BOWHUNTING


As a Marine Biologist and active fishermen, Juan loves to pursue fish, but he also enjoys chasing game with his bow and arrow. He loves the adventure and physical challenge of pursuing game in diverse environments. Juan has been an avid hunter for almost 40 years. He first started hunting small game in Maine at the age of 10. One great things about the elementary school program in Bucksport, Maine during the 70s was that kids were taught gun safety in school; he learned how to handle firearms at a very early age. Juan began shooting targets at the age of 10. His first firearms were a Remington semi-automatic 20 gauge shotgun and a semi-automatic Marlin .22. Juan later purchased a Marlin 30-30 using the money he had saved from raking blue berries on his friend's (Mark) land. Some of his earliest memories is hunting gray squirrels with his buddy Lance; they both used Crossman pelet guns that were outfitted with 4x power scopes. Today, Juan is still a gun enthusiast. He loves practicing with his handguns, shotguns, and rifles. Juan also enjoys customizing tactical firearms. When it comes to chasing game, he relies only on the compound bow and arrow. In fact, Juan hasn't hunted with a firearm in over 15 years. He has pursued animals with his compound bow from the swamps of Florida to the mountains of Colorado and the plains of South Africa.  

 

 

His current dream is to purchase remote, off the grid, alpine (+ 8000 ft) hunting land and build an A-frame cabin in Colorado where he and his friends can chase elk on hunting vacations.

Juan C. Levesque, Bowhunter, with a Greater kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) taken at 30 yards from an elevated stand; 300 miles north of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Juan C. Levesque, Bowhunter, with a Greater kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) taken at 30 yards from an elevated stand; 300 miles north of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Spanish goat; Southwest, Texas.
Spanish goat; Southwest, Texas.

At the age of 14, his mom gave him his first compound bow; it was a Bear Whitetail Hunter. It was one the first adjustable bows on the market, which was a great option for a growing boy. He remembers setting it at 45 lb and learning to shoot it without any formal training. He indicated he learned to shoot by reading magazines and lots of trial and error (i.e., many lost arrows). When he became consistent, he decided to use his compound bow to pursue whitetail deer behind his house in Prospect, Maine. Like most early bowhunters, Juan hunted from an elevated tree stand. In those early years, before ladder stands, most hunters built permanent tree stands with lumber. Today, most states do not allow hunters to permanently build stands in trees. Although Juan does enjoy his firearms, he does prefer to hunt with a bow and arrow; some of his dire hard hunting buddies don't understand it. Actually, he has not hunted with a gun in over 15 years. Now, he did use a crossbow about a year ago when he accidentally knocked off his peep sight from his bow string during a hunt in Ohio with his buddy Lance. He does admit that Lance's crossbow was sweet, but has yet to purchase one; only time will tell whether he will get a crossbow or not...

15 feet above the ground; huning whitetail deer on Lance's Ohio land.
15 feet above the ground; huning whitetail deer on Lance's Ohio land.

Juan has pursued game throughout the United States from Maine to Florida. He has chased elk in Colorado on two different occasions and hunted goats in the mountains of Hawaii. When he lived in Texas, he loved to hunt pigs and whitetail deer; he also hunted various exotic animals like sheep and goats. Juan feels blessed that he was able to hunt for bear in Alberta, Canada and plains animals in South Africa several years ago. He believes hunting trips like these is what life is about...memories and experiences. As a biologist, he obviously advocates management and responsible hunting. He and his wife enjoy cooking and sharing game with family and friends.