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Old 09-24-2018, 03:42 PM   #1
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Well, this is embarrassing. Picked up my bow for the first time since last October while I was at deer camp this weekend. I found an old bow target and was excited to shoot some arrows with my buddy. Totally forgot proper form and let one fly with my elbow totally inwards.. string slapped the ever loving crap out of me. Dang near shaved my arm and lit the hair on fire.

The good news is, I acquired this awesome reminder not to do that again. And, the bow is still dialed in, even if I wasn’t.

Go ahead and bring on the flaming. lol.
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Old 09-24-2018, 03:44 PM   #2
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Lesson learned.
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Old 09-24-2018, 03:45 PM   #3
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I guess you need to read the post about you back yarders that get your bows out the week of bow season...
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Old 09-24-2018, 03:46 PM   #4
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Well, this is embarrassing. Picked up my bow for the first time since last October while I was at deer camp this weekend. I found an old bow target and was excited to shoot some arrows with my buddy. Totally forgot proper form and let one fly with my elbow totally inwards.. string slapped the ever loving crap out of me. Dang near shaved my arm and lit the hair on fire.

The good news is, I acquired this awesome reminder not to do that again. And, the bow is still dialed in, even if I wasn’t.

Go ahead and bring on the flaming. lol.
Probably not a good thing to admit on a Bowhunting forum. Wait, very few on here bow hunts anyway. You are good!
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Old 09-24-2018, 03:48 PM   #5
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Goodness! I've done it before but never quite like that. It'll be like that for a month too!
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Old 09-24-2018, 03:50 PM   #6
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Ouch!
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Old 09-24-2018, 03:51 PM   #7
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That's a good one!
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Old 09-24-2018, 03:52 PM   #8
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that's why I don't practice. Can't risk getting hurt before season starts
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Old 09-24-2018, 03:52 PM   #9
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Dang son bet that smarts
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Old 09-24-2018, 03:55 PM   #10
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Ouch!
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Old 09-24-2018, 03:55 PM   #11
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Shorten that draw a couple inches....
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Old 09-24-2018, 03:55 PM   #12
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Probably not a good thing to admit on a Bowhunting forum. Wait, very few on here bow hunts anyway. You are good!
Last year was my first year bow hunting. I came to this forum to learn. I'm not beyond admitting my faults.

I definitely caught a somewhat painful and highly visible reminder that training often is critical. My mental checklist was non-existent that day and I paid for it. I know many people on here are probably going to let me have it. Some will give advice, some will poke fun, others will talk down about it, but at the end of the day it is still a lesson learned.

I grew up taught to learn from mistakes, not try to hide them.... NOW..if I post this same thing next year?... then I have a major, MAJOR problem.
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Old 09-24-2018, 03:56 PM   #13
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You'd think with what you spent on that bow that it wouldn't do that! Oh well, chicks dig scars!
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Old 09-24-2018, 03:56 PM   #14
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Probably not a good thing to admit on a Bowhunting forum. Wait, very few on here bow hunts anyway. You are good!
This is so true and yet so very sad
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Old 09-24-2018, 03:57 PM   #15
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Shorten that draw a couple inches....
That is what I was thinking. I don't even think it is possible hit my arm there with the string.
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Old 09-24-2018, 03:58 PM   #16
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Probably not a good thing to admit on a Bowhunting forum. Wait, very few on here bow hunts anyway. You are good!
Hey now...I am going to look for my bow this week sometime. I know its around here somewhere.
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Old 09-24-2018, 03:59 PM   #17
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You'd think with what you spent on that bow that it wouldn't do that! Oh well, chicks dig scars!
Unfortunately price doesn't fix sloppiness..
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Old 09-24-2018, 03:59 PM   #18
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Shorten that draw a couple inches....
This!!!!

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Old 09-24-2018, 03:59 PM   #19
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Dang man that slapped the crud out of you....been there done that, just not near that bad haha.
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Old 09-24-2018, 04:01 PM   #20
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Don't feel bad; I always use an armguard. Don't even want a little nip from my 70-lb recurve's string.

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Old 09-24-2018, 04:04 PM   #21
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That’s not as bad as what I did to my thumb with my crossbow.
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Old 09-24-2018, 04:05 PM   #22
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****. That's impressive.
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Old 09-24-2018, 04:06 PM   #23
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Shorten that draw a couple inches....
I'm going to look into this.
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Old 09-24-2018, 04:07 PM   #24
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I needed a good laugh, I'm glad you don't shoot a crossbow. Might have ended up picking up digits downrange.
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Old 09-24-2018, 04:07 PM   #25
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Yep, that’s a bad’un.
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Old 09-24-2018, 04:08 PM   #26
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That’s not as bad as what I did to my thumb with my crossbow.
Come on now, brother, you gotta show me a pic after a comment like this
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Old 09-24-2018, 04:09 PM   #27
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Your draw is way too long if you have to shape your arm a certain way.
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Old 09-24-2018, 04:09 PM   #28
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I needed a good laugh, I'm glad you don't shoot a crossbow. Might have ended up picking up digits downrange.
Glad to be of service!
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Old 09-24-2018, 04:11 PM   #29
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Done it several times, I think it’s safe to say about everyone has done it sometime or another. That’s a good one though, ouch!
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Old 09-24-2018, 04:14 PM   #30
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Yup, I've had my fair share. That one is brutal though.
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Old 09-24-2018, 04:33 PM   #31
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I'm going to look into this.
I agree with the others. Chances are good you are shooting the wrong draw length if you hit your arm like that. Draw length is an ego thing with some folks, some are chasing speed, and some honestly just don't realize they are doing it wrong.

