Don’t Lose Another Arrow
If you’re a bow hunter, especially an upland hunter like me, I can’t promise you will never lose another arrow, but I think I can help you find most of them.
I’m currently using Easton AXIS arrows. They shoot really well for me so I take steps not to lose them.
I like to fletch my arrows with large bright feathers – Hot Pink or Bright Blue.
In addition to the bright feathers, I paint my arrow shafts. I use a white or silver base coat followed by a translucent florescent pink and my arrows shine like lightbulbs in the field.
PAINTED and UNPAINTED ARROW SHAFTS
Speaking of lightbulbs, where would we all be without Burt Coyote’s Lumenok? These nocks are actually light bulbs that can easily be seen at 100 yards or more in lowlight conditions.
I’m currently using six feathers, 5 inch and 4 inch, alternated around the shaft.
My arrows match my 55 pound black widow recurve.
I put on enough feathers that regardless of the angle of the bow, my arrow will not travel over 100 yards. A good hunting flu flu arrow will only travel 70 to 80 yards at a 45° angle; never 100 yards or more. If you have a heavier bow use more feathers and if you’re shooting a lighter bow you can use less feathers. Not only is this a good safety practice, it’s really helps in arrow retrieval.
After I shoot at a flushing bird, I will quickly launch a follow-up arrow. I will lob it in the air trying to hit my first arrow. We refer to this as a marker arrow. The marker arrow sticks up in the field like a flag, making an easy to find indicator of where my first arrow landed. On the other hand, if I get the bird, I simply pick up the bird and my arrow and it’s a win-win.
My friends and I have a contest to see who can be the closest to their first arrow with the marker arrow. It’s surprising how good you can get lobbing an arrow at a target 50 to 60 yards away.
If you’re not within a few feet by the end of the day, at least with the group I shoot with, you will find yourself in the loser’s bracket. It’s a great way to determine who’s buying breakfast or lunch that day.
As a last resort, I put bird scent on my arrows. If we can’t find them out right, I instruct my dog Ripley to hunt them up. Ripley will usually find the arrow in short order. It’s a beautiful thing and a fun way to train your dog in the off-season.
Stay tuned to this website follow Ripley, Mesquite and myself across the US on a UPLAND HUNT OF A LIFE TIME.