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skookum
Do you like to read archery books?  Reading archery books, written in past generations, has really enriched my sojourn in our sport. 

Being that I am somewhat old and long in the tooth, I have developed an annoying quirk of waking up in the middle of the night and not able to go back to sleep.  I find it restful and helpful then to read a bit from an old archery book.

 Some of my favorite old bow and arrow classics are:  Hunting with the Bow and Arrow and The Adventurous Bowmen by Pope;  The Witchery of  Archery and Toxophilus in Arcadia by Thompson;  Wild Adventure and Hunting the Hard Way by Hill;  Lions in the Path by White:  and Archery by Elmer.

For 33 years I taught reading in grade and middle schools; and, therefore, I understand that some people do not enjoy reading very much.  But, for any of you trad. archers that take pleasure in reading, I wonder if you have read many of the classic old archery books.  If so, what are your favorites and why?
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James Donahue
Have read all of those , more than once
 
Liked Popes the best and  Wichery of Archery
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Deno
So many classic archery and hunting books.  I especially enjoyed the ones written by our own TAS members.  Of course yours Fred, Charley Lamb and Steve Graf.  

Deno
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Shick
Fred, I enjoy reading all the old classics and great books that aren't classics.  I enjoy the old magazines no longer in print; before the internet the magazines, even though behind the times when you got them, were the latest source of anything archery.  Today, information is at your fingertips, but it doesn't replace leafing thru the pages.  I think Hunting with the Bow & Arrow has to be my favorite.  Nothing against the Thompson boys, but Pope and Young's adventures were truly exciting.
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Ugly Coyote
Fred, I'm a comic book guy.  😁

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Selden Slider
Don't be shy Fred.  I think we have to add "Toxicated" and "The Traditional Way."  If they're not classics now, they will be.  Frank
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skookum
Shick, have you read The Adventurous Bowmen by Saxton Pope, which describes Pope's and Young's hairy and scary safari in the early 1920s in East Africa hunting lions?  It's a most enjoyable read!
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Sam
I have read some of them and a few you did not mention. I just ordered Nessmuk's Woodcraft and Camping, but I have not read it yet.
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Steve Graf
Thanks to Shick, I got to read Ye Silvan Archer this past fall and winter.  It was the highlight of my days.  
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Deno
Same here.   Many thanks Shick.  ðŸ‘ðŸ‘

Deno
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Marian Tudor
I read everything I can get my hands on 😃 And more than once, of course!
 
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Shick
Fred, I recall reading the Adventurous Bowmen years ago, but for one reason or another it is not in my collection.  I need to track it down.
I've got the collection of YeSylvan Archer back from Deno; if anyone is interested in reading the 7 volumes contact me and I will ship them out.
Thanks
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Old Sailor
I have read every old archery book I could get my hands on and am continually looking for more. Library loan is an excellent way to find old archery books. 
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Orion
I have a fairly extensive trad archery library.  Spending a lot of time at home during these Covid times.  In addition to those already mentioned, I find myself re-reading In Africa by Bill Negley, Bows on the Little Delta by Glenn St. Charles, The Old Bowhunter by Chet Stevenson, Meditations on Hunting by Jose Ortega yGasset, as well as your Traditional Way and Toxicated books Fred, The Witchery of Archery by Maurice Thompson, of course, and others.

Unfortunately, I'm getting to the age where I have to start liquidating my library.  I've started making a list to eventually offer to readers on this site and others.  Think I'm going to have to break it down into several lists -- classics/collectibles, how-to, me and joe went hunting, specific authors, etc.

In the meantime, if any of you might be looking for a particular book, get in touch.  There's a good chance I'll have it.  
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