Sunday, December 10th, 2023

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Sunday, December 10th, 2023

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Bowhunting well-represented by pioneers like Jim Dougherty

The late Jim Dougherty was a bowhunting pioneer and prolific writer who died in September 2015. He received the Fred Bear Archery and Bowhunting Award in 2008, a bronze replica of Bear’s iconic Borsalino hat. Inset photo, top right: Jim Dougherty (l) with the late Bill Krenz, who arrowed this whitetailed buck with an early Bear Archery compound bow. (Photo by Patrick Durkin)
Many folks don’t know that until 50 years ago, Wisconsin’s cars and trucks killed more deer by accident than bowhunters did on purpose. In fact, some of us can remember when our whitetails were few in number, bows were one-string novelties, and cedar arrows far outnumbered aluminum. We even thought fiberglass hunting shafts were revolutionary luxuries in 1973, and had no idea that carbon/graphite arrows would start their ride to dominance in another 15 to 20 years. Meanwhile, bow-killed deer were considered feats of luck or incredible skill, and bowhunters were forever trying to earn respect for their craft and its equipment.
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