BIG BEAR BOWS
When it comes to arrow penetration on big game, weight, not speed, counts most
IT WAS PAST Midnight—twilight in June in Alaska—when the bear approached. My heart was racing; he’d already come through twice without offering a shot. As he closed the last few yards to the bait, it was clear he was on edge. He took one more step, and I drew my longbow. At the twang, my bright-green feathers disappeared into the pitch black behind the bear’s shoulder. He scrambled out of sight but quickly piled up dead just 60 yards away. It was the biggest black bear I’ve ever taken with a bow, and coolest of all, I’d killed him with a wooden arrow and knapped stone broadhead. This reinforced what I’ve come to learn about arrow penetration on big animals. The key to pass-throughs with a stickbow is in the arrow setup.
The author with a big Alaska grizzly taken with his recurve.