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					                             The Bent Stick Bulletin
                             Winter edition                                       Volume 1

                                                          Issue 5

                     News and views from the editor.
Merry Christmas everyone. It’s hard to believe that we are already more than half way
through December. I hope that everyone got to go out to do as much hunting as they
wanted; I know I never get to do as much as I want, those pesky full time jobs! I haven’t
heard on anyone in the club killing a new “Old Mossy Horns”, but I have heard and seen
some very good deer shot this year. I was able to hang a tag on a buck a week before rifle
season, nothing for the books but a nice two and a half year old 5x4. I killed him with a
perfect double lung shot out of a tree stand I made using equipment I made and watched
him go down 50 yards from where I hit him, that’s a record book hunt to me. If you have
any pictures of stuff you’ve got this year e-mail it to our webmaster, Randy Nielsen, so he
can get them posted on our website.
  There is a lot of information packed into this newsletter about things that have gone on in
the past three months so I’ll give you my take and then let you read on.
   First and foremost in my mind is the cross gun. Let me begin by saying that the opinions
  that will be put forth are my own and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions
  of the club as a whole. If something in the following opinion offends you, it is me that you
should direct your comments and anger towards, not the club board. Bryce Lambley has an
  article later in the newsletter laying out how the cross gun came to be a legal weapon for
     archery seasons in Nebraska for 2011 and how this was shoved down our throats by a
game commission that has no concern for what the hunters of this state have to say. Bryce
 states in his article that some of the archers that called the board commissioners were be-
rated and ridiculed and I can attest to this. I was one of the callers that this happened to. I
   attempted to call the Chairman Mick Jensen in Blair and he simply would not answer his
  phone, so I called the Vice Chairman Ron Stave in Waterloo and was treated to a conver-
    sion with a bitter, uneducated, and closed minded person. I was told that I was nothing
more than a “whinny bowhunter” that didn’t want anyone in my woods during my precious
    season. I tried to calmly inform him that I had no problem with the October rifle season
during “my precious” bow season but that did not matter to him. He asked me how I would
 like it if they forced us to go back and shoot all primitive bows. I answered, “PERFECT! I’m
    in!” which he didn’t find amusing at all. His next statement has really stuck in my craw
and is the crux of my rant, “There is no difference between a compound bow and a cross-
bow.” Now I know this is a statement made by an uneducated biased man whose opinion
was formed by industry people with an agenda, but I believe that this perception is
where the problem lies. The compound industry is so infatuated with “bigger, better,
faster” that the high tech line has blurred the difference between what is a bow released
by hand and a mechanical cross gun. By having to have bows that are faster, shorter,
and more futuristic looking the compound bow crowd has created the situation we’re in
now. The vast majority of the compound crowd are using a release, much like a trigger,
can only shoot with sights, and have so many add-ons and do-dads on their bows that
it’s understandable that people that are not in the archery world have trouble distinguish-
ing a compound from a cross gun. The publication for the IBO itself extols the virtues of
the cross gun. The latest issue even went so far as to make the blatantly false statement
that cross guns have been around longer than the longbow! I have friends that shoot
wheelie bows but I will tell them what I am saying here, compound bows are the reason
we are in this mess. There are members of this club that shoot compounds, why? The
reason I hear is that either they are not confident enough with traditional equipment or if
they get a chance at the buck of a lifetime they want every advantage they can get in
their favor. If the reason you are using a compound is that you want every advantage
you can get then I hope you can see the very blurred line between your compound and
the cross gun. Folks this pursuit is not supposed to be easy. You should have to learn
woodsmanship skills, and master a simple bow, and learn your quarry in order to kill one.
If I want every advantage in my favor I grab my .270 and fill the meat pot, I don’t pre-
tend to be an archer and grab my high-tech wheelie bow with all the gizmo’s that go with
it and go out to kill an animal I should be able to kill on the animal’s terms in a prey-
predator situation. I guess what I’m trying to say is that we as a collective group of arch-
ers have created this mess, now we’re stuck with it.
In less volatile news, the club will begin having monthly meetings again starting on Janu-
ary, 8th, 2011 at the Izzak League in Fremont NE. The meetings will begin at 9:00 AM
and are scheduled for the first Saturday of every month.
In upcoming events we will have our annual DART shoot on February 5th at Platte Center.
Once again Randy Medinger and Brian Hast will be the point men for this.
The club will have a booth at the “Nebraska Big Buck Classic” March 25 th thru the 27th in
Omaha NE. We will need people to sit the booth, and bring some traditional props to
show people what we’re all about. If you can help contact Rick Saar,, and let him know.
I guess I’ve chewed on your ears long enough, I’ll let you read the rest of what is in the
newsletter, enjoy!
Keep your stick bent!

