G. Fred Asbell

G. Fred Asbell

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I began shooting a bow and arrow and bowhunting in about 1961 in central Indiana.

There weren't very many bow shooters or bowhunters back then, and even fewer deer, and what information you could find on shooting or hunting with the bow was extremely limited and was, for the most part, adapted from whatever was known about hunting with firearms. I wanted to know more, but it was hard to come up with information. Most articles were written by outdoor gun writers who saw the opportunity to make a few bucks writing about a new sport. I sold my first article to a bowhunting magazine in 1971, and have been at it ever since. I started writing articles because there were things that I thought some of the bowhunters I'd met needed to know; things like how to sharpen broadheads and knives, successful whitetail tactics, and the importance of physical conditioning, and accurate shooting…which are, ironically, still important topics today.

Since then I've written about bowhunting most North American animals and have been fortunate enough to see most of the United States, Canada and parts of Africa, and some of Europe in the process. I've written three books, INSTINCTIVE SHOOTING; INSTINCTIVE SHOOTING II; and STALKING AND STILL-HUNTING; THE GROUND HUNTER'S BIBLE; and an instructional shooting video, also named INSTINCTIVE SHOOTING.

I've always been involved in bowhunting organizations at all levels, from local and state, to national, serving as president of the Pope and Young Club for 18 years, and currently serving as president of Compton Traditional Bowhunters. From 1977 to 1991 I built custom traditional bows as Bighorn Bowhunting Company in Colorado. For several years Bighorn was the only traditional bow company advertising in the national media. I've never owned or hunted with a compound bow. .

Articles by G. Fred Asbell
Issue Article
Oct/Nov 01 World Records
Dec/Jan 02 Shooting
Feb/Mar 02 Shooting Your Bow Accurately
Apr/May 02 Bowhunting Practice
Jun/Jul 02 Bowhunting Mule Deer is a Special Privilege
Aug/Sep 02 You Can't Beat a Good Nap for Bringing in Deer
Oct/Nov 02 Instinctive Aiming
Dec/Jan 03 The Magical Bow Arm
Feb/Mar 03 The Tipi
Apr/May 03 Let Each Day of Bowhunting be a Learning Experience
Jun/Jul 03 Tom Parsons--Kim Sha Archery and the TP Bow
Aug/Sep 03 The Elusive Instinctive Anchor
Oct/Nov 03 It Had To Be The Hat
Dec/Jan 04 Alternative Quivers
Feb/Mar 04 More On Alternative Quivers
Apr/May 04 Snap Shooting
Jun/Jul 04 Strong Like The Bull!
Aug/Sep 04 Putting An End to Snap Shooting
Oct/Nov 04 Western Whitetails Ain't The Same
Oct/Nov 04 Game Profile--Mule Deer
Dec/Jan 05 Bow Weight and the "Guy Thing"
Feb/Mar 05 Hybrid Longbows--An Evolution
Apr/May 05 Common Scents
Jun/Jul 05 Common Scents II--Odor Elimination
Aug/Sep 05 And God Created Caribou
Oct/Nov 05 Why We Miss
Dec/Jan 06 The Dominant Eye and The Instinctive Shooter
Feb/Mar 06 Ground Blinds--New Wave Bowhunting
Apr/May 06 Saskatchewan Bear Hunt 2005
Jun/Jul 06 Practice: Making Measurable Improvement
Aug/Sep 06 Stop Tinkering and Changing Things!
Oct/Nov 06 The Swing Draw
Dec/Jan 07 The "I Wish I Knew" Elk Hunt
Feb/Mar 07 A Quiet Shooting Bow
Apr/May 07 Learning to Shoot With The Back
Jun/Jul 07 The Drawing Hand
Aug/Sep 07 Early Season Whitetails in Missourai are Good!
Oct/Nov 07 Shooting off the Shelf vs The Elevated Rest
Dec/Jan 08 Wool
Feb/Mar 08 The Case for the Short Bow
Apr/May 08 Penetration and Arrow Weight
Jun/Jul 08 The Old Ways Ain't That Bad
Aug/Sep 08 Roger Rothhaar--Whitetail Authority
Oct/Nov 08 On Your Feet in the Woods
Dec/Jan 09 The Stance
Feb/Mar 09 The Case for Slow and Slower
Apr/May 09 It Was a Different Year
Jun/Jul 09 Quest for a Rocky Mountain Goat
Aug/Sep 09 Keeping A Journal
Oct/Nov 09 The Neck Knife
Dec/Jan 10 Planning & Dreaming
Feb/Mar 10 Binoculars…Are You Missing The Boat?
Apr/May 10 The Case for the Longer Bow
Jun/Jul 10 Right Brain--Left Brain and the Bowhunter
Aug/Sep 10 What Did I Learn?
Oct/Nov 10 Avoiding Easier
Dec/Jan 11 Acquiring Accuracy
Feb/Mar 11 Long Practice
Apr/May 11 Just a Reminder…Annual Lessons Learned
Aug/Sep 11 You Never Know How the Day Will End
Oct/Nov 11 The Case for the Wood Arrow
Dec/Jan 12 A Traditional Bowhunter's Museum
Feb/Mar 12 Sometimes
Apr/May 12 An Interview with Steve Turay of Northern Mist Longbows
Jun/Jul 12 Be Ready
Aug/Sep 12 Accurate Treestand Shooting
Oct/Nov 12 Making Do
Dec/Jan 13 Balance
Feb/Mar 13 A Tough Way To Do It
Apr/May 13 Fingers, Elbows, and Backs
Jun/Jul 13 The Back Quiver
Aug/Sep 13 Looking and Seeing: Essential Bowhunting Skills
Oct/Nov 13 The Mary Rose: History's Looking Glass
Dec/Jan 14 Be Quiet!
Feb/Mar 14 For Love of the Longbow
Apr/May 14 I'd Rather be Lucky
Jun/Jul 14 Do We Ever Stop Learning?
Aug/Sep 14 Putting a Cap on a Dream
Oct/Nov 14 What's In It For Me?
Dec/Jan 15 Interview with Art Vincent of Cedar Ridge Leatherworks