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Old 06-05-2017, 09:28 PM   #1
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String tracker broke at about 250 to 275 yards I tracked by blood another 150 yards or so till it got dark. blood at that point was pretty spotty . Headed home to get my dog and go back and see if we can find him . In the meantime what do y'all think ? Shot looks just a touch low and an inch or so back to me
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Old 06-05-2017, 09:32 PM   #2
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Looked a little back to me but I have killed a few hogs with worse shots
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Old 06-05-2017, 09:32 PM   #3
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Low and back...more than 'an inch or so'
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Old 06-05-2017, 09:44 PM   #4
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A pig???? You have all ready spent more th a n enough time looking. Go back and shoot another. KA P....
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Old 06-05-2017, 09:47 PM   #5
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I think too far back also. Don't know if he will die, but there is a better than good chance you won't find him.

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Old 06-05-2017, 09:52 PM   #6
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Low and back...more than 'an inch or so'
You middled him bud. He'll die but you won't find him easily. Dog might do it but with a gut shot this time of year you may not want to clean him. I've killed a lot of pigs and more than I can count with a bow. I've helped a lot of others tracking when I guided. If I track over 200 yards I seldom find a pig where the blood stops.

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Not even worth what I typed the first time.
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Old 06-05-2017, 09:55 PM   #7
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Yep, to far back. He will probly run a long ways them die. Buzzards and coyote gotta eat too.
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Old 06-05-2017, 09:57 PM   #8
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Well guys, if he's dead I gotta leave him for the buzzards. When I got home I found out that my wife's best friend and her daughter was in a car wreck and the daughter was killed and she is in critical condition
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Old 06-05-2017, 09:59 PM   #9
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Ps... ain't my first rodeo y'all.
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Old 06-05-2017, 10:03 PM   #10
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Dang Randy hate to hear about your friends, will pray for the family and y'all.

And I kinda figured that. You been around the block once or twice.

Unless someone else killed that pig and you snuck a photo with it.
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Old 06-05-2017, 10:07 PM   #11
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Sorry to hear about that. Prayers for those involved.
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Old 06-05-2017, 10:16 PM   #12
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Prayers up

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Old 06-05-2017, 10:28 PM   #13
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Sorry to hear about the loss. You are needed somewhere else besides the woods right now.
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Old 06-05-2017, 10:33 PM   #14
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Prayers for your friends family.
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Old 06-05-2017, 10:37 PM   #15
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Prayers up man
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Old 06-06-2017, 12:21 AM   #16
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Ok guys, I'm back. Pretty rough evening. Please keep their family in your prayers. Looks like the mom will survive the wreck but a long tough road ahead.

I reviewed the footage again and it's definitely a little low and a little back. Here's a pick just befor impact
And heres one at impact. you can see where the line went slack momentarily.
if I was on the ground the low wouldn't bother me cause you almost can't hit em to low. But being in the stand makes it worse. Anyways, if he ain't dead he's probably hating life right now. I'll go back tomorrow after work and have a look around just because I hate not knowing!!
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Old 06-06-2017, 07:16 AM   #17
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Sorry about your friends Randy.
I'm like you, if he isnt dead he's wishing he was. Good video too!
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Old 06-06-2017, 07:21 AM   #18
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Old 06-06-2017, 07:38 AM   #19
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Old 06-06-2017, 09:44 AM   #20
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Prayers up for you and your friends family!!!!

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Old 06-06-2017, 10:01 AM   #21
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Sorry to hear that Randy. Prayers up!!
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Old 06-06-2017, 10:16 AM   #22
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Old 06-06-2017, 11:31 AM   #23
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Prayers up for all involved. Sad to hear.
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Old 06-06-2017, 01:13 PM   #24
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Thank you all for the prayers. Please stay vigilant . Losing a loved one is always difficult even more so when there's a child involved .

Update on the hog....
I took off work at 10:30 this morning and went and got my dog . He immediately picked up blood at the the feeder and easily followed the 400 something yards that I tracked last night to the spot where I left off.
From there he tracked roughly 150-200 more yards to the last blood we could find . He was doing so well with the track and I just let him keep going and he tracked and probably another 150 yards or so till he lost the trail . At that point He kept working in a grid but was unable to pick up the trail again . All in all my phone app said .41 miles which is roughly 721 yrds.
I am extremely proud of my pup . He worked the track like a pro !! I'm really thinking this hog will live to see another day . I should know for sure within the next couple of weeks because if he's still around I should get pictures of him at the feeder . But I bet he's a lot more careful from now on lol!!!

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Old 06-06-2017, 01:24 PM   #25
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I don't think it low too much but definitely could have been more forward...

Congrats to you and the dog! Sounds like you got a winner there!
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Old 06-06-2017, 01:49 PM   #26
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Good pup. Gut shot like that I doubt he'll make it. He'd have a better chance hit in a single lung I think. Gut shots turn septic quick.

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Old 06-06-2017, 02:11 PM   #27
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I should know for sure within the next couple of weeks because if he's still around I should get pictures of him at the feeder . But I bet he's a lot more careful from now on lol!!!
If he is still alive... I'd bet that he is somebody else's problem now.
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Old 06-06-2017, 03:04 PM   #28
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If he is still alive... I'd bet that he is somebody else's problem now.
Very likely but you never know . My wife and my daughter both missed the same hog three different times with a rifle and he kept coming back. I had Him in bow range couple times but never could get the shot and eventually my little brother killed it with a rifle. But with this One being hit you're probably right
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Old 06-06-2017, 04:14 PM   #29
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Randy, I sure give you credit for sticking with it....

Sorry about your Friend's daughter....that really hurts...Prays out to the whole family.
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Old 06-06-2017, 04:30 PM   #30
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prayers up for family and friends... congrats on the pup, but your workn hard for a pig thats gut shot.

