Tim Donnelly, MO
I had originally planned on taking my Hoyt recurve as a back-up bow due to weight and space restrictions on my flight. Then as time got closer I decided to try and take one bear with my compound and the second with the recurve. I didn\'t tell too many people of my goal, that way I wouldn\'t have to do so much explaining if I didn\'t reach it! I not only reached the goal but blew it away. The boar weighed over 300 lbs. and has a P&Y green score of 19 inches - making him the biggest bear I\'ve taken.
My hunt was out of Ft. McMurray, Alberta, Canada. With Dan Hungle, owner of Trophy Book Outfitters. I hunted the 3rd week of May and shot the boar on May 22nd, 2008. Spring was late in this part of Alberta and the bear sightings were down slightly. We were seeing bears everyday but many times it was sows and cubs. The bigger bears/boars were not too active.
But with the sows moving, it was only a matter of time before the boars showed up.
I returned to this particular spot because of the number of sows that were using it, and sure enough this boar came in at about 7:15 in the evening. The shot was 12 yards, and the bear only made it 30-40 yards before going down. I was shooting a 2006/52 pound Hoyt recurve. The only thing that prevented a comlete pass-through was the fact that I hit the elbow on the opposite leg. I was lucky enough to have a friend in the tree with me, and he captured the hunt on film, so I can re-live this great experience anytime I wish.
I had not hunted with traditional equipment in 19 years. I ordered my Hoyt recurve two years ago and have really enjoyed it ever since. I took an 8-point whitetail and a 18 lb. tom turkey last year as well. I have found the bow to be smooth-shooting and such a joy to carry in the woods. I shoot off the shelf and have had no trouble obtaining good arrow flight.
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