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A priceless lesson.

A while back, one of us was hunting, and he was hunting hard. He had hiked miles upon miles, and when the moment of truth finally presented itself, he drew his bow and shot a good shot. But he missed.

Halfway to the arrow's destination, the arrow hit a limb and deflected over the animal's back. Our hunter was crushed. Completely deflated and frustrated, he headed back to hunting camp, head hanging low. That is where he got a priceless lesson.

Once he shared his bad luck with the guys at camp, one of the more experienced archers (an old-timer) brought up a very simple way to learn and know the trajectory of your arrows.

He said if you have an obstruction in your shooting lane, that by using the pins on your hunting sight, you can figure out if you can clear the obstruction with your arrow. For example, if you are shooting a 40-yard shot and there is a limb sticking out about halfway between you and the target, aim your 40-yard pin at the target and then look where your 20-yard pin is in relationship to the limb. He pointed out that if the limb is about halfway to the target, it would be about 20 yards. And you can't expect to clear the limb if your 20-yard pin is aimed right at it.

The old-timer said you can use your pins to identify clearance problems anywhere between you and the target. The obstructions are not always halfway. But by knowing the distance to your target and roughly the distance to the obstruction, you can aim at the target using the correct pin and use your other pins as guides to see if there is any interference.

He also explained there are some other benefits to knowing your arrow trajectory. He said your pins can not only tell you if you are going to hit something, but they can also tell you if you can shoot over things as well.


He said some archers will pass up shots because they can't see an animal's vitals because of bushes/limbs. But using your pins, you can see if you will clear the bush/limb and drop your arrow right into the kill zone. He said that by reading his pins, he has been known to aim right at a bush or limb, knowing all along his arrow would have great clearance flying over it.

All this information made a lot of sense, so we started applying it in the field. And now, we all practice reading our pins and learning the trajectory of our arrows before every hunting season. We have found that the local 3-D fun shoots are great places to get to know your equipment and arrow trajectory before the moment of truth arrives.
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Title Annotation:SPOT-ON
Author:Johnson, Cabe
Publication:Petersen's Bowhunting
Date:Sep 18, 2012
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