Although I make no claim of being a talented archer, I have shot bows since I was a kid. I'm certified for bowhunting-only areas in Alaska. Still, until a few weeks ago, I hadn't shot a single big game animal with a bow. So I made it a goal this spring bear season to fill at least two of my tags with a bow. Taking a step farther, I wanted to get at least one bear with my compound and one with a maple long bow I had made a few years back in Oregon.