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A place for ideas, idioms, and idiosyncracies that apply to the sport of archery.
Sunday, 23 July 2006

Reflections

George D. Stout

 

 

Today I saw a friendly chap while walking by a pond;

Both he and I were dressed the same, perhaps we shared a common bond.

Yet it must have been coincidence, because at second sight,

when I hailed him with my left hand, he waved back with his right.

 

 

So much he looked like me I paused, to take a second glance,

but he was gone as I walked on, so I had no second chance.

I walked the woods in retrospect, could it have been a ghost,

who just appeared to look like me, or someone who was lost.

 

 

Reflections are a curious thing but are they really there?

They do not offer to converse, they simply stand and stare.

They mimic each and every move, it‘s really quite a sight;

You move your right arm, they their left;

You move your left leg…they, their right.

 

And as I passed the pond once more, upon my travels home;

I felt no fear to be out there, I knew that I was not alone.

And right on cue upon the bank he smiled at me once more,

As if to say, it’s quite okay, to trod alone upon this shore.

 

 

I know that I don’t always grasp all the intricacies of life;

And I haven’t found a fountain of youth, or a cure for daily strife.

Yet I know that when I walk this land and end up who knows where;

I’m never really by myself, my reflection’s always there.

 

 

George D. Stout posted @ 07:13 - Link - comments
Monday, 17 July 2006

 

 

I wrote this for my granddaughter just a few years after she was born.  She is now 14.

 

"A Poem For Amanda "

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By George D. Stout

 

A twinkle from an Angels eye, a touch from God above,

A precious gift from Heaven's realm, a treasure made to love.

A dimpled cheek and eyes of blue, a Pappy's pure delight,

A Father's pride, a Mother's love, a Nanny's bundle bright.

 

A prize of spring, an April's gift she came to light our way

As bright as mountain sunshine, as fresh as flowers in May.

A name passed down to carry on from those who went before,

A legacy of love and life sent through from Heaven's door.

 

A feeling that can't be denied as tear-filled eyes behold,

A precious life placed in his arms, more valuable than gold

No words the senses can describe, nor songs or sonnets tell,

The power of a Grandpap's love that cause a heart to swell.

 

A Mother's love is pure and true forever etched in stone

A Father's love is staid and strong a trait that's his alone

A man and wife have love that will get stronger as they grow,

But God has made a special love that only Grandpaps know.

 

So let the kings have all their gold and castles in the sand,

The sultan have his treasured jewels, a sheik his harem band

The greatest gift that one can get no dollars can appraise,

A priceless gift, a Grandchild's love, to share for all our days. "

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George D. Stout posted @ 13:45 - Link - comments
Thursday, 09 February 2006

 

What Is The Lure

George D. Stout

 

 

What is the lure that brings us here, to sit and watch in sweet repose

Along this sullen, mountain trail, amid the multiflora rose

A sturdy longbow by our side, a compliment of bowyer's craft

A leather, hand-worked, back berond, aflow with feathered cedar shaft

 

 

What lure can be that is so strong that senses can not quite describe

Perhaps some primal siren song sent down from ancient native tribe

That calls to us to take this trail that timid souls consider not

And pulls us to this circumstance that steeps within our hunter's heart

 

 

What science can design a place so peaceful as this spartan wood

What doctor can prescribe a drug that does our heart and soul as good

As a single second in this glade with longbow singing out a song

That reverberates through centuries inviting time to come along

 

 

Upon this walk, along this hill, round limestone rocks and craggy bends

Where stick and string, and cedar shaft, become the archer's closest friends

I'll spend my days in reverie, regaling times of days of yore

And seeing what the woodland gods, and the next trail bend may hold in store

George D. Stout posted @ 08:26 - Link - comments

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My Old Felt Crusher Hat

George D. Stout

 

 

It came not in a fancy box adorned with Asian Silk

It can't be classed as haute couture, or any of that ilk

It's just a simple brown felt hat that has no pedigree

More suited to an archer's camp, than a fancy shivaree

 

 

It hangs there by a single nail upon my bedroom wall

It*s walked with me on pleasant days, in rain and northern squall

To keep the rays of sun at bay, or turn away the rain

Then back upon the wall once more, until we go again

 

 

It can not fletch a single shaft, nor string my favorite bow

It simply sits upon my head no matter where I go

It*s topped the hill in morning mist upon a well-worn trail

To catch the beat of hurried hooves, and fleeting, raised white tail

 

 

Perhaps it's hard at outward glance for one to understand

The qualities that lie beneath the felt and leather band

Some folks would think it rather quaint, while others turn their nose

Yet beauty, such that lives within, is not easily disclosed

 

 

It dwells inside the pressed wool felt, beneath the stitch and band

Awaiting just the knowing touch of the archers hand

When once again we take the trail in search of this and that

Just me, my bow and arrows, and my old felt crusher hat

George D. Stout posted @ 08:20 - Link - comments
Thursday, 21 July 2005

"The Roving Archer"

George D. Stout

 

 

 

 

The archer dreams in fitful sleep of cougars, deer and bighorn sheep

Of rocky crag and slippery slide upon a northwest mountainside

His bow of yew is made by hand from trees he gathered from this land

Stored for years and age-cured slow to make the very finest bow

 

As dawn provides a newborn day the archer's packed and on his way

He follows north along the rill, ascends the ridge and tops the hill

He stops awhile to catch his breath and check the valleys toward the west

Where monster mossbacks take the trail when winter winds begin to wail

 

But on this sultry summer day the archer seeks a different prey

His cedar shafts with gray goose wing await their turn upon the string

Their blunted noses seek to find a stump, a leaf or clinging vine

When drawn to cheek and loosed at will along the cedar covered hill

 

