Journal of the Traditional Bowhunters of Montana
Harvest photo contest winner Billy Lewis and Shana Lacey
Greetings All, While old man winter has yet to release his grasp on the landscape in our country, I hope that this message finds many of you in warmer places than present day (3/31) Livingston, MT. We had about 8+ inches of snow this AM and the temps are slated to be in the single digits tonight. So much for an early Spring in Park County. The good news is that we had an excellent turnout at our 5th annual convention in Lewistown this past February, despite another strong showing of winter by Mother Nature throughout the banquet weekend. We had nearly twice as many donations come through this year which is yet another testament to the continued outstanding generosity of our many supporters. We couldn’t make these banquets happen without your support and to all of you who gave to this year’s convention a most heartfelt Thank You!! This was the first time we included a Friday evening social as well as the initial trial of adding seminars to Saturdays line up of activities. Both of these additions were well attended and received so I plan to continue to offer these as part of our convention agenda. Many thanks to David Peterson and Jim Posewitz for sharing their time and talent with us. Speaking of conventions, as per a near unanimous vote in your general meeting, we booked next years 6th Annual Convention at Chico Hot Springs for the weekend of January 31st so mark your calendars now for what is sure to be a good time in beautiful Paradise Valley. As for official TBM business, we have sent all the pertinent documents to Rocky Torgerson, CPA of Sidney to begin the process of establishing the TBM as a corporation with appropriate non-profit status. We have set a date for the Moose Creek Summer Rendezvous for July 12th & 13th and I will be calling upon the Bozeman area members (as well as anyone else who is available) to help put this one on as this is the weekend before Shana and I are getting hitched so my plate will be a bit full at that time, but I promise I’ll be there by Sat afternoon for the membership meeting and dinner. We have also begun researching locations/facilities that are capable of hosting the 2010 North American Longbow Safari which the TBM will be putting in a bid for at next years Safari in Canada. I will keep you all posted as events unfold, but those are the big things on our itinerary at present. The TBM also had a booth at this years MBA convention and we were able to sign up/renew 18 members, bringing current membership up to 120 paid members. We will also be a presence at the Libby Traditional shoot this year on the weekend of May 3rd & 4th. Please take note of the shoot info listed elsewhere in the newsletter and try to attend what is sure to be a great weekend. I’d also like to thank in no particular order the following individuals for helping put on this year’s convention as well manning the TBM booth in Missoula. These folks are as follows Chad Sivertsen, Kent Brown, Greg Durward, Yana Roberston, Steve Lundberg, Joseph Myers, Todd Alisch and Nick Siebrasse. If I forgot any of you please forgive me as the banquet weekend was a hectic one for yours truly. I suppose that I should wrap this up as Yana has been patiently waiting (less so each day, I’m sure) for this column all week as I was lucky enough to sneak out of state for an early turkey bowhunt all last week and have been flagrantly shirking my duties as your president. Even managed to put a couple of unlucky Toms in the freezer. What’s the expression about even blind squirrels getting nuts every now and then?? Hope all of you get a nut or two this Spring…. Cheers, Billy
Well another spring is upon us. Hope you all got your turkey and bear spots picked out. The time is about here. It was good to see everyone at the annual convention. We seemed to have a good turn out and picked up a few new members and reupped some old ones. A big thanks to Billy Lewis for heading up this big event. Everything went smooth. Thanks also to everyone who had a hand in putting on the convention, and for all those that so generously donated items for the auctions and raffles. It is greatly appreciated!! Hope everyone had a successful fall. Success is not always measured by what you kill but by the experience you had. I am becoming very accustomed to this motto as my lovely wife has outdone me again this year. It was a great hunt and I would't trade it for anything. The "BIG" news in our lives now is that Lori and I are expecting our first child in July. We can hardly wait. That has been taking alot of my time and I am sure that this is just the begining. Best of luck this spring and hope to see you all down the trail soon! Happy Shooting, Todd Alisch
