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    • paleoman
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      Just for fun…have any of you had anything strange happen with your equipment when shooting? Best I can offer is an arrow flew off and left the knock on the string. Any close calls with lessons learned worth passing on? I suspect more than a few of us are starting to shoot more often with fall approaching so thought I’d toss this out and see if anyone swings:lol:

    • grumpygrumpy
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      As we were growing up with bows, arrows, spears, and BB guns near misses were a daily occurrence.

      What was scary was going hunting with Art Williams. The guy seldom walked 10 feet without falling. Thus he was always in the lead, and every once in a while we would all stand there wondering what he was shooting at till we realized he was on the ground again.

    • Steve Capps
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      Accidently shot myself once. Pretty mean feat with a bow. Happened back around 1980. Brand new XX75 autumn orange 2117. Must have had a flaw in the tube because the first time I shot it snapped. The back half of the shaft was protruding from my bow arm. Switched back to cedar the next day. Started wearing an armguard too.

    • Murray
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      My best friend and I got bows for Christmas. Mine was wood, 25 pounds, and he got a green solid fiberglass bow of 30 pounds. One day we were walking, with him in the lead, across a pasture, when he suddenly turned around, kind of half drew his bow, and shot the top of my leather hunting boot. I cracked him over the head with my bow, knocking him to his knees. He could never explain why he did that, just that it came over him to do it. I wish now that I’d had my Bob Lee takedown. I could have driven him into the ground like a tent peg with that riser.

    • jpcjpc
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      Hunt alone Let this ”friend” away

      Nex time could be the last one for you :twisted::shock::oops:8)

    • John Dilts
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      When i was in my early teens we where shooting at the local club a compomd shooter showed up after a while he put one of my very lite wood arrows arrows in his compond. As soon as he released it all happened so fast. But when the back half of my arrow appeared like magic in his arm all i could say was “ha yuppie you owe me and arrow”

    • ChumpMcgee
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      First year shooting carbons with my longbow, I was shooting so well that I was banging arrows together. I happened to damage an arrow without my knowledge and the next time that I shot the arrow it exploded into 3 different pieces. The field point end went flying off to the left down range, the middle section flew directly to my left of me and the knock end some how ended up behind me. My string hit my bicep all the way down my arm to my arm guard. Before I realized it was my string that hit my arm I thought I was going to have bits of carbon sticking out of my arm. Thankfully it was only a giant string welt. Needless to say anytime that I see a damage arrow of any sort I break it in half and toss it away even if it is one of the first dozen shots with it….which has happened. I inspect my arrows anytime I hear them bang together now to make sure they are still safe to shoot.

      I have also had a nock point break upon release of my woody arrows and sent my arrow flying practically sideways before it hit a tree and broke.

    • paleoman
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      Wow! Those are stories I never would have anticipated…I don’t know how half of us “free range” kids survived knowing how we basically tried to wound each other constantly with bb’s and now arrows….I wonder if all the stupid violence we read too much of doesn’t have something to do with video games not having real bb’s hit you and making it real????

    • critchcritch
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      Back in 1980 a friend and I were shooting in his backyard. He had straw bales and a canvas hung up for a back stop. He shot an arrow, using his new fangled release and it hit the top of a bale, flew over the canvas and we had no idea where it went, it was truckin’…

      A few days later there was an article in the paper about a man finding an arrow in the headlight of his car…it was over 2 blocks from Jim’s house…

    • paleoman
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      Critchs’ story reminded me of an Uncle showing me an arrow stuck in the side of a house back in the 70’s. Story was some Bozo had seen a deer on this lawn after dark, shot, and missed. He knew some characters, I can say that. Not reccomended.

    • Charles EkCharles Ek
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      I have learned the hard way never to trust old plastic nocks on “vintage” arrows. I melt them off first if I want to use the shaft.

    • RalphRalph
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      I know a guy pretty well 😀 that once upon a time, more than 26 yrs ago, I know at least that long cause this feller hasn’t partaken in the the liquid in the targeted container, that was practicing drawing his new Bear bow, aiming at the container… and just shot it. :oops::oops:

      Two things, first there was no arrow in the bow thus no holes or other damage to the motel room and second Bear Archery was kind enough to replace the bow even if it was obvious that it had been dry fired. I didn’t try to BS them about what happened.

      I think they thought it was so humorous that they’d just help me out. I did pay the postage both ways though. Cheap lesson there.

      Thanks to them and to the Man who kept me out of trouble one more time.

    • Col MikeCol Mike
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      Well I am just amazed that nobody has commented on those gasoline soaked rags that we tied on and shot skyward (after a touch of the cig). Fun time–how did we all escape jail?

    • paleoman
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      How about bad cuts from broadheads? I never was so unlucky, but had a classmate drive one right through his palm and out the other side.

    • grumpygrumpy
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      And I thought Mike was the GOOD guy…

    • Stephen Graf
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      colmike wrote: Well I am just amazed that nobody has commented on those gasoline soaked rags that we tied on and shot skyward (after a touch of the cig). Fun time–how did we all escape jail?

      Old enough to smoke, dumb enough to play with fire. You must have been 19 😀

      They probably hadn’t invented “jails” back then 😯

    • wojo14
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      grumpy wrote: And I thought Mike was the GOOD guy…

      You obviously don’t know him too well!!! :DHAHA. Just kidding. He a great dude!8)

    • Al M
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      I will never forget my first shot with my new fiberglass bow. I was a kid about 14 yrs old and wanted to try it out. My parents wee away and I went to the basement that my dad just finished refinishing. There was a sofa against the wall where my dad put up a mural. I put a phone book on the sofa ant took a shot at it. Yep! missed the phone book and went right into his new mural. I pulled the arrow and stuffed the hole with a spitball. Colored it in with a pencil and he never found out about it. 54 yrs later, I’m a better shot now.

    • David Becker
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      I stabbed myself in the leg with a 175 grain Grizzly Broad head this year. I was sneaking around my property with an arrow on the string. I decided to head down for lunch, so I put the broad head in my bow quiver, and pulled out a blunt to do some stump shooting.

      I took my stump shot, then started to walk up and get my arrow when I felt something stab me in the leg. My arrow with the broad head was sticking out of the ground, with the nock buried in the mud, and the point buried in my calf. Apparently I didn’t get in the quiver all the way, and when I loosed the blunt, it dropped straight down.

      I took off my back pack, pulled out my Israeli combat dressing, then pulled the arrow out. It went in about 1/4″ inch, and bled pretty good, but it wasn’t life threatening.

      It arguably could have used stitches, but we are a 60 mile round trip from anyplace I could get stitches, so I just cleaned it out with an irrigation syringe, applied a little tincture of benzoin, steri-stripped it and rocked on.

      I’m real careful about putting broad heads back in the bow quiver now.

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      Cheers to being prepared and I’m glad it was not any worse. Good hunting to you. Dwc

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