Boy Gets New Bow – Shoots until his arms hurt.

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.)

Bat and his Bear Apprentice

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.

I was shocked at how fast Bat took to the Bear Apprentice and was hitting his mark.


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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One Response to Boy Gets New Bow – Shoots until his arms hurt.

  1. RG says:

    Good idea. Your information will come in handy when my grandson gets a litle older. So far he really likes guns, knives, bows and arrows but he’s only 4 years old.

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