Recurve Duck Hunting by John Zelko

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We first started shooting Tribe bows in the spring of 2016 when we received our Game Hunter bowfishing recurves. We spent the whole summer on the rivers and bays shooting fish all over the East Coast. We were not sure how well we would do with these new bows, but much to our surprise we started slammimg fish right off the bat. We shot fish the size of little suckers all the way up to 80-lb sting rays and were amazed at the bows' ability to work on all the species we were shooting.

The bows stood up all summer to all the huge fish, tournaments, being bounced around in the boat and being drenched in salt water. I hated having to put them away for the season till the weather and water warmed back up in the spring. There has to be something that we can keep busy with our Tribe bows over the winter. Well it hit me when my son started talking alot of crap about how he can hit anything. Little did he know i would take that bet to see who the better shot was.

What was I going to do to prove him wrong? Well, we came up with shooting geese with our bowfishing recurves. Why not take it to the next level and chase some ducks? We have an early duck season here in Pennsylvania for a week in October. We were limiting out with the shotguns so why not try it.

It was Tuesday afternoon and I only had a half day of work so I decided to head to the little creek where I grew up that held a lot of woodies this time  of year. I had a small island where I liked to sit in the weeds and catch the ducks coming upstream. The creek is only 20 yards long so there is no chance of them not seeing me.  I waded down the creek to my spot where I got set up and comfortable, where after about 15 minutes I missed a few wood duck calls. It took awhile but heading closer to dark they began to fly.

It was perfect. They flew right up the creek and into my decoys. I was poised and ready as the first pair came straight at me, and I pulled up and let it fly. Those little buggers are fast, and I think the arrow flew  about a foot behind them. This went on through six different groups. I was always one step behind. So how the heck was I going to hit them? I had already lost two arrows and broke one. Graphite arrows where definently not what I wanted, but I didn't have time to get some flu flu arrows.

Finally I was starting to get frustrated and decided to change my strategy and let them land in the decoys. It was getting dark and I was running out of time and figured it was to late. Luckily I had one lone bird come in about 15 minutes before the end of shooting time. It was perfect. It landed maybe 10 yards from where I was sitting. I didn't waste any time. I pulled up and as it began to take off I hit him right in the side. I could not belive it. I was so pumped, but it wasn't over yet. The bird began to flop across the water but there was no way he was getting away. I jumped up and tore off into the water, tripping over some rocks and getting a face full of water and wet sleeves.

I caught up to to my beautiful woody in a split second, even though it felt like an eternity. I grabbed the bird and quickly dispatched the bird. I knew I had finally succeeded. This was a beautiful male wood duck that just had to go on the wall because of how I shot it. I could not wait to get home to show John, who is the king of the bow was in our house. I finally got home to show John my kill, so I could brag. He did not know what to say but made sure to tell me it was easy and he would show me. His little brother and I gave it to him all night and, needless to say, he still has not gotten his duck. I have not had a chance to try again but we do have plans to try for geese. The Tribe recurves are definitely for land and water. I am glad the hardcore family is part of the Tribe family. We will never be able to replace all the fun and experiences we have had over the past year.  Next year will be even bigger for us and Tribe.

 

 

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