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Anybody still use a string tracker?
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Contributors to this thread:
Starfire 17-May-24
fdp 17-May-24
Steve Leffler 17-May-24
loprofile 17-May-24
Dale06 17-May-24
smarba 17-May-24
sundowner 17-May-24
Aspen Ghost 17-May-24
VAMtns 18-May-24
ILbowhntr 18-May-24
Stringwacker 18-May-24
Shug 18-May-24
Teeton 18-May-24
Basil 19-May-24
Basil 19-May-24
ahunter76 19-May-24
loprofile 19-May-24
Charlie Rehor 19-May-24
RD 19-May-24
From: Starfire
17-May-24
I finally got my turkey this year. Hunting on top of a hill I hit him good, but he was able to get off the ground and fly. Luckly, I was able to find him piled up in an open grass area. It got me thinking about using string trackers again. I used them early in my turkey bowhunting ventures, but it seemed like if they went far enough to need a tracker the string usually broke. What say you?

From: fdp
17-May-24
I think a string tracker is a great asset when turkey hunting myself.

17-May-24
I always use a tracker and it has made a difference in a number of turkey recoveries over the years. This year I used Tradtrakr on 2 birds and it worked flawlessly. That is correct spelling. It will work with any bow. I believe some type of tracker it’s important for turkeys and I shoot them at close range so no impact on flight.

From: loprofile
17-May-24
I am biased but I have used one for 30 years. With the lightweight thread I use I see no affect on arrow flight and no downside to using it!

From: Dale06
17-May-24
I’ve never used on turkeys. Did use one on several deer many years ago. It helped in same cases, not in other cases.

From: smarba
17-May-24
I have never used a string tracker, although it may have been useful on a couple of tough recoveries I had before switching to the Bullhead. Consider trying the Magnus Bullhead...no need for tracking! I prefer the 125gr for increased diameter.

From: sundowner
17-May-24
No. Bad juju for arrow flight.

From: Aspen Ghost
17-May-24
Do you put a barb on the arrow and just reel them back in?

From: VAMtns
18-May-24
I can remember seeing string down through the woods everywhere but have not seen any for years .

From: ILbowhntr
18-May-24
Never on turkey, but did use them for bear 30 years ago. Seemed to work fine inside 20 yards.

From: Stringwacker
18-May-24
I've been using them for turkey after a 'bad' year a couple of years ago. The one turkey I killed while using it didn't go but 5 yards so it didn't make a difference. That said, I will never hunt turkey without them again. I mostly used the Tradtraker this year but it never came into play. It doesn't effect arrow flight that I can tell.

From: Shug
18-May-24

Shug's embedded Photo
Shug's embedded Photo
Not I many years… this was the last time I did 20 or so years ago..

You can see the string passing through the bear.

From: Teeton
18-May-24
I never used one for turkey but have for bear.

I'm actually quite surprised folks still are using them. I kinda thought they where a thing of the passed. First time in many years I've heard the name string tracker.

From: Basil
19-May-24
I also shot a couple bears with one. I did recover both bears but not due to the string tracker. Both times the string got tangled in the brush right away and was broken.

From: Basil
19-May-24

From: ahunter76
19-May-24

ahunter76's embedded Photo
ahunter76's embedded Photo
I still use them Hog hunting & arrowed many with it. Love it. Farthest was 30 yds. I have used for Turkey too. Have 3 or 4 hogs on video with it.

From: loprofile
19-May-24
The one I use has zero impact on arrow flight. Absolutely worst case it does not help. Best case you recover an animal otherwise lost. No brainer in my opinion.

19-May-24
Not since June 3rd 1989.

From: RD
19-May-24
Wouldn't have found my bird this year without it.

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