I was around 10 or so and my father, who was always into hunting and guns, bought me a recurve bow, to start shooting with him. We starting shooting together at that point at least 3 times a week. Once I was able to pull back a full compound bow, I was upgraded to a youth PSE. That was probably around 11 years old. That's also the time I started hunting with my father.
While hunting with him, he showed me everything he knew about hunting and what to look for, if things were fresh and other items needed for a successful season. This was a great time with my father.
When I was around 15 years old I was finally able to pull back a full adult bow, thus I upgraded to a PSE FireFlight with an overdraw. This was, too me anyways, the best bow out there at the time. This was also the year a friend and I took the gun hunters safety program to get FID cards, so we could go hunting on our own. The year prior really got me hooked on hunting as one week my father went hunting at cabin my family has in NY. I wasn't able to go due to school reasons and while waiting for my mother to pick me up from school on Friday, my father picked me up from school in his F-150 with two deer hanging from the racks on the back of his truck. It was pretty cool, girls were freaking out and some of the guys where like, that's Sweet!!!
Then, around 17 life took a change when I ripped my achiles and was stuck in a cast and crutches for the entire season. I hunted the follow year, though it wasn't nearly as eventful as my uncle died who owned the NY land and at that point people stopped going up to the NY cabin. Now I'm 38, have 4 beautiful kids that are old enough to start hunting. We gave my older son a bow for kis birthday, though I promised my daughter one for her which was 6 months eariler. Then naturally, they couldn't get bows without myself getting one. So I got a PSE Surge at the time, as too me at the time PSE was the manufacturer to get. We started shooting, but my daughter really seemed to take off with it.This was last summer, we started that off.
Fast forward to last winter, I found that finding a CT bow hunters course was extremely difficult, finally finding one in Dec. was a relief, which allowed me to go hunting this past spring for turkeys. Another development was that I was able to get picked up by New Breed Archery, Black Eagle Arrows and Scent Crusher this past spring. All these places are great people to deal with and produce some of the best equipment out there. I upgraded my bow to a New Breed GX2, which is an amazing bow with a super smooth draw and rock solid backwall. So this past spring went spring turkey bow hunting, saw lots of turkeys and missed one with hitting it 2 inches too low. I tracked the bird for about 400 yards, but other than a small blood spot, there wasn't much else and I was just following the birds at that point. A week later, I saw the same birds out in the same field, so my shot didn't mortally wound the bird.
This summer my daughter and I have been out scouting the land we are able to hunt on (more on that later as that's a whole different story). So hopefully this fall we are able to tag out on deer and turkeys. This way, we'll have wild turkey, organic turkey and venison for thanksgiving dinner. (We are raising turkeys as well)
Well that about summarizes my start into hunting and getting my kids into the life style as well. There are lots more stories and we will certainly have more advertures. Though, this site will become bigger than just a blog, but that will come all in time. Lots in the works here!!