Posted by at 12:55 am  Nick's Blog
Oct 282023

Here is my version of the old Mastercard ads we all used to see on television.

House on 8 acres in the country – $319K

High tech Garrett metal detector – $569

Bear Legit compound bow – $459

Finding the $6 arrow you lost in the grass – Priceless

I said in a blog post last week that even though I was really into archery when I was younger, I hadn’t shot a bow in over 30 years before Terry bought me one for my birthday. And I’m definitely finding that both the technology has changed tremendously and my abilities have gone to hell. Even at 20 yards, I am missing the target a lot more than I am hitting it.

On my first attempt, I think I shot a dozen or more arrows before I ever got one into the bottom left edge of the target. In the process I managed to lose several arrows in the grass in our pasture. Even though the grass definitely needs mowed, Terry and I were able to find all of them except one. It was late in the afternoon and by then the light was fading, so the next day I went out with my metal detector and was able to find the arrow because of the metal field tip on the end.

After writing another chapter in my new John Lee Quarrels book yesterday, I took the advice our son Travis gave me and moved my archery practice over behind the barn in the same area where the shooting backstop is. The grass is much shorter there because of being mowed while we were building the backstop and from being beaten down by the tractor. I still missed quite a bit starting out, but the arrows were easier to find. A big help to me was the fact that Alli figured out what I was doing and started finding the arrows for me when they buried themselves under the grass. How cool is that?

I’m happy to say that by the time I was done shooting fore the day, I had figured out that by aiming high and to the right, I was able to get the arrows consistently into the target. Nowhere near the bullseye, and not grouped very well, but at least I knew where they were. Now I just have to figure out how to adjust the bow’s sights to bring things in to where they need to be.

And what do you do when you have a German shepherd that retrieves arrows for you? You reward her, of course. While our friends Jennifer and Jesse were here visiting a while back, Jennifer told me that they have dog ice cream for sale at Publix. And sure enough, they do. I think it’s actually frozen yogurt blended for dogs, and Alli sure loves it. You keep finding those arrows, girl, and I’ll keep supplying you with treats. 😊

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And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

Thought For The Day – The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  4 Responses to “Priceless”

  1. Hi Nick. . . I’m likely preaching to the choir here, but I thought that perhaps adjusting your sight at 10 meters Initially might help. Then expand out to 20 yards and sight in again. After that, you’re going to do a little math. Figure the velocity to discover your bow’s trajectory curve and you’ll be able to figure at what distances between 20 yards and X # of yards you’ll be accurate. Perhaps a bit complicated at first, but as you gain some confidence, you’ll know your accurate points on the target at sighted distance. You’ll eventually learn your holdover sighting, just like when you were in the military. Having been a deployed Corpsman attached to the 3rd MarDiv I might just feel that the finer points of marksmanship weren’t taught to Army grunts too. I know, I know, just interservice competition. Your old buddy, Orv.

  2. Wow, In Walmart They needs to move that Dog ice cream Out of the human ice cream section. I almost put it in my card until I read it. I think I’ll be more careful now in the ice cream section.
    Paint your arrows, shaft fluorescent, orange Or step closer.or if you don’t think you could hit the Backside of a barn door Use the shed. It’ll make a good target.

  3. We’re having a big discussion about what type of hat you were just gifted not long ago to replace your favorite hat of years…my husband is really interested. Thanks

  4. When my uncle and I did the Recurved Archery Bows, we had the Target mounted on a stack of Hay Bales. We’d then just have to pull the Arrows through the Bales, causing no harm to the flights.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

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