Bows on Horseback?

Ben Long

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I just returned from a horseback elk hunt. My buddy was hunting with a new compound bow. He carried it in a blowsling and vertically strapped to his pack, but the brush and trees knocked the hell out of it, eventually breaking it and ending his hunt. Any tips for carrying a bow on a horse in rugged timber?
 

dgc1963

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Ive used bow scabbards several times didnt like the way they carried my bow so for last few trip Ive kept it over my shoulder in a sling resting against my leg felt much better about bow safety this way
 

Longbowelk

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Free tip with the horse mounted bow scabbard. I've bowhunted on horses 10 years. It is hard to mount a horse with extra clothes, a day pack, and making sure your boot clears the bow going over the saddle. I use a longbow or recurve so I made my own case out of the leg of old blue Jean's. Tied it up like a rifle case more parallel to horses body. If you are riding with 2 or more riders its important that no one takes off until all are mounted. One leaves or trys to leave they all take off. My uncle was on a guided elk bow hunt in Idaho. He is experienced horseman and bowhunted. His guide mounted up and did not wait for uncle to get completely mounted. Uncle got his boot hung between scabbard and horse, horse took off , bucked him off into a pile of rocks breaking 3 ribs. Ended his hunt. When we hunted together we would usually hold the others horse.
 

Ben Long

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Free tip with the horse mounted bow scabbard. I've bowhunted on horses 10 years. It is hard to mount a horse with extra clothes, a day pack, and making sure your boot clears the bow going over the saddle. I use a longbow or recurve so I made my own case out of the leg of old blue Jean's. Tied it up like a rifle case more parallel to horses body. If you are riding with 2 or more riders its important that no one takes off until all are mounted. One leaves or trys to leave they all take off. My uncle was on a guided elk bow hunt in Idaho. He is experienced horseman and bowhunted. His guide mounted up and did not wait for uncle to get completely mounted. Uncle got his boot hung between scabbard and horse, horse took off , bucked him off into a pile of rocks breaking 3 ribs. Ended his hunt. When we hunted together we would usually hold the others horse.
Good advice! More people get hurt by horses than bears. While I was in the backcountry this year, we saw the local helicopter ambulance fly in to rescue an unfortunate gent who got his ribs crushed when his horse rolled on him.
 

Longbowelk

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I take my own horses, we know each other well. Riding some horse you never been on could be a rodeo...
 

Ben Long

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I sure wish I had asks this question before the trip! Riding horseback while holding a bow and quiver of broadhead seems a bit dicey to me. If thrown, I'd hate to land on that.
 
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