          First off, I would like to apologize to everybody for not getting my two cents worth in the last newsletter.
I’ve had a terribly busy year at work and have been spread pretty thin. I want to thank everyone that came together
and made the Rendezvous such a great success this year. Rick Saar did an incredible job with all of the logistic and
administrative stuff, Vince Smith and the set-up crew put together a great course. Vince also put on one hell of an
auction, which I believe was the best one yet. Thank you to all of the people that donated items for the auction. The
proceeds from which will keep us doing what we do for another year. Thanks to everybody that helped run regis-
tration and the novelties. Thank you to the ladies that ran the concessions and the Sat. dinner, and finally the tear
down crew.
          Next I would like to get the word out early about our annual meeting/banquet. Anyone who would like to
be more involved, please feel free to throw your name in for any of the board positions. I was thinking about hav-
ing everyone who attends bring a gift for the exchange. This would alleviate some stress of trying to gather enough
items. I know as a group we can come up with a pile of fun stuff to give away. I hope to see you there. Drop me an
email or feel free to call me with ideas.
          We have been granted the use of the Isaak Walton League facilities in Fremont for our meetings and some
events. This includes the use of their new archery range. Thanks to Jerry Bennett for all of his efforts on our behalf.
We will be tossing around ideas at our next meeting to make use of these facilities for hunter ed, youth shooting,
leagues, possibly a small 3D? Let me know your thoughts. I would like to encourage any of our members who are
interested in joining the Isaak Walton League to contact myself or Jerry Bennett for the details. I believe this can
benefit both organizations.
          At our last meeting, the board approved a donation of the seed money for the startup of the Nebraska
Archery Hall of Fame. It is a great idea to begin to compile our local archery history, and I can think of no better
person to run this than Wade Phillips. I know he will do an incredible job, and I can’t wait to see how this evolves.
          Best wishes toy you and yours this holiday season and good luck to those of you who still have tags to fill.

Rob Brooks
September 2010, two Old Goats (NTA mem-
bers Wade Phillips and Jim Edmunson), took
these two Wyoming Antelope with Vintage
Bear Recurves on a self guided hunt. Left 1959
Bear Kodiak. Right 1969 Bear T/D B Wood
                                   NTA Member Profile
                                      Ricky Kruger

Name: Ricky Krueger
Family: Wife, Nancy; Children Gabe 10, LeAnne 8
Home: South of Fremont Nebraska on an acreage.
Number of year’s NTA member: I think 6 or 7
Number of year’s hunting: Any weapon 32 years archery 28 years
Number of year’s traditional hunting: compound and traditional 28 years, all traditional
last 14 years with no regrets and no turning back
A little about yourself: I love doing things together as a family. The kids really love to shot
archery at home and I take them hunting every chance I get, they love to go. I also Measure deer and
all species of animals for Compton Traditional Bowhunters, Boone & Crockett, Pope & Young, North
American Shedhunters, and Long Hunters (muzzleloaders). In the spring my family and I travel to Mid-
west deer shows to measure antlers. It is really special that my whole family enjoys the same passions;
I try to gear everything towards the kids and what the outdoors has to offer them.

