I'm a new member of this forum, so please forgive me if I mess up anything. I still have some tweeking of my personal information (avatar, etc.) to do. I did not want to get off the subject on another thread so I've started a new one. I believe someone raised a question about why we shoot, on a different thread and I've been asked this question at a local tournament by a local newspaper this year. Here's my answer. I want to never wound anything (it will still happen eventually). I want to see my "Sunday Family" (local coalition shooters) every weekend. Pick my yardage, make a shot...darn it, must have been 46yards instead of 43. It's the challenge. It's the good natured ribbing from friends. It's listening to the woods "wake-up" in the morning after I've walked in in the pitch black. And during my walk in, I stop. Because I can feel eyes on me. Listen for a few seconds....no sounds. Next footstep taken a small herd of deer blasts through the woods cause I just walked up on them. Here comes the chill bumps. When that hawk is gliding through the trees like a silent stealth bomber, then suddenly veers off at 10 feet from my head (must have looked like a meal). When that naive button buck reers up onto the back of an old doe and she says get away from me with her actions. When I'm concentrating so hard on an animal or 3-d target a tear almost comes out--I feel excited and drained at the same time, but no matter the outcome I know I put everything I had into that last shot. I shoot because for that fraction of a second when the arrow is on its way, nothing else in this world matters......THUMP!.....back to reality----is it an 8 or 10......OR----lets find my arrow and some blood to trail. So, why do YOU shoot a bow?