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Maybe skill for Robin Hood, but just plain bad luck for me

One arrow entering the back of another is called a Robin Hood,…or luck, depending on the shooter.They’re called Robin Hoods, when an archer shoots one arrow into the back of another. I have friends who have set out to shoot Robin Hoods, then placed the connected arrows on display amid 3-D shoot trophies and the antlers and horns of bow-killed big game.

In my case, they’re mainly called luck. Seriously.One arrow has to perfectly split the nock of another for a Robin Hood. I contend it’s often a case of luck…at least when I’m shooting.The way I see it, so many things have to go perfectly for the very tip of a target point to enter the very center of nock at the back end of another arrow. If I take a step to one side or another between arrows it can’t happen. If the target butt slides a few degrees, which can happen with most portable targets, it can’t happen. If the shot is off, maybe 1/8″, it can’t happen.

When I’m shooting well, like all archers, I’ll occasionally shoot the nock off one arrow, or slide a shaft in so close to another that a fletching is pierced or torn. Those things may happen several times a year….as may shots that unexpectedly strike the target two or three times the normal distance from the previous arrow.

But in 45 years of archery, including more than 30 years of serious bowhunting, this is only the second “Robin Hood” of my life.

Proud? Not really, or not nearly as much as I’d have been of shooting four or five arrows well enough that the shafts were all touching at the same 20 yards.

And to be honest, I’d be happier with making such a spot-on shot this November on a whitetail or mule deer buck.

Besides, that was a $12 arrow that got ruined in the deal!