Fred Bear Quotes: Wisdom from a Legendary Bowhunter


The wildlife and its habitat cannot speak, so we must and we will.

A hunt based only on trophies taken falls far short of what the ultimate goal should be.

Go afield with a good attitude, respect for the wildlife you hunt and for the forest and fields in which you walk.

Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person.

I never knew a bowhunter that couldn’t use another dozen arrows.

Hardships are quickly forgotten. Intense heat, bitter cold, rain and snow, fatigue, and luckless hunting fade quickly into memories of great fellowship, thoughts of beautiful country, pleasant camps, and happy campfires.

A thousand dollar gun is not required to kill a thousand dollar deer.

Mechanical broadheads will rob your bow of the power it has. It’s just simple physics. Energy in must equal energy out.

Take the first good shot you get. It may be the only one you?ll see.

Hunting with the bow and arrow is at once the oldest and the most modern method of hunting.

Hunting and fishing is more than a rigor… it?s an art, a craft, a science, a family and a culture.

Hunting is a passion, a calling, a gift from God, a connection with nature that humbles and empowers.

There?s more to hunting than the hunt. The real hunting of any trip is for true adventure. The harvest is simply bonus.

The best equipment in the world is no substitute for good judgment.

There’s much more to hunting than pulling the trigger.

I have always tempered my killing with respect for the game pursued.

A hungry stomach, an empty pocket and a broken heart can teach the best lessons of life.

Go afield with a good attitude, with respect for the wildlife you hunt and for the forest and fields in which you walk.

There is no place for arrogance in the outdoors.

Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul.

The history of the bow and arrow is the history of mankind.

If you are not working to protect hunting, then you are working to destroy it.

Wildness can be a way of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.

A downed animal is most certainly the object of a hunting trip, but it becomes an anticlimax when compared to the many other pleasures of the hunt.

The best part of hunting and fishing was the thinking about going and the talking about it after you got back.?

A good hunter… that’s somebody the animals come to.

The wilderness holds answers to more questions than we yet know how to ask.

There’s more fun in hunting with the handicap of the bow than there is in hunting with the sureness of the gun.

The genuine sportsman does not find game plentiful enough unless it exists in a certain abundance.

The best equipment for all kinds of hunting is a clear head.

The very essence of instinct is that it’s followed independently of reason.

The impossible jobs are the only ones which seem worth doing.

In the school of the outdoors, there is no graduation day.

The rewards of shooting a bow are many ? physical fitness, coordination and concentration.

One does not hunt in order to kill; on the contrary, one kills in order to have hunted.

Never let your aim be clouded by fear.

There’s more to hunting than just the kill.

Nature’s beauty is a gift that cultivates appreciation and gratitude.

If you hunt for the love of nature and thrill of the chase, you’re a true sportsman.

Some call it hunting, but it feels more like home.

The spirit of the wild calls, and I must answer.

The hunt isn’t over when the arrow leaves the bow.

A hunter’s heart knows no bounds.

With only the earth as your witness, strive for true marksmanship.

Hunting is not what we do, it is who we are.

In the stillness of the forest, I find my true self.

Hunting isn’t just about the gear, it’s about the experience.

I hunt to live, and I live to hunt.

The silence of the woods has a song. A hunter knows it by heart.

Patience is the hunter’s best weapon.

Nothing clears a troubled mind better than shooting a bow.

In every arrow that flies, I see life, not death.

To connect with the outdoors, we must disconnect from the indoors.

Embrace the thrill of the hunt.

The wilderness holds answers to questions we have not yet learned to ask.

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