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Number Your Arrows

No matter if you’re a beginning archer or an old pro, this tip will help when it comes to making your shot count when you head to the woods this fall.

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Today’s arrows are better than ever, and the manufacturers do a great job of holding to tight standards for straightness and weight. It doesn’t take much to make one arrow fly differently from another, however.

Even if a batch of arrows comes off the line perfectly matched, there are any number of variables that can change weight and balance — things like how much glue is used from one arrow to the next, small differences in insert or nock weight, you name it.

For whatever reason, some arrows will fly a little differently than others.

Numbering your arrows is a great way to help identify which of your arrows group the best. It will also you help spot a problem arrow, should a carbon shaft have broken fibers or an aluminum shaft have a slight bend.

Watch for an arrow that seems to always be just a bit off or outside of your groupings. You might think its human error, and it very well could be. By numbering your arrows, you might see a pattern, however.

While the problem could be something as small as a few grains of weight difference, that could be all it takes to miss a shot at the biggest buck you’ve ever seen.

By numbering your arrows, you can spot a problem arrow, replace or re-fletch it, and shoot with complete confidence that you’re using the most accurate arrows you have.

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