News and Events
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Libby Archery Club - 12th Annual Archery Shoot Libby - MT- May 3rd and 4th - 2008
• Camping • Competitions - Trophies for All Classes • • Traditional Only • 3D Targets • Saturday BBQ • Vendors Welcome • The campground is open on the 2nd. For info, call Mike Vinion at 293-3209 or Teri Kelly at 293-2900 Howdy to all. We had a real winter this year and 400 miles of bad roads kept me from making it to Ltown for the banquet. I was looking forward to seeing friends and hearing stories of last year’s hunts. After a rough summer I was fortunate to spend several weeks in the woods last fall and enjoyed it. The natural world renewed me body and spirit. Even managed to take a deer and elk proving the theory that if you spend enough time in the woods sooner or later something will walk by, in bow range. TBM will have a display at the Libby Traditional Shoot in May with the intent of adding membership from the West side of the state. The weather is usually pleasant at that time and the shoot is always a good one with many families and kids. There is fishing in the area and bear season will be open. Hope to see some of you there. Some of the folks in this area expressed an interest in having a couple of informal seminars this summer to share ideas and methods on bow making, flint knapping, arrow making, etc. If you live on the West side and are interested let me know. If there is enough interest we will try to set something up. Happy Trails, Chad Sivertsen Thompson Falls email@example.com
TBM Moose Creek Shoot 2008
Moose Creek Meadows Camping Area-S of Bozeman - July 12th & 13th $10 per day,$15 for weekend - non-members are welcome • Longbows and Recurves only, broadheads allowed • Camping • Free Hog Roast Saturday Evening for all registered shooters-BYOB • 30+ 3-D Targets - Bow Birds & Running Deer • We need volunteers! Please contact Billy for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
6th Annual TBM Banquet and Meeting
Chico Hot Springs Resort - Pray - MT- Jan 31st and Feb 1st - 2009 • Fine dining and lounge • Visiting with friends and fellow traditional bowhunters • • Elections • Annual Raffle • Silent Auctions • Hot Springs • • Room for vendors is available •
We are soliciting for donations, for our raffle prizes and silent auctions, for our annual fundraising banquet. If you would like to donate an item, or can collect items for this purpose. Please contact Billy Lewis at 406220-1837 or email@example.com with the appropriate information.
2008 TBM Banquet Supporters
5th Annual TBM Banquet Photos Supporters
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230 Juniper Ln
Big Sky Embroidery Black Mountain Bow
Custom Whitetail Antler Lamp
Antler Knobs for T/D Bow
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TBM Duffle, 2 Hats, 2 T-shirts
94 Caledonia Rd
Bob Morgan and
PO Box 1995
421 W 5th Ave N
Tribal Archery Self Bow
3323 Dredge Dr
GPS Software & Rechargeable Handwarmer
117 S 9th St
Float Trip for 2, Flies & Case
104 Highland Dr
1091 Blue Slide Rd
Helle Knife with TBM Logo
Charles Culver and
10900 Oral Zumwalt Way
10800 Oral Zumwalt Way
PO Box 2466
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Full Draw Outfitters & Fred Eichler
32817 Lake View Rd
Traditional Harvests 5 DVD’s
PO Box 234
Book, 2 DVD’s, Cassette
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1 Dozen Custom Arrows
Headwaters Seat Covers
702 3rd Ave W
Custom Seat Covers- ½ set
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Armguard, Glove, Hip Quiver, & Stalking Slippers
(3) Autographed Books
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Custom Antelope Horn Lamp
PO Box 920
Framed Watercolor Print
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(2) Earring & Necklace Sets
PO Box 477
½ Doz Zwickey B-Heads
2224 Hwy 87 E #219
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5046 US 89 South
Quiver Caddy and self-bow kit
2690 Wagoneer Rd
1420 E 6th Ave
Framed Larry Zabel Print
Mountain Top Traditional Arrows
1758 Three Mile Dr
1 Doz Premium Arrows & 1 Flu Flu Set (3)
Muzzy and Michele Eichler
110 Beasley Rd Cartersville
(6) 3-Pack Broadheads
4996 Bullhook Rd
Outdoor Joe T-shirts and Hat
2491 W 42nd St
Traditional Bowyers Bible Set
989 Stykbow Lane
Robertson Stykbow Gear
949 Constitution Ave
300 South 24th St West
(5) $10 Gift Certificates
PO Box 96
Screaming Eagle Treestand
240 S. 1st St.
Sitka Baselayer Set
2990 N Sanders
(5) $20 Gift Certificates (150) 20% Off Coupons, Arrow Fletcher
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11067 Red Maple Dr.
