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Brian Smith

First a line about how I decided to go with a Parker. A friend of mine showed me his over 10 years ago, and raved about it. Then last year I got to shoot one that another friend had. Short , sweet, fast, and quiet. Oh yea, did I say accurate? I knew what I wanted, now where? Bass Pro shop has a new store in Harlingen. Went there with some money and in a short time the pro shop had me outfitted . I had some problems with the Hostage arrow rest so I swapped it out with the tried and true Whisper Biscuit. Within no time I had the groups I wanted. Zeroed in the sight. 50 yard shots were easier than I ever thought possible. Only one problem, pulling arrows out of the target took both hands and feet due to the rediculous penetration. More on that in the rest of the story.

Nilgai antelope are elk sized herbivores with a bad reputation of being hard to bring down , with large caliber rifles, or bows for that matter. To date I have killed only one with a bow (a cow), and several with a rifle. With proper shot placement, I find them in a short distance. I wanted a bull with the bow for my bucket list. I booked a hunt in the Rio Grande valley, and with a quiver of Muzzy tipped carbon arrows I was gone. I was welcomed with swarms of gnats, and 90 degree temperatures, but this is what these critters thrive in. I hunted on a ground blind the first evening, and saw some, but too far. Next day I sat for a few hours , then began to stalk. The guide took me around and we attempted stalks on several groups, but nothing panned out. The guide repeatedly encouraged me to take his 30.06 rifle and "gitter done". After all he said, no one here has ever killed one with a bow. I told him I was in it for the long haul , and besides, I have a bow that will hit a tennis ball at 50 yards. They don't stand a chance. All I need is to close the gap to 50 yards or less. So he dropped me off in the afternoon, and I started my hunt at 1:30 in the afternoon. I Spotted a group of feeding bulls , and spent 2 hours getting to within 70 yards. Then I was spotted by a bull and the group left. Later I stalked upon a cow and missed a 15 yard shot when my arrow deflected a twig.

With only about 3 hours left, I gulped down a sandwich and gatorade, and had him drop me off in the back of the ranch with the wind in my face. I slowly picked my way through the brush searching for one of these exotic antelope. As the sun began to sink I continued picking my way home. Ahead about 200 yards I spotted a lone bull feeding. When he put his head down, I would creep foreward. At first I was crawling, and then I got to about 120 yards , and I was able to get a large mesquite bush between us. The wind was blowing, which muffled my noises, I quickly closed the gap. I peeked around the tree an he was about 60 yards. I waited for him to come a little closer. At 50 yards all I needed was broadside. "Pleeeese Lord", I prayed. Then on cue he turned. Within seconds I drew and found my 45 yard pin midship, tight behind the shoulder. I touched off, and I heard the hollow chunk of a double lung pass through. He bolted and ran full bore away from me. Then on cue he did a wide circle and came back to the same spot he was in when I shot him. For a brief second I was unsure of the hit, but I saw a spot on his side right where I was aiming. He then started to quiver and his knees were wobbling. I attempted another shot but he was probably 65, and my arrow flew slightly low. He then ran to a spot about 35 yards away and lay down. He then started a series of death moans. Each series was a little less than the one before it. I knew it was over, but I wanted to bring quick closure. A follow up shot from the top of the back into the heart at 5 yards closed the deal. A silent thanks to the Lord for making this a perfect hunt. Many of these bulls run hundreds of yard before collapsing, and leaving weak blood trails. The guide was shocked to see that I had gotten the deal done as I said I would. I have never had a level of confidence in my bow like my Inferno. Within 50 yards , I have complete faith . 30 yards used to be as far as I would shoot. Now thats a chip shot. My first pin is at 25,35,45. I even bought some heavier arrows to see how they flew, and I was even more surprised to see accuracy increased, and increased stability in the wind. The adjustable draw length allowed me to experiment and tune to perfection.

Thanks for the great bow. I am a little disappointed that I don't see them on the hunting shows, but I realize that is what you are paying for with the big name bows. I am just happy that I found Parker, and I will be a field rep by testimonial.

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