RAMS, BOWS, and BEARS
Archery season opened in Texas last Saturday for whitetails, mule deer and Rio Grande turkeys. It was a wet one over much of the hunting range. I’m not sure how that affects bowstrings, but rain doesn’t stop many Texas hunters.
Last year, I interviewed former Round Rock Mayor, Alan McGraw, about bowhunting, for this column. This year, McGraw is celebrating having just taken his fourth bighorn ram. That’s usually the climax of a Grand Slam quest – all four North American wild sheep. But for McGraw, it was a somewhat hollow victory.
McGraw had intended it to be a four-sheep ARCHERY slam. And it just barely missed.
He hunted Dall sheep in Northwest Territories last year for five days without getting a bow shot. The last day of the hunt, he got a shot, but it was too far for this ethical hunter to attempt with a bow, even though he practices at up to 90 yard-shots. He borrowed the guide’s rifle and took the ram. He’s going back next year to complete his archery slam.
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