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Traditional Archery

Sun, March 18, 2018

My boy and I found a really nice dead head buck behind the house this year—likely a result of a hunting wound although I can’t be sure.  The buck scored at around 170 inches with deductions using the online Realtree scoring app. He was a real bruiser with excellent mass and double brow tines.  I believe he had 13 scorable points. 

After the find I had the buck tagged by our local Conservation Officer and started looking for someone who would do a European mount.  I don’t own a big turkey fryer neither did I care to cook this stinky, half rotten head up at the house.  A friend of mine dropped me a number and a name of someone who lived in Fulton County—Indian Dave he called him.  I visited Dave to drop off the head and he showed me to his man cave—a converted shed out behind his house.  We hit it off and traded stories about archery hunting and taxidermy.  I immediately realized that Dave was a man with good intentions for his business and we were like-minded when it came to hunting and the outdoors—he is doing this because of his passion for traditional archery and his drive to work in the industry because of that passion.  As I talked with Dave it was immediately obvious that he had some great ideas worth telling others about.  Stone Age Outdoors is his business name and it consists of three main ventures—taxidermy, stone broad heads, and hunting videos.

Although he is fairly new to taxidermy work it is obvious that he has what it takes—attention to detail and patience. As I learned from my cousin—an excellent waterfowl taxidermist—it’s not for everyone.  I, for example, just wouldn’t have the patience to make quality mounts day in and day out.  Dave has completed multiple taxidermy animals ranging from deer to fish.  As with all taxidermists, he learned through making mistakes and then improving as he went.  A basic fish wall mount goes for about $10 per inch and a basic shoulder deer mount goes for about $400.

What Dave is best known for in the outdoors industry are his broad heads that are hand knapped and built to screw onto any carbon or aluminum arrow for hunting.  This is a concept that I had never seen previously and I was truly intrigued.  Dave has personally harvested 10 deer with this broad head shot from his compound bow, one of which he has on quality video.  I have the utmost respect for the many people who are making the transition to traditional archery equipment and I see these broad heads as perhaps a stepping stone for folks or for those who are just interested in making a kill with one of the same weapons that were once used by natives to this country—me being one of them!  The broad heads range in weight from 100 to 150 grains and, according to Dave, track straight and true.  Having felt them myself I can attest to the sharpness of their edge and Dave showed me several that went through deer with minimal destruction incurred to the broad head. Dave’s broad heads sell for $22 and can be purchased through him directly, at one of the many outdoors shows he attends each year, or through 3riversarchery traditional archery supply magazine.

He also uses the broad heads he knaps from flint to create custom made knives with antler and snake-skin wrapped handles.  I’ve only seen a few others that are making these types of knives in the outdoors world and Dave’s are excellent. Dave is also a traditional archer who makes his own bows and is willing to make bows for others who are interested.

Stone Age Outdoors is his business name and you can contact him via email at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call him directly at 309-648-5627. Website is



Great piece! I’m learning to use an atlatl now smile

Posted by G on March 19

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