04 May 2014

Stump Shooting Day Out with Son

Spring is trying to gain a foothold here in the North. Still snow on the ground but it is losing the battle finally.

We went roaming the woods, our quarry, the prolific rotting stumps of trees long gone.

My son is to my left, and the shadow struck me. He's as tall as I am now, and it seems like yesterday he was a knee high hellion much like my current three year old.

Second son has come into his own, a woodsman and a bowman, with a keen interest in the wild places.


Our path to the backwoods is loaded with stumps, as well as many targets that we have along the way.


 For a quiver he uses a leather hip quiver inserted into a ultralight day pack. It's a pretty slick set up.


Stump shooting is about as good a practice as a man can get with a stick bow. Instinctive shooting from unknown distances, oddball angles and positions. Over time the old hair covered computer gets programmed for the bow and the arrows and you just start drilling what you want to drill. Did I mention just how enjoyable this is?



Stumping and roaming is also perfect for scouting and seeing what the winter snow has been hiding. Like this moose sign.


We found rub lines and old scrapes too, though we were jawing so much the camera saw little action.




My son's bow below, this was his thirteenth birthday present. An riginal E.T Williams Seminole Chief, made for me back in 1996. Still a pleasure to shoot, and puts his 650gr arrows screaming to their targets.


Another day out with the BisonGear chest pack equals another day of liking it more. 


Ace resting in the shade, temps actually got to between 38 and 40F today. Warm!

 

Back on the trail we hit the big woods.













 Many stumps fell to our arrows as we roamed, we talked of deer hunting, studied fungus and discussed uses, a good time spent twixt father and son.

One of those days that lives in memory. One of those days you want to make more of.

7 comments:

  1. Nice knife! It's always a pleasure to see people with REAL bows, instead of arrow-launching machines.

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  2. Someday I hope to spend time with my son... or daughter... like this.

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  3. Hey A.G.... I am and have been very curious about your takedown. would you be willing to tell me the brand or boyer who made it and a lite about the advantages of a takedown? I have been shooting compounds for 30 years and have a self bow made of black locust but would really like a traditional bow of quality for whitetails here in Wisco. thanks and love you videos and page. I recently purchased a garment from Kevin Kenny of Empire from you advice and absolutely can't wait till the snow flys.....look forward to your reply. Lance Schultz. Wisconsin

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  4. Hey A.G.... I am and have been very curious about your takedown. would you be willing to tell me the brand or boyer who made it and a lite about the advantages of a takedown? I have been shooting compounds for 30 years and have a self bow made of black locust but would really like a traditional bow of quality for whitetails here in Wisco. thanks and love you videos and page. I recently purchased a garment from Kevin Kenny of Empire from you advice and absolutely can't wait till the snow flys.....look forward to your reply. Lance Schultz. Wisconsin

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