You only have to hunt with a trad bow once to understand the magic. That’s how it happened for Babcock. (He’ll ask you to call him Big Jim, and at 6-foot-3 and 320 pounds, he comes by the nickname honestly.) For 28 years, he’d been a diehard compound-bow hunter before trying a stickbow in 2004. “I figured I’d shoot a doe with it, and that would scratch the itch,” Big Jim says. “Well, I shot the doe—and I sold my compound the next day.” He bought a custom longbow and then started making his own. “At one point, I just knew I had to make bows full time.” In 2008, with his wife, Barbara, he opened up shop.