I am Hovey Smith, and some of you know me as the author of "Crossbow Hunting." I just found you fellows, and am struck with admiration for your work and interest in these instruments. I am a writer and do not have fabrication skills, but one thing that I do very well and frequently is hunt with crossbows, muzzleloaders, spears, knives and other stuff.
Because of the presently dismal economy we have some 50,000,000 folks here in the U.S. who are going hungry as well as about 8,000,000 who are out of work. For some of these the notion of using wild game for food has become increasingly attractive. To answer this need I wrote, "Backyard Deer Hunting:Converting deer to dinner for pennies per pound." Not only do I cover the very basics of how to hunt deer, I also discuss hunting bear, larger game, fowl and fish with crossbows, blackpowder guns and inexpensive single-shot rifles. There is even a section on how to clean, butcher and eat road-killed animals. The general concept is to put good wild-game meals on the table as inexpensively as possible.
If you have never been exposed to hunting or cooking wild game this is exactly the book that you need. If you can turn on a stove, you can cook my recipes.
The book is available in hardcover, softcover, and in all E-book formats. All of these versions may be ordered from AuthorHouse.com and most from Amazon.com and other on-line retailers. You can find out more on my website. www.hoveysmith.com and blog, www.hoveysmith.wordpress.com.
I do and have done all of this stuff; but I do not take myself all that seriously. There is a lot of good info in the book and it is written in an interesting and intertaining style.
I have invited a Britt who now lives in Canada to bring his homemade crossbow here to GA and hunt with me this fall. As those who have read my crossbow book know, I have a replica instrument made by David Watson, in Austin, Texas. I got this one, because I felt the book could not be complete without access to something approaching an original.
There are increasing numbers of Europeans who bring their bows and crossbows to participate on public hunts in Georgia. There are some hunting areas that are open for particular hunts, (Blackbeard Island), other WMAs that are open all archery season and also hunts available for muzzleloading. At the moment I am bowfishing, which can be done with a crossbow, but is a bit cumbersome. I do take alligators with a crossbow and have a video of such a hunt on my blog. If you can't hunt with a crossbow in your home country, and have an instrument that has an honest pull of about 175-pounds (for replica period instruments, 150 for modern designs shooting modern shafts and points), these can do well on deer at various ranges, depending directly on the strength of the crossbow, accuracy and shooter's skills. Whatever is used, nothing can take the place of putting that projectile where it needs to go; regardless of what propells it. A powerful instrument, by itself, is not sufficient.
Good work guys. If I can help with some particular hunting, wild-game cooking questions, ask?
Wm. Hovey Smith