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(SFGate)   If you're using a bow and arrow in the hills above Berkeley to hunt life-sized models of fin whales, please make sure there are no young girls sitting on them   ( sfgate.com) divider line
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2013-03-28 04:29:36 AM  

dittybopper: I think the following scenario is more likely:

Someone was shooting in their back yard roughly 200 or at most 300 yards away, and the arrow hit something that deflected it upwards.  You'd be amazed at how much a twig can deflect an arrow, and how far a "spent" arrow can travel:  I have woods behind my house, and I've lost arrows back there after they skipped off my target.  I count about 15 houses within 300 yards of the whale.


Sounds pretty legit.  And from the tracks in the dirt behind the houses, they could have been even closer, shooting out in the brush (unless it's fenced off due to its proximity to LBL) - although that would be lower; the houses, LHS and the labs are all on a pretty serious hill.  I think most of the houses are actually  uphill from LHS, too, so you might not need that much upward deflection.
 
2013-03-28 07:25:28 AM  

dbirchall: dittybopper: I think the following scenario is more likely:

Someone was shooting in their back yard roughly 200 or at most 300 yards away, and the arrow hit something that deflected it upwards.  You'd be amazed at how much a twig can deflect an arrow, and how far a "spent" arrow can travel:  I have woods behind my house, and I've lost arrows back there after they skipped off my target.  I count about 15 houses within 300 yards of the whale.

Sounds pretty legit.  And from the tracks in the dirt behind the houses, they could have been even closer, shooting out in the brush (unless it's fenced off due to its proximity to LBL) - although that would be lower; the houses, LHS and the labs are all on a pretty serious hill.  I think most of the houses are actually  uphill from LHS, too, so you might not need that much upward deflection.


I noticed that too.

One complication is going to be if the arrow came down relatively vertically, which seems fairly likely given the distances that are probably involved.  That's going to make the potential area from which the arrow came pretty damned large.  I'd be rather surprised if they can narrow the direction to less than a 30 degree window, given the potential uncertainties.
 
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