I'll add my two cents on 'Game Tracker' and other brands available.
There is no question in my mind that this was really designed by a ham
who came up with 'game tracking' as an alternative use ONLY so he could
get his company to manufacture it!
The big advantage of this stuff is that it is designed to unspool from
it's cartridge holder with the minimum of drag. I have found, over the
years, that this often makes a BIG difference in distance an arrow,
sinker, or golf ball with small screw eye (my personal favorite) will
travel. The line is usually flourescent (easy to see) and cheap enough
so you dont feel bad in throwing away the stuff that has payed out (it's
not reusable). It is also quite strong, although i generally use it to
back haul the light line that ultimately is used to pull up the final
Although I first came across this stuff in a Walmart, it is reliably
found in stores that cater to bow hunters.
73 de Bob, W1CKT
P.S. The reason I use a golf ball is that I find that it is less likely
to get hung up in branches, etc. than anything else.
>From: Jim Reid[SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
>Sent: Sunday, April 20, 1997 2:39 AM
>To: Roger L. Elowitz
>Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Need Help With Bow Launching
>At 02:05 AM 4/20/97 -0400, you wrote:
>>I have no arrows.
>Buy some hunting arrows and a gadget which attaches to your
>bow called a "Game Tracker". I learned of this gadget in,
>I think it was February CQ; an article about getting wires
>up and around the trees. The game tracker cartridge holder
>attaches to your bow, and a little device which screws on
>behind the (removable) hunting arrow head holds the light
>line that is fed out from the Game Tracker cartridge
>holder. The spools of string are 2500 feet long! This
>is so you can follow the wanderings of the creature into
>whom you have fired your arrow, until the poor beast
>lies down and dies.
>73, Jim, KH7M
>PS: I have bought same to span the distance to far trees for
>my V-beam project.
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