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Author Topic: lost my first arrow of the season  (Read 945 times)

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lost my first arrow of the season
« on: September 08, 2014, 09:59:27 AM »
As expensive as arrows are, we absolutely hate to lose one. Not to mention the embarrassment of missing the mark. Yesterday, Bugfixer, myself, my nephew and bug's young son was getting in some practice. I am normally a 35 yard guy. I can generally make 40 yard shots but have never been real comfortable doing so. I'm pretty good up to 35 yards. So, I decided to work on my longer shots yesterday and my first 40 yard shot skimmed the very top of the target, blew off 2 fletchings (which did look kind of cool) and skipped my arrow off into the woods. No way to find that one (maybe this winter). Not one to give up, I adjusted my pin and put the next 2 shots where they needed to be.

Its been a while since I have lost an arrow practicing but I guess that's the way the ball, or should I say arrow, bounces..
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Re: lost my first arrow of the season
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2014, 10:14:12 AM »
I hope that errant shot was with a longbow or recurve because if you did that with a compound, we will have to tease you quite a bit I am afraid.
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Re: lost my first arrow of the season
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2014, 10:17:04 AM »
Better to shoot high now than to do it when Mr Big is standing in front of you.
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Re: lost my first arrow of the season
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2014, 10:45:06 AM »
it was a compound but for years I have only shot a single pin. My first pin is dead on at 30 yards. I have to shoot a tad low for yardage under 30 and a tad high for 35. The next pin down, which I never use was the one I tried. I thought it looked close so I tried it. Nope.. Too high. Made an adjustment and added a 40 yard pin to my arsenal. In Alabama, where I hunted for years, 99% of your shots would be less than 30 yards because of the thick areas we hunted. Now that I am in KY with more open woods and fields, I figured it was time to expand my range a little.. Even now, I have no plans of going beyond 40 yards. I only shoot 60 lbs and 40 yards is as far as I feel I can make a good shot. I don't doubt there are people who can shoot further (I watched bugfixer nail a 60 yard shot that same day) and don't hold those longer shots against anyone who tries them. As for me, 40 yards is the most I want to go. If I cant get them any closer than that, then I need to work on my stand placement and stealth skills..   @--0--0120
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Re: lost my first arrow of the season
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2014, 11:17:45 AM »
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Re: lost my first arrow of the season
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2014, 11:21:56 AM »
I was always pretty comfortable shooting targets out to about 60 yards for 3D but when hunting season rolled around I would set one pin at 25 yards and keep every shot under 30.   To many issues shooting the wrong pin under pressure etc.

Better to miss on a target than on an animal; I've never had a unrecoverable target.   ;-D
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Re: lost my first arrow of the season
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2014, 03:08:37 PM »
We all miss every now and then.
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Re: lost my first arrow of the season
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2014, 05:50:16 PM »
I don't think too many animals are shot over 40 yards. I think I saw an elk study that said the majority of elk harvested was under 35 yards.

the longest deer shot I ever took/made was only 42 yards. at the time I could hit a pie plate at 80 yards w/o issue. that's back when I had plenty of time on my hands and a long range to use.

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Re: lost my first arrow of the season
« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2014, 05:59:30 PM »
Don't feel so bad HM, you should know my expertise on compound bow target practice.  At the summerblast I lost some of Tom's arrows --099-780  almost got a bird or two --099-780
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Re: lost my first arrow of the season
« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2014, 07:10:45 PM »
I have heard this done but have never actually done it. Wrap a very small piece of reflective tape on the back of the arrow shaft. If you loose it, go after dark with a flashlight and it should show up like a reflective tack we use to find our way to our stand. This is like putting a lock on the chicken coop after he fox gets the chickens but might help for the future.
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Re: lost my first arrow of the season
« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2014, 09:37:14 PM »
That one pin approach is known as Kentucky windage and you live there and it didn't work... @--0--0105

We've all lost a few arrows and your right there not cheap these days. I use three pins and have them set at 15, 30 and 40 yards. 40 is my limit and I've missed a few at that distance in the thick woods of Georgia! Glad you've got the second pin dialed in...best of luck!
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Re: lost my first arrow of the season
« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2014, 07:32:20 AM »
I went with a neon yellow zebra strip arrow wrap that made them much easier to see in flight and find later but I like the idea of the reflective tape. I may try that...
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Re: lost my first arrow of the season
« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2014, 07:53:24 AM »
For a long time I used hot pink and neon green fetching and reflective arrow wrap.    A lot of my friends laughed at it but I rarely lost an arrow and they were always easy to see in flight.

The downside is when I had a nice shot on the 3D course, it gave everyone shooting after me a nice bright spot to aim for.
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Re: lost my first arrow of the season
« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2014, 08:04:45 AM »
been there done that...usually it is found after the winter snows melt in the foodplot  but the field tip is rusted tight to it...why most of my practicing is done from a tree stand......now even with the bad knee, it's easier with the new potable cube I bought this summer...I use to drag out the small 3D deer...lost most arrows because the deer would tip  over and snap the carbons in half @--0--0127 now a miss means I have to hope I didn't hit a rock under the soil

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Re: lost my first arrow of the season
« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2014, 08:15:27 AM »
You need that to happen every now and then to keep you focused. It will make you practice more.
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