I did not know if I should post this photo. On one hand, it as a good reminder of the importance of safety, on the other hand, it is a little gruesome, pun intended. But here it is.
Guys, if you are coming to your anchor position, and you see the arrow coming out of the arrow rest, please put the bow down, an don´t try to correct while you are pulling. This is even more important if you are shooting with a compound bow. Be very sure that your index or your thumb are away from the trigger on your trigger release until AFTER you reach the wall to avoid negligent discharges.
If you are shooting carbon fiber arrows, remember to flex them to check for carbon fiber separation. Check them every time you have arrow contact in the target. Check them when you pick them…just check them, ok? You don´t want that arrow to break when you are on your anchor.
I spoke with some compound shooters when I first saw this photo. They mentioned that there are Kevlar globes you can use on your bow hand. I don´t know if they work. I´ve been on the archery forums and there seems to be different opinions regarding their effectiveness. I don´t get paid by them, I got no request from them, and I don´t own one, but when I get my first compound bow, I´ll get one…
Oh! By the way, if you injure yourself at the range, please, please, please promise me that before you take a photo of your own injury, you will call 911 first. Or even better, just don´t take the pic.