Archery Pioneer Jerry Simmons Passes Away

Jerry Simmons, inventor of the Simmons Shark Broad Head passes away after a long bout with cancer.

Jerry Simmons
Archery Pioneer Jerry Simmons Passes Away
AmmoLand Gun News
AmmoLand Gun News

Kingsport, TN –-( Bowhunting legend Jerry Simmons, creator of the Simmons Shark Broad Head, passed away Sunday Sept 8 2013 at his home in Jasper Alabama.

While Jerry is best known for his almost supernatural skills at hunting Whitetail Deer (almost 400 bow kills before losing count several years ago) he was also successful at taking every animal he hunted, from wild turkey to elk and bear.

Jerry first became interested in bow hunting big game while serving in the U.S. Army. He hunted whitetail deer in the Maryland marshes while on active duty. After being discharged he returned to Alabama just in time for the first bowhunt ever in his home state. Jerry harvested at 4 point buck during that short season making him the first Alabama bowhunter to take a deer with the bow and arrow.

Internationally acclaimed archer Byron Ferguson credits Jerry Simmons as being his mentor.

“Jerry was a rare breed, he never harvested a single deer with a firearm of any kind, he stayed true to the bow and arrow. Everything I know about bowhunting I owe to Jerry. He was my mentor, hunting partner and dear friend. Rest assured every arrow I loose at a whitetail Jerry will be with me”.

Funeral arrangements to be announced.

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Having bowhunted with Jerry Simmons, I know of no other bowbunter of whitetail deer to be his equal. He was a great woodsmen and could read deer sign the best, not to mention a good shot with bow and arrow under hunting conditions. While Neal Spratlin, Jerry Simmons and myself were hunting at Scotch management area in Alabama, Neal and Jerry were hunting the same food plot. Jerry was on his treestand at one end of the field and Neal on his on the other. A doe deer walked out and stood under Neal’s stand. Jerry kept waiting for Neal… Read more »