Last night was “counselor’s night” for the crew at the Mallard Manor in Drew, MS as they wrapped up another great summer of outdoorsman camps for kids. To celebrate, the guys went back out on the airboat with Jody Acosta for some late night bowfishing action. I got to tag along and hang with the crew for what turned out to be a great night of arrow slingin’. Jody said the water conditions weren’t exactly perfect which resulted in some tougher shooting conditions, but we still managed to shoot over 75 fish. A number of carp, buffalo, gar, and shad were on the receiving end of the fast-paced action that rolled into the early hours of morning. There was a variety of gear used on this trip including the Retriever Pro from AMS and Muzzy’s Xtreme Duty reel. I used bows with each of these reels throughout the night, and I honestly can’t say which I like best. I love them both! They both have their pros and cons, but they both performed flawlessly as we shot a variety of fish, both large and small. Check out all the latest bowfishing equipment for your next adventure at http://amsbowfishing.com and http://muzzy.com.
Archive for July, 2010
I’m down at the Mallard Manor in Drew, MS this week helping good friend, Kevin Drewry with a youth bowhunter camp. The first night of camp, the boys went out for some bowfishing action on the airboat with bowfishing guru, Jody Acosta. Although the boys didn’t manage to outshoot the girls group from the previous camp week, they did manage to stick a few gar…and had a ton of fun in the process! Us big kids get our turn tonight!
As you probably already know, I’m a big fan of bowhunting small critters with a bow. I just like lots of shooting opportunities…particularly at live targets. But I’m an even bigger fan of getting young guys and girls involved in bowhunting and archery and sharing my passion of the bowhunting lifestyle with them. So, needless to say, I was really fired up to see that one of the first photos to roll in for our “off-season” photo contest was one from a couple of brothers (Derek & Alex) from our Youth Bowhunter Camp (YBC). I love these boys! They are bowhunting freaks! They, like me, just love to shoot stuff. They came to the MT YBC (from Idaho) this summer with their Diamond Razor Edge bows and got the job done during our ground squirrel hunt…and on the 3-D range.
When I told the boys about our off-season/small game challenge and photo contest…they quickly went to work on the critters in their neck of the woods. They managed to bring home 5 rabbits and a lifetime of memories after all the arrows were flung. Congrats to Derek and Alex on a bowhunting accomplishment that would be a challenge for us big kids too! Keep it up boys…You make me proud!
For avid bowhunters, it seems there is never an “off-season.” We tend to fill the days between big-game hunting seasons with chasing coyotes, bowfishing, slingin’ arrows at groundhogs, grounds squirrels, and a plethora of other small game and critters. And we absolutely love every minute of it! Be sure to send us photos of your off-season adventures. They are the fuel that helps our viewers make it through the summer lull. Shoot us an email with your photo and a brief description of your hunt to be eligible for some great prizes we’ll be giving away this summer. Send all content to email@example.com
Believe it or not, elk season is already right around the corner once again. For elk hunters who’d like to be better elk callers, there are few mentors more qualified today than Joel Turner, reigning and two-time champion of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation/Leupold World Elk Calling Championships.
Turner, 33, of Eatonville, Wash., won his second world title in three years at the March event held as part of RMEF’s Annual Elk Camp & Hunting, Fishing and Outdoor Expo.
A police officer and state firearms instructor by trade, Turner also is a devout elk nut, bowhunter, guide, naturalist and call maker. He’s spent the past several years developing an elk calling philosophy and hunting system—some of it based on tactical theory—that has consistently produced bulls in multiple states.
Team member, Sean Keleher, and his buddy Bryan Hunt did a little damage on the local hogs while runnin’ swine patrol with their Destroyer 350′s near Wauchula, FL. When Bryan called and said he needed some help taking out a few hogs on their property, Sean quickly obliged. The guys slipped up to within 40 yards of several sleeping swine before the biggest one in the bunch stood up to investigate the intruders. Sean sent an arrow through the chest of the biggest one…sending it back to “sleep”. The other hogs didn’t scatter too far before beginning to root around once again. A stealthy stalk once again put the hunters within 40 yards of the unsuspecting group of pigs. The guys went on to kill two more before the dust settled, making for an action-packed afternoon of hog hunting in the deep south. Congrats fellas! Keep it up!
By: Collin Cottrell
Once again this year, Bowcast (www.bowcast.com) hosted a 3D shooting event in Snowbird, Utah. They call the event Bowcast at the Bird and it is held in the high country skiing area at the Snowbird Resort. Basically, you ride the ski lift up and you can then shoot 4 different courses at the top. Being in the high country of Utah, this isn’t your regular 3D shoot. There is plenty of challenging shots, that even the best archer can have problems with. The “Bird” isn’t meant to be very competitive tough, is is more for everyone to come with there family and friends and just have a good time.
We just wrapped up another great week of the Youth Bowhunter Camp (YBC) held July 5th-9th in Libby, MT. Kids from across Montana, Idaho, and even a straggler from the state of Arizona came out to take part in the MT YBC. It was a beautiful week for the students to spend some long days enjoying archery and bowhunting adventure in God’s country. Several of the boys got to drop the string on their first bowkills as we once again took part in a relentless pursuit of the local ground squirrels. Tons of fun…lots of arrows flung…and big smiles on young bowhunters faces. Gotta love it! We once again offered the MT Bowhunter Education Certification to the students. Over half of our group needed to complete the class for eligibility to archery hunt this fall. Be sure to keep an eye out for future YBC opportunities in MT and around the country, hosted by Reality Bowhunting and BRO Outdoors. You can also check out photos from YBC at the Youth Bowhunter Camp FB page.
RBTV team member, Jim Neaves, took his wife, Katie, out on the lake this past weekend in pursuit of monster fish with their bows. While the action was much slower than what they hoped for, Jim and Katie did manage to shoot a few carp and had a blast soakin’ up the sun on the lake. It was a day of new beginnings for Katie as she made her first longbow kill, first bowfishing adventure, and first fish shot with a bow!
Jim and Katie were using longbows from Jim’s own Centaur Archery line of bows. The bows were mounted with Retriever Reels for super-fast shooting opportunities.
Check out Jim’s bows at http://centaurarchery.com
Week 2 of this summer’s MT Youth Bowhunter Camp (YBC) starts today in Libby, MT. Its sure to be another great week of 3-D archery, novelty shoots, bowhunter education, gopher killin’, fishing, canoeing, swimming, and lots of other fun and exciting activities. We’ve got kids coming from across MT and ID. Keep the kids in your thoughts and prayers this week…and the staff too! I’ll post some pix soon…