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Do you retire an arrow after a kill?


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#1 Male OFFLINE   Rusty

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Posted 02/11/14 - 05:05 PM

I know a few people that like to keep the arrows that they have killed deer with as a memento of the hunt.  Personally I'm too poor, so I use an arrow as many times as I can.   :)   

 

Do you retire an arrow after a kill?  


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#2 Male OFFLINE   CJ3a

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Posted 02/11/14 - 05:45 PM

No.


I spent most of my money on hunting and fishing. The rest I just wasted.

#3 Male OFFLINE   Palawman30

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Posted 02/11/14 - 05:57 PM

That's arrow gets used and abused until it can no longer kill properly. The arrow had help from me I figure, So im not retiring after a kill and neither is he!

 

 

 

That's like retiring a hammer after building a deck! :rofl:  


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#4 Male OFFLINE   BowTechExperience

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Posted 02/11/14 - 05:59 PM

If it is not damaged, I wash it off, sharpen the blades and back in the quiver it goes.
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#5 Male OFFLINE   Axiom

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Posted 02/11/14 - 08:19 PM

Nope.. Try to get as many as i can...


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#6 Male OFFLINE   Just Hunt

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Posted 02/11/14 - 08:22 PM

I did, I had about 6 saved, till my nephew decided he needed them..lol!



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Posted 02/11/14 - 08:59 PM

No way, use em until they break or show some other kind of wear that has me concerned about shooting it.
If I can shoot it at a target and hit where I'm aiming, I can shoot it at a deer! :up:
The buck I shot in permit bow broke my arrow...think I probably shot almost 10 deer with that arrow before it broke! :up:

#8 Male OFFLINE   Hatchet

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Posted 02/11/14 - 09:23 PM

if it's a wall hanger yes  .


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#9 Male OFFLINE   Palawman30

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Posted 02/12/14 - 02:21 AM

if it's a wall hanger yes  .

 

 

So what your saying is you have been using the same arrow since you were 12? :popcorn:  :kissy:


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#10 Male OFFLINE   redsquirrel

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Posted 02/12/14 - 06:38 AM

I used to, until arrows got so expensive. Now they get cleaned up and go back in the quiver.



#11 Male OFFLINE   MackofallTrades

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Posted 02/12/14 - 08:18 AM

I saved the first one.  After that, they went back into the quiver unless broken.


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#12 Male OFFLINE   Bucksnbows

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Posted 02/12/14 - 08:51 AM

I keep using the same because I can't afford new ones.  Just sharpen or replace those blades and back in the quiver after a thorough cleaning and a few shots into the target.  



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Posted 02/12/14 - 09:09 AM

 

So what your saying is you have been using the same arrow since you were 12?

 

Listen up you Axiom wannabe. I was about 37 when i got my bow license so I've been bow hunt'n  for 10 yrs. 5 of those yrs were spent learning on my own how to get them close without bait . So I've been using the same arrow for 5 yrs wise arse


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#14 Male OFFLINE   Axiom

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Posted 02/12/14 - 09:18 AM

 

I've been bow hunt'n for 10 yrs. 5 of those yrs were spent learning on my own how to get them close without bait

 

 

 I quick check of the "no load" list suggests your still learning... :rofl:  :crazylol:


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Posted 02/12/14 - 10:16 AM

Personally I'm too poor, so I use an arrow as many times as I can.   

 

Do you retire an arrow after a kill?  

 

Before carbon arrows, when I shot aluminum, mine almost always bent when I shot an animal, so I used to "retire" them. Really didn't have much of a choice though as straightening them really well was difficult as hell.

 

Now adays....no way would I retire a usable arrow. Like you, I'm too poor to retire expensive arrows just because they passed through an animal. I actually enjoy seeing how many animals one arrow will kill. For the longest time I had an arrow that killed a lot of animals, but I let a friend shoot the bow and that arrow and he lost it. So sad...

 

Even when they break, I usually try to salvage as many parts off of them as I can, nocks, inserts, collars, points, broadheads, etc. Whatever is reusable.

 

Sometimes though I will cut them down as "kids arrows"...for young'uns.

 

 

 

 


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#16 Male OFFLINE   boomsox24

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Posted 02/12/14 - 10:47 AM

I do not retire arrows unless they damaged. However I do keep spent shells as mementos of kills with a gun.




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