Pronghorn water tank questionContributors to this thread:
Grey Ghost 17-Aug-20
fubar racin 18-Aug-20
So yesterday I had doe come in (buck tag). She came in behind me I expected her to go to my left but last minute went to my right. Had it been a buck with out trying to open a different window only shot I would have had would have been at tank. As you can see it picture arrow probably would had gone into her and hit tank on far side or if I happen to shoot low just hit tank. For the record I would pass this shot in fear of damaging ranches tank. With all that said does anyone have any experience on what a arrow would do to a water tank. Does arrow put a hole in tank? Does arrow blow up and not damage tank? I know next time I’ll setup so I have shot from same window to both side of tank! Blind I setup a Tuesday before season a pot hole cover with tracks. Had all but dried up so I am picking up and moving as sun came up and rushed my setup.
From: Grey Ghost
I've never hit a water tank, but I have punched a hole into a metal gate that was equal or greater thickness. So I'd say it's likely you'd put a hole in the tank with a complete miss. On a pass thru shot, I think it would depend on how much energy was lost going thru the animal, which is a big variable. Either way, I wouldn't risk it, unless a dead prairie maggot is worth more to you than buying the rancher a new tank.
Worst case scenario a bolt, a couple of steel washers and rubber washers should fix it up good as new. Or move your blind to avoid the problem. Maybe I should be more concerned, but potential damage to the tank wouldn't have even entered my mind.
Or Flex Tape...it works even under water!!!
I have had the same thought. Don't want to punch a hole in the tank. I would talk to the Landowner before hunting to see how to handle it if it did happen by accident. I would definity set blind to get different angle.
If it was my tank I probably would be less concern. But no pronghorn is worth damaging a ranches property that was nice enough to let me hunt. I set up blind same day when plan A went haywire. There was some stuff include a tractor tire leaned against a pole about the size of by blind to set blind by. I alway feel if I can stick blind in with "stuff" that already around tank it sticks out less. Not a big issue was just curious what a arrow would do to a stock tank.
I am more of the school of don't let it happen then asking the landowner what if it happens. God forbid it did I probably be more of school of replacing than patching up.
I solved the problem by hunting at a rubber (tire) water tank.
From: fubar racin
I don’t think most would penetrate honestly I shot through a piece of steel tread plate but didn’t get to far through it with 84# and a heavy arrow