                Here is a short recipe for camping
                Take a tortilla shell
                A handful of mini marsh mellows
                A half a handful of choc. chips
                A half a handful of peanut butter chips
                Roll it all up in the tortilla shell
                Wrap in aluminum foil and place in coals from a fire for 5-7 minutes.
                The longer they are in the coals the cruncher the tortilla shell will be.
                You can also do this in microwave, but it’s not as good.

                If you have no peanut butter chips use regular peanut butter on shell
                Brian Hoefener
   Glenn St. Charles – Gone but Never                                                                            by Wade

                                                          Glenn was a distinguished member of the Archery Hall of Fame and
                                                          the Bowhunters Hall of Fame. He was a National Field Archery
                                                          Association (NFAA) Vice-President and the recipient of the NFAA’s
                                                          most prestigious old time archery award, the Compton Medal of
                                                          Honor. There is an endless list of other awards that were bestowed
                                                          upon Glenn during his archery career which spanned most of his 98
                                                          Although few bowmen think of Glenn St. Charles as a collector no
                                                          pioneer bowman who lived during parts of the past two centuries
                                                          has done more to preserve bowhunting artifacts and their rich his-
                                                          tory than Glenn.

                                                          During the early years of Northwest Archery, Glenn always had
                                                          some of his vintage archery tackle on display in the store. But there
                                                          was never enough space to display everything. In the 1980s, a large
                                                          addition was built onto the store as a museum. With Glenn’s young-
                                                          est son, Joe, as the curator, the space was quickly filled. The St.
                                                          Charles family assembled one of the finest collections of vintage
                                                          archery tackle in existence and graciously opened it for public view-
                                                          ing during normal store hours. After ownership of the collection was
                                                          transferred to the Pope & Young Club, the museum contents were
                                                          moved to the Pope & Young Club headquarters in Chatfield, Minne-
                                                          sota. In October, 2004, the Pope & Young Club / St. Charles Mu-
                                                          seum was officially opened.

                                                          Among other vintage archery tackle, the museum contains one of
                                                          the most complete collections of vintage broadheads; the most ex-
                                                          tensive collection of Art Young’s and Saxton Pope’s bows, broad-
                                                          heads, fish points, and other personal archery tackle; the most com-
On September 19. 2010, Glenn St. Charles passed           plete collection of bows made by Glenn St. Charles; one of the most
away peacefully at his home in Seattle, Washington        complete collections of vintage wooden bows and vintage wooden
after a brief illness. Glenn was 98 years old. He is      arrows made by well-known old time bowmen.
preceded in death by his first wife of 11 years,
Marjorie, and his wife of 51 years, Margaret. He is       We all have Glenn St. Charles to thank for being foresighted
survived by his five children, Linda St. Charles, Jay     enough to assemble many of these artifacts and for making his
St. Charles, Suzanne St. Charles Hammond, Joe St.         vision of a national Museum of Bowhunting become a reality
Charles and Rochelle Hughes; six grandchildren and        through the Pope & Young Club, which he founded in 1961.
three great grandchildren.
                                                          In 2011, you can attend two landmark events to honor the memory
Glenn St. Charles was truly a Living Legend and the       of Glenn St. Charles and his enormous contributions to the preser-
Dean of All Bowmen. Glenn was the Founder of the          vation of archery history and bowhunting artifacts.
Pope & Young Club and Compton Traditional Bow-
hunters as well the visionary who is responsible for      1. April 17-19, Pope & Young Club 50th Anniversary in Rochester,
the creation of the Pope & Young Club / St. Charles       MN.
Museum in Chatfield, Minnesota.
                                                          2. June 9-12, ABCC 37th Annual Meeting Pope & Young Club / St.
Glenn was the author of the two classic books “Bows       Charles Museum in Chatfield, MN.
on the Little Delta” and “Billets to Bow”, both are re-
quired reading for any aspiring bowman who has an         Although Glenn is gone, he will never be forgotten.
interest in learning about the rich history of archery.
Glenn’s video version of “Billets to Bow” preceded the
book and is regarded as one of the most informative
tools developed during the national movement to
revive old traditional archery methods. Glenn also
authored numerous articles for archery magazines
and other publications.
                          Tips from the
                            Old Guy


