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Bow hunting: Instinctive way to shoot

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Bare bow shooter Dennis Dunn was the first person to take the North American Big Game Grand Slam using nothing but his bow and arrows.

Confession time: I have never bow hunted in my life. October has always been special for me to be in the woods with my shotgun after squirrels and I never took up bow hunting.

Actually, I’ve shot bows before, but each time something disastrous happened. Once at a writer’s conference, I was offered the opportunity to shoot a fancy new compound bow, so I decided to give it a try. I didn’t know you were supposed to keep your finger off the release trigger until the bow was drawn and you were ready to fire. As I pulled back the bow with the arrow pointing skyward, my finger touched the trigger and I think I may have skewered a migrating goose flying overhead.

On another occasion, I was visiting instinctive bow shooter, the late Sterling Harrell, in his Ruston backyard when he wanted me to try the bow he used. He strapped the protective guard to my arm, I drew back and released an arrow and in so doing, peeled all the hide from my left arm, elbow to wrist. Sterling, who shot left handed, had inadvertently put the guard on the wrong arm for a right handed shooter. Ouch.

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