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Offline NJClark7

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Looking for advice on best bow setup from seasoned bowhunters
« on: September 14, 2019, 10:17:47 AM »
I'm new to bowhunting this year and am hunting private land in Klickitat County. I'm in a doe or 3+ point archery unit. I shot a doe recently near dusk, knew I hit the deer as I saw the arrow stick in it, saw it trot off but found neither blood trail nor could see actual trajectory of arrow.  A combination of adrenaline and low light made it difficult to precisely see where it was sticking in the animal. What setup do you guys use for arrows, especially if you're hunting in low-light, sunrise/sunset situations? Specifically, what broadheads and lighted nocks would you recommend? I've been looking for signs intensively of the hit, hair, blood, etc. It's keeping me up right now thinking of that deer out there, not knowing what happened but knowing it got hit. Thank you for all your help!

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Re: Looking for advice on best bow setup from seasoned bowhunters
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2019, 02:52:52 PM »
Could look into those Bluetooth knocks, track it with your phone.

Sometimes they just get away though. The nastiest brush is where it's gonna be at is the usual answer most give.

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Re: Looking for advice on best bow setup from seasoned bowhunters
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2020, 09:30:04 AM »
How much do your arrows weigh, what type of broadhead/mechanical, and what's your bow poundage? Although on a doe it won't take much poundage or a heavy arrow to get pass throughs.

Most likely you hit bone and didn't get much penetration. You can do everything perfect and still get that result. Wind drift you can't feel, animal jumps string a bit, or just takes a small step you can't forsee... All of that can lead to unfavorable shots.

This is part of bow hunting, try not to beat yourself up too much. Practice and shoot as often as possible. Make ethical shots to your max range, and try your best to recover. That is really all you can do.

It's a good first step to check on your equipment though. I don't think nocks or color of fletch make a huge difference, but I can't use lighted nocks cause I have long arrows and it would put too much weight in the back. Pink vanes and Flo green seem to be what I can see the best with white wraps.

I shot 65 to 70 pounds, arrows weigh around 515 grains and shoot fixed blade broadheads. Iron wills and QAD Exodus.


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