34 Primrose Lane
Game Hide Suit & Baselayer Set
77 Pointe Way
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TBM Member Harvests
Left-overs into Flu-Flus by Lon Sharp Originally printed in “The Tracker”
The process outlined below is fail safe in its simplicity and is a perfect project to share with a youngster...and what young archer will not be enthralled with shooting arrows into the air! Left-over pieces of full length feathers make unique new flu flus, limited in design only by your imagination.
Start with the odds and end remnants, the more colorful the better.
Chad Sivertsen Shana Lacey with a Ewe Bighorn
The natural cohesion created by a thin bead of glue will hold the feather piece in place. With super glue you may have to use a finer “bead” of glue or wait a few seconds before turning it. As fast as you can apply glue, you may put them on the shaft, starting in the front (see left) and rotating the arrow as you fill the space with pieces. Note the middle arrow is halfway completed. Try to orient the feathers so the curve of the feather will catch air, slanted the same way you would fletch a full length feather.
John Frick takes a brown bear The use of scissors is easier than a knife to begin sectioning the remnants into approximately ½ inch long pieces. Remember that any color combination is okay! You do not have to be precise in the length of the pieces, but it will be a little handier if you are using either all left wing feathers or right wing feathers.
The more feathers you apply and the more tightly packed you place them, the more wind resistance you will create and the shorter the distance they fly before falling gracefully back to earth!
Nick Siebrasse I have found it is easy to recycle old wood arrows that no longer match my current hunting set-ups into flu flus. Cut away old fletching being careful to not cut into the wood. I leave a bit of the quill intact, then scrape it off with the edge of the knife. Duco or similar multi-purpose cement will work fine to adhere the pieces to the shaft. Lately I have been experimenting with super glue and super glue gel with fine results. Use whatever you have!
You will discover this design of aerial arrow superior to the more common approaches. Give it a try and be sure to include a boy or girl in the first test shooting. Pure fun!
Let’s see your stuff! Send us your photos, stories and archery tips.
Bill Siebrasse Shana Lacey Chad Sivertsen
Hill Thirteen a story by TBM member Bob Morgan I had been elk hunting quite a few days, this was the second to the last day of the 2007 season. I didn’t know where I’d go in the morning as I lay there thinking, the night slipped away. Morning found me headed south with a prayer “Lord just show me an elk today” I was felling a little bad because of all the days spent hunting. I wondered , How many days had I been chasing mister wapiti? My wife is a really understanding lady. Thank you Lord. I went to Dave’s small peak,We name places after people and things that happen. What a peaceful,still,dark morning. Stopping now on the peak,putting in my ears and listening. Nothing ! Turning around I blew a muffled bugle listening intently now, not even a coyote. Beginning to break day now, moving downhill and down the drainage threw the tall grass. We had a fire here last year, so the mooo cows had not been in here yet. The roads were closed up until bow season opened, wished they were still closed.
He’s walking head down moving slowly then he stops,turns around and lays down. “Busted” I’m right out in the open again. I stand there for twenty minutes or so. I decide to set down real slow and it works. He’s only sixty yards and were both out in the open. “Now what” I look and see a tree to my right, about ten inches in diameter, if I can scoot over one yard, and get that tree between me and his eyes this might work. the tree is about ten yards away from me towards the bull. I get behind the tree and there is another tree out further that I’m behind also. Safe behind the trees and moving closer,buck fever sets in. I’m shaking,hearts beating out of my chest, breathing really heard and I don”t even have a shot. The elk is fifty yards away laying facing and quartering toward me. I finely get over that .”What next” Rocks! I decide to throw a rock behind and to my right of him. Maybe he will get up and move the way he’s facing towards me. I let fly with the rock, he looks directly at my tree. Another rock, same thing he looks towards me.I don’t know if he sees movement or hears the rock going threw the air. Last rock, Big rock just out side of the safety of my tree blind. I let fly and he turns my way again. Humm! Now what! I wait another ten minutes, he gets up looking my way and start coming towards me. He’s broadside and when he clears that bush I’ll shoot. It was thirty yards to the bush I stepped it off. Right under him again. Gone, Gone, Gone. Whow! My camera was still laying thirty yards from my first arrow. The bull was a 7 by 8. Hope to find his sheds this year. I love the outdoors, stories, stories,stories. I named that hill, Hill Thirteen, because it was the thirteenth of september. I’ll never forget that day. I asked to see an elk that day. Thanks Lord”.
