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Conversations with various famous and infamous traditional bowhunters. Hosted by T.J. Conrads and Kerri Doyle. Topics include longbows, recurves and selfbows, as well as arrows, broadheads and bowhunting tactics.

Campfire Chat Traditional Bowhunter Magazine

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Conversations with various famous and infamous traditional bowhunters. Hosted by T.J. Conrads and Kerri Doyle. Topics include longbows, recurves and selfbows, as well as arrows, broadheads and bowhunting tactics.

    Alaska on Layaway

    Alaska on Layaway

    I call this story “Alaska on Layaway” because that’s the best way I can describe how a blue-collar guy like myself could afford such an Alaskan adventure. It all started with a call to Denis Zadra with Lonesome Dove Outfitters in Cordova, Alaska during the winter of 2016. I knew I couldn’t afford to write him a check for the upcoming year, so I decided on September of 2018. I scrounged up the deposit, which if I remember correctly Denis let me fudge on, and started saving for the next two years. After a DIY high country blacktail hunt farther south had come to a discouraging end, I boarded a float plane to start my two day “economy” trip to Cordova.
    When I finally arrived after an uncomfortable night crouched on an airport terminal bench, Denis said, “You probably flew over us four times!” After a good laugh and a few handshakes with the other clients and guides we arrived at his home to eat supper and get licenses. Then it was off to a hotel for the night to prepare my gear for the following day’s bush flight into base camp, or so I thought!
    The next day we woke up to hard rain and fog. Denis called mid-morning and told me to let the hotel know I might be staying another night if it didn’t let up. To my dismay, the rain persisted and another night in town became inevitable. The next morning, I prayed for a clear sky as I opened the drapes, but was saddened by the sight of a dreary, low cloud horizon. The rain had ceased, but the skies were still not suited for flying. After a brief discussion with Denis we decided to meet up and hope for the clouds to clear enough that afternoon to get out. As luck would have it, the skies opened up, we hustled our gear into the Beaver floatplane, and headed for our base camp. As we circled the mountain, Adam, my guide, pointed out white specs below that he proclaimed to be goats. Then we came about and the pilot set the plane down with such grace I wasn’t even aware we had landed until I noticed water shooting out from beneath the floats. A feeling of relief washed over me knowing that I was finally within walking distance of goat country.
    Our base camp consisted of two large Cabela’s Alaskan Guide tents set up with cots and many other comforts I was not used to in such remote country. Adam, the packer, Jimmy, and I all worked vigorously setting up camp hoping the ominous weather that had moved in shortly after we arrived and erased the rocky cliffs above us would hold off until we had rainflies installed. It did, but not long after we unzipped the tent door and crawled in, the skies opened up and rain began to pelt the tents. Our only hope was that the next morning would reveal better weather for our long trek up the mountain to spike camp.
    We awoke the next day to steady rain drops on our tents, and as I peered out of my tent I was again disheartened by the low cloud cover and pouring rain. Adam decided we would venture out in our rain gear after breakfast to investigate the best route up the mountain in hopes it would clear up enough for us to hustle to the top. All this trip did for us was to soak us to the bone and reveal an un-crossable, roaring river. We searched for an alternate path with rain coming down in sheets. With the tundra and rocks becoming extremely dangerous and slick, we deemed another night in base camp necessary. My eight-day hunt was starting to get awfully close to half over before we even started hunting.
    The author’s guide, Adam, glassing for goats.
    The next morning, the rain had stopped at last. The fog still plagued us on our way up the mountain with a camp and five days of food on our backs, but we were all smiles as we made our ascent through the steep, slick slopes, falling only a few times. We made it to the alpine and spotted three white dots on the top of the adjacent mountain. Adam pulled out his spotting scope and concluded they

    Campfire Chat Fishing with Bowhunting Friends

    Campfire Chat Fishing with Bowhunting Friends

    T.J. and friends spent another week this past summer fishing with Homer Ocean Charters, in Alaska. So here’s another round of conversations among friends. Sorry about the background noise, they were on a boat.

    • 44 min.
    Campfire Chat with Andy Ponce

    Campfire Chat with Andy Ponce

    Andy Ponce was kind enough to chat with Kerri Doyle recently about his business, Addictive Archery, and his involvement with Compton Traditional Bowhunters and Traditional Archers of Oregon. Andy, and his wife, Heather, are also raising two great kids in the traditional archery world.

    • 39 min.
    Campfire Chat with Nancy Doran

    Campfire Chat with Nancy Doran

    Nancy Doran is a wildlife biologist for the State of Maryland. She and her late husband, Dave Doran, owned Archery Past for many years, and Nancy is also very active with the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program.

    Campfire Chat with A. Preston Taylor

    Campfire Chat with A. Preston Taylor

    T. J.’s guest in this episode is A. Preston Taylor. He’s written some great articles for Traditional Bowhunter Magazine, and he’s dedicated a lot of his time to tracking wild animals and hunting the North Coastal area of California.

    • 35 min.
    Campfire Chat with Nick Mathews

    Campfire Chat with Nick Mathews

    T.J. and Robin went to visit Nick and Brenda Mathews in Roanoke, Indiana for a few days after the 2019 Compton Traditional Bowhunters Rendezvous. T.J. sat down with Nick to chat about his passion for traditional archery, their past and future hunts, and what they see for the future of bowhunting.

    • 35 min.

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