Wow, talk about a blast from the past... For those here that might not have known John Sloan "bowriter", passed away in June of last summer. I knew him from another outdoor site and had read and listen to a lot of his stories. Unfortunately I never had the chance to meet him personally. RIP "Bowriter"Can they jump or duck a string? Yes.
Do they? Yes.
Do I worry aboutit? no.
Personally, I think they avoid the sound of the approaching arrow more than react to the sound of the bow or crossbow. Just listen to an arrow in flght somtime.
No doubt. Standing aside the target (out of the way of the oncoming arrow) at a 3D shoot (years ago) we were amazed to hear how loud the next groups arrows were, as they sped towards the target. On a 30 yard shot, I could pick up the sound of the vanes tearing through the air at least 20 yards, before it was hitting the backstop. I dont think I will ever forget that day because it was so crazy to see/hear that high speed buzz headed towards us.+1
I've been saying it for years. Even did vids from the target's perspective to illustrate it, and show that arrow component choices matter.
one on the left didnt raise head from safety click but was still alerted enough to duck itFrom my experience killing over 100 deer with some type of bow over the past 46 years. I can honestly say i have seen 3 duck my arrow well one tried and if not for bad luck he would have. I'll start with him ranges 33 yds optimizer dialed to 33 yds using a EoTech red dot. Bow was a MXB 330 shooting 333 fps. I shot from a inclosed elevated box blind that had been there for years. The buck bucked as soon as the bow went off and spun to his right. The fixed blade VPA head hit him in the jaw. Next day he had made it 200yds and was found stiff.
Next Buck was at 15 yds i was using a Zipper longbow shooting about 150 fps. In a tree stand this time. The Buck completely moved out of the way of that arrow.
Last time was with my Mission 400 shooting 370 ish fps Buck was at 30 yds ranged. I was in a blind, the buck did hear me flip the safety, and looked my way. Then went back to feeding. I shot as soon as his nose touched the ground.
Clean miss. Guys come up with all kinds of yeah buts. Watch the Buck to the left.
I posted once using a Excalibur Ibex years ago. I hit this Buck in the back inside 30 yds. Saying i know i didn't miss that bad. He pointed out maybe the Buck jumped string. Those bows are pretty loud. I thought about that for years and still do. Along with a few Bucks that i hit a little higher than i thought i should have.
I'm convinced and here's where i get myself in trouble thinking outside the box. The biggest danger zone isn't 50 60 yds its 30 40 yds. And this depends on how loud your bow is.
Arrows don't get a free pass here. I don't think there the root cause, but a added warning once the reaction trigger has been tripped. Now i'm not saying a really loud arrow can't trigger a reaction. Vane choice and broadhead choice is huge imo. I like a stiff vane and a expandable broadhead. Trying to quiet it as much as i can without giving up any accuracy. As i do with my bows.
In the end i shoot for the top of the heart. And i don't use a sighting system that makes me guess.
Or just reacted to the sound of the bow. Because he didn't hear it. I have killed deer across that hollow. That puts them over 40 yds closer to 50 yds. I have never witnessed any type of reaction there.one on the left didnt raise head from safety click but was still alerted enough to duck it
think this one fell a sleep chewingThis buck is 100% on alert. Difference being he's a little over 50 yds. Same set up Blind hunting same bow and arrow same broadhead. Just a few weeks between the shots different areas.
If you look closely you can see him roll back down the hill.