Not stepping on stevepros' post, but what/how did it start?
For me it started in NJ, (the hunting mecca of the us) with my neighbors who had a beagle. Introduced me to hunting bunnies and it quickly grew to hunting deer too. A bow was just another alternative month to try to get one. They hunted with recurves and then so did I, my 1st being a Ben Pearson Cougar which my dad bought me used from one of my brothers friends. Dad and I had a bet on me catching my trout limit on opening day. I did (long day) and he delivered. From that April on, I have been on an archery quest to harvest a deer. The gear has changed but not the desire. It still makes me shake seeing a deer, just hoping it comes within range.