New beginnings and Heartache
Eventually we all come to a point in our lives when you wake up and there is a new ache.
This happened to me this past Spring Turkey season. It was towards the beginning of the
season and I was headed to my blind. While carrying my compound bow I had this weird ache
in my right elbow. Now Im a pretty tough character and dont allow aches and pains bother me
to much. Yet this pain was different, it prevented me from drawing my compound bow. I shoot a
Mathews Z2 with a 70lb draw, all of my bows have been 70lbs. So when ever I gripped an
object or held onto anything it would hurt like mad.
I eventually did go see my family doc. which then I was referred to a specialist at the
NSMC(Nebraska Sports Medicine Clinic) and after a series of exercises, and a X-RAY. I was
sent to have an MRI done. So after 8 days of waiting, is when I found out I had some torn
ligaments in my elbow. I couldnt have been more devastated, this was my first year Turkey
hunting. A few of fellow Pro-Staffers and my Father had all taken there Toms. I had missed a
Tom I called in off the roost, it was perfect. I was in the Blind an hour before light, and as soon
as the sun started to rise, I hit the diaphram and yelped and here he came, full strut gobbling
and all fanned out. I chose 2 decoys for my set up, a Jake and the smokey baby hen. A TV
show, thats what it was, the perfect set up. I drew my bow back and like a bad magic show
“POOF” I hit the edge of my blind and missed. The Turkey was gone.
After that devastating and disappointing hunt thats when my elbow really started hurting. I
couldnt even draw my bow, so after a few days of pain I decided to hang up the bow and go to
a crossbow. Of course I did get hazed about the switch. I never did tag a Turkey either (Sad
Lately Ive been resting my elbow, and performing light exercises and stretches to help heal
the ligaments. Lots of pain relievers also. Its now the end of July and theres less than 40 days
till opening season of Whitetail. The pain is bearable, and getting better. Im deciding to hunt with
my Crossbow this entire deer season to allow my elbow to heal 100℅.
Weve all had new aches and pains, but remember to always exercise your shooting arm and
do those stretches. I never did them. Im paying for it now. Always set your draw weight to a
comfortable draw, never set it to where its a little tough to draw. It may be the last year you hint
with a bow. Once ligaments are torn, it dont take much to aggravate them and tear them again.
Yet its a new beginning for myself, new archery tool, new land, new year, Good luck and have
a safe and great 2016. God, Family, Hunting.