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Arrow Numbering = Unnecessary?
Contributors to this thread:
BGbasbhat 15-Apr-19
Ucsdryder 15-Apr-19
Tilzbow 15-Apr-19
Pat Lefemine 15-Apr-19
Owl 15-Apr-19
Bou'bound 15-Apr-19
BGbasbhat 15-Apr-19
Marty 15-Apr-19
dirtclod Az. 15-Apr-19
Predeter 15-Apr-19
BTM 15-Apr-19
ohiohunter 15-Apr-19
Owl 15-Apr-19
RogBow 15-Apr-19
GBTG 15-Apr-19
Franklin 15-Apr-19
HUNT MAN 15-Apr-19
Scooter 15-Apr-19
LINK 15-Apr-19
sdkhunter 15-Apr-19
Ermine 15-Apr-19
trophyhill 15-Apr-19
Tyler 16-Apr-19
APauls 16-Apr-19
BGbasbhat 16-Apr-19
Genesis 16-Apr-19
Mark Watkins 16-Apr-19
x-man 16-Apr-19
Inshart 16-Apr-19
LINK 16-Apr-19
SBH 16-Apr-19
Bake 16-Apr-19
BGbasbhat 16-Apr-19
Beendare 18-Apr-19
T-Hawk 19-Apr-19
eddie c 19-Apr-19
Whocares 19-Apr-19
Surfbow 19-Apr-19
ELKMAN 20-Apr-19
cnelk 20-Apr-19
Rut Nut 20-Apr-19
From: BGbasbhat
Does anybody shooting modern compounds and carbon arrows do this?

I've thought/heard of numbering my arrows to track which ones may be fliers, or inconsistent, and not to use those for a hunt. But given the considerable amount of human error (my crap shooting), I'm doubtful if there would be any concrete result.

Is this something more traditional guys do? With near perfect carbon shafts, symmetrical fletchings, spin-testing, etc., not sure if it'd be worth the tracking?

From: Ucsdryder
I number arrows. Doesn’t take long to notice a flier. That being said, with better arrows it’s less necessary. If they spin well they will most likely fly well.

From: Tilzbow
I do it when building hunting arrows and shooting with fixed blade broad heads to sort out the good and the bad.

From: Pat Lefemine
X2. I do it all the time. And even the best carbon arrows contain flyers. They also contain magic arrows that fly incredible all the time. Numbering helps me identify them. I am shooting fixed blades.

From: Owl
You'll shoot some arrows better than others. Best to know which those are. I imagine most guys either number or grade out. Numbering is less expensive and more practical,imo.

From: Bou'bound
No harm in doing it. Piece of mind

From: BGbasbhat
Good to know from you pros. Guess i'll be shooting them anyway, so might as well track em on my spreadsheet. FYI, I'm shooting Magnus Buzzcuts. On that note, do you guys typically pair a broadhead with shaft too? Again, whatever pairing flies the best together?

From: Marty
I do it all the time, flyers become bunny blunter arrows!

From: dirtclod Az.
I always wondered why my dads arrows had numbers back in the 70's.My practice arrows are so mis-matched,If i notice a problem i write 'bad' on the fletching with a sharpie.

From: Predeter
I always number my arrows Seems to always be certain ones which are always in the middle and others are always flyers so I'll keep doing it.

From: BTM
Always. What Owl said: "You'll shoot some arrows better than others. Best to know which those are."

From: ohiohunter
My number one arrow spins like a top with a Broadhead. Other than that, recently, I haven’t noticed any consistent fliers.. but my equipment far supersedes my ability.

From: Owl
Another note on the OP, if you can't distinguish among your better flyers, you likely are not shooting far enough. For instance, you'll have more arrows hit like "1s" at 20 yards than at 40, etc. Or, presuming they all "hit badly," you need serious help with your shooting.:)

From: RogBow
If I need to number arrows something is terribly wrong. I don't want to sit there thinking oh, this is arrow 3 but I am going to shoot it anyway. You have all year to figure out a good setup.

From: GBTG
I number my arrows and then keep a notebook with each practice session documenting the best arrows. Is it necessary no.... but confidence to me is everything.

From: Franklin
I don`t....nothing goes on the hunting trip or in the quiver that is a "flyer". I work on form more when practicing so my practice arrows are hodgepodge. Closer to the season I`ll start to dial in.

I name my arrows. Numbers are boring!!!

I square all my arrows after they are cut.. then I weigh all inserts and broadheads to get weight matched, use loctite and screw in super tight. then weigh shafts after I've fetched. Then match broadheads/inserts to shafts so all arrows are within .5 grains of each other. Then I glue inserts with broadheads attached into shafts. Before glue is dried I spin test. I get all my hunting arrows to spin perfectly and all within half grain... it's a little OCD.. but eliminates most fliers and guarantees any arrow I grab will be good to go.. that combined with bare shaft and broadhead tuning gives me piece of mind

From: Scooter
I number...

