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As an archer shooting a lot of 3D animals in the forest, i tend to shoot over them and searching for my arrow.

as some of you might now, any sandy/mossy/grassy/leafy environment may eat up arrows so much you almost cant find them!

to compensate for this problem i made this. you may notice people using small rods with a piece of antler on it, or the paint roller holders. if there is anything solid they do weard things in the ground and they are usually short and break easily.

Because i did not make pictures of the making process, i will tell you what to do ;) please make sure to read the entire ible before starting, because your own idea might just as well work!

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Step 1: Step 1: Tools needed for the job

Materials needed:

Old Broomstick handle, 1 inch thick and approximately 60cm/26inch long or longer (longer people could use a longer one to avoid back problems!) cut it down when done with it!

Plate of aluminum or steel, around 3 or 4mm thick.

a few good screws, long enough to penetrate the broomstick

optional: paint to decorate, or a piece of bicycle inner tube

(Power)Tools needed:


powerdrill with both metal and wood drillbit, get the wood drillbit a bit smaller then the screw so the thread can dig into the wood. the metal drillbit needs to be large enough so you dont destroy your thread on it ;)

powered saw, !!that can cut the same thickness as your metal plate!!

a few SMALL files


Optional: hammer and punchtool, easy to remove tape, Glue

mole18 months ago

At a guess, it's so much like the shape of an ice axe that a similar carry method might work for archers. About 3/4 of the way down the page below is a picture of an ice axe on a pack. .... a loop at the pack bottom and a securing tie near the top for the handle.

mbreukel (author)  mole18 months ago

not every archer uses a backpack, but it could also work. there are so many ways to carry something like this, you could also slip it into your belt or a tight loop.

im uploading a picture right now if my way of carrying it, will be on the 8th step.

wilgubeast8 months ago

Clever solution to an annoying problem. Shagging arrows sounds worse than shagging baseballs. (Also, I really hope you're from the US. I suspect that shagging is not the appropriate verb for retrieval elsewhere.)

mbreukel (author)  wilgubeast8 months ago

Dutch, but i get the point ;)

yea, an arrow can disapear in just 2 inches of grass. any soft ground it can really disappear 4 or 5 inches deep!! and they travel underground, so where you hit it does not mean you will find it there, it may be a meter behind it ;)

muddog158 months ago
We have searched for an arrow for a month now. Even tilled the area. No luck.