BIG BEAR BOWS

When it comes to ar­row pen­e­tra­tion on big game, weight, not speed, counts most

Outdoor Life - - HUNTING - by TYLER FREEL

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.

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