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BOWHUNTING: A sport for all eras

October 4, 2013

Brandon Marshall, 31, of Columbia City, has harvested 15 to 20 deer in his 18 years of bowhunting. Bow season began Tuesday, and archery fanatics are enjoying the more primal form of hunting before gun season begins. Photo contributed

COLUMBIA CITY — One of humanity’s most primal forms of hunting game is still very prevalent among today’s hunters.

Indiana’s bowhunting season began Tuesday, and many Whitley County archers are excited to take to the woods.

Hunters such as 31-year-old Brandon Marshall, who’s shot upwards of 20 deer in his 18 years of bowhunting; Brock Bunyan, a 15-year-old student at Columbia City High School and a newcomer to the sport; and Scotty Reimers and Roy Krouse — veterans in the field.

While Marshall, Bunyan, Reimers and Krouse all have their own experiences in the woods, they all share the same opinion of bowseason — the deer are much more relaxed.

“The best part of bowhunting is the quietness,” Krouse said. “You don’t hear shotguns blasting close-by.”

With firearms season not starting until Nov. 16, bowhunters have the advantage of stealth and surprise in the woods.

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