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Tradslinger
When I first married my wife, 11 years ago, she knew nothing of the outdoors. She was a transplanted yankee from New Hampshire to the mountains of Arkansas.  She claimed to be able to fish but that was just with a hook, a bobber and a real worm. Now she can crappie fish and bass fish with a few stripers thrown in. I introduced her to venison, back straps of course and man did she like that. after the first year, I told her that she had to help in getting more venison.                                                                                                                                              For her, this meant gun hunting but that's okay. We hunted in a management area and apart from each other in poor phone reception areas. So I told her that she was going to have to learn how to field dress a deer. We started on a young one that she had shot and she managed to get thru it. We worked our way up from a .223 to a .243 and she has done very well. She has field dressed about 20 deer so far and dragged out about eight by herself. She is 4' 10" and she struggles with the bigger ones for sure.                                                                                                                                                                                                            This year she got 5 deer, her best. She even snuck out of the house one morning before daylight and had one shot, dragged out, hanging, skinned and nearly quartered before I knew about it (slept in from a lousy night). I had her shooting a small self bow off and on but have finally got her committed to shooting a 35# recurve to possible deer hunt with next year. And she is excited, pretty good for a 61 year old woman. Her family back east can't believe what she is doing now. A little at a time and you have them hooked. She loves the sleekness of the stick and string. Of course this makes it easier for me to get more bow stuff LOL
"But a man drew his bow without taking special aim and struck the king of Israel through the joints of his armor." 1 Kings 22:34
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Clydebow
Sounds like she's on the right path! I'm sure she will enjoy shooting her recurve.

My wife bow hunted a couple years, and got a shot at a deer. She was in a stand and shot high. Arrow got a couple hairs. That was at least 35 years ago. Now she's into Trad 3D shoots. 
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steelflight
Very nice conversion. You have her trucking away. Soon shell wonder why she has you. Lol
You may think before you act the question is do you listen to your own counsel.
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Tom M
It a great thing to have our wives involved in what we like to do. It sounds like you and your wife have a will have many enjoyable hours together to look forward to. Congratulations.
 My wife shoots with me on Sundays and has taken more of an interest in archery since we retired. We shot with the same bunch which helps as well. Occasionally my wife bakes cookies or coffee cake for when we take a break between rounds.
Charter Member Traditional Archery Society

Sun City, Az. by way of San Diego, Ca. Bear TD's Wes Wallace Royal LB, ILF risers and various limbs, Vintage Works 1962 Kodiak reproduction made to my specs

I hunt public land.
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Recurveaholic
My problem is when I got my old lady to start shooting she liked it so much she tries to lay claim to all my best bows!!!! So watch out you might end up having to buy more bows, which we all know we hate to do!!!!! LOL
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Sam
You have a true treasure!
Sam McMichael

Gray, GA

"The spirit of the bow dwells in the heart of all young men" - Geronimo

Hill Wesley Special (2, both 65#)
Hill Cheetah (2, one 55# and one 40#)
Hill Big 5 (50#)
NM Shelton (2, both 53#)
Deathwish Longbow (59#)
Archery Traditions Bamboo Longhunter (3, one 56#, one 60# and one 78#)

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Arrow Hunter
Ok. Can you share the secret recipe?
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Tradslinger
Secret, don't force it on them and keep it simple and fun, one step at a time and have tons of patience. Of course I do some of her things as well, like gardening. Now she is very proud to tell someone that they are eating venison that she harvested. be ready with the praise and encouragement. Yeah, they tend to take over a few things but oh well, happy to have her for a partner in life. Treating them like your best friend and putting them first. and be willing to lose at things, let them shine here and there. But you have to be willing to do some of her things as well, it is a two way street. Now she wakes me and wants to know if we are going hunting or fishing or whatever. I didn't think that my son would ever become a decent shot or hunter but just as quickly as he did, he was gone to live his own life. The wife is with me for a long time, at least I hope so.
"But a man drew his bow without taking special aim and struck the king of Israel through the joints of his armor." 1 Kings 22:34
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Sjrbows
Love hearing that Story 
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Jack Skinner
That's a cool storey
Jack Skinner

Self Bows, OE's; Heritage, Vixen, Misty Dawn, Heritage II x 2 "The Twins", North Star x 2 Crown Jewel and Cousin It, 7 Lakes SF Carolina Night, Miller Sage, Ramer, Schulz Grandpa, Sunset Hill, Shelton

Cheyenne WY
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chuckc
How much do you charge for training ? Do I have to board her with you for the summer or just weekends ?
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ChuckC

Charter Member Traditional Archery Society

I did too !

