Busting arrows as fast as I can – Frustrating!

In order to protect arrows my wife, Brenda, suggested I shoot one then go pull it. That’s fine; it would certainly prevent hitting a previously shot arrow. It would also cost time spent walking back and forth to retrieve the arrows. The walking doesn’t bother me, I run a lot and walking isn’t too taxing. The problem is the time lost walking back and forth. The walking time would really add up when shooting from 50+ yards.

Different angle to theoretically protect my arrows

I have one (ONE) 3D animal to practice shooting. In an attempt to not shoot my arrows I move around between shots. Last week I shot through an arrow from and totally different angle – what are the odds?

Busted an arrow anyway

Then, today, it happened again. Different angle, different yardage and another busted arrow. Frustrating.



Working my pin sight

It has been too cold to shoot outside without gloves until yesterday. Gloves make hands thicker, change the anchor points, and require slight adjustments to sights. On Monday, it was warmer and the gloves were removed meaning my sight had to be adjusted to compensate.

It felt great to shoot without gloves and without layer upon layers of apparel. I knew once the gloves were off I’d need to make a click here and there to reset my sight. When I set the sights of my bows, I use a single point target so I can track my shots. In this case I used a rifle target. I also use these when I am out of archery paper targets. (There is a risk of arrow damage when repeatedly shooting at the same point)

Rifle target with a dime in the center

My first three glove free shots were a bit low and to my left. Over clicking my windage and under clicking my elevation I ended up to my right and low. A few more clicks and I was on track.

Working my way toward the center


Putting it on the line – 10 months old

Puttingitontheline is primarily about archery. But, it’s also about sport, life, adventure, fitness and the people we meet during training and competition. Most of this website revolves around what we, as athletes, do as we put ourselves on the line.


Competition in sport can be done as part of a team or individually. Even in team play it’s the individual’s effort that is put on the line. In Ironman triathlon, the event is done solo. During the 2.4-mile swim, 112-time trial on a bike, and marathon there is a lot of alone time.


In track and field events, the athlete is competing solo and often they compete one at a time, as in pole vaulting, the long jump, and the high jump.


Lining up with archers on either side of you is stressful to a degree. Standing at the stake while others watch is stressful. But, we do it because we love sport, enjoy the training, and live for competition. Putting it on the line is what we athletes do and I’ll continue to write about it.


Thanks for reading.

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River’s Friends

In the past, I’ve mentioned I run a lot. I also ride and bike and swim. During the coldest winter months running takes a lead over cycling and swimming. Nearly every morning I’ll head out for a run. On these runs my partner is a dog, River. Once I’ve finished running I’ll shoot while River has a swim and takes a nap. Today, while running River came upon her friends.

On one of the roads where we run there are a lot of dogs. Many of them are “free-range” animals and are happy to see River as she runs past. They’ll trot out to greet her with a sniff and romp.

River, the darker Lab, being greeted by a friend

I keep running while the friends exchange updates. The canine compadres continue to enjoy each other’s company until I get a few hundred yards down the road. River keeps an eye on me and once I get a ways off, she’ll sprint to catch up. Her crew frequently comes along for the adventure.

Game on!

Occasionally, I’ll pause to take a photograph, scratch her friends’ ears, pat their sides and take my licks. She hangs with a good crowd that includes a German Shepherd, two Labrador Retrievers, a Golden Retriever, a couple of Jack Russell terriers, a bulldog, and a number of beagles.

Today one of her best friends completed most of the run with us. We’ve watched her grow up. She is well mannered and is always happy to see us. It was a nice run and great to catch up with a good friend.

Good friends