Can we take a step back and talk about how we are bowfishing pigs now lol. I have never seen this string tracker sombody fill me in lol
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Old 06-06-2017, 04:34 PM   #31
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prayers up for family and friends... congrats on the pup, but your workn hard for a pig thats gut shot.

Can we take a step back and talk about how we are bowfishing pigs now lol. I have never seen this string tracker sombody fill me in lol
Those were all the rage back in the late 80s. A light weight string is attached to the arrow and feeds out as the animal runs off. Follow the string to the dead animal. If nothing else you would get a good line on it's travel direction.

Faster compounds would break off the string and most shots would be pass through shots so as bows got faster they fell out of popularity.

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Those were all the rage back in the late 80s. A light weight string is attached to the arrow and feeds out as the animal runs off.

Faster compounds would break off the string and most shots would be pass through shots so as bows got faster they fell out of popularity.

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Huh, learn somthing new everyday

... wonder if that string is heavier and weaker than 65 or 80 lb braided fishing line...

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Old 06-06-2017, 04:58 PM   #33
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A lot weaker.

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Old 06-06-2017, 05:33 PM   #34
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Similar to floss.

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Old 06-06-2017, 06:56 PM   #35
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They come in 17 or 30 lb test line. I've had several pass through a that broke off and several that didn't. It usually depends on the cover. Lots of vines and briars tend to get a thorn in them and cause a break. The line drags thru brush very easily. I've had several lines over 300 yrds to a dead hog. The hog in my avatar went well over 300 yrds with a single lung hit. It's been about 50-50 on wether or not the line breaks in my experience.
I've used them with compounds with about the same results.
I won't hog hunt with out one unless I'm doing some spot and stalk. It's has saved my "bacon" several times!
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Old 06-06-2017, 07:14 PM   #36
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It would break within 10 feet of my now with my Darton. Of course I was drawing 83 lbs.

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Old 06-06-2017, 08:15 PM   #37
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Old 06-06-2017, 08:39 PM   #38
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You may not find it but at least it's a dead pig
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Old 06-06-2017, 08:43 PM   #39
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String trackers are more than handy for turkeys also. Best tip I ever got was when it's brand new is to pull out about 200 feet before ever using it. There is a measurable amount of resistance at first but 200 feet later the string almost falls out. Keeps it from altering the arrow path out to 25yards or so.
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Old 06-08-2017, 11:17 AM   #40
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Thanks for sharing the video!
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Old 06-08-2017, 11:31 AM   #41
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They come in 17 or 30 lb test line. I've had several pass through a that broke off and several that didn't. It usually depends on the cover. Lots of vines and briars tend to get a thorn in them and cause a break. The line drags thru brush very easily. I've had several lines over 300 yrds to a dead hog. The hog in my avatar went well over 300 yrds with a single lung hit. It's been about 50-50 on wether or not the line breaks in my experience.
I've used them with compounds with about the same results.
I won't hog hunt with out one unless I'm doing some spot and stalk. It's has saved my "bacon" several times!

Yeah but that hog is HUGE! I imagine the one lung he had left was still providing more air than two lungs in a normal sized hog.

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Old 06-08-2017, 03:01 PM   #42
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God bless your friends and their family.

Cool video. This is the first time Ive seen a string tracker in action. Pretty awesome. After tracking the string out does it get wound back up on a spool or just shoved back inside? What keeps the string from tangling on the inside?

Thanks all for sharing every bit of info.
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Old 06-08-2017, 06:29 PM   #43
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The string is spun from the outside in. That way when it pulls out it unspools from the inside and is less likely to tangle. You can not respool it. When done you have to manually wrap/roll it up and discard. The 17# line is 1/2 mile long. I accidentally got one tangl d one time when leaving one of my hunting spots on public ground and diddnt notice it till I got to the truck. I didn't want anyone to be able to follow it in the direction of where I was hunting. It takes a LONG time to roll up a half mile of string by hand! Lol
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Old 06-08-2017, 10:36 PM   #44
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Most definitely prayers for that family Randy! Prayers for all involved, including your wife. May Gods comfort, grace, and healing, be a strong presence with them right now. On the hog note, maybe he's dead, maybe he ain't... But at least he knows you're there, and ain't playing! That's funny bout the sting trail to your public land honey hole! Good Huntin, and God Bless, Rusty
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Old 06-09-2017, 10:02 PM   #45
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How do you attach the string to the arrow? Bow fishing is a slider , so how does it tie to a hunting arrow? It is a cool idea especially if hunting alone and don't have the extra am set of eyes to track.
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Old 06-09-2017, 10:33 PM   #46
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For carbon or aluminum you just tie it behind your bh and screw it in. For wood arrows you place a piece of Velcro ( stiff side) about a 1/4" wide around the shaft directly behind your bh. Tie it on and make a couple wraps and your good to go
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The string is spun from the outside in. That way when it pulls out it unspools from the inside and is less likely to tangle. You can not respool it. When done you have to manually wrap/roll it up and discard. The 17# line is 1/2 mile long. I accidentally got one tangl d one time when leaving one of my hunting spots on public ground and diddnt notice it till I got to the truck. I didn't want anyone to be able to follow it in the direction of where I was hunting. It takes a LONG time to roll up a half mile of string by hand! Lol
Thats a funny story. Thanks for the tips.
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Old 06-10-2017, 09:21 AM   #48
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prayers up for family and friends... congrats on the pup, but your workn hard for a pig thats gut shot.

Can we take a step back and talk about how we are bowfishing pigs now lol. I have never seen this string tracker sombody fill me in lol


The first thing I thought as well! Lol bowfishing! I once thought about this when I was about 8 in archery lessons.


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