Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


String tracker

Messages posted to thread:
blind squirrel 04-Apr-20
deerhunt51 04-Apr-20
Chas 04-Apr-20
swampwalker 04-Apr-20
blind squirrel 04-Apr-20
Bowmania 04-Apr-20
Wapiti - - M. S. 05-Apr-20
Bernie P. 05-Apr-20
Clydebow 05-Apr-20
topGUN 05-Apr-20
Thogg 05-Apr-20
RymanCat 05-Apr-20
stagetek 05-Apr-20
RD 05-Apr-20
pdk25 06-Apr-20
swampwalker 06-Apr-20
pdk25 06-Apr-20
JusPassin 06-Apr-20
David McLendon 06-Apr-20
Nemophilist 06-Apr-20
Buckhunter 06-Apr-20
pdk25 06-Apr-20
Wapiti - - M. S. 07-Apr-20
GUTPILE PA 08-Apr-20
Jon Stewart 08-Apr-20
Stubee 08-Apr-20
stagetek 08-Apr-20
blind squirrel 08-Apr-20
Brian M. 08-Apr-20
Brian M. 08-Apr-20
Brian M. 08-Apr-20
Brian M. 08-Apr-20
Brian M. 08-Apr-20
blind squirrel 08-Apr-20
lowrider 08-Apr-20
swampwalker 08-Apr-20
Brian M. 09-Apr-20
blind squirrel 09-Apr-20
Shawn 09-Apr-20
blind squirrel 09-Apr-20
RD 09-Apr-20
From: blind squirrel Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 04-Apr-20




Anyone like to share their DIY string tracker plans i am interested in try to make one >>~> Thanks

From: deerhunt51
Date: 04-Apr-20




My advice is why bother. If you are thinking for deer hunting, it is totally not necasary and could in fact be detramental. A properly placed broadhead kills very quickly. For the most part I watch my deer crash. If not generaly hear them crash. Taking only high percentage shots you know you can make, and just go tag your deer.

From: Chas
Date: 04-Apr-20




I tried a string tracker one time about 30 yrs ago. I shot one while practicing and the arrow dropped like a rock. I threw it out and never hunted with one.

From: swampwalker Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 04-Apr-20




Two negatives. Do a search here. Plenty of guys have done reasonably well with them. deerhunt51, no deer hunting this time of year. Turkey season. And a tracker is a good idea.

From: blind squirrel Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 04-Apr-20




Sorry I didn’t clarify i was thinking of Turkey ?? hunting use. Or if it’s worth a try?

From: Bowmania Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 04-Apr-20




You have to shoot 'em a couple of times to get the string to 'flow'.

I've used them on bear, deer and turkeys. Helped me find a nice 8 pointer I shot during a down pour. I wouldn't hunt turkeys without one.

I don't have a clue on how to make one. They're pretty cheap. I surely would subsitute making my own string.

Bowmania

From: Wapiti - - M. S. Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 05-Apr-20




They work & like they mentioned earlier you need to shoot it a few times.Other wise it can cause an arrow to fall short or off it's intended lethal hit area.

From: Bernie P. Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 05-Apr-20




I have one for turkeys.Sorry to say I havent had a chance to see how well it works yet.Hopefully next month I will.

From: Clydebow
Date: 05-Apr-20




So, as usual with this kind of post, you have the people that say it's a terrible choice, and those that use them and say they're great.

So the only way you will find out is to use one, and make up your own mind.

From: topGUN
Date: 05-Apr-20




I only use them for turkeys and would not hunt them without one. This is the one I use. You need to follow his instructions and pull several yards of line out first, and then practice a little with it. Good luck

https://www.driftertraditionalarchery.com/products/string-tracker?variant=3708842628

From: Thogg
Date: 05-Apr-20




Chad's tracker, Drifter traditional archery, is a very well-made product. In practice I found no variation in point of impact at 25 yards. I bet there's somebody on this site that has one of the old plastic housing ones if you make an inquiry. Good luck Michael

From: RymanCat
Date: 05-Apr-20




I have one of chads I bought for a bear hunt. Now come to think of it I might even have won it as well if memory serves me enough today. I never used it but Chadmakes some dynomite things he's very talented.

I used themm years ago and found the one I had dropped like a rock also. Chads are better performing and some give grave reviews on his.

Not necessary on turkeys either if you don't get a pass through I want the broadhead still in him cutting when he tries to run away and don't want thechance he might pull it out?

Years ago I shot at a buck and the arrow went over his back and the string was over his back he looked up as to say what was that? Funny as all get out. Ok now what to do without spooking him. I eased doen and bite off the string and nocked anouther arrow and shot at him again as he went back to eating.

Well I missed that shot alsoarrow went over his back I didn't come down on him enough. LOL

That was it took tracker off andnever looked back.

From: stagetek Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 05-Apr-20




I have one of Chads. It is very well made and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend his tracker if you're going to buy one. That said, I don't use mine. After 4 shots at 20 yrds. my arrows are still hitting low. I could make that adjustment. But, my issue is the noise. The whooshing sound is easy for me to hear. And, if these deaf old ears can hear it, so can any self respecting deer or turkey. Perhaps your results will be different.