The roving hunter has it all and doesn't have to wait for fall

To hear the sound of feathers flow across the riser of his bow

As arrows arc into the blue cast from his lively bow of yew

And hear the thud of well-aimed shaft across the vale along the path

 

A carefree walk among the spruce brings back exuberance of youth

The joy of watching arrows fly above the trees into the sky

For though we can't turn back the page to live within another age

Our time can be as old or new when roving with a bow of yew

George D. Stout posted @ 03:13 - Link - comments
Friday, 15 July 2005

The Kindred Spirit

George D. Stout

 

 

 

I had just laid my longbow on the top of the log and stepped one leg across to the other side when the buck exploded out of the leaf litter next to the top of the blow-down. It startled me into just sitting down on the top of the log and watching the whitetail disappear into the witch hazel brush. It was a nice buck, as Pennsylvania whitetails go, and it was playing whitetail games for sure. It’s not the first time I got busted in mid- stride.

As I sat there collecting my thoughts I heard a rustle in the leaves from the direction the buck ran. Taking my binoculars from the fanny pack I scanned the hazel brush and to my amazement saw a set of antlers looking back at me. The buck had apparently stopped and was walking back to see what the commotion was all about. It appeared to be waiting for my next move before it decided where it was going to go. I just stayed perched on that log for about fifteen minutes. The whole time the buck would look around, then back at me. After a few more minutes it walked away on down the mountain.

I decided to work my way along the buck’s path to see where it was going. As I passed through the witch hazel I was amazed to see it once again; about seventy yards down the hollow, looking over its back trail. The whitetail wasn’t in a hurry, nor did it show any signs of concern at all. It flicked its tail a few times, picked up a morsel from the leaves, and began to walk away once more. The cussed deer actually appeared to be teasing me, ‘come on, follow me....I’ll show you something.

I stayed on the buck for a few hundred yards, never closing any nearer than about fifty or so yards until it disappeared for good into some jack pine. I moved on over to where I last saw the deer and scanned the woods to the right and left. Where the pines met the hardwoods, there was an evident trail.... well-used, with several very ancient oak trees along its path. It looked like a perfect place to ambush a whitetail, by perching on a big limb protruding from one of those two hundred-year-old white oaks.

I walked over to the biggest of the trees and turned and looked back at the trail. It was only about ten yards from the limb to the trail and the wind would be perfect as the deer left the jack pine and headed toward the distant farm fields to the west. I leaned my bow against the oak and pulled myself up through the lower limbs and on to the big limb that grew parallel to the trail. It was surprisingly comfortable as I stood there looking back at the path and it reminded me of my early seasons; no tree stands to use, just perch on a big limb like this waiting for hours for a deer to come by.

As I looked around I noticed something black lying on the ground on the far side of the trail. At first I thought it to be just a dead stick until I got down and walked over to where it lay. When I reached down to pick it up I found it to be the end of an old wooden arrow that contained a rusted three-blade broadhead. I picked it up and rubbed my fingers across the pitted blades. It appeared to be an old Hill’s Hornet and, more than likely, had been in repose there for quite a number of years. Apparently someone else thought the old tree limb would make a great ambush spot.

I looked it over, wondering what may have taken place for that old head to be lying along this trail. What happened here? Did an old bowhunter miss a deer at this very spot? Or, was it an errant shot at a gray squirrel or chipmunk? Maybe there was a completely different reason for its residence along the trail. Then I wondered who really led me to that spot. Was there a kindred spirit leading that buck, showing me the way to the piece of local history that lay along an old deer trail. Could it be that the old hunter was still here? If only the old three blade could talk.

George D. Stout posted @ 08:00 - Link - comments (2)

Haven't visited here for awhile.  Wanted to make mention of a thing or two,  to help you with your shooting.   I'm always harping about follow-through; keeping your bow arm in place until you see or hear the arrow strike.  If you do this, however, you will find yourself becoming more consistent.    Another is to use breathing exercises while shooting.  Just take a few deep breaths prior to pulling the bow, and let half way out as you come to anchor.  It will become a discipline that you don't even know you are doing, and it will help with other concentration issues.  It actually helps to calm you during the shot process.

I've been getting better with the Woodsman; keeping a good grouping at up to forty yards.  I did discover that I do better after shooting, if I lay off a day to allow muscles to recover.  Kinda like any other sport.  That way you don't ingrain bad  habits so easily.   More later.    George

George D. Stout posted @ 06:28 - Link - comments (2)
Friday, 03 June 2005

Welcome to my place.  Visit often and we can discuss this archery thing.  Things that work and things that don't work.  Stuff you like, and stuff you don't like.  

Presently I'm shooting several bows, but one in particular, the Samick Woodsman, is my particular favorite.  There seems to be an underlying distrust of anything not made in America; however, I would suggest to you that one only needs to test the waters, to find that there is more to the archery life, than that which is stamped Made in the USA.   And, in particular, when one is contemplating a good bow, it isn't always necessary to wreck the bank account to accomplish such a feat.  The Woodsman is as good as any on the market today; it just doesn't have the fancy woods and sparkling finish.  It will, however, drive the proverbial tacks, shot after shot.

I also have a home made longbow that I like to take after stumps.  I call her the Maple Monster.  This bow can be used to shoot arrows; pole vault small streams; fend-off charging bears, or used as a wading staff.  She isn't necessarily pretty, but she knows what to do with an arrow.

Welcome to my pad.

George D. Stout posted @ 11:17 - Link - comments
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