Crimson Arrows: A Bowhunting Odyssey, is written from the heart and soul of a bowhunter. Spanning three decades of his adventures, Eyad Yehyawi takes you through the emotions, heartbreaks, and successes from his earliest years in Iowa, to physically and psychologically challenging backcountry hunts in Alaska and Canada, to a breathtaking African safari. Every setback and missed opportunity is revealed, along with the rewards earned through hard work and perseverance.
Eyad H. Yehyawi has been bowhunting for nearly thirty years, traveling across the United States, Canada, and Africa. A naturalist long before he was a bowhunter, Eyad’s passion for the outdoors dates as far back as he can remember. While majoring in biology at Quincy University, he worked in conservation and wildlife management before deciding to pursue interests in health care.
We drove along the banks of the mighty Mississippi, following Highway 61’s serpentine course. It was the fall of 1991, my freshman year in high school, and my dad and I were on our way to Iowa’s Hunter Education Program. My parents weren’t surprised when I expressed an interest in hunting, but were hesitant at first, having no experience in the field themselves. Still, they understood my passion for the outdoors and gave me the green light, provided I received the proper training and tutelage. Iowa requires the completion of a Hunter Education Program before you can purchase a license, and I thought it would be a good place to start.