Dry Firing a Bow Caught on Camera

Dry firing a bow. It’s pretty much the ultimate archery sin. No one wants to be guilty of dry firing a bow. Worse yet, dry firing your brand new bow as your buddy videos the stunt, in slow motion, on his phone. Yeah, that’s a pretty low blow.

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Watch the video below as one shooter has his bow blow up right in his hands from a dry fire.

But that’s exactly what happened in the video below. With the tags still on this guy’s bowfishing rig, he dry fires his bow, sending bow parts in every direction.

This is why archery shop owners and bowhunter education instructors preach, “Don’t Ever Dry Fire a Bow!”

What about you? Have you ever dry fired a bow? Comment below and tell us about your experience.

Brodie Swisher

Brodie Swisher

Editorial Manager at Bowhunting.com
Brodie Swisher is a world champion game caller, outdoor writer, seminar speaker and Editor for Bowhunting.com. Brodie and his family live in the Kentucky Lake area of west Tennessee.
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Comments

  1. I got a new trophy ridge react 5 pin sight for Christmas last year. I installed the sight on my Bear Attitude bow. I was so excited about my new sight and getting it set up that I completely forgot to load an arrow!! What an idiot! I can’t believe I did that!

    My Bear bow survived it with no issues that I could find so I guess I got lucky.

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  2. My wife slipped on the ice and dry fired her Parker crossbow. It was one week before our big hunt up north. Parker covered the limbs, We just had to pay the overnight shipping $100 bucks. Our friendly bow shop fixed her up and she got her first whitetail with that bow 4 days later.

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    • There was an arrow on it. How was it a dry fire?

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      • my guess is the nock was not seated properly and fell out at full draw. always want to hear that little click.

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      • Angela says:

        what i was wandering also

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  3. Matt Mathias says:

    Buddy was showing off his new Mathews back in 07, I drew back at 70# with no release (stupid, STUPID!!! I know), and she slipped from my fingers, bow held up just fine, the string however did not survive. I like learning my lessons the hard way.

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  4. I accidentally dry fired my Hoyt Ignite. Broke a $4 peep sight and that was all. Honestly, everyone should just “Get Serious, Get Hoyt”.

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  5. Yes i was lucky gothing happened to my bow

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  6. nyk crooks says:

    i have never dry fired a bow because im always careful when i pull it back

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