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post #1 of 55 (permalink) Old 10-11-2019, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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Discharge arrows

Yesterday when I got done hunting I got out my discharge arrow and fired in at an angle into the ground. When the arrow hit the ground two pieces of the arrow went skyward. The last time I fired it I fired it into a bank from about 15 yards and it bounced straight back and came close to hitting me, which is why I didn't fire it straight down or almost straight down. Today I went to Lancaster Archery Supply where I bought the arrow to get a new one, I asked if they had one that would hold up better. The guy at the proshop told me he never recommended the arrows. When I aske him what he recommends he took me over to the target bag section and grabbed a small yellow Jacket "discharge bag". It is small, 17" x 13",I can throw it into one of the baskets on my ATV and leave it there under the cover while I am hunting and set it up and shoot a target arrow into it when I am leaving. Those arrows are expensive if they are going to break after a couple of discharges, the bag should last me pretty much as long as I will be archery hunting.

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post #2 of 55 (permalink) Old 10-11-2019, 01:30 PM
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That is what I use at the end of every hunt. We ground a bullet point flat so it doesn't penetrate as far. Just don't forget to switch to the bolt with the field point, I have forgot 2x in the past couple years and those bags don't stop broadheads!
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my dad and I have an Styrofoam target that we discharge ours with and use a field point to save the target
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I have been using that for a couple of years now and it works great. Just don't stand too close to it because the bolt can/will go through it.
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IF I'm hunting several days in a row I usually do not release the string. Some guys here have kept xbow cocked all season. That's a bit extreme for me. I wait until Im home and shoot the target which confirms my zero as well. I do have a discharge bolt with a heavy 1"or so dia. metal mushroom on the end. Beware of frozen ground tho,bolt will shatter. I usually do it in the mulch pile
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I throw my Black Block target in the bed of my truck and shoot my bolt into it. I also use a bolt with a field point. Never had a problem.
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post #7 of 55 (permalink) Old 10-11-2019, 04:04 PM
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Tried those discharge bolts... was a pack of 5 or 6 for about $15...
Wasn't worth it for a disposable item they turned out to be... and I'll say this, DO NOT USE THEM when it's below freezing out....
They will disintegrate in flight... explosively.

I just fire off a field point at an old 3d or bag target when I'm done for the day/trip.
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post #8 of 55 (permalink) Old 10-11-2019, 04:45 PM
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I use a bulldog targets Doghouse FP plus to discharge my xbow. It stop arrows so fast and has a lifetime warranty. I want to get their pug target since it's lighter for traveling.
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post #9 of 55 (permalink) Old 10-11-2019, 06:13 PM
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X2 on the yellow jacket. I just use one of the freebie bolts that came with my crossbow. Not a fan of shooting into the ground...rock or roots..like you have seen the arrow can come back or blow up.
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I have a burlap sack full of rages by were aI park. I keep a couple old bolts close by. It works great
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