By Montana Grant

Posted: August 9, 2018

Archery hunters know how important it is to find their arrow shaft after the shot. The arrow will tell the tale of a hit or miss. Low light, forest debris, and foliage can quickly hide the arrow. A lost arrow tells you nothing and costs you an arrow, and maybe a critter.

When hunting with a buddy, I called in a nice bull. The critter was walking in at about 30 yards when he let his arrow fly. The bull turned and ran off. No blood was immediately found. As I started to search for his arrow, he insisted that he made a lousy shot and had missed the elk. Perhaps he was sincere or just embarrassed about missing a shot. He sat on a log and took a break. I hunted for the camouflaged arrow. It was getting late and light was going down fast.

Before the hunting season, I had tuned his hunting shafts. The fletching’s and broadheads were aligned. The blades were sharp and balanced. The shafts were coated in Armor All to reduce noise and improve speed. I also had applied a strip of reflective tape around the shaft between the fletching’s and nock.

The reflective tape adds no weight and allows you to find the arrow with a flashlight. Currently, Montana did not allow expensive Lumanocks.

Once the light went down, my buddy was ready to head back to camp. No sign of the arrow could be found. I grabbed my flashlight and scanned the area. Ten feet away I saw a reflection. The arrow was covered in blood!

We started searching for blood using a blue lensed flashlight and there, 100 yards away, was the downed bull. The shot was high, and the blood did not drip quickly to leave a trail. The good news was that we found his bull. The bad news was that we would be packing out in the dark.

If I would have believed my buddies story, the bull would have been wasted.

Reflect and be rewarded!

Montana Grant

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