I personally like the look of a shield feather and I also like the way they will stabilize an arrow. You can
get away with an arrow that is not quite the right spine, or a bad release with shield feathers. One of the
things I don’t like about shield feathers is that because of their width, when you put arrows fletched with
them in a bow quiver you have to be sure that they do not touch each other because when you shoot
they rub together and are real noisy. They also make more noise in flight than other types of feath-
ers. And, if you are shooting at a deer beyond 15 yards the noise these feathers make may allow the
deer to duck under the arrow, been there, done
I now use parabolic feathers because they work better for me in the bow quiver because they are not
quite as high profile and deer don’t seem to hear the arrow in flight as much as they do the shield feath-
ers. If you have your bow tuned right, you can get by real nice with a 5 inch parabolic. If you have your
bow tuned right and have a good release, you can even use the 4 inch parabolic. I still use the 5 inch
myself because my arrow and bow are tuned right but I’m not! Always be sure to put a drop of glue on
the front end of the feather to keep the base of the feather from catching in the arrow rest. I have also
found that using a tapered shaft helps to keep the feathers from rubbing together in the bow
If you are using a single bevel broadhead, be sure to use the proper feather. If you use a right bevel
broadhead, be sure to use a right wing feather. This is very important for good penetration. You will get
about 14% better penetration when broadhead and feather are matched according to Dr. Ed
Ashby. Also, if you use snap nocks, be sure the nock does not fit too tight. A tight nock can affect
speed and arrow flight. That’s all I can think of now. I’ll try to make up some more good stuff for next

