I find it amazing how far we’ve come in just a few years. It seems that it wasn’t that long ago when a single case of bowhunting success was a cause for an entire town to celebrate. For example, I vividly recall making the two-mile drive to my hometown’s deer check station in the early 1990s to see a forkhorn that a neighbor had killed while bowhunting.
That was huge news back then. It was almost as if everyone stopped and said, "You shot a deer with a bow and arrow?! Unbelievable!" And it was. After all, most states considered bowhunting a novel idea even then … certainly not a means of managing deer herds.
Times have changed. You don’t have to be the best archery shooter, you just need to find a place to hunt, know a little bit about deer anatomy and shot placement … and be persistent.
As evidenced in the above photo, success is not only celebrated regularly today, it usually involves some pretty nice bucks. Although he’s new to the whole bowhunting thing, Deer & Deer Hunting Magazine reader Tom Trantow has done all that, and more, in a very short time. Many thanks to Tom for allowing me to share his success photo and story. Tom writes:
"First ever deer for me, on right, bow-kill, my 2nd day (ever) hunting over a soybean field. That’s my brother-in-law, John, on the left with his 139-inch buck, on opening day! Great times … easy to get hooked on this sport when you get these quick nice results."
Way to go, Tom!