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I emailed Wade about this because I couldn't get this topic posted before but I'm trying again. On a Bear Archery catalogue cover and a company postcard, Fred is pictured by his standing mount of the big brown bear. He is in street cloths and holding what appears to be a '59 Kodiak but it may be a '60. The quiver side of the sight window appears to have a decorative inlay. I seem to recall that this was available from Bear for a little while but I could be (probably am) mistaken. Anybody know anything about this bow or have a scanned photo that could be enlarged with the zoom feature on a pc? Grant
I have a scanned image of the card but I don't know how well it will blow up. Unfortunately the computer that the scan is on is not able to access the internet so I can't play with it and send it. This if from photobucket.
I had the brilliant idea of taking the actual postcard which is clearer than my scan downstairs and looking at it under a 20X lighted magnifier and although it looks like an elongated diamond the dark smudge in the center is way off center and the two side points are not symetrical, one is lower than the other which still indicates to me a reflection.
Grant- I don't believe that bow was ever available through Bear.I think it was a custom job done for Fred or someone.I do remember seeing that bow hanging on the wall of the Bear Museum last time I visited it while still in Gainesville.Bass Pro should have it now.I may have taken a pictur of it years ago but I don't know if I can find it.If I do I'll let you know.
The last time I saw that bow it was hanging on the wall in Fred Bear's museum-like office in Gainesville. That was in the late 1990s. Where it is now is anyone's guess, maybe with the Bass Pro stuff. I don't recall ever hearing about its history.
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That is also the bow Fred is holding on the cover of the 1961 Bear catalog.It's been awhile,but if I remember correctly the bow has the orange colored glass on the belly and dark brown glass on the back.I believe it is a custom '59 Kodiak.Don't remember the limb tip overlays but I'm pretty sure it's a '59 Kodiak.
I thought the 1961 catalog was the pic of Fred over looking the salmon river in Idaho pic was taken by Glenn StCharles.I'am also pretty certin that is the bow in the bob cat print and Joe told me something about the bow but darned if I can remember what the hell it was bd