhunting skills have aided me in all the other hunting pursuits that I participate in. Use those skills and always cherish them. But, by all means get out there and hunt in every season that is available to you . . .
BTW: If you choose to ignore this advise, give me shout when you want to unload some nice weapons at a good price. Wouldn't want them to hang around and tempt you when that big buck out the back door walks by just out of bow range. . .
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07-03-2005, 09:09 PM
Silent hunting, less pressure, earlier seasons, longer seasons, better draw odds the only thing my guns are left for is the person on my property http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-laser-shoot-red.gif
07-04-2005, 05:57 PM
Well, for over 25 years I've never hunted with a firearm....only a bow and arrow. So, I guess I have given up firearms....in a way. Nothing but bows in this house......well except for soem duty weapons. http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-cool-shades-down.gif
07-05-2005, 12:06 AM
I do it all for now, rifle, shotgun, muzzle loader, handgun and bow. But I have been thinking alot about it lately and could possibly see me in a few years going bow only for deer.
I will always hunt small game, birds and varmints with guns though. I love my guns too much to quit altogether.
07-05-2005, 12:10 AM
Oh and by the way, you don't expect me to give up hunting with my Ruger Redhawk do you http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-hair-raisin-blue.gif I'd have to change my name!!!
I doubt I will ever give up the gun completely. I like to hunt waterfowl and small game with a gun as well. But, I spend most of my time big game hunting with a bow. This will be the first year in the last 3 I have had a tag in CA that is not archery only (A zone) but I still hope to fill that with an archery kill http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-devil.gif
Bowhunting is the preferred weapon at this house. I'll use a rifle only as a last resort to hunt (hunt or not hunt type of thing)... Though I did just buy a super redhawk in .44 that I want to take a hog with.
One day, yes, bow only.
07-05-2005, 11:08 AM
I'm still in love with my rifles and scatterguns, and can't see that ever changing. Archery appeals to a different aspect of the predator in me, though, and definitely ups the challenge (that's why I shoot trad, when I bowhunt...).
But even when I gunhunt, I'm still trying to get as close as possible, to track and trail, and to make it where the killing shot is simply an anti-climax to the hunt itself. So I guess it's not that important what weapon I carry. It's more about the way I hunt.
i sold all my guns about five years ago after my first archery hunt(unsuccessful nv mule deer)i am hooked on the bow for life now.
07-05-2005, 10:57 PM
Orso, I knew you were alright!!!
It's a cannon, but I've wanted to hunt with a .44 for some time now.
07-06-2005, 10:31 AM
I've been hooked on bow hunting since day one. I won't sell any of my guns because eventually I'll want to take my rifle, but not untill I stop drawing those darn archery only tags.
Besides, the idea of hunting D-12 on opening day of rifle season scares the hell out of me! "pare el tirar, pare el tirar"
08-28-2005, 06:02 PM
I haven't gun hunted for about 4 or 5 years now but i wouldn't say I have given it up. As I will be doing it again just don't know when..
08-28-2005, 10:56 PM
WHEN THEY PRY MY COLD DEAD FINGERS OFF OF IT!
08-29-2005, 08:41 AM
No I will never sell or not use my guns for hunting. Bow hunting is cool and tough. Gun hunting is just as fun. My Dad will never be able to draw a bow(bad Shoulder) so I hunt with him during the general season with my rifle. I will hunt with him as long as I can. When the day comes that he passes I still will hunt with my rifle to carry on those memories and traditions to my kids and maybe grandkids.
08-29-2005, 01:33 PM
No way!! http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-shootin-green.gif
I only bowhunt so I can extend my deer hunting season. http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-peta-sucks-sign.gif
08-29-2005, 04:43 PM
I have carried a firearm in the field 3 times in 15 years of Bowhunting. I bought a Browning A bolt about 5 Years ago and sold it 2 years ago. I had to wipe the dust off it. http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-oops-yellow.gif http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-oops-yellow.gif Sighted it in and put it in my closet. Never shot anything with it. As of right now i dont have any long guns( not even a .22, I like shooting rabbits with my bow) I have contemplated a shotgun but dove season here in Texas is at the same time as Archery Deer season. So you know where I will be. I LOVE BOWHUNTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A big thanks to my uncle for getting me in back in '90.
08-29-2005, 06:38 PM
I bow hunted 25+ years and loved every year. I pick up a rifle 3 years ago and
I think I will keep to my bow.
galiuro mountain man
09-06-2005, 03:52 PM
This is my 9th year bow only. When I was a senior in HS (17 yrs old) I shot my last animal with a rifle (unless it is coyotes) and havent looked back since. I have shot 3 elk, and yesterday made 6 deer with archey equipment. Last year I had my Coues go into P&Y, so I love archery. I might try with my hand made longbow next year.
09-13-2005, 05:52 AM
We have seperate seasons with seperate limits for each.No way am I sitting out a seasson.
09-14-2005, 04:01 AM
I grew up gun hunting in Mississippi with my dad and picked up Bowhunting on my own at the age of 12. I joined the service in 99 and moved to Georgia. I got frustrated very quickly with public hunting areas and a lot of people with guns and no brains to use them. One day I decided that since gun season was open I would try picking up my bow and hitting the archery area on Robins Air Force Base. Less than 1 hour after getting in my stand I was field dressing a 5pt. (my first buck with a bow). I have not picked up a gun since then. I still own guns because they've been passed down to me. I just don't enjoy gun hunting anymore, It's strictly bows from now on I think.
I don't encourage you to sell your guns at any cost, you may get the urge to use them again one day. http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-faces-toast-beers.gif
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