Byron became infatuated with the bow and arrow at the age of 12 and began working as a bricklayer's helper to earn money to purchase his first recurve.
Now famous for his coin trick, Byron once shot eight dimes in a row out of the air.
He uses no sights or other gadgets when he shoots.
He developed his style of shooting by sitting in a totally dark room and shooting out the flames of candles.
Splitting a playing card in half - from the side - is one of Byron's favorite tricks.
The most difficult shot of Byron's career came while performing on the television show Super People in Tokyo when he shot an arrow through a diamond ring. Without knowing about the trick and without any practice, Byron made a perfect shot.
Byron strongly believes in Howard Hill's philosophy: If you want to become a good archer then you should learn the bow and let your body become an extension of the bow. If you want to become a great archer, you should let your body become the arrow.
When he began shooting, he did not have to worry about hitting the paper target on a bale of hay - he could not even hit the hay.
Byron is a show favorite, attracting not only avid bowhunters and archers, but whole families.
One of the major reasons he shoots a longbow is because it has so much romance tied to it. Longbows are traceable to the cavemen and have been praised in songs, poems and stories since the dawn of mankind.
When Byron Ferguson put down his hunting rifle in favor of a bow and arrow, he had more than 200 whitetails to his credit.
Byron was the first American invited to Europe to demonstrate his longbow skills since the legendary Howard Hill toured the continent more than 40 years ago. When Byron performed at the National Game Fair on the grounds of Chambord Castle in France, he was the most popular attraction and earned the title "King of the Show".
Byron appeared on American Shooter on TNN, ESPN, ESPN2 and OLN for ten years where his "SHOT OF THE WEEK" was the most watched portion of the show. Byron is again working with Jim Scoutten, host of American Shooter, on Jim's new program "Shooting USA" on The Outdoor Channel and "IMPOSSIBLE SHOTS". Byron served as host and producer on TNN's "Everything Outdoors" the worlds first "how-to" outdoor TV program. While filming a segment for this show the Apache Indians named Byron "TDO-EE-CEE-E" which means The One That Doesn't Miss.
In 2003 Byron formed BYRON FERGUSON PRODUCTIONS, a full service video production company. This company produces Byron's video work as well as work for anyone needing high quality video production or DVD duplication. Byron is the author of "Become The Arrow" a paperback instructional book on bare bow shooting as well as the video of the same title and other archery related video's.
Since Byron began shooting exhibition archery he has performed in the following countries:
France -- Live at the French Game Fair
Japan -- Live National TV
Chile -- Live National TV
Italy -- Live National TV
Spain -- Live National TV
Canada -- Taped delay National TV�
USA -- Live National TV - Taped delay National TV Live�
Appearances - 24 major outdoor shows in 1996 - 23 in 2004
Some of these events draw over 100,000 people.
Sweden -- Summer 2001 - Swedish Game Fair
Austria - Spring 2010 - Byron Ferguson Exhibition in Graz
Germany - July 2011 - Byron Ferguson Exhibition in Eisenbach
Finland - June 2012 - Byron Ferguson Exhibition sets new record for attendance
Brazil - July 2012 - Byron Ferguson Exhibition wins award for "Most Attended" event at the Brazil Sport Show - Sao Paulo
Nov. 29, 2001 - The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
2008 - Byron Stars in the History Channel's "Extreme Marksmen"
2009 - Byron Stars in the History Channel's "More Extreme Marksmen"
2010 - Byron Stars in German TV program by MAXIMUS FILM GmbH
July 2011 - Byron guest Stars on the "Super Human" TV program.
June 2004 - to present : Byron contiunes his role on Shooting USA's "IMPOSSIBLE SHOTS"
Hailed by the Press ..........
I finally got to see Byron Ferguson in action. I don't think I was ever that spellbound as a child. Ferguson created magic with the 68-inch longbow, slamming bull's-eyes from every imaginable hunting position. - Mike Bolton, The Birmingham News
Today, Byron Ferguson is not only one of the South's top bowhunters, he is also one of the country's premier trick archers - capable of impaling a silver dollar-sized disc in flight with an aluminum arrow from his longbow. - Tim Tucker, The Palm Beach Post
It appears that the Howard Hill torch has been passed to another native Alabaman. - J. Morgan Smith, Traditional Bowhunter
I have only observed the late Howard Hill accomplish feats similar to those of Byron. His achievements with the traditional longbow are a true credit to his sportsmanship, dedication, hard work and desire to be the best there is. Byron Ferguson is a sincere archer with a performance record second to none. - Pete Fosselman, Bow & Arrow Hunting Magazine
Byron is an individual who is a great archer, an exceptional showman, a very competent bowyer and an all around credit to our sport. I've watched him hold bowhunters in fascination with his easy Alabama manner while he made his longbow talk and his arrows sing. - Norb Mullaney, Bowhunting World
Like the immortal Howard Hill, Ferguson shoots with precision and accuracy that masters of the longbow have become legends for. I am amazed not only by his skill with the bow and arrow, but by his approach to life. Shooting dimes out of the air or shooting deer on the run, Ferguson is a master craftsman worthy of the Lincoln Green of Sherwood Forest. - John Phillips, Outdoor Writers of America -