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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, October 3, 1974 THE LETHBRIDCE HERALD 5 Bowhunting is the art of the light foot according to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Popson Careful aim Marie Popson takes carefu! aim as husband Michael awaits the outcome of her shot, his arrow strung and ready to be fired. The Popsons are a rarity in the hunting world, not only hunting as a man and wife team, but using the ancient skills of the archer in quest of their game. By GARRY ALLISON Herald Sports Writer Michael and Marie Popson may be unique in the world of hunting. Not only does this hus- band and wife team hunt together, but they hunt with bows and arrows. Besides, they are two of Canada's top archers. "I started shooting targets in 1952, Mr. Popson said and then laughingly added "Marie started about 1954 it was either join me at the club or get a divorce." Hunting with a bow and arrow and target shooting are demanding physical sports. The hunting bow follows government regulations and must have a 45-pound pull at a draw. "That compares to putting a spring on a butcher's scale and drawing the bow string back to 28 inches and the scale will read 45 he said. The equipment used can be as elaborate or as basic as the archer wants to make it. Bows can range from to second hand outfits on up. "Marie's bow is over and add onto that the cost of arrows, tips, feathers, a tab or a glove; shafts, strings and other basic equipment you need. It is really no more expen- sive than any other form of hunting though." The sport is constantly changing with new in- novations like compound bows, plastic fletchings on arrows instead of feathers being added and earlier in- novations like aluminum and fibreglas shafts now becoming the norm. Bow and arrow hunters are allowed to hunt in any zone that is open but have to pay an extra their licence. They also have a THE RANGELAND MOTOR HOTEL "Located at Lundbrack gateway to the Gap and top hunting areas in the Crowaneat Paaa" Modern Diluxt and Fimily units with TV. LICENSED PREMISES Good hunting to all visitors to the Crowsnest Pass Walter ft Tom Oakley Phone 628-3922 Lundbreck Alta. "Our wish is for straight shooting to all hunters who visit the Crowsnest Pass." KftL CYCLE ft SPORTS Home off the CAT Snowmobile ft Yamaha bikes. Phono 562-8181 Blairmora Welcome to the 'Pass Hunters CROWSNEST PASS MOTORS Your Dealer Phona 562-21 Wor 562-2478 Biairmora. Alberta specific zone set aside near Canmore where only archers are allowed to hunt. "Hunting and shooting targets with a bow and arrow are mentally the nicest sports there Marie stated. "They are interesting sports and very enjoyable." Skill and stamina are two of the main ingredients in target shooting. Both have shot arrows for eight hours straight at Canadian cham- pionship shoots. "I enjoy shooting targets more than he said, "but only because it. is a year round sport where hunting is seasonal." Men must shoot targets at a distance of 90 metres while the women's range is 70 metres. There is also a special type of shooting where the target is placed on the ground and the shooter lobs arrows into it from 150-200 metres away. "Another great sport with bow and arrows is' Michael said. "We can tour a nine hole golf course in 23 to 27 shots. We normally give a' golfer a stroke a hole and still win." Instead of driving a ball, they shoot their arrows down the fairway and when it comes time to putt they shoot at a target the diameter of -the cup and must knock it off the stand before the hole is com- plete. Marie is the only one in the family to ever bring home a deer. "We hunt for the sport and enjoyment of being she said. "Michael is out strictly for a trophy head and has passed up numerous shots to get a good chance at a trophy buck that has never seem- ed to materialize." J'There is quite a difference in hunting with a bow and a gun. "You not only, have to' lead the animalmore but you have to ami above him as well. The wind is very critical and it will easily divert'an he said. "When stalking a deer with a bow you can't make any noise at all. You shouldn't shoot from more than 50 yards away from him and the arrow must hit the right spot." An advantage to taking a deer with an arrow is the fact that an arrow makes the animal bleed quite freely. This way the hunter doesn't have to rush to his kill and bleed it im- mediately, as the arrow does that job for him. Arrows, unlike bullets are retrievable, to an ex- tent. If it stays out of the thick underbrush.the shooter can retrieve it quite readily, easily iden- tifying it as his by the cresting on the shaft. Good Luck and Good Shooting is our wish to ait hunters visiting the Crowsneat Pass district. Good eating can be had at our -restaurant where Chinese Food is Finest. Also Western Cuisine Welcome Hunters from Wayne and Norma At The PASS CAFE Phone 562-2751 Blairmore THE 'PASS HOTEL rolls out the Red Carpet of Welcome to all Human viaWng the 'Pass Fully modern rooms Color TV Free guest parking Cafe Reasonable rates Good Luck to all Sportsmen Ron ft Irene Mielke Phone 562-2254 Blairmore ;