Don't Be a 'Robin Hood'

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To the average person on the street, Robin Hood was a guy who "robbed from the rich and gave to the poor." To the archery hunter however, a Robin Hood is when you shoot two arrows in exactly the same spot so that the second hits the first and goes inside it - making one very long arrow. It might be fun to do - once or twice - and it looks pretty impressive, but it gets a little expensive when good arrows cost anywhere from $6 to $10 each. Even if an arrow is not hit exactly in the center, a vane can be ruined or a nock broken by a 'near miss.' Either way, something has to be replaced, which costs both time and money.

For the average bow hunter a simple solution to this is to use a target that has a number of different bull's-eyes on it. By shooting only one arrow at each bull's-eye, you greatly minimize the chance of hitting one of the previously shot arrows. Try to hit the very center of your bull's-eye with each arrow, of course, but save your arrows for hunting, and save some money at the same time.


Deer Slayer's picture

I've never done that yet, but

I've never done that yet, but my dad did it a couple of times. We now have the target called the block. We constantly shoot at different spots on the block to avoid this. It doesn't even have to be a "robin hood" to be expensive. Grazing shots can cost you as well. This is a great tip and will save you money. It would be kind of cool to do it at least once.

numbnutz's picture

Great tip!! When I first got

Great tip!! When I first got back into archery i had a few robin hoods. I learned very fast to use the 5 different spots on my block targets. i wont shoot 2 arrows at the same point anymore just because i dont wann ruin anymore arrows. so far it has worked out great. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

groovy mike's picture

I’ll have to keep it in mind when I get back into archery

Good tip. 

 I’ll have to keep it in mind when I get back into archery – or at least when I find a cross bow, now that they are legal to hunt with in New York state!

Rem2arms's picture

Very good tip!, I have a

Very good tip!, I have a couple of those robin hood arrow's myself and you're right, with the cost for good arrows I try to stay away from them now. I shoot at different targets from my roof top as well as from the ground.

ManOfTheFall's picture

Good tip. I have been there

Good tip. I have been there and done that way to many times. Since I have purchased "The Block", which is a 4 sided target I have not performed this "trick shot" since. The other thing that is nice about the block is that it is a fairly durable target and can take quite a few shots before you have to buy a new one. Since I received a new compound bow for Christmas this past December, "The Block" will be getting alot of use this year. 

JackHamr''s picture

I managed to do this a couple

I managed to do this a couple times myself , cool really cool conversation pieces , but set me back about $70