Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Close Encounter.(Outdoors & Recreation)

Byline: Randy Harrison Journal Staff Writer

Stalking skills and patience help trophy bowhunter creep near enough to his dangerous prey to take a shot

The way Kevin Reid hunts could be likened to charging hell with a bucket of water. Only hell sometimes charges back.

Once it came at him in the hulking form of a grizzly in British Columbia seeking its last meal.

Once it was an ice chute that nearly sent him slipping over the edge of a 200-foot cliff. But he caught a boulder and held on while frantic companions threw him a rope, and a horse pulled him to safety.

On other occasions and armed with no more than a bow and arrows Reid has endured the searing heat and brutal cold of faraway places to get close to some of the world's most dangerous beasts. And then it's usually one shot and they're gone, hit or miss.

"No question he's a little crazy," said Jack D'Ambrosio, owner and operator of The Archery Shoppe and Gallery in Albuquerque, which helps equip Reid for hunts here, there and everywhere.

Crazy, D'Ambrosio says, because Reid willingly puts himself in peril.

As a bowhunter, "you have to get within 30 yards to harvest," said Reid, 39, a Rio Rancho commercial real estate developer. "It hones stalking skills and patience. It was a natural progression as far as being more challenging. …

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