                             Crossbows in archery seasons
                                  By Bryce Lambley
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s recent decision to allow crossbows as legal archery weapons to eve-
ryone (not just the handicapped) is likely a concern to many Nebraska Traditional Archers members. While cama-
raderie and education seem primary goals for the NTA, there is little doubt that preserving our archery seasons
would still be an interest to many. As an NTA member, and also as Nebraska Bowhunters Association Vice-
Chairman, I thought a Cliff notes version of how this came to pass might be interesting, albeit in a frustrating man-
Crossbows are being admitted into state after state’s bowhunting seasons under numerous covers; mostly it seems
in the name of greater opportunity. Rarely is there a grass roots movement for the weapon within those states. In-
stead pressure to include them in previously bowhunting-only seasons has largely come from the deep pockets of
the National Rifle Association, the Archery Trade Association, and the manufactures of crossbows themselves.
They also know these days that departments of natural resources, such as the Nebraska Game and Parks Commis-
sion, are often cash-strapped and will do anything to increase their permit sales. When combined with real or per-
ceived deer population problems-often made worse by over-reaching and micro-managing state legislatures- and
it’s a perfect storm if you are an opportunist and want to join the bow season with a weapon that requires
none of the usual bow-shooting skills.
Such was the case here in Nebraska, where a “kill-em-all “attitude regarding deer has seemed to be the norm. The
NBA was given “heads up” this past spring and summer that the crossbow issue would be addressed in 2011 by the
NGPC. The NBA was formulating a survey of our membership slated for November to find where members stood
on that issue as well as many others, when in October, the NGPC slipped language into their proposals that would
make crossbows a legal weapon in regular bow season. (Later, Kit Hams of the NGPC admitted to the NBA’s
Eastern Wildlife Rep that he lied to the NBA. Almost surely at the behest or at least complicity of his boss, Jim
Douglas, who has just recently been named to Deputy Director of the NGPC, second in command behind Rex
The NBA and other non affiliated bowhunters reacted to this late notice during our busy season and tried to mount
a defense, but it was apparent upon contacting Commissioners that most were already on board with the proposed
regulations, and indeed many forcefully defended the move, chiding bowhunters as selfish. Numerous NBA mem-
bers reported making phone calls that immediately resulted in the Commissioner in question, challenging or berat-
ing the caller. So much for the constituents being able to contact their NGPC representatives.
Of course, because Commissioners are appointed by the Governor, there is little to fear from constituents or special
interest groups including bowhunters. Testimony was held at Norfolk (After the Commission had held a private
retreat for a couple days). At this meeting the NBA rep was verbally attacked by a couple of commissioners during
his testimony, and the vote to approve the crossbow was 6-3 (with one of those voting no probably doing so more
on parliamentary reasons than opposing crossbows). I’m not sure where this leaves us. For one thing, there is no
definition of a legal crossbow yet. And there is much confusion about hunter education requirements for the
weapon. In short, very little has been thought out ahead of time by the NGPC. And the process of how the NGPC
does this is seriously flawed.
The NBA, as of their Dec. 4 board meeting in Columbus, remains anti-crossbow as it pertains to bowhunting-only
seasons in Nebraska (with the exception of the handicapped). We will continue to try to ask for redress, including
questioning and hopefully someday revamping the way Commissioners get their jobs (we are not the only outdoor
interest group with this goal; proposed legislation is being worked on). We also would like to see the NGPC keep
statistics on crossbows separate from current bows (stick/compound) in order to measure growth or lack thereof,
success rates, age usage of crossbows, ect. Thus far, the NGPC says they don’t need to keep those statistics. We
will also explore age limitations on crossbows, perhaps to the very young and seniors. We also would like to see
them call it a crossbow season, separate from the current bow season; even if the seasons run concurrently, we’d
like to keep the two groups apart so as to protect the integrity of the definition of the bow and arrow, to gather
meaningful statistics, have hunters make a choice about their weapon, ect., and other concerns. I suspect we’ll fight
opposition from the NGPC on all these issues. Even though many NGPC employees support our views, those in
upper echelons do not and there is a great deal of reluctance to rock the corporate boat by those on the bottom end
of the totem pole, apparently with good reason.
I wish I had better news to report, but I do not. The NBA’s relationship with the NGPC (almost always one-sided
in my view) is at an all time low and is being totally re-evaluated, and I suspect it will steer more towards a watch-
dog role than a partnership. The NBA remains committed to the conventional bowhunter. Our jamboree will not be
open to crossbows, and we will not honor crossbow kills in our record book, or photos in our newsletter. The NBA
also very much appreciates the NTA presence at our events, both in members who belong to both groups, as well
as the yeomen duties of several NTA members (Ken Oberschulte, Jim Stutesman, and Wade Phillips, among oth-
ers) who have displayed and explained traditional archery artifacts/history/methods at the NBA Jamborees and
Banquets and have added greatly to our events, as well as sparking additional interest in traditional archery and the
NTA. Mike & Brenda Horton 913-774-7172 18174 158th St. Winchester KS
                                                           Nebraska Traditional Archers
                                                           PO Box 522
                                                           Valley, NE 68604

WANTED, Bear Takedowns- Limbs, Risers, or complete Bows, or parts
Left or Right hand.
Ken Oberschulte (402)-694-9318
For sale– 14’x14’ white canvas Don Stintz Officers tent, comes with all poles,
ropes, stakes, plus tarps, carpet, wood stove, lantern hangers, a 16’x14’ awning,
and totes for all the canvas, ropes and stakes. $1000 firm (new price for every-
thing is over $3000) Call 402 727 9141 or 402 936 0046 ask for Vince

Feather grinding, turkey or goose, trade one for one or 25 cents a feather. Also
selling natural turkey fletching, left or right, $1 a piece for primaries and 75 cents
a piece for secondary, 25 cents more for dyed.
Lonesome Wind Longbows Vince Smith 402 936 0046