December 11, 2009
Bow Hunting Gone Bloody Wrong
By Scott Bestul
I just received a photo yesterday, and have no way of knowing if it’s legit. Supposedly the shooter who's attached to the hand in said photo realized his arrow had fallen off the rest, but decided to shoot anyway. Obviously, one more item to add to the list of “don’t do it, just to see what happens” stuff we should all be keeping. Our online editors say I can't post the photo here, as they nearly lost their lunch looking at it and fear you would do the same. Let's just say the arrow almost made it all the way through the hand, and there's lots of splinters poking out around the entry hole.
Overall, shooting a bow has been a pretty safe deal for me. Of course, I’ve had my share of string-slapped forearms, and once I nicked the tip of my index finger with a broadhead as I drew on a whitetail buck. That was an odd one, because I hadn’t tried to stabilize an arrow with a fingertip since my recurve shooting days…a full decade before. I bled so profusely from that little nick that my hunting buddy eventually nicknamed the spot “The Cut Finger Stand.” Even worse, I never got a shot at the buck!
Just last week, I heard that a local had drawn on a buck, not realizing that a small tree branch had become jammed between his bowstring and the cam. Before he hit full draw, the string popped off the cam and the bow, in effect, blew up. But I have no photos to prove this one. So how ‘bout you? Any disasters with your bow that have caused bodily harm? Please share, so that we may all avoid them!