Bow hunting with a homemade reflex deflex longbow: This is the bow I put together back in the winter/spring of 2015. I have a link to the build-a-long video below. It has a bamboo backing and ipe belly, is 68″ tip to tip, and is currently rightly about 59# at 28″ draw. I hunted with the bow a few times in 2015, but this past fall I used the longbow for everything that wasn’t a metro hunt (where I needed my compound to pass sharpshooter proficiency tests) or a firearm hunt (My Wisconsin gun hunt is a longstanding tradition for me).
This coming fall, I will not be doing any of the city hunts, which will free up more time to hunt with a trad bow. A 68″ tip to tip bow poses significant challenges from a tree stand relative to a parallel limb compound. It’s certainly doable; however, there were certain shot angles I had to cross off the list completely. The bow I’m finishing up for 2017 is a 58″ hybrid design between a longbow and recurve.
I hunted out of both a hang on stand and a saddle. This was my first season using a saddle to hunt out of. Moving forward, I will continue to use both the saddle and the hang on, as they are both specialized tools that have their own sets of pro’s and con’s for different situations.
Shooting the Homemade Longbow:
Shooting the Homemade Longbow (Link)
DIY Saddle Setup:
DIY Saddle Setup (Video)