Who Hasn’t Done This?
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DL 30-Apr-24
badbull 30-Apr-24
Mike B 30-Apr-24
OTC_Bowhunter 30-Apr-24
Keefers 30-Apr-24
huntr4477 30-Apr-24
greenmountain 30-Apr-24
Jebediah 30-Apr-24
elkmtngear 30-Apr-24
fdp 30-Apr-24
Jaquomo 30-Apr-24
Basil 30-Apr-24
Basil 30-Apr-24
LTG 11 30-Apr-24
RD 30-Apr-24
wyobullshooter 30-Apr-24
WV Mountaineer 30-Apr-24
Muleysareking 30-Apr-24
DonVathome 30-Apr-24
Corax_latrans 30-Apr-24
Jim Moore 30-Apr-24
buckeye 30-Apr-24
jons 30-Apr-24
drycreek 30-Apr-24
Huntiam 30-Apr-24
Painless 01-May-24
scentman 01-May-24
70lbDraw 01-May-24
scentman 01-May-24
Cut2Kill 01-May-24
Cut2Kill 01-May-24
Corax_latrans 01-May-24
Mule Power 01-May-24
HunterR 02-May-24
Keith 02-May-24
DL 10-May-24
HunterR 10-May-24
Ace 10-May-24
Corax_latrans 10-May-24
From: DL
30-Apr-24

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Every kid that ever had a bow has done this. It usually resulted in running like crazy when you lost sight of your arrow

From: badbull
30-Apr-24
I would never knowingly do anything that dumb but it does remind me of a Montana elk hunt over 40 years ago. My young son and I were camped in a secluded area when I decided to rid my quiver of a bent aluminum arrow that had the fletching all messed up also. Not wanting to accidentally shoot it at game, I decided to shoot it into a rocky barren hillside. The arrow somehow boomeranged back toward us on a large arc after being released at a 45 degree angle. It went out of sight above us on a flight path that looked like it was returning directly to us. We ducked under our camp trailer so we didn't see where it landed. I have never seen an arrow do anything so crazy before or since. I know that I could not reproduce that flight even if I wanted to (which of course no sane person would want to do). I wonder if any others have seen weird flight from damaged arrows.

From: Mike B
30-Apr-24
They both had a bit of tilt in their bows, so not straight up, but close. That's one of those things ya might want to do, but also know it's galactically stupid. That arrow comes down on your head, or body, it's gonna really hurt.

30-Apr-24
Never attempted anything like that, but one night in elk camp I climbed into my hammock and saw a strange glow not far from my resting place. Being there for a couple days I was a little freaked out, so I climbed out of my sack and went to investigate. It was the glow of a lighted nock and the arrow was stuck straight in the ground. I ran into a group of guys the next morning, but none of them had lighted nocks. No idea where it came from.

From: Keefers
30-Apr-24
That angle doesn’t concern me But the way the guy has that second arrow stuck between his baby maker does and he seemed to almost trip and could of poked his brother from another mother or tripped on it himself .

From: huntr4477
30-Apr-24
Been there, done that.

30-Apr-24
I did it a lot as a kid. I lost a few arrows but never hurt anyone.

From: Jebediah
30-Apr-24
I have wondered how far an arrow would go if shot parallel to the ground. Never tested due to lack of space, and safety concerns.

From: elkmtngear
30-Apr-24
My Brother and I would shoot them straight up, then run under the eave of the barn, and see how close they would get.

The stupid was strong with us in our younger days!

From: fdp
30-Apr-24
We used to do it all the time shooting across a big hay field. There was a line of dead stumps across one end and we used to shoot at them from waaayyy out there. It's actually a bunch of fun.

Those guys weren't shooting straight up and I suspect they pretty well knew where the arrows were going.

From: Jaquomo
30-Apr-24
Sure, regularly.

From: Basil
30-Apr-24

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I worked with a guy who lost an eye to an arrow like that in his childhood.

From: Basil
30-Apr-24

From: LTG 11
30-Apr-24

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Reminds me of the ol' Pfeilstorch....

...and that concludes today's history lesson.

From: RD
30-Apr-24
As a kid I did that once. ONLY once!

30-Apr-24
Guilty as charged.

30-Apr-24
Did it as a kid. Did it when I was 45 too. Might do it at 50 if the urge hits.

30-Apr-24
Used to shoot arrows straight up then see if the arrow would come down between the bow and the bowstring as we held it out. Also shot a wristrocket straight up with a 3/4" ballbearing and would see how close we could get it to come to us. I had one hit me in the sternum and damn near put me on the ground. Wondered what would happen if it hit the point of my chin and that put an end to that.........Mike

From: DonVathome
30-Apr-24
Many times. I grew up in the city. Our lot was 40' x 120'. One day we were all in the front yard, guessing we were 13 or 14 years old. My brother aims straight up, which as we all know is pretty much impossible. Arrows went high enough they were hard to see at peak but visible. We are all watching arrow sails up, then coming down about 80 feet away. Timed perfectly was a car coming down the street. BAM arrow strikes dead center and sticks in the roof of a guys car. Of course 6 kids taking off running 80 feet away is dead giveaway to the driver who is responsible for what ever hit his car roof. He slams on the brakes and pulls in our driveway with the arrow sticking firmly out of the roof of his car. Bow and matching arrows are still laying in the yard. Man my parents were not happy.

