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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-09-2018, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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No blood on arrow

After shooting my buck Saturday night, I didn't find my arrow right away but was not worried because the shot was 16 yards and I saw the impact. The arrow went in right behind his close shoulder and exited through the far shoulder. Recovery was about 100 yards. Any way, I found my arrow Sunday morning and it was perfectly clean. If I had found my arrow first, I would have been convinced that I missed. There was nothing on the shaft or vanes. Since I started using a crossbow, I have noticed several arrows having less sign on them than I would expect but none have been perfectly clean. Has anyone else had this happen?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-09-2018, 09:55 PM
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Yes. The victory bolts have a coating that the blood literally slides right off. I, too, watched the impact and was "what the"
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I have seen arrows with very little sign on them but I always have hair and/or blood on the broadhead, vanes, or nock.
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It's also rained a bunch since then.My son shot a doe with a crossbow a few years ago.The bolt passed through the deer and lodged in a tree.We were both sure he hit it but he wasn't using a lighted nock at the time and it was a early in the morning,foggy and raining.We climbed down about an hour later and the arrow didn't have a drop of blood on it.I was started to think he missed and then noticed a bunch of hair all over the tree.
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There was no rain Saturday evening. I just found it to be odd that it was perfectly clean. No hair, blood or odor. If not for seeing the impact, I would have thought it to be a clean miss by reading the sign on the arrow.
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Iím not doubting you, but that is pretty rare. I shot at a deer, recovered the arrow, looked clean. When I got back to the truck and put on my reading glasses, I discovered a little blood on the head and fletching. As Dpms stated, almost always some blood, tissue or hair on a broad head. The Spitfires I use always have something on them after a pass through.

I think todayís carbon arrows donít hold blood like aluminum arrows did. Iím old enough to have killed a couple with cedar shafts and real feathers....they were a bloody mess.
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A little trick that I use is to take a piece of white toilet paper or paper towel and wipe it on the arrow. You can usually see it then. If it goes thru the cavity it will usually feel a bit slimy as well.
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-10-2018, 08:59 PM
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I want blood to see blood on my arrow and fletching...it tells a story.

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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-13-2018, 07:59 AM
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maybe it was licked off by some predator. honed in on the scent of blood..
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-13-2018, 09:02 AM
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its happened to me too.. not unusual
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