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Why Bowhunter Phillip Dalrymple Made the Switch to PSE Almost 30 Years Ago


Phillip Dalrymple

Phillip Dalrymple

Editor’s Note: Phillip Dalrymple of Tucson, Arizona, and his family had a history with Jennings bows. For Dalrymple to break from the tradition of shooting Jennings bows and start shooting PSE bows back in 1983 was almost a major family problem. But since the switch, he’s never looked back – and today is one of the nation’s top bowhunters.

I grew-up shooting Jennings Bows, because my Dad had a good friend who was one of the first three employees of Tom Jennings. Due to the family friendship, I’d always shot Jennings bows. I was a tournament archery shooter in the Bowhunter Class and had shot some National Field Archery Association tournaments. But in 1983 when PSE introduced the Vector, one of the first cam bows on the market, I changed to PSE. The Vector was 15- to 20-percent faster than the equivalent bows made by other bow manufacturers. At the time, I was shooting fingers competitively in the Bowhunter Class. The advantage I got from the Vector was a tremendous improvement on the pin gap (judging distance between two sight pins). Having a tighter pin gap was a huge improvement, especially when you were shooting a 100 round. You might have a target at 41 yards, and the next target might be at 48 yards. When I decided to change to PSE from Jennings, my Dad asked, “Why are you changing?” I told him it was strictly due to the performance of the bow, since the PSE bow shot better, especially in competition, than my Jennings bow did.

I don’t compete now as much as I once did. I still shoot in local 3D tournaments, but after 2002, I gave-up shooting field archery, because of family obligations. Too, I wanted to be more active as a hunter. Right now I’m shooting the PSE X-Force bow, and I also have a PSE X-Force Axe that I shoot some tournaments with and use for hunting.

Although I’m a CPA by profession, I still find time to make two or three major hunts a year. I also enjoy hunting around home for deer, javelina and turkey. My dad, Thomas Dalrymple, founded the “Bowhunting in Arizona Record Book” in 1975, and it’s patterned after the “Pope & Young Club Bowhunting Big Game Records of North America” book. It also has some different awards to recognize a well-rounded hunter who’s willing to pursue more than one species of game. Corky Richardson is a PSE shooter and a good friend of mind. He and I started working on the Cochise Award, which required a bowhunter to take seven of the 12 big-game species in Arizona that could be hunted with a bow. We achieved that goal in 1989. Then another award was added to the record-book program called the Kaibab Award. To receive this award, you had to harvest 11 of the now 14 big-game animals in Arizona, which included two kinds of sheep. All the animals had to make the Arizona Record Book to obtain this award. I was the second person in the State of Arizona to earn the Kaibab Award, because I took cougar, bear, turkey, antelope, elk, Coues deer, mule deer, bison, javelina, coyotes, foxes and also a bobcat which, is considered non-measurable species.

The only big-game species I haven’t taken is the Rocky Mountain big horn sheep and the desert big horn sheep, because I haven’t drawn either tag yet. In some of the units with sheep tags, your odds of drawing a tag may be as good as 50 to 1. In other areas that are more popular, your odds may be 600 to 1 for drawing a tag. Bill Hardy, whose son, Tracy Hardy is a PSE shooter and a good friend of mine, has applied every year that Arizona has given sheep tags, starting sometime in the 1950s. Bill is 72-years old right now, and he’s never been drawn.

Tomorrow: PSE’s Phillip Dalrymple Loves to Elk Hunt

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