Good times.

30-Apr-24
Oh, DARN - can’t get FB to come up on my phone. How EVER will I survive???!!

;p

My dad had a friend who was surprised to learn that an all-wood longbow of about #20 was powerful enough to put a cedar target arrow through the roof of his father’s brand new, mid/later 1930s Buick….

As kids, we were so impressed by the penetration we got (into the ground) that we were convinced that our arrows actually came down harder than they went up. LOL

It’s one of those things which you either do only once, or you put a little thought into figuring out how to do it with a reasonable margin for safety. But that’s easier to do on the prairie where there’s nothing for anyone to hide behind and there’s a good chance that the wind is doing the same thing a few hundred feet up that it’s doing at ground level.

It’s a lot less impressive, but a flu-flu is very hard to lose track of…..

“I have wondered how far an arrow would go if shot parallel to the ground. ”

If your bowhand is about 68” off the ground, a 280 fps arrow shot parallel to the ground will be in the dirt at about….. 50 whole yards.

But MAN, can they skip a ways….

From: Jim Moore
30-Apr-24
This was the genesis of archery golf. Monster field, good bow, let it rip! Why me and my mates survived childhood is still an amazement to my 65 yr old self...lol.

From: buckeye
30-Apr-24
I want to and my uncle advised against it.

From: jons
30-Apr-24
Done it as a kid, that was the start of happy feet.

The dummest is in the Middle East when the jehad shoots their rifle up in the air in a crowd, the lead will come down on some someone.

From: drycreek
30-Apr-24
Many times when I was a kid. I got my first hickory bow at about 13 or 14 and it would almost send an arrow out of sight, but not quite. I would shoot it, watch the arrow turn over up there and follow it all the way down. The only time I was ever in any danger was when daddy walked up on me and the arrow landed between me and him. That’s when I stopped doing that !

From: Huntiam
30-Apr-24
Yeap many times

From: Painless
01-May-24
Reminds me of a story a gun dealer I used to know told. He bought each of his 2 boys bows and brought them home to them at lunch one day. Before giving the boys the bows he instructed them to NEVER shoot at each other or any other person and to NEVER shot them straight up in the air. Made the boys repeat these instructions twice and let them go out after lunch with the bows. When he went out 10 minutes later to go back to his shop, on backing out of the drive, he noticed 2 arrows sticking straight out of the roof.

From: scentman
01-May-24
Grew up on 60 acres of open agriculture, yea did it a couple times in the 80's... last one had goose feathers on it , never knew there was a goose up there;0) scentman

From: 70lbDraw
01-May-24

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Who remembers Jarts? Yard Darts! The, “fun for the entire family” version of this thread topic.

There’s a reason they didn’t become a staple game like Scrabble. Lol!

From: scentman
01-May-24
I come from a Polish family, we had jarts... no casualties. scentman

From: Cut2Kill
01-May-24
I am a Radiologist and have seen a Jart lodged in the frontal lobe of a child. Not good.

From: Cut2Kill
01-May-24

01-May-24
Yup. Cornhole goes much better with beer.

From: Mule Power
01-May-24
we used to do that with fiberglass stick bows when we were kids. One day I was walking in a field. It was three houses and one street away from my house. Out of nowhere and arrows stuck in the ground next to me. My brother and a couple friends were over in our yard, shooting arrows up in the air.

From: HunterR
02-May-24
We did that. The "fun" part was seeing who would not run before the arrow came back down. We also had bb gun fights in the woods. And, we grew up on a property that had a rocky bluff/hillside, so the other "game" was to throw 22 shells as hard as we could into a rocky cliff side from about 10 feet away until they went off. I DO NOT recommend any of these "games" and I'm amazed none of us lost an eye or worse.

From: Keith
02-May-24
Did this many times as a kid.

But I also was smart enough to understand angle trajectory and wind drift.

From: DL
10-May-24
HunterR, my kind of guy. I once put a .22 round against a tree then laid down with my BB GUN 10’ away and shot the round. Learned about Newtons 3rd law. At 40 I still wasn’t real bright about .22 rounds. I was at work and in my tool box I found some blank .22 rounds. I remember I used to get a roll of caps and hit the entire role with a hammer so I wondered if it would work with a blank round? Yes it does! Has the same ear ringing affect too. Then one day a piece of brass blew off into my knee. I tell people the scars from a shell fragment. I didn’t know you were in combat? I don’t want to talk about it I tell them. After 54 years of being married I’ve been in many ugly battles.

From: HunterR
10-May-24
"Then one day a piece of brass blew off into my knee. I tell people the scars from a shell fragment. I didn’t know you were in combat? I don’t want to talk about it I tell them."

lmao +1

From: Ace
10-May-24
I can't believe nobody posted this yet:

10-May-24
Why does Rogan look like a drag queen?? LOL

So we’ve proved that a Cybertruck can stop arrows and bullets…. But it can’t hold up to rain….. ROFL….

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