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bad luck/good luck

Post by Leonard Hawkins » Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:38 am

Got in my home made blind last week, now this is a plywood blind made from 5/16 in chip board, it is approx 4ftx4ft. Has window on each side and a front window. when I got in I only opened front as the wind was blowing about 20 mph. I decided to stay all day and took coffee and food with me.I am 74 years young and get bored easily, so I took a crossword puzzle book with me. Iwas working my puzzle book and moved my Vixon over to my left a little bit (bad idea). at about 12:45 I looked and saw a buck coming toward me.Got hold of bow and was watching him thru scope. H came from my left and was about 12 yds out when I shot. "BOOM" sounded like my blind blew up.scared me pretty bad, but kept my scopeon him. I saw the bolt hit him a little further back to the left of where I was aiming . H troted off straight awa from me with the arrow flopping around. I then looked around me to see what happened.My left limb had hit the side of blind and poked a hole thru the blind.I started checking limbs for splinter but could not feel any. So I visibly checked bow, could find nothing wrong so I got out of blind a re-cocked it with no problem and checked limbs again. found nothing wrong. I then decided to go track deer. I watched him go about 150 yds straight out from me and disappear. Tracking was difficult as not much of a blood trail. when I got to where I saw him last I thought boy is this going to be tough. Took about 10 steps and there he was. he was a 7 pt. When I got back to house I took my viXon and shot 4 shots free hand and had 4 bulls eyes. These Bows sure are TUFF. Sorry but key board is sticking. HAWK

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Re: bad luck/good luck

Post by Cossack » Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:05 am

Great story and a ringing endorsement for the '4-wheeler of crossbows.'
I hit an aluminum flagpole with a limb tip while shooting from the deck out back, can relate to the SURPRISE! factor. Way to go Old Timer (I'll be 73 tomorrow :P )
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Re: bad luck/good luck

Post by grouse » Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:04 am

I'm puzzled by your title. I found the good luck part of it, but where is the bad luck?

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Re: bad luck/good luck

Post by Waif » Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:16 am

Oooops and Congratulations!

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Re: bad luck/good luck

Post by wabi » Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:33 am

Sounds like plenty of good luck was with you. No damage to the bow, the shot still hit the deer, and you recovered him.


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Re: bad luck/good luck

Post by Kegbelly » Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:46 am

Congrats on the deer, and glad to hear your bow is ok! I often hunt from wood blinds and shooting houses, and having a limb smack the blind has always been a big concern of mine. Good to know it didn't mess your bow up! Good luck!
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Re: bad luck/good luck

Post by Fletch2 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:55 am

Good job :D
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Re: bad luck/good luck

Post by Tom » Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:21 am

grouse wrote:I'm puzzled by your title. I found the good luck part of it, but where is the bad luck?

I think that the bad luck part was that he did not foresee his limbs needing the clearance they need when fired.

This is a real dangerous situation. I have been around crossbows for a real long time and have seen many different things. I know of two different serious injuries caused from bows where the limbs struck an object. One was a dislocated shoulder and the other was a cracked collar bone.

Remember that these bows are stronger today then back in the day. When these bows are fired, there is a released force of energy which propels forward, when that forward force is stopped, it must go somewhere and that is usually backward into the shoulder area.

Please people, this is a real reminder to be safe and take care when out shooting or hunting.


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Re: bad luck/good luck

Post by strum » Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:23 am

that's a great story man glad you recovered him. congrats on the kill.
another example of why quieting the cross bow isn't such a big deal after all :D
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Re: bad luck/good luck

Post by Leonard Hawkins » Tue Nov 26, 2013 2:14 pm

The bad luck was I thought I ruined my bow and that I didn't hit the deer hard enough to kill it. Everyone knows the good part. lol HAWK

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Re: bad luck/good luck

Post by Hester0305 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 6:36 pm

Congrats on your buck, I did something similiar this year shooting at a doe when one of my limb tips hit the bottom of my Thermacell and nocked the bottom of it off killed the doe because she was so close but still haven't found the Thermacell bottom.
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Re: bad luck/good luck

Post by mr meat » Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:31 pm

congrats on the buck!
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Re: bad luck/good luck

Post by vixenmaster » Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:15 pm

Congrats on yer deer
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Re: bad luck/good luck

Post by Mo wannabe » Thu Nov 28, 2013 12:13 pm

Good story and happy ending. I use a dog to find my deer and I think that everyone who bow hunts should own one ! Just my opionion though
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