This will get you in the ball park:



Good draw length:



Bad draw length (to be technically correct, some obviously shoot fine over drawing like this):

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Old 09-24-2018, 04:42 PM   #32
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I agree with the others. Chances are good you are shooting the wrong draw length if you hit your arm like that. Draw length is an ego thing with some folks, some are chasing speed, and some honestly just don't realize they are doing it wrong.

This will get you in the ball park:



Good draw length:



Bad draw length (to be technically correct, some obviously shoot fine over drawing like this):


This was very helpful. Based on my arm span measurement of 76.5, the chart says I should be at 30.6 draw length. But based on the height vs. draw length, it says I should be closer to 29.

In comparison to the pics, I am hitting my nose and ear similar to the first pic. I need to measure the current draw on the bow but I believe it is sitting right at 30 from when they set it up at West Houston. It seems like I may need to have it shortened just a tad bit?
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Old 09-24-2018, 04:47 PM   #33
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The good thing about that is ... you will never do it again.
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Old 09-24-2018, 04:51 PM   #34
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This was very helpful. Based on my arm span measurement of 76.5, the chart says I should be at 30.6 draw length. But based on the height vs. draw length, it says I should be closer to 29.

In comparison to the pics, I am hitting my nose and ear similar to the first pic. I need to measure the current draw on the bow but I believe it is sitting right at 30 from when they set it up at West Houston. It seems like I may need to have it shortened just a tad bit?
I recently shortened my DL by 1/2 inch. it makes a BIG difference! you don't realize till you try the new length. depending on string age/use, they may have stretched a bit too.
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Old 09-24-2018, 05:09 PM   #35
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That looks quite painful. I have never done one that bad...... atleast not yet
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Old 09-24-2018, 05:15 PM   #36
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Probably not a good thing to admit on a Bowhunting forum. Wait, very few on here bow hunts anyway. You are good!
lol there are some people here who do not even own a bow anymore
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Old 09-24-2018, 05:34 PM   #37
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Looks like you had a baseball bat taken to you. Never got one near that bad.
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Old 09-24-2018, 05:38 PM   #38
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The good thing about that is ... you will never do it again.
That is for sure, my friend.
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Old 09-24-2018, 05:38 PM   #39
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Dang man! Muscle memory brother. I am not expert bad any stretch of the imagination but one thing I learned from my time in the Marines; slow is smooth, smooth is fast. Keep practicing the right form every time.

Thank you for sharing. I know I learned a few things from the responses.
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Old 09-24-2018, 05:39 PM   #40
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Looks like you had a baseball bat taken to you. Never got one near that bad.
Yeah it hurt like a son of a gun when it happened but thankfully I had a lot of work to do this weekend so I kept it moving and stretching and worked the pain out pretty quickly. I imagine it would've really sucked if I just let it swell up and be all sore. Skin is still pretty raw though. My wife hasn't seen it yet, and I can guarantee she will make fun of me more than anyone on here ever could.
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Old 09-24-2018, 05:40 PM   #41
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Thank you for sharing. I know I learned a few things from the responses.
Absolutely agree. I figured I'd learn from the responses.
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Old 09-24-2018, 05:51 PM   #42
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Not hard to see that I'd painful. Even a slap not that hard is painful. Does happen from time to time to every one of us even if we all don't admit it. Not ashamed to say it has happened to me more than once. Learned my lesson on the last one. Practice, practice, practice.
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Old 09-24-2018, 05:57 PM   #43
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Blood thinners/aspirin?


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Old 09-24-2018, 06:08 PM   #44
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Ouch, I did that once and it hurt like a SOB
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Old 09-24-2018, 06:26 PM   #45
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I was going to ask the same question.
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Old 09-24-2018, 06:33 PM   #46
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Ouch.. dang it man.
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Old 09-24-2018, 06:35 PM   #47
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Lmao well it’s very much a “self correcting mistake” that I have made PLENTY.


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Old 09-24-2018, 06:38 PM   #48
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What amazes me is, if he only slapped his arm one time, and he bruised that bad.....................................well...... ..............................I guess you're just a Peach!!
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Old 09-24-2018, 07:40 PM   #49
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Daaaannnnnggggg


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Old 09-24-2018, 09:14 PM   #50
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No sir.. just.. full draw at 70lbs and inattentiveness.
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