Thad & Brian's Introduction
Brian and Thad's interest in the Outdoors! Their attitude toward using primitive gun & bow reflects
their deep concern for fair chase and great respect for all fish and animals. They have been in many
newspaper articles, magazines and television plus doing seminars, lectures and demonstrations on
their subject of expertise!
Thad, Brian and Rina Beckum live in Southeast Georgia on Ebenezer
Creek, a tributary of the Savannah River and an Old Growth Swamp with 1000 year old cypress & tupelo
in the area! We live here to be close to the woods and water which we love.
Thad's interest in hunting and fishing was greatly influenced by a look at his own family's history
of long ago! He grew up hunting just as every other young boy in Georgia but was never really happy
with modern weapons! From the time he picked up his first arrowhead, his interest in primitive hunting
and skills was realized.
Eventually evolving into making and hunting with complete primitive
archery Thad's grandfather built Cherokee D-Bows which greatly influenced Thad to pursue the primitive
skills like, bow making using hickory and osage. Arrows from river cane, flint arrowheads and sinew bow
strings! All this came to Thad naturally since a part of his family was DNA tested Native American! This
added to Thad's interest for more primitive knowledge mainly in the area of hunting weapons.
started hunting small game and whitetail deer with stone age bow & arrow in the 1990's. He has successfully
taken many whitetail deer with primitive bow & arrow! Bows made from natural materials, even the points on
his arrows being made of stone (flint/obsidian, chert). Thad has taken the only record book Pope & Young
whitetail deer in Georgia on record using his hand-made bows & arrows.
He made the first video ever
made, showing whitetail deer taken with complete hand-made primitive archery gear! This shows Thad's
interest in primitive culture, Native Americans, hunting and the attitude of fair chase!
fished all his life for all species of fish! His favorite method is in the use of the Fly-rod! He pursues
the warm-water species of his region such as bluegill, shell cracker, speckled perch or crappy and
largemouth bass and (red breast sunfish). Since living on the coast gives Thad saltwater fly-fishing
opportunities such as speckled trout, spanish mackerel, spot tail bass (red fish) etc. Back home Thad
says that to be honest nothing is more fun than to catch bluegills on the bed in our black-water swamps
on a 3-weight or 5-weight Fly-rod! The action is fast and exciting and oz. for pound a blue-gill in the
pound range is a serious opponent.
Thad Beckum earned his certification for scuba diving in 1969
at the age of 12 years in Georgia and has spent many, many hours watching fish in salt & freshwater which
gave him a knowledge of fish not found on dry land.
He made deep south Fly-fishing to eliminate
some of the dogma associated with warm-water Fly-Fishing and plans on a whole series of video on
fresh-water and salt-water Fly-Fishing down South.