From: RD
Date: 05-Apr-20




I've used one for years on Bear and turkey and have never had one animal react to the noise. My shots are usually under 15 yds.

From: pdk25
Date: 06-Apr-20




I actually notice very little difference out to 20 yards, and only slight at 30. Use then for turkeys and hogs. They work well for me.

From: swampwalker
Date: 06-Apr-20




Jerry Russell highly recommends them for people he guides for.

From: pdk25
Date: 06-Apr-20




I wouldn't use them on deer around here, because they are too high strung already, but they can really help when trying to recover an hog after a lethal hit during spring and summer when the foliage is dense, as well as turkey which also can be tough to track, particularly if they fly across a drainage.

From: JusPassin
Date: 06-Apr-20




Maybe it's traditional if you use sheep yarn?

From: David McLendon
Date: 06-Apr-20




They work fine, as said before shoot it a couple of times about 20 yards each time and you'll be good to go.

They are a smart move on turkeys, nothing worse than having one run away with your arrow and crawl up under the grass and brush to die.

From: Nemophilist
Date: 06-Apr-20




I only use string trackers for turkeys.

From: Buckhunter
Date: 06-Apr-20




there's a comp. that still makes them. you can go on line and look them up. turkeyhuntingsecrets.com Phone number 1-877-267-2877. I got this from a gide in georgia.the gides name is jerry. I cant remember his last name. I used one years ago. I could not get it to work, like most people, When I talked to Jerry he told me that you have to pull out a lot of line, to you can put a pencil in the end of it. If can find Jerrys email address I will let you know. Good luck, Buckhunter

From: pdk25
Date: 06-Apr-20




It is Jerry Russell, and he probably has more experience with string trackers than just a out anyone.

From: Wapiti - - M. S. Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Apr-20




Never had trouble with noise,I used Game Tracker model 2500 3000 was the professional tracker model.

From: GUTPILE PA
Date: 08-Apr-20




I used them and really liked them the only thing is you should practice with it and that uses up allot of string. Other wise it's awesome tracking your prey.

From: Jon Stewart
Date: 08-Apr-20

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Here is the one that I have used. I made the U shaped bracket so I can tape it to my recurve or long bow.

From: Stubee
Date: 08-Apr-20




I used one in the rain and it shot well with my old and not whiz-bang fast compound. My only experience tracking was a shot at a buck where I couldn’t see the arrow hit but man, that string started whizzing outta the tracker so I knew I’d hit him. Line stopped pulling after 5-10 seconds so I figured he was down. After waiting I started following the string and was confused when it converged with another string after some time, and even more surprised when I got to the end of the string trail and found no deer but the loop where the two strings became one. WTH? I went back to my stand and found my arrow sticking in the ground where I’d shot just under that buck. He had the string wrapped around a leg or something when he took off.

I’ll tell ya something else: you gotta pick up all that string when you’re done and while it’s probably kinda rewarding when you’ve found your game at the end it’s rather tedious when all you find is a loop.

From: stagetek Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 08-Apr-20




Well, since I appear to be the only one who has noise issues, and because I think trackers make sense when hunting turkeys, I went and ordered a new spool of 17# string. Maybe the one I've been using just isn't right. I'll give a new spool a try...Lord knows, I have the time!

From: blind squirrel Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 08-Apr-20




My original question was if anyone has ever tackled building their own ? A lot of good input on the subject I am going to try one but not this year my season starts on the 15th be a good summer project and I just like making my own archery items if I can it some how completes the whole hunting process for me >>~>

From: Brian M.
Date: 08-Apr-20

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Here you go Blind Squirrel. Started with these odds and ends.

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Date: 08-Apr-20

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Date: 08-Apr-20

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Date: 08-Apr-20

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Date: 08-Apr-20

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And this is my only kill with it so far. I have missed three other bucks, but finding the arrows was easy, incl. one arrow that broke on a rock, the string was attached right behind the broadhead. Oh, I think I missed a turkey too. Tracker works fine, I suck.

From: blind squirrel Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 08-Apr-20




How long do you let them take line before you set the hook? ;^)

From: lowrider
Date: 08-Apr-20

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I was turkey hunting this morning and called in a Coyote. He knew something was up and went behind the decoys. I took a 20 yard shot while he was walking and hit him a little bit to far back. Had it not been for the string tracker I would have never found him.

From: swampwalker Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 08-Apr-20




Well done! One less fawn killer.

From: Brian M.
Date: 09-Apr-20




^^^ and turkey killer. Good job Lowrider.

From: blind squirrel Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 09-Apr-20




Well done >>~>

From: Shawn
Date: 09-Apr-20




Turkeys is all I use them for. Why bother to make one, pretty cheap and a proven design too. Shawn

From: blind squirrel Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 09-Apr-20




Oh I’m a cheap skate. But I did just order one from Drifter Archery don’t think I could make one as nice as he has >>~>

From: RD
Date: 09-Apr-20




When I was shooting my longbows I made one out of copper pipe. It looked like the one Brian M has pictures of above. Back then I was using electricians jet line for my string. I would tape the holder on the opposite side of the sight window just a couple inches above my arrow. Worked great, now I've got one from Drifter archery.





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