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Archery Target Wrestling… A New Sport? 

Target Wrestling… A New Sport? 

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And Wrestle!

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Sometimes the retrieval of the arrow is as much of a workout as an hour in the gym, especially if you’re shooting something like the TenPoint Nitro 505 XERO Crossbow. Why do I speak of that crossbow specifically? It produces a max velocity of 505 feet per second. That’s going to dig in! 

Do you dread  loading your arrows like the TenPoint EVO-X CenterPunch Alpha Blaze Carbon Arrows into your crossbow,  then aiming at your target and squeezing the trigger? I bet I know why. When an arrow is soaring that fast and plunges into the target, if you want to reuse your arrows, they must come out. 

Reusable Ammunition

One of the pros of archery is reusable ammo, it’s only reusable if you can retrieve it unharmed. Not only do you want to retrieve your arrows unharmed, it’s just as pleasing to keep your target in tip top shape, mores so if it’s the Real Wild 3D Walking Bear.

Are you waiting for a solution to the problem? Do you already know a solution to the problem? If you’re waiting for a solution great, I’ve got two! If you already know, help us out and share what you’ve got in the comments below. 

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Solutions for the problem

For Easier Removal

The first solution is all about lubrication. There are some components on your bow to keep lubed and waxed but this time, try lubing the arrows. No not the nocks, or the fletching. Not the field tip or broadhead either. Using the TenPoint Premium Lubricant, starting at the insert, wipe the shaft of the arrow with the foam applicator about three to four inches from the insert. 

If you don’t believe me, you always have time for an experiment right? Lube three out of four arrows, remember the one you didn’t lube, (if you happen to forget, you’ll soon be reminded) shoot all four into the target and now the best part, pull them out. Which ones were easier? 

I’m still waiting for an answer. Hello, what’s the verdict? Oh, I apologize, you’re still trying to pull the last arrow out of the Real Wild 3D Walking Bear. That’s the one you didn’t lube right? 

Now you want to know the second option so you can retrieve your last arrow, here goes. Sometime all it takes is a little leverage or a good grip. You can get that with a couple types of arrow removers. 

There are two types of arrow removers, first up the Ravin Lighted Nock Extinguisher and Arrow Puller which improves on grip and can be easily stored on an arrow shaft while in the quiver. In addition to aiding the extraction of arrows it also extinguished the lighted nocks. 

For more leverage and grip the Excalibur T-Handle is a great choice. It will require you to remove the nock and screw the T-Handle in the end of the shaft then you get to pull. 

Will Power

It would be great if an archer could will the arrows to hit the target perfectly and find its way out of the target and back into the quiver. But if that were the case it would be wrong of you to take credit for that great shot! 

Do yourself a favor, use the proper tools to make the sport enjoyable. If you don’t want to lube your arrows or invest in an arrow remover, do the neighbor kid a favor and pay him by the hour to be your arrow retriever.

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The Bow Bully
The Bow Bully discusses a variety of archery topics and offers tips, advice and the occasional nudge to make you a better bowhunter. With years of experience, and an attitude to match, you'll find the Bully has something to offer both beginners and seasoned hunters.

2 thoughts on “Target Wrestling… A New Sport? ”

    • Siraniko,

      There are equally weighted broad heads and field tips. Some people prefer to practice with the exact equipment they’re using in the field, while others prefer field tips.Yes the field tips are easier to pull out, but when they’re flying out of a crossbow at 4-500 FPS whatever it’s wearing on the tip it’s still going to have quite the resistance. It also depends on your target. They make targets specific for broad heads as well. I hope that answered your question. If not, I’ll be happy to try again. Happy shooting!

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