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Old 03-16-2012, 03:32 PM   #1
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Question Archery String Tracking Devices

Given all the hoopla over the potential for "lighted nocks" to assist some people with recovering arrow shot game I got wondering how many people use string trackers. It would seem to me they would be a much more effective "tool" to lead to recovery of game as they would lead a person right to the animal (in theory) the majority of the time as long as the broadhead stayed in the animal or passed thru which they almost always do for me.

So do you use them? Do they work as designed or does the string break? I have to assume they limit the distance of shots people can take but if wounding loss is out of hand it seems like a reasonable trade off.

They are legal TODAY and wouldn't disqualify harvested animals from the P&Y Club records system and the best part is they cost about the price of one LUMINOCK.......they are inexpensive anyhow.

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Old 03-16-2012, 09:09 PM   #2
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I have wondered how that string would hold up in the coastal jungle.

Maybe really good for over east. Wheels.
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:45 PM   #3
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About 20+ years ago, I bought a string tracking device that attached to my bow were the stabilizer attaches. My thought was to use it for tree stand bear hunting. It seemed like a good idea to use when tracking a wounded bear though a thicket with only bow & arrow as a weapon. This was before we were allowed to legally carry a pistol while archery hunting.

I tested the string tracker at a target range. I found the drag created by the string attached to the arrow affected shoot accuracy more than I was comfortable with. Accuracy dropped starting at 15-20 yards. The longer the shot, the more the string affected shoot accuracy. I have never shot one while harvesting a game animal. I am not sure if the newer versions will shoot more accurately at longer distances? But find it hard to believe accuracy is not affected is some way.

I have found enough used string on the ground to know string trackers are being used successfully for hunting in the PNW. When finding the string, I always track it both ways to figure out where the shot was taken, and learn how the animal traveled after being hit with an arrow. I would not use a string tracker for hunting. That does not mean you should not. I am not trying to talk you out of using one. If you do use one, spend time shooting it so you know where your arrow will hit at known distances, which may be different than without the tracking device. I would also suggest to those that do use one, please remove the used string after harvesting your animal.
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I used a string tracker when baiting bears, back when that was legal, with good results. I guess I took 3 bears using a string tracker. Out to 30 yards the accuracy was very good; I used a heavier arrow and 80# draw weight. I must admit there is something pretty excigting about crawling through the thick stuff on hands & knees with a small flashlight following a string; back then you could not pack a pistol; kind of an eerie feeling when hunting alone picked up a decent P&Y blackie that way.

I attached the string to a size #4 fishing hook, which I attached to the arrow shaft with electrical tape. The hook would imbed in the tough skin as the arrow passed on through. Never had a miss or failure using the hook & string.
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Old 03-17-2012, 02:00 PM   #5
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About 20+ years ago, I bought a string tracking device that attached to my bow were the stabilizer attaches. My thought was to use it for tree stand bear hunting. It seemed like a good idea to use when tracking a wounded bear though a thicket with only bow & arrow as a weapon. This was before we were allowed to legally carry a pistol while archery hunting.

I tested the string tracker at a target range. I found the drag created by the string attached to the arrow affected shoot accuracy more than I was comfortable with. Accuracy dropped starting at 15-20 yards. The longer the shot, the more the string affected shoot accuracy. I have never shot one while harvesting a game animal. I am not sure if the newer versions will shoot more accurately at longer distances? But find it hard to believe accuracy is not affected is some way.

I have found enough used string on the ground to know string trackers are being used successfully for hunting in the PNW. When finding the string, I always track it both ways to figure out where the shot was taken, and learn how the animal traveled after being hit with an arrow. I would not use a string tracker for hunting. That does not mean you should not. I am not trying to talk you out of using one. If you do use one, spend time shooting it so you know where your arrow will hit at known distances, which may be different than without the tracking device. I would also suggest to those that do use one, please remove the used string after harvesting your animal.
I thought I was finding a lot of hunting string too but I realized it was the foresters using it. Wheels.
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