Since things aren't too busy on the boards right now I thought this might be a good time to ask : Have you ever experienced a catastrophic bow failure ? In 41 years of hunting I've had two (well one was on the range).
In the 90's I had a Mountaineer bow. Nice bow, machined aluminum riser. In its third season of use , while on the practice range, the riser broke in half while at half draw. A loud noise and I was standing there with the top half of my bow dangling at my feet. This happened so fast I initially didn't realize what had happened. Upon close examination of the riser I could see a small pock mark on each section of riser. When the riser halves were matched together the pock marks formed a bubble. This bubble must have formed when the original aluminum stock was formed. That riser was an accident waiting to happen since the day it was machined. Mountaineer replaced the riser, no charge.
Fast forward a few years. I was in my first Lone Wolf climber for the very first hunting trip using that stand. Had my one year old Hoyt Havotech. A doe was standing at 15 yards. I drew and settled the pin in the sweet spot just behind the shoulder. Release, loud noise, see the arrow hit the deer in the neck, deer runs 15 yards and drops and dies. As I look down at my bow I notice the bow is unstrung and the cam is bent. I also see a nick on the tree stand where the cam had barely nicked the tree stand. I was lucky to hit that deer with such a lethal hit. Luckier yet I didn't wound it.
That one cost me about $100.00. Lesson here: always be aware of where your bow is in relation to your tree stand (or anything else that could interfere).
Last edited by simoncool; 01-28-2018 at 09:58 PM.