I don’t know what was my first love: fishing or archery . I had a bow and fishing pole stuck in my hands as a little guy. I was named after Dr. Saxton Pope a founder of what we call modern archery and bow hunting. My father was and is an avid bow hunter and outdoorsman and that’s how I got the name. Anyways back to this Saxton guy, the Dr. Pope, he was a doc in California and became friends with this guy named Ishi. Well Ishi wasn’t just a guy, he was the last Yahi Indian. He wandered into a slaughterhouse starved and desperate as he knew he was the last of his people. Well long story short Ishi ended up at the museum of anthropology and that’s where he met Dr. Saxton Pope; They became great friends. Dr. Pope taught Ishi about the new world he had been thrust into and Ishi taught him about the ways of the bow and arrow, the animals and hunting them. Ishi left us with a great deal of knowledge about the way of native archery and bow hunting, and the ways of his People. We all can trace our ancestry back to some form of tribe that lived in the ways we call native or aboriginal. Close to mother nature. That kind of knowledge is priceless and needs to be remembered, it’s the human story. We all live on this big bad rock and the old ways stood the test of time if we don’t remember them we might not .
Editor, Photographer, Author :
As Saxton likes to say, I have the endless job of turning all of his ramblings and chicken-scratch into a finished product so that all of you on the world wild web can read along. I also contribute a large percentage of the photography on the site and I have recently started adding my own literary flare by writing articles.
I started fishing at an early age with the help of my Grandpa Bob. “Bumpa,” as my brother called him because he lives on a gravel road along a river. At that time, fishing to me was putting a worm on a hook and watching for the bobber to go under. The only thing I wouldn’t do was touch the fish. Once I found out they had spikes, I was not interested. I was an avid bluegill angler for a while, but I lost touch with that until I met Saxton. Now I love to fish for any kind of fish and I do it as often as I can. I have also added “person who will touch a fish” to my list of skills. Who knows what will be next for me!