Keeping it Simple


                It seems these days I’m lost in the complex world of bow hunting, and all the tech talk. Have you seen the bows people shoot now days? I mean they have vertical limbs, fall away rest, and sights with range finders on them. Range finders on the sights, can you believe that? I don’t even bother with forums anymore. It seems like most of the subjects are about grains, velocities, and feet per second. I shoot a longbow, an actual stick n string, and still can get lost when people start in about arrow weights and spine yadda, yadda, yadda.  The reason I shoot a stick n string is to get away from all that madness. Math was not my strong point in school and I dang sure try and stay away from x’s and y’s in my hunting life.

            Someone asks me “Hey, what size arrow you shoot?”

            My reply “whatever’s in the clearance bin at the local get it all”

            Mostly I get a chuckle from that one, but it is true. I’ve shot aluminum, I’ve shot wood, and now I’m shooting carbon, all out of my 70 lb longbow. In my opinion aluminum shoots better, but it’s getting harder to find, so now I’m trying carbon arrows. The one thing that doesn’t change is my feathers.  Sure, the colors change but I always fletch whatever I’m shooting with feathers.

            Now let me make this perfectly clear.  I don’t mean to make any of this stuff sound none important or unnecessary. I’m not some super shot and there are probably thousands of people out there who can outshoot me every day of the week. I just choose a much simpler path when it comes to chasing whitetails with a bow. In the last few years I’ve tried shooting a compound bow to see if I could enjoy it like I used to, but when it comes down to it, It’s just not the same anymore. Sure, when that NiceTarget is sitting there looking like a real deer making a rub on a tree I can stack them arrows in there as good as anybody else. Put me up a tree and let a deer walk by, my heart thumping, breath rasping, knees shaking, trying to find that peep and line it up with a set of five pen sites and I’m in trouble for sure. Kudos to you hunters out there who get it done with compounds and sites every year.

            I just don’t think shooting one of the oldest weapons known to man has to be that complicated. My biggest buck to date is a 145 inch eleven point that I shot the second week of October in 2009. The buck came in on a scent trail I put out using estrus, stopped at about eight yards, I pulled back, picked a spot, and released. The arrow hit right where I was looking and the buck ran just out of site and crashed. I have no idea what the aluminum arrow weight was, or even how many grains the broadhead weighed. I just know that the arrows were cheap, the broadheads were mix and match, and I was confident in my longbow. 

            I guess what this article is all about is I don’t care what you shoot. Weather it has wheels, a trigger, a scope, or just a stick n string. If you are confident in your weapon of choice and confident in your ability to put whatever animal you are after down quick and clean, then get out there and enjoy Gods great outdoors. Don’t let anybody make you feel like your equipment isn’t good enough or new enough. Know your limits and know your abilities and don’t ever step in the woods without confidence in yourself and your weapon. We owe it to the game we pursue and we owe it to ourselves as conservationist to be as efficient as we can in the pursuit of this great sport.


God bless

Tyson (T-Mac) McKibben