What is shaving off my vanes?

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I have seen this two other times. Is the arrow passing through ribs/bones shaving off my vanes?

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I can't offer much insight, but I did have a crossbow bolt go through a gap in my fence a few weeks ago while letting my wife shoot it and the fence boards shaved mine off.

I would think a rib could do it, but that's completely an opinion based on one experience.

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If they are factory mass produced arrows the glue is not that great and vanes will come off. I fletch thousands of arrows over the years and always put a small drop of glue on each end of the vane or feather where it touched the shaft and that helped a lot. We called it tipping. You can do that yourself with even crazy glue.
 
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Big Ben":34mrl7s7 said:
If they are factory mass produced arrows the glue is not that great and vanes will come off. I fletch thousands of arrows over the years and always put a small drop of glue on each end of the vane or feather where it touched the shaft and that helped a lot. We called it tipping. You can do that yourself with even crazy glue.

Yes I understand tipping your fletching. If you look closely, you will see the vane is cut, meaning it didn't come off, it was shaved. Almost like damage caused by another broad head when shooting into a target too close to the other arrows.
 
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Could it have possibly already been that way, from practicing, and you just overlooked it?

I don't know of anything that will / can do that except a broadhead.
 
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Is it possible that the arrow was nocked 180 degrees? That would make the vane scrape by the hardware on your bow.
This may not be it, but I don't know how your bow is set up.
 
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Logically it has to be something inside the deer or really very close to the deer.

With just two vanes I think your accuracy should have been way off. The arrow has passed through the deer and the vane has been shaved off. Think maybe the arrow shaved a vertabra? Maybe some vane pieces are inside the deer?

Or, maybe the arrow was sticking out of the deer and the deer ran into a fence or tree to dislodge the arrow?

Look for tiny particles of the vane on your bow. as in dust tiny.
 
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Anything inside a deer wouldn't cut it that clean would it? That's like a perfect cut! You would think if it was a rib or something inside the deer it would look jagged or torn and not a perfect cut?
 
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RUGER":2212a6in said:
Could it have possibly already been that way, from practicing, and you just overlooked it?

I don't know of anything that will / can do that except a broadhead.

Good idea but nope, I spin test each arrow before putting them into my quiver.
 
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DaveB":2mdh0du3 said:
Logically it has to be something inside the deer or really very close to the deer. Agreed.

With just two vanes I think your accuracy should have been way off. The arrow has passed through the deer and the vane has been shaved off. Think maybe the arrow shaved a vertabra? Maybe some vane pieces are inside the deer? Accuracy was right on the money. The arrow didn't come anywhere near the spine. It has to be ribs doing it.

Or, maybe the arrow was sticking out of the deer and the deer ran into a fence or tree to dislodge the arrow? You can see where the arrow ended up in the picture, it was a pass through and stuck in the ground right behind the deer.

Look for tiny particles of the vane on your bow. as in dust tiny.

Thanks for the suggestions, See my comments above.
 
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TDW05":2q30jqv5 said:
Anything inside a deer wouldn't cut it that clean would it? That's like a perfect cut! You would think if it was a rib or something inside the deer it would look jagged or torn and not a perfect cut?

I hear ya, you wouldn't think it would be cut that clean. I have already processed the deer, so I can't go back to look at the ribs. I shoot Thunderheads so my best guess is it shooting through a rib and the rib is shearing off the plastic vane. I am truly baffled by this.

I will for sure cut into the deer next time it happens.

Here is the doe, I was up about 18 feet in the tree when I shot her from about 35 yards almost broadside slightly angling towards me.
 

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FLTENNHUNTER1":2o9py3ik said:
RUGER":2o9py3ik said:
Could it have possibly already been that way, from practicing, and you just overlooked it?

I don't know of anything that will / can do that except a broadhead.

Good idea but nope, I spin test each arrow before putting them into my quiver.
Hmmm very interesting.
I have no clue then. Hope you figure it out man.


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Any chance a blade broke off in a bone and shaved it as the rest passed by?
 
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Deer Whisperer":398sphzu said:
Is it possible that the arrow was nocked 180 degrees? That would make the vane scrape by the hardware on your bow.
This may not be it, but I don't know how your bow is set up.

Good idea but most likely not the cause. I shoot a whisker bisket and there really isn't much the fletching can hit once it leaves the string.
 

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JBell":2t7o939n said:
Any chance a blade broke off in a bone and shaved it as the rest passed by?

Good idea but nope, I have the broadhead.
 
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huntintn":2mgmgbnh said:
Was she carrying a knife?

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LOL, yes, she brought a knife to an arrow fight!
 
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Has this happened to you 2 times this year?
 
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Any chance there was a broken broadhead inside the deer cavity? As in from a previous shot...Long shot but that was something very sharp


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Vanes just crack and break like that when they are dry rotted. Have seen old vanes just snap in half.
 

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