From: LINK
Been numbering for years. Doesn’t make much difference with field tips but some arrows don’t like broadheads. Shaft isn’t square or something of that nature.

From: sdkhunter
Even buying the better grade arrows seems like there a few that I always seem to shoot the best. I normally mark my favorites with dots or similar with a sharpie... if nothing else it’s a confidence boost to know I’m shooting my favorite arrows from my quiver when hunting...

From: Ermine
I name them. Easier to remember than numbers. But yes it helps to identify if you have ones that shoot different

From: trophyhill
Great thread! After testing all my arrows and fine tuning them, I write a short message on one of the vanes if each arrow. This way I know which arrows are tuned to perfection. Or very near perfection anyway. I started doing this after seeing the Adventure Bowhunter video several years back. I think that's what it was named, with Tom Miranda. I guess you could say it's a personal message as it goes into and or thru the vitals as it takes life, and sustains life.

From: Tyler
I ran out of room on my fletchings most arrows start as number ones but as soon as they hit off the mark I have to change the numbers to grade 2s,3s,4s,5s etc. Its always the arrows fault why they don't hit their mark.

From: APauls
I write on the fletching what I killed with the arrow. Some arrows will rack up a pretty decent kill count before they hit the offside shoulder and snap in a death run or something. I’m never hunting with any flyers

From: BGbasbhat

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Thanks all for the feedback. I let me OCD out and tweaked my tracking chart. I went by distance and weighted average. 0=Dead Nuts, 1=Under 1" per 10 Yards, 2=Over 1" per 10 Yards. Add them up at the end and the lower the score the better. Also, have 5 rounds per arrow and per distance. To make sure the higher #d arrows don't get shot last when I'm tired, I mixed up the order of the 21 arrows: 1-21


Middle #s First

Outer #s First


Probably overkill I know. But thanks all for the tips. I might as well do it since i'm shooting a round a day.

From: Genesis
It’s not all about prioritizing arrows as I’ve been in situations where I had to shoot multiple arrows and with the adrenaline pumping it’s really helpful to know which arrows in the succession presents with what certain findings on it to help diagnose the situation

From: Mark Watkins
Tilzbow X 2!


Now that is OCD:):):)!


From: x-man
My Target arrows are all numbered sequentially. When I'm "on" I can shoot the same arrow in the same hole. Shooting them in the correct order on my 5-spot target face lets me know if something is starting to go wrong. Missing by 1/4-1/2" tells me something has changed.

My hunting arrows all have the same number... 114

From: Inshart
I used to number them until I discovered something dynamic. Dubbed it "wobble wear".

The number 1 takes less ink than the number 2, etc., etc., and when I really noticed the difference was when I got into the double digit numbers. I never went past the number 29. ***For instance, 29 takes more ink and was therefore heavier and created more velocity "drag" - then the number 1. I had always written on the cock fletch and that extra weight/ink drag made them wobble - hence the cock fletch would wear out before the others. All this caused me to occasionally miss the one inch bulls eye at 120 yards.


From: LINK
You could just number them all with 2 numbers. Then you would be dead nutz. ;)

From: SBH
I gotta number mine for when I empty the quiver and I'm trying to put all the pieces back together in terms of what the hell just happened!

From: Bake
I number. Lots of good reasons to do so.

I don't keep a chart. I don't number until I've been through the arrows about 15 times. Then I start trying to narrow down the best

From: BGbasbhat
Hahahaha, Inshart that's hilarious. lol. Hahahahaha!

From: Beendare
Try it on a couple dozen arrows and you will soon see the idiocy of, "Screw on your Mech head and go hunt"

Seems to me there is an archery app for your phone that makes easy work of plotting your arrows.

From: T-Hawk
I have been doing it for years

From: eddie c
I've done it on occasion. I like to have someone to listen to my arrows. My wife used to sit in the back yard when I shot. One day she stated that one of the arrows made a weird noise. I figured if she could hear it a deer could. Never did figure out what was wrong with that arrow.

From: Whocares
If I didn't number mine how would I know how many I shot??

From: Surfbow
I used to number them, and since I'm an airhead I promptly forgot which number the flyer was when I pulled the arrows and started shooting again. So instead I just keep a sharpie in my pocket when practicing and put a dot on the fletching of a flyer, the ones with lots of dots get moved to the back of the pile...

I wouldn't shoot arrows that weren't numbered. PERIOD. (Way to many variables to not have trackability)

From: cnelk
If you dont number them, you will always have an excuse for that 'flyer' :)

From: Rut Nut
I don’t number my arrows. If I have an arrow that is a consistent “flyer” so bad that it will miss the vitals, then something is wrong with it. If I cannot fix it, it goes in the trash.

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