I studied Kyudo Archery in Kyoto, Japan at the Marutamachi Butokuden for three years.
Returning to Canada and the United States, I had the honor to meet Esquimalt (Victoria, BC) and Haida First Nations Mentors, who helped me to deconstruct some of my preconceived notions related to colonialism and Native Identity.
My research into New Media as vehicle for cultural and linguistic preservation brought me North to Nunavik and Nunavut. There, my thoughts and feelings towards hunting also changed dramatically as the artificiality related to sustenance shopping in urban environments came to my awareness.
Although I had the opportunity to hunt with firearms in the Arctic, I prefer bowhunting as a (for me) more spiritual form of hunting that combines my Kyudo experiences with some of what I have learned from my Inuit mentors.
From a technical perspective, I have chosen to hunt from the ground (using blinds) rather than in tree stands due to the challenges of holding in full draw from a stand.
I use a Hoyt longbow and although my sights are tuned to 80 yards I will only shoot to 50 in order to strive for ethical hunts.