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Entering the World of Outdoor Blogging

by Curt Wells   |  March 19th, 2012 7

Campfire At Washout Creek

Well, here we go — my first entry into the outdoor blogosphere. Yeah, I know that’s not a real word but that kind of thing is legal here on the web, isn’t it?

In this space will run a somewhat inconsistent helping of rants, philosophical soapbox sermons, updates on timely issues pertinent to the bowhunting community, and — occasionally — some superfluous foolishness. After all, bowhunting is supposed to be fun isn’t it?

One thing this digital format affords me is the opportunity to instantaneously comment on newsworthy, spur-of-the-moment items of interest. Or, if I think of something ill-suited for space in Bowhunter Magazine, I can quickly get it off my chest right here. Or, if I feel the need to clarify or defend something that appeared in our publication or on our television show, this is one place I can respond quickly.

The inconsistency will occur during those times when I’m off bowhunting somewhere, otherwise known as “business trips” as far as my wife is concerned. I’ll send in blogs from the field whenever possible but from time-to-time I find myself in remote places where I can escape…er, I mean…where the necessary technology isn’t available.

What do I need from you? You have the easy part. Just stop in often to see what’s happening. Then respond. Certainly, there will be times when you’ll think my quiver’s only half full. Maybe you’ll vehemently disagree with me and feel the need to respond. Fine. Draw and take your best shot. See if I jump the string.

On the other hand, if you agree or have something to add, please do so. The dissidents among us are always most vocal but we love all feedback, negative as well as positive, so don’t be shy, whatever you think. All we ask is that you show some class and keep it civilized. We need a little more class in the bowhunting community, don’t you think?

I’m not sure when my first “real” blog will pop in here. Probably soon. I’m a busy guy and I’m also old enough to resist change without fear of retribution. But, like that well-used elk wallow that’s always in the same meadow every September, I’ll be here either reading your comments or stirring up the mud. Hope you can join me — and spread the word.

  • Darrell Belisle

    Mr. String Jumper,

    I'll take the bait and put up something that could use your comment. I'm wondering if it is worth while to belong to my local and or state wide archery and bowhunting groups. Afterall, what do they really do for me? Why should I have to pay a membership fee just because I am a bowhunter? I guess I wonder what the benefit is?

    Help me decide….

    • Curt Wells


      That's an easy one. YES, you and every bowhunter who is serious about protecting and preserving the privilege of pursuing big game with a bow should belong to their local, and especially their state, bowhunting organization. These organizations work hard to monitor the wildlife management and political processes that ultimately affect your bowhunting and they need your support. The political process is especially in need of being watched closely and who better than your state bowhunting association? Will you always agree with what they say or do? Of course not. But does that mean you are justified in lurking in the shadows and letting others take care of your business? Absolutely not. If you want to have something to say about your life as a bowhunter the only way to accomplish that is to be counted as a member. There are countless other reasons to belong to a pro-bowhunting organization and anyone who thinks it's okay to sit back and watch is fooling themselves. For the cost of a pack of broadheads you can join the ranks of those who really care about bowhunting and its future.

      • Darrell

        Thanks Curt. You have convinced me! Of course I care about the future of bowhunting in my state. I didn't realize how important my membership would be!

  • Steven Robbins

    Allow me to quote what you just said, "you can join the ranks of those who really care about bowhunting and its future. " and allow me to ask bowhunters to support the National Archery in the Schools Program in their state. I'm the program coordinator for the State of Florida, and we need parents that are archers and bowhunters to go to their kid's schools and work the administrators to allow the students to participate in archery in their PE classes. While this may not transform a child immediately into a bowhunter, it will give them a new perspective on a grand old outdoor sport which may eventually call them into the woods. Schools can be a tough nut to crack, but with the help of the archery and bowhunting community, we may be able to change school's perceptions about safety and education in the shooting sports. Thanks Curt, y'all have the best outdoor show on the tube!

    • Curt Wells


      Thanks for bringing up NASP. It has grown into a monster program that is introducing tens of thousands of kids to archery. Then along comes the movie Hunger Games with a young lady archer as the star. That movie isn't even out yet and the impact is being felt at the National Field Archery Association. Once that movie hits theaters it will bring even more attention to archery. Every kid loves the flight of the arrow, they just need to experience it first hand and NASP is doing that. Every bowhunter should work their school district and convince them to add NASP to their curriculum. It has proven to reduce absenteeism and it's good for kids of all sizes, type and athletic abilities and archery lasts long after the organized school sports are over. All bowhunters owe a thank you to guys like you, Steven. So, thanks!

  • Steven Robbins

    'Preciate it Curt, but don't forget the summer olympics. With the USA team loaded with tremendous talent, I believe all aspects of archery are in for a sudden resurgence in popularity. Just keeps getting better!

  • Darrell Belisle

    It's Turkey season Mr. Wells. Do you have any stories for us?

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