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As I walked into the kitchen, my beloved wife looked up at my beaming face as I proudly announced, “Man, I really love this turkey hunting, but I’m not very good at it!”

That was at the end of the third day of the MN Spring Turkey Archery season and I had already taken four shots without killing a bird. It wasn’t the crossbow…I was using the Wicked Ridge Raider and this baby hammered the bull's-eye on the range at 20, 30, 40 and 50 yards with every shot it fired from the bench rest. The problem was definitely with the person pulling the trigger.

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29

“Where’s Gene?” Lee, the lead photographer asked. “He’s got the look!” Little did I know at the time what “the look” would come to mean. With a face that only a mother (or wife of nearly 34 years) could love you’d think a man of my intellect would have been a bit more suspicious when I received a call from The Brunton Outdoor Group asking if I’d consider being a model for their new catalog.

 

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03

Some folks refer to people like me as an outdoorsman and my wife Joyce, although not a hunter herself, an outdoorslady. Melana, our nine year old granddaughter was a chip off the old block. She loved all animals and was infatuated with nature. She was an outdoor little girl.Every chance Joyce and I had to take her along with us to our cabin in Jefferson County, Melana was always anxious to go. At the cabin, Melana was in her glory, hiking, deer watching, 4 - wheeler riding, star gazing, roasting marshmallows over the campfire, and practicing her archery with her recurve bow and my TenPoint crossbow. Her goal was to be an accomplished archer so she could go turkey and deer hunting with my son, Ben, and me this year.

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15

Crossbow trivia question for all ACF members and crossbow enthusiasts:

Your crossbow shoots a 2219-XX75 arrow tipped with a 125 gr. Spitfire broad head at approximately 310 fps. You're sighted-in for a 20 yd. zero. You have a steady wind from left to right at 30 mph with gusts exceeding 50 mph. Your target is at 25 yds. o you hold:
     a) 6 inches left of target
     b) 12 inches left of target
     c) 18 inches left of target
     d) other

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18

How many of us have true friends? People that you know, no matter what the case, will always be there for you. It is a matter of trust only this type of friendship can provide. In my case, it is two brothers, Scott and Gary Kolstad and their better halves, Candie and Becky.  Every year the six of us go on our annual anniversary weekend, since we all celebrate our annual wedding dates in October.  That was the case in March of 1999. Of course, we all had a great weekend of food and drink and companionship only close friends can enjoy. Little did we know that Scott and Candie would receive disturbing news upon returning to their Door County home.  In November of 1996, Scott and Candie were blessed with their first child, a beautiful little girl they named Amber. To be able to share in the excitement of such an event is beyond words. Her long dark hair and beautiful features, along with a personality that matched, made this little girl a joy to be around. Little did we know life’s challenges would rest solely on little Amber and her family.

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12

There is a certain pride in a job well done in any sport, and so I would like to express my pride and appreciation to the Crossbow Archers who came to the First ACF State Crossbow Championship ever held in the United States. Sanctioned by the American Crossbow Federation, Fort Polk Louisiana was the starting point for future events, with the world class Shooting Complex being able to host any shooting sport event you can imagine.

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29

In late September of 2008, my good friend, John Dale from Natchez, invited me to participate in the first private lands alligator hunt ever held in Mississippi. Although I had only one night to hunt, I eagerly accepted the invitation. The Dale camp on Brierfield would be our hunt headquarters. The club caretaker, Scott Skipper, would be operating the boat; I would be manning the crossbow; John would be in charge of the video camera.

The weather turned foggy and cool - not the best situation for hunting alligators at night. The big lizards simply would not cooperate! Every time we got within range, the gators would silently slip beneath the surface and disappear. I did manage to get one arrow into a big alligator, but he managed to pull off after a brief fight in the thick brush and aquatic vegetation. I had to leave the next day, but Scott was able to fill all the club tags during daylight hours with his rifle over the next few days while the big ones were sunning along the shore.

Fast forward to Friday, September 18, 2009, this would be my second attempt at getting an alligator on Davis Island with a crossbow. This year I would be shooting my new Horton Vision 175. I arrived early in the afternoon, and Scott and I prepared our equipment for the hunt. Boat batteries had to be charged, arrows and buoys checked, and the boat launched before dark.

 

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29

Greetings Dan! - Hope this note finds you and Karen doing well. Our elk season began September 1st  and is now over. I called in a spike for Judy on the 4th and as luck would have it, her arrow clipped a small branch and she shot under him. 4 days later I called him back up and Tim Martell, a friend of ours managed a 20 yard shot from his Hoyt. Then on September 16th Tim called in a cow for me. I'd been practicing shooting with either hand and it paid off!

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22

I first saw the Excalibur Exocet crossbow in the 1998 Cabela’s Fall Archery catalog. Thinking back over the bows I have owned,, most were recurves just like the Exocet, from one of those green fiverglass kid’s bows at age ten to the Ben Pearson Javelina 66” target bow I shot in high school archery club to the Bear Black Panther Hunter that I used to hunt everything from squirrels to deer. I just had to have an Exocet, and as easy as a phone call to Cabela’, my new toy was on its way. Having had the crossbow for the better part of a year, I needed to find somewhere and something to hunt. The answer came in the form of an ad in the back of an archery magazine “Where to Hunt” section. Forest of Antlers, located in Minocqua, Wisconsin offers hunts for whitetail deer using the crossbow. I was met at the Rhinelander, WI airport a guide named Bob. He told me the lodge was brand spanking new. The handsome building was handicap-accessible and the ground bathrooms were designed with the disabled hunter in mind. The food was top shelf and never ending. A large sitting room offered TV, books, magazines, a stereo system and a video library. After unpacking and lunch, I headed to the target range...

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My road to recovery, since my fall, has been a long and painful one. And, I am still not 100%. But throughout my recovery, I have set a series of GOALS to strive for. And yesterday I achieved one of my most difficult.

About a week ago, I climbed back into one of my treestands, to check it out, with the aid of my new full body harness! I have to admit that I was shaking a little. Considering that the last time I was in a treestand, I fell twenty-five feet, changing my life dramatically.

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11

Miss quick or eat well. It sounds a bit silly, but this is a question that all modern archers must consider when purchasing new equipment. It seems that every new bow on the market hypes its speed capabilities. Though the feet per second that a given bow has the ability of throwing an arrow is fun to know and even to joust about with other archers in the off season.

I submit to you that the real question is “how accurate” is this new bow I’m considering...

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In the still morning, just as the first shafts of sunlight began to filter through the heavy canopy of the thick forest, I sensed a sneeze coming on.  I tried to fight it, and then muffle it, but still the release of the building pressure shattered the silence around my treestand.  The explosive sound that was created was a cross between a sharp snort and a burst of the raspberries.

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