“I can’t believe he’s that big. A lot of the baby clothes we bought for him will have to be returned. They’re already too small for him to wear.”
ALBANY, Tex.—Late last month, Mike Huston crouched in a prickly pear patch. His blood-stained quiver—sewn from the hide of a deer he killed—was full of arrows fashioned from turkey feathers, wild plants and sharpened stones.
Nearby, a half dozen feral hogs grunted through the West Texas dust. When they drew within a few yards, Mr. Huston laid an arrow against a bow of rough wood and deer sinew, pulling it taut. The black boar was oblivious until it heard the thwack of Mr. Huston’s bowstring.
Mr. Huston, who goes by “Hawk,” is at the forefront of a backward movement in the U.S.: Hunters are increasingly devolving, favoring crude hand-wrought weapons made with ancient methods.
As for high-powered modern guns and pricey carbon-fiber bows? “People are tired of that,” says Randy Rifenburgh, a longtime primitive hunter who goes by “Rattlin’ Randy” in his hunting-instruction videos. “Technology has made it too easy for the real hunters.”
Some use flint-tipped arrows for deer and coyotes, while others fell wild boar and alligators with rudimentary spears. With weapons of his own design, Mr. Huston, 41, has targeted elk and deer and impaled stingrays in the Gulf of Mexico “They taste like scallops,” he says.
Everything’s bigger in Texas, including ignorance.