From the Author
Phillips: When Jim first came to the Shooting HuntingOutdoor Trade show (SHOT Show) the first time, I'd been going to SHOT Shows formany years. I walked by his booth and saw a fuzzy-faced man with a smile fromear to ear. He read my nametag and called me over to show me this newcamouflage that he'd invented called Trebark. Now remember, up until that show,the only camouflage that hunters wore was military camouflage, and everyoneknew what it looked like. Jim's Trebark didn't look anything like the militarycamo being worn at that time. After he told me why he'd made his camouflagelook like the trunk of a tree, he asked me what I thought of his new pattern. Isaid, "Fella, you should try to make all the money you can at this show,because you won't be back next year. That's the ugliest pattern I've ever seenin my life." Once again, that big ear-to-ear smile that is Jim Crumley'strademark was painted on his face. "I'm sorry you feel that way, John," hesaid. "But if I send you a suit of Trebark camouflage, will you at least try itin the woods next hunting season and let me know what you think?"
I wore that suit of Trebark for the next three or fourhunting seasons and was amazed at how well it blended-in with the variousplaces I was hunting. During that time, I must have written 20-magazine articlesor more about this revolutionary new camouflage pattern. Apparently I wasn'tthe only writer who Crumley sent a suit to, and I wasn't the only writer wholearned to like it and understand the advantage that a hunter gained by wearingit. During those first days of Trebark, I called, wrote and hunted with Jim andhis wife Sherry several different times. We became good friends, and I learnedthat Jim was a master bowhunter. Too, he'd developed techniques for managinghis land to produce big bucks, and he had hunting strategies that reallyworked. I felt they would not only work for Jim Crumley, but for other huntersas well.
Question: Why do you think a book on JimCrumley's bowhunting tactics is needed at this time?
Phillips: Everyone knows that the amount of landhunters have to hunt is shrinking in many states. Most of the best property tohunt is large plots of private lands that have been leased by a fewindividuals. Jim Crumley is one of the few individuals I know who've learned tomanage small acreages of private land and produce great bowhunting spots forhim and his friends. To make these small acreages productive places forbowhunters, you not only have to know how to manage the deer and the land, buthow to manage the hunting pressure and how to bowhunt intensively to besuccessful. Therefore, I believe this book to be somewhat unique, because ofthe tips and tactics that Jim makes available for all of us in it.