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Right now it would have to be this one:



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Sprinting out and pouring in 3 arrows while an enraged elephant is charging you is quite amazing.  Getting at 3 arrows in a small group is outright incredible! 

Also amazing is how the backup did not shoot it with the rifle and to get the camera shot!

I wish video of his hunts would surface some day..... It may have all been destroyed but wow, it would be something!

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Of all these great photos, the picture of him drawing down on the Cape Buffalo is the most interesting. As he draws, the buff is staring him in the eye. Seems to me Swineheart had a bit of a death wish. I guess he made the shot.
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Greg, I agree, would love to see the video of his hunts. I have hope, maybe one day they’ll show.
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This Rhino photo is also quite impressive.... here he comes! You can see the Rhino right above his hat facing him and charging,


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Two4, thanks for reposting the pics. Incredible!!! I haven't read Bob's books. Almost impossible to get hands on a copy...
I recall Howard Hill saying something like, that he was in awe of Bob's fearlessness and boldness.
Does anybody know, what tackle Bob was using? I see him shooting Recurves and ASLs... Arrows?
What happened to all his stuff?

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This might help a little. However, most of those questions are detailed in Sagittarius.

He tested some recurves for Ben Pearson, but he was a big time ASL shooter being a protege of Hill.

He mainly used glass and aluminum arrows for traveling ease.


http://traditionalknowhow.blogspot.com/2016/06/bob-swineheart-his-archery-equipment.html?m=1

His stuff is MIA. Betting alot was destroyed as part of a messy divorce. Some gear was rumored to be sold a while back by a relative. But none has ever surfaced as far as I l know.

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Thx Greg. I like the fur hat he wears. Looks like a russian ushanka.
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Some of his bows....



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Steve Turay and I were planning on visiting the Smithsonian storage facility to see and photograph Bob's Rhino mount. Steve was helping me with some research for an article I wanted to write on Bob.

Unfortunately the Rhino is no longer on public display.  I contacted the head curator and he told me that because of security concerns and a rash of Rhino horn thefts from museums around the world, they crated up the rhino in ethafoam and have it stored on a top rack of a very tall shelf in the warehouse.  It would take himself, a forklift driver, a forklift, and the restoration expert to bring it down and un-crate just the head.  I would need proper research justification.  I figured all was lost until I spoke more at length with the head curator.  He was a avid bowhunter (compound), but he thought it would be great to do it.  He said yes, and we concocted a plan for me to write the justification.  I stated I wanted to examine the mount for evidence of the arrow in the leg, measure the horn, blah blah.  I have a masters degree in Biology so I was able to write a semi-legit scientific justification.  The curator wanted me to publish the article and he would link the story with the mount in the Smithsonian records system.  How cool! 

Several months later I was contacted again, and told that because of reduced budgetary constraints my request was denied by higher up management.  Then I was told by TJ Conrads that TBM had already accepted the Swinehart article that was recently published a few months ago, so they didn't need my piece.  Oh well, now it is on my blog with more photos than would have been published in print due to copyright issues anyway (open source web available photos though). 

I think it is a shame that this piece of bow hunting history is not on display somewhere.... even Bass Pro would be better than crated up and locked away. 

Here is a photo of the mount from several years back Steve was able to send me of someone else who visited the rhino before it was locked away:






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Great 'stuff' Greg.
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Bob Would have turned 90 yesterday. 
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I just opened a Guinness. Here's to you Mr Swinehart. Let's have a pretzel with it. Greg, do you have a clue about the date where BS grew a beard? The pics with Hill...
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Well the short beard spanned a few years I believe.  The longer beard where He has the camo longbow and Hill has the dyed sweatshirt shaking hands was from a hunt at Ft. Indiantown Gap , PA I believe.  I came across that story in an old hunting magazine but cannot recall the date.  I'll see if I can locate that reference.. 
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Ol Bob was a hat man....flat cap or brimmed traveler style but most photos he took it off. Wonder why? Better photo ops?
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Definitely one of the greatest archery characters of recent times!!! I still read the books, study photographs!!! I especially marvel at the great swim across the lake!!!! so, so, very humbly Jacques
P.S. our paths crossed in Pottsville, a great rucus around Bob, I stood at a distance and wondered!!!
I wished I had presence of mind to drive up and get him out of there!!! A real conversation with Bob would have been magnificent!

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Ladies & Gentleman
If you are interested in Purchasing either Sagittarius and/or In Africa go to Bobswinehartarchery.com 😁

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Thanks for the great pictures. There were some I had not seen,just love the all of the history and mystique surrounding such an archery great.
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Mail came for the 1st time in 3 days. Look what came!

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