I came out into a small opening, glassing and looking south, I saw some elk, cows and calves coming over the hill about three-quarter of a mile away. “Alright” After coming over they headed east towards a water hole in that area. Just might be a bull behind them, I thought. After about ten minutes there he was,nose to the ground but he went to the west after he came over the hill. Humm, big bull too. I figured the other elk were going to water and he was following them so I went that way. The wind was out of the east thats unusual,blowing steady and fairly hard. As I was watching ahead and sneaking along,I was thinking they should be right here somewhere. The terrain was steeper now, as I got closer to the water tank. So I went lower to be able to see up higher on the hill. There they were a whole heard of cows,mooo cows the ones that were not supposed to be in here. So much for the sneaking up on. Going lower still the cows just looked at me. I got around them without spooking them and looking up there he was. The bull was going north just about to top the ridge. I took my camera out and took a picture as he toped the hill. Moving quickly now, the wind moving from the bull to me, as I was toping out I was looking for the tips of his horns. There he was, forty yards and down hill from me feeding along. Still holding my camera I pulled up to take a picture. Card full it said,I’m alot surer shot with my camera than with my bow. I like to take picture of elk. Anyway laying it down and putting an arrow on the string I moved ahead another ten yards, right out in the open. His head was down feeding. I picked a spot, he stopped lifted his head and looked the other way I came to full draw and shot right under him, he took a couple quick steps and started feeding again then began moving up hill again. I’m in the wide open, can’t even get another arrow on the string. He keeps moving along real slow, finely going behind some burnt pines. Following a short distance behind, slowly as he begins to cross a big opening. He sees something and looks my way for quite a while. Then proceeds on down the hill, I get a lot closer now sneaking threw some burnt pines again. As he heads over a small rise I move forward again.
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Timea poem tobyLeave the Herd TBM member J.R. Strand
Back deep within the lodgepole pine he stealthily glides through, driven by a primal urge to do what he must do. It’s fall and time to carry on a ritual long passed down, survival of his species, it’s now he who wears the crown. The regal bull collects his cows, with grunts and antler prods, instinctively he builds his herd, but time has changed the odds. His age is now apparent, for young bulls no longer flee, but challenge his stern warnings --- they disrespect authority. It is a story oft repeated in the chronicles of life, from elk and deer to buffalo, truth slices like a knife. One climbs the trail of dominance to rule with just a word, then time puts forth the edict . . . “This bull must leave the herd.” Reflecting on my own life, things I’ve learned and things I’ve done, years traveling up that same old trail, shining moments in the sun. But now the mirror of reason has been wiped of all its fog, reality reveals no pup, but one tired used old dog. To dreams that stayed just as they were, dreams only, not full-filled, hopes and plans abandoned along the side trails on that hill. And I’ve now heard that edict; time has issued forth that word, “You still have days of life ahead, but it’s time you leave the herd.”
J.R. lives in Missoula and is a new member of the TBM. J.R. spends his time writing and performing cowboy poetry & western cowboy music, in addition to auctioneering and announcing events. Welcome to the traditional bowhunting community J.R.! Billy Lewis - President 730 N. Yellowstone Livingston, MT 59047 406-220-1837 firstname.lastname@example.org
TBM Officer Contact Information Joseph Myers - VP/Sec 2224 Hwy 87 E. #219 Billings, MT 59101 406-371-5443 email@example.com
Steve Lundberg - Membership Director 88 Big Chief Trail Bozeman, MT 59718 406-582-1730 firstname.lastname@example.org
Todd Alisch - Treasurer 2520 38th Street S.E. Havre, MT 59501 406-945-2877 email@example.com
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