I was raised in north central Indiana, where as a boy grew up fishing on mostly 2 rivers the EEL River an WABASH RIVER, also learned how to trap them, mostly Muskrat, Mink, Coon, when I got into my teens trapped Coyote, Fox, more Coon, selling my furs to a local fur buyer, which I end up working for, skinning lots of fur for his operation! I shot my older brothers "stick" bow when I was about 11yrs. old, but, didn't get really serious about hunting with a bow until the day I got married, which for my wedding present received a 45# recurve bow made by "INDIAN" called "Mohawk" been hunting with bows ever since then, which this year will be 40 years! Yeah, I've shot lots of different brands, some you might know: Ben Pearson, Fred Bear, Indian,Pse,Martin,Hoyt, etc. I also hunt with a rifle,but, the passion is seeing the flight of "my" arrow doing its business with a " big buck " I've been chasing them for 40 years! I shot instinctive for my first 11 yrs. first using a glove, then a calf -skin tab, then I finally made myself use a bowsight, after that , what you call a "release" from the on it was my first compound Bear Whitetail, after that, I said to myself; I'll never go back too a recurve, to this day I haven't! Now I shoot a $1000 + Hoyt CRX34, go figure? Get back to the profile: I no longer take the hot state of Indiana any more, so, in September of 1983 moved to Bigfork, millwright at the local sawmill, Son and daughter Levi & Jasmine both hunt with bow , wife owns a bow , she shoots , but doesn't hunt.