Shrew Haven

I have been shooting traditional bows all of my life, having won my first archery award in 1947 at the age of eleven. I've never owned a compound bow and have hunted big game for 50 years. Shooting competition with a recurve all through the 1960's, I was once rated in the top 10 field archers in the country. I'm telling you this so you will know of my experience in the field of traditional archery. My search for the perfect hunting bow lead to the idea for the Shrew.

I wanted a compact bow that had all the characteristics (performance and stability) for a perfect hunting bow. But no one was making such a bow.

I hunted my first 25 years with a recurve; but soon came to love the quick pointing characteristics of the longbow. The longbows only drawback for hunting in tight cover was it's length. If a short longbow could be made without losing performance or stability, it would be a better hunting weapon, so the quest was on.

In the early 1990's after meeting bowyer Gary Holmes from Virginia , he and I discussed the idea for a short longbow. Gary agreed to make it and the first Shrew bows were born. Shrew bows, so named because of their short length, 52- 56" were a bold innovation to the world of traditional archery. People were used to longbows that were much longer and they were programmed to believe that short bows stacked and were unstable. It took awhile but the little Shrew soon knocked that theory into a cocked hat. Gene Wensel after hunting with a Shrew longbow called it the "Ultra-lite Flyrod" of longbows and said it was all that was needed in a good hunting bow.

Gary Holmes made the regular Shrew for a few years until he had to stop for health reasons. In 1995 I ask John McCullough whom I had known for several years if he would like to help make my Shrew bows. At the time John was making fine self bows and Grumley replicas. I had an idea for a bow that I wanted to call the "Super Shrew". The Super Shrew would have the same concept as the original Shrew with it's forward handle to help eliminate torque and stack in a shorter bow. I also wanted a molded grip with a palm swell and a thumb ridge, an ergonomic design and I instructed John in this design. This type of grip would allow the hand to slip into it like a glove, making for a consistent grip on the bow. A consistent grip is important for consistent shooting. If the hand moves around on your bow grip it will put pressure in different areas and the consequences are inconsistent arrow flight.

Other benefits of the Super Shrew are it's highly deflex / reflexed limbs that are narrowed and trapped (trapezoidal) to eliminate as much limb weight as possible. The end result is a sturdy and stable bow that will give you speed (performance) with any type of arrow, heavy or light that you prefer to use. For over twenty years in the hunting field, Shrew bows have proven themselves over and over to our many satisfied customers.

There are many longbows on the market today whose features are similar to the Super Shrew, so we must be doing something right. They say imitation is the purest form of flattery!


Ron LaClair