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I grew up as a bowhunter. I was fortunate enough to have a mentor who was an accomplished bowhunter, a great teacher, and had enough patience to allow my best friend and me to explore and eventually flourish as bowhunters.

Every year around this time, my mentor’s basement and back yard became the practice field for all things bowhunting, and we spent countless hours perfecting and honing our craft.

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Chris Ellis is a veteran of the outdoors industry. His book “Hunting, Fishing and Family from The Hills of West Virginia” is available at Contact him at

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