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Old 03-15-2004, 11:21 AM
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How do you fellows that archery hunt carry your bows (and arrows) while on horseback? An outfitter that I am going to use this year refuses to carry a hard shell bow case on a horse and has told me that he suggests using a sling. I just can't see how that would work since most of the slings that I have seen are for carrying a bow while standing. Any ideas? How do you carry them on horseback?
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Old 03-15-2004, 01:17 PM
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I would remind the outfitter that HE WORKS FOR YOU. Tell him to top pack the hard bow case. IMHO Bows & horses do not mix. The only way I will carry my bow on a horse is in a hard case. I have a rifle that I have used for the last twelve years hunting off of horseback. The stock looks like it was in the twin towers during 9-11.
I repeat, I will not carry a bow on a horse that is not in a hard case. I think it is easy to tell this outfitter does not care if you end up with a damaged bow or not.
Good luck on your hunt & tell your outfitter someone from Montana says to pull his head out.
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Old 03-15-2004, 10:18 PM
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A sling works very well. I usually use a bow scabard like they sell in cabelas. I rig it differently, however. Instead of going underneath your stirrup, I drape it behind the saddle and the bow sits behind you. A hard case would be a pain to pack I would think.
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Old 03-17-2004, 07:42 AM
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Thanks bdana,

Could you tell me what kind of sling that you use? I wouldn't really want to purchase scabard since I will not be needed if very much except for this trip. I happened to stuble into this sling on the net. It specifically mentioned horse back.

http://www.quakeinc.com/add.cfm?item...TOKEN=33291606


Thanks for the advice Wolf.
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Old 03-17-2004, 07:59 AM
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It is almost impossible to tie on a bow hard case on a saddle. And in fact it becomes almost dangerous for the rider. Maybe someone has a trick on making this work but never have we got it to work well. Cabelas has a new bow back pack now. I'm not sure yet if you could sit a horse with this on. I will personally try it out this year.

The best thing we have found is parachute cord. You tie a loop just below the grip on your bow and sling it over your shoulder that way. And when shooting the cord is hanging below your grip and completely out of the way.

The reason the outfitter refused was because of safety reason. Most people are not adapt to getting off and on a horse and that big case that won't move when getting on or off causes alot of people to fall off. And no outfitter wants a client with a broken arm or worse. Its safety and that's why he refused.
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Old 03-17-2004, 08:44 AM
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Thanks Cherokee,

I really don't have a problem with him not carrying the hard case, and I'm sure not going to start off on the wrong foot by telling him how to run his outfit. Gotta pick arguements if need be a bit wiser then that.

I believe that he doesn't want them (hard cases) even on the pack horses or mules. We'll be riding in on horse to base camp, and hunting mostly from foot (but may include some riding) from there.

What I'm trying to do is to find the best way to do it. Refences have told me that it really isn't a problem to ride with a sling, but I want to make sure that the one that I get will work for me.

But your just using parachutt cord, interesting. I have a 1000 foot spool in the garage. Have you (or your clients) used any of the slings out there though to have something to compare it to?
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Old 03-17-2004, 03:33 PM
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Bob,

Yes alot of our bowhunters show up with bow slings. I can't remember the make or model of the slings. Its just the occasional one or two. I don't much care for the bow scabbard case that goes on the saddle we have some and bows are always getting bumped on trees. When I travel on horseback on my personal hunts I just one hand it on to the horse and then I slip my arm in between the riser and the string and let it hang off to one side of my body. This is okay as long as your not going on long trips on horse back.

If you have a hard case I would have him pack that in with the bow to base camp atleast you would have a nice safe place to store your bow while in camp.

Also make sure you can secure your arrows really well on horseback. Wouldn't want a arrow to come loose from the quiver and cut you or your bow string.
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Old 03-18-2004, 10:21 AM
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I still stand behind my statement that the outfitter works for you. A hard shell bow case is the only safe/secure way I know of to carry your bow on horse back. The outfitter can lash a hard sided bow case down as a top pack on a decker very easy. If the outfitter does not want to do this? You are taking a chance with your bow. Make sure he has targets & a bow press in camp. Bring an extra bowstring, cables and tools with you. Ask the outfitter how many years he has been guiding bow hunters? Ask for a reference list of bow hunters that have hunter with him. Then call all of them. Guiding a bow hunter is not the same as guiding a rifle hunter.
I know I am sounding like a jerk. I am just thinking about your bow & your money. What will you do if a horse brushed up against a tree and bends your sight or arrows? I am sure there will be trees where you will be hunting. You will also be riding in the dark every morning & every evening. The horse can see just fine in the dark but you can't. How are you going to avoid brushing up against tree limbs if you can't see them until it is too late?
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Old 03-18-2004, 12:27 PM
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If you have a hard case I would have him pack that in with the bow to base camp atleast you would have a nice safe place to store your bow while in camp.
He won't do that either.

Ask the outfitter how many years he has been guiding bow hunters?
Done that - since 85, I have also personally talked face to face with the head bow hunting guide.

Ask for a reference list of bow hunters that have hunter with him. Then call all of them.
Done that, they all said not to worry about it.

As you can tell this was one area that I was a little concerned with, that is why I am trying to find out some info and ideas. I have experience with horses so riding is not very new to me. But I am trying to think of a way to keep my bow as safe as possible with what I have to work with.


As you have mentioned Wolf, I am planning on bringing an extra string, serving material, portable press, etc with me on the trip.

This is directly from the Outfitters Web-Site:

We have found that the best way to pack bows into a camp is to have the hunter carry his/her bow with a sling. Do not plan to bring your bow case into your pack-in camp. Most of the popular bow cases aren’t sturdy enough to be tied down to a pack mule. So, pack your spare bow equipment in your duffel bag.
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Old 03-18-2004, 02:04 PM
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I guess I am just too darn hard headed for my own good.[:@] I just know what my hunting gear looks like at the end of the season. I treat my bow like it was made of gold. I have had them "go out of tune" for no apparent reason?
I wish you the best of luck on your hunt. Remember to post pictures when you get back. Also tell us after the hunt how packing that bow on a sling worked for you. Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks?
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