"More Heart than ability"
Name: Drew Butterwick
From: Denver, CO
Learn About Drew
What Drives you in your Endeavor?
Personal achievement. Not the record books or public eye, but that total sense of accomplishment standing over a trophy after a well-placed arrow and probably a big ol' hike.
What makes you different than other hunters?
More heart. I don't practice as much as some. I don't research gear as much. I do my area homework, but not until 3a every night. But when it gets tough ... the blisters, the elements, the fatigue ... I can pull from a reserve that's sits in my chest. More heart than ability.
What is something you do different in your preparation for a hunt or even during a hunt?
I only practice with one arrow. One shot each time. You only get one shot and so that's I practice doing. At 70 yards, I let fly, walk all the way down range, pull the arrow and walk back. Sometimes I'll walk two miles just practicing at 50 yards. It's practice for accuracy, but more-so for focus. One shot equals one kill.
Why do you wear Predator Camo?
I have to be able to count on my gear. All of it. My bow, my boots and especially my camo. If I get winded or if I get spotted at any point in a stalk, it's over. So the last thing I'd leave to chance is my camo. I don't care who wears it in the bar, has it on their nascar or plastered to their truck. I care about total and absolute concealment. You can't crawl in the open under the eyes of a sheep or mountain goat in camp that looks black past 100 yards. Open pattern technology. Believe it!
What hunt is at the top of your bucket list?
Mongolian Sheep ... one day I'm going to get to use my Golden Arrow. I'm saving it for that hunt.
PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT IS WHAT DRIVES DREW YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT.
Some friends said I was crazy…some said dumb…but for some reason I had this itch that had to be scratched. The #1 item on my hunting Bucket List was to backpack into the back country of Montana, find a mature bull elk, harvest him with a my bow, pack it out and as if I needed to add another level of challenge to this adventure, try to capture it all on film completely solo. I knew trying to pull this off at retirement age would be extremely difficult because the two most import tools I would need to pull this off were semi-young legs and a strong back.
As I started my journey into my thirties, I knew my window of opportunity was quickly passing and this bucket list item would have to get crossed off now. There was something alluring to me about hiking into the unknown with only your food, shelter, and weapon strapped to your back, and having no idea when or where you would finally find that target animal. I wanted to see if I really had the physical and mental abilities to handle the elements of Mother Nature, the fatigue of the mountains, and the self-discipline to handle it all on my own.