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Corey Haas’ breakthrough for archery came around 13 with an aluminum arrow found while pheasant hunting at Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife with family and friends.
Fascination with that arrow turned into a lifetime pursuit.
“I get a little obsessive compulsive with some things,” he said. “I did with a bow.”
By 16, he took his first buck in Will County. Jump ahead 27 years and Haas, 43, a union electrician from Channahon, was the creative force behind the Bow Shop Bible app, released around Christmas.
Archery season for deer in Illinois opens Oct. 1.
Last weekend I discussed the app with Haas, who was raised a duck and goose hunter. His late dad, Alan, was a noted taxidermist in Lockport.
The intersection of technology and outdoors fascinates me.
Explosive changes in GPS altered fishing and anchoring. Crossbows are vastly different than other bows. The monofilament fishing line I grew up using, compared to the modern braided line, is like a horse and buggy is to a Tesla. The Vasque boots I hiked the Appalachian Trail with 40 years ago, compared to modern hiking boots, are what cement blocks are to slip-ons. Changes in optical equipment—cameras, scopes, binoculars—greatly altered both hunting and birding.
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