Bat – the Gunwriter Assistant – wants to bowhunt. I used to bowhunt a lot but haven’t for the last three years. I used a recurve, made my own wood arrows and followed the traditionalist path. Bat has been shooting a little 15 pound recurve but wanted to get serious and hunt deer.
I admittedly know very little about modern compound bows. The last one I had was a Martin Warthog (It had a wood riser and wood laminated limbs.) Most of you probably never heard of it. Last week, with the help of some guys over at Bear Archery, we found him the perfect bow – one that will grow with him – the Bear Apprentice. (The neat thing about this bow is that you can adjust the length of pull without a bow press.)
Between now and the end of the year Bat will be practicing and working up to a heavier draw weight. By mid October, when season comes round, he should be ready. Here on EMPTY CASES we’ll post monthly updates about his progress and this fall there will be an article in the NRA InSights magazine detailing what we have learned about starting a youngster out bowhunting. (If you have or know of a kid that likes to shoot or hunt, they should be getting this magazine.) AND, if you have a kid that is interested in archery or bowhunting, Bat’s progress and what we learn over the next several months might be something you want to track. Suggestions are welcome.