Madison, Wisconsin.   Public land hunter
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Lbhunter63
Awesome! I've been able to get my wife to shoot but not to hunt...though she supports my hunting very well...she came from a city background and hunting was new to her when we first married...her first words about it were, "Better you're in the woods chasing deer than a bar chasing loose women!" Funny and true simultaneously...
- LB - 
HHA - Big Five, 93@28"; Schulz American Longbow - Trophy Hunter, 83@28"; HHA - Big Five, 80@28"; Chastain - Wapiti T/D, 77@28"; Bighorn Longbow, 75@28"; Northern Mist Classic, 75@28"; Zebra - Grevy, 74@28"; HHA - Jaguar, 70@28"; HHA - Wesley Special, 70@28"; Kramer - Autumn, 70@28"; Great Plains - Rio Bravo T/D,70@28"; Kramer - Autumn, 74@30";  Kramer - Big Five, 65@28"; Ben Pearson - Hunter, 65@28"; Herter's - Perfection Mag T/D, 64@28"; Bear - Super Kodiak, 60@28"; New Wood - Legacy, 58@28"; Bear - Grizzly, 55@28"

Dedicated to preserving, promoting and hunting on public lands.

Club Member Traditional Archery Society and John Schulz' Shooting Straight Graduate
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Sam
I tried to get my wife involved early on. Her response was, "If you don't make me go to the archery range, I won't make you go to the mall". I don't go to the mall.
Sam McMichael

Gray, GA

"The spirit of the bow dwells in the heart of all young men" - Geronimo

Hill Wesley Special (2, both 65#)
Hill Cheetah (2, one 55# and one 40#)
Hill Big 5 (50#)
NM Shelton (2, both 53#)
Deathwish Longbow (59#)
Archery Traditions Bamboo Longhunter (3, one 56#, one 60# and one 78#)

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stickandstring
Your a lucky dawg. My wife does not want anything to do with hunting fishing outdoors .... zero.

Let it Fly ->>---->
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Fallhunt

You have a nice circumstance.  I am happy for you. 

I was married 27 years.  I often felt conflicted about utilizing my precious small amount of free time.  It seemed that I was happiest while being with my wife plus also happiest when hunting and shooting.  The solution was obvious.  I needed to introduce my wife to the joys of hunting and shooting.  I could have my cake and eat it too!  All my many attempts over a long period of time to involve my wife in hunting and shooting were abysmal failures.  Since my wife was miserable hunting and shooting, she concurrently ruined my enjoyment of hunting and shooting while being with her.

My friend had the same experience during the exact same period of time.  We even tried multiple times to do shooting activities together as a foursome.  My friend and I finally decided that it was best that he and I would enjoy hunting and shooting together while our wives went off to do things they liked doing.

My friend has now been and continues to be very happily married after 45 years of marriage.  My ex-wife finally reached her limit for putting up with me after 27 years.  No one who knows me (including me) blames her.  She deserves Sainthood for her commitment and perseverance.  Besides the blessing of her company for 27 years, I am still blessed with two wonderful sons.

Southern Illinois
HHA Legend Stick Longbows 45#, 50# & 53#
HHA Tembo Longbows 30#, 40# & 45#
Bear Montana Longbows 30#, 40#, & 50#
Lemonwood Self-Bow Longbow 30#
Ben Pearson Pony Longbow/Semi-Recurve 30# (Purchased New Summer 1966)
Ben Pearson Super Jet Recurve (All Fiberglass) 45# (New Jan. 1970)
Bear Super Kodiak Recurve 55#

PROUDLY an Irredeemable Deplorable

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WhistlingBadger
Great story, TS.  Sounds like you've found a keeper!

Mrs. Badger isn't into hunting much, but she likes to shoot her flatbow (it's one of those ones with elven decoration all over the back), and some of our most relaxing times together are "archery dates" in the back yard.  😉
~Thomas
Wind River Country, Wyoming
Fall down six times.  Stand up seven.
http://www.whistlingbadger.com
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jackdaw
chuckc wrote:
How much do you charge for training ? Do I have to board her with you for the summer or just weekends ?
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jackdaw
M killin' me Chuck..hahaha..
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