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08-23-2011, 11:22 AM
I sliced the top of my hand last wednesday, and it felt as if i had nicked the tendon on top of my knuckle. Last night i picked up a drill and snapped the tendon. I have 3 archery tags this year and cant get into a hand specialist till thursday. So i'm not totally sure what kind of cast they will be putting on. It does have to be surgically repaired which isn't the best news. My question is.. has anyone shot in a cast before and what type of release do you use? I have a 6 day backpack trip planned that I would like to still go on Sept 6th-11th. I had a 4 day trip planned for this weekend that doesn't look good. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

08-23-2011, 11:50 AM
That's terrible maybe you can get a release with a long enough strap to go around the cast and see if the doc can put a little fold in the casting material to create a ridge where you need the release to be so you can manipulate the trigger. My guess is the doc will tell you he doesn't want you pulling your bow back at all but you never know.

08-23-2011, 12:06 PM
Right now my thumb isn't in the temporary cast so i'm thinking a thumb release of some kind with a special strap might workout. I guess i'll just have to wait until Thursday to find out the damage and recovery.

08-23-2011, 12:22 PM
That sucks! But do follow the doctors advice. Better to miss some hunting for one year than lose the use of your hand! I've popped tendons in both shoulders and couldn't even pick up a bow for two years but now have full use of both shoulders.

08-24-2011, 10:44 PM
I think I would have to insist that the doctor molded my release rite into the cast. Good luck to you my friend.

08-25-2011, 09:28 AM
I saw a video just a few weeks ago of a teen that broke his wrist right before he went on a big filmed hunt. His mother sewed a special shoulder harness that held his release on his shoulder. He just pressed the bow away from him and finished the anchor with his shoulder. The release was triggered with his mouth. He was able to shoot as well as before and still landed his deer!

Where there is a will there is a way!!

08-26-2011, 11:44 PM
Totally agree..Where there is a will there is a way. Tell your doc that your hunting regardless so he better help you figure a way to get it done.

08-30-2011, 11:57 AM
I bought a RIPSHOT from riparchery.com it harnesses to your elbow, then you strap your release head to it. Shot it last night and was a couple inches low. It definately changed my anchor point but i'm getting it fine tuned this week. Thanks for the encouragement guys back to the mountains this weekend. I'll post some pics of me shooting in the next few days. Its kinda goofy looking.

09-01-2011, 01:06 PM
I have shot with a cast on both hands at separate times.

On the bow hand. I brought my bow in and had the doc mould a piece of the cast to hold the riser over the palm of my hand. Worked not too bad after getting used to it.

On the release hand. I got a long strap and hooked my release to one end with the other tied to a piece of leather about 8 inches long that went around my arm just above my elbow. It allowed me to take the strain on my upper arm and none on my lower arm or wrist.