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#3298781 - 07/22/13 02:12 PM Some Probably Unwanted Advice...
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I first started shooting a bow with intentions of hunting about 1966. Since then, I have shot quite a few arrows, killed quite a few deer and learned one heck of a lot about archery and bowhunting.

I figure there may be some entry level arrow flingers on here. Thought I might pass on a couple real simple tips that evolved from mistakes I made and see being made.

Both of these deal with practice. The two largest mistakes I see are shooting too much and shooting too little. So, how many arrows are enough, how many too little?The answer to both questions depends on your level of expertise.

1-If this is your first year or so to try bowhunting, I suggest about 25-arrows a day from now until the season ends. All arrows should be shot from varied distances from 10-40 yards and the shooter should quit on a good shot, not a bad one. Of course, you can shoot 50-times. That isn't the point. The idea is to shoot without thinking and without being the least tired. You are not going to pull back on a deer with a tired arm.

2-If you have some experience under your belt, 6-12 times/day is enough and often, as the season approaches, one is plenty if done correctly.

How do you practice? I have seen tons of articles advising you shoot from an elevated platform. I have tried it, done it and have never seen one iota of advantage to it. Not one whit better than standing on terra firma. However, I strongly advise shooting some each day while seated. I estimate 85% of the deer I have killed, I was seated when I shot.

Here are two programs that work. (1)Assuming you only have one target, walk randomly through the area sticking arrows in the ground now and then at random distances. Now run in a wide circle enough to get slightly out of breath. Approach your first arrow, nock it and allow yourself five seconds to draw and shoot. Then, run to the second arrow and repeat etc. Remember, 5-seconds...no more.

(2)By your back door or wherever it works best, leave one arrow. During the first few minutes of each day, shoot that arrow at a target. Each night, move the target to a different distance and angle. Do that every morning for two weeks prior to the season.

Remember this: You are not trying for a tight group. Groups don't mean jack in bowhunting. Your goal is to simply hit the kill zone, the first shot, every shot. The kill zone is the size of a cantaloupe. That is what matters.

That is all that matters.

I have shown these two methods to dozens of bowhunters over the years. I have yet to have one tell they don't work if they stick with it.
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#3298784 - 07/22/13 02:15 PM Re: Some Probably Unwanted Advice... [Re: bowriter]
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Good tips!
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#3298788 - 07/22/13 02:17 PM Re: Some Probably Unwanted Advice... [Re: bowriter]
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 Originally Posted By: bowriter
Remember this: You are not trying for a tight group. Groups don't mean jack in bowhunting. Your goal is to simply hit the kill zone, the first shot, every shot. The kill zone is the size of a cantaloupe. That is what matters.

That is all that matters.

Yep.
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#3298809 - 07/22/13 02:47 PM Re: Some Probably Unwanted Advice... [Re: Beekeeper]
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Somepeople get carried away with their practice stands \:\)

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#3298813 - 07/22/13 02:50 PM Re: Some Probably Unwanted Advice... [Re: bowriter]
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Quite a few years ago: 50% letoff, one sight pin set at 25-yards, fingers and still wearing ASAT. I used four of the five seconds alloted. The shot was 26-yards, he went 45-yards.

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#3298821 - 07/22/13 02:58 PM Re: Some Probably Unwanted Advice... [Re: bowriter]
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 Originally Posted By: bowriter
Quite a few years ago: 50% letoff, one sight pin set at 25-yards, fingers and still wearing ASAT. I used four of the five seconds alloted. The shot was 26-yards, he went 45-yards.



Nice buck BW!
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#3298822 - 07/22/13 02:58 PM Re: Some Probably Unwanted Advice... [Re: Beekeeper]
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Thanks bowriter. I am going to do that this year. I started bowhunting last year and it took me a while to get to where I was consistent. I think this happened for a few reasons, me being right handed and left eye dominant, no experience with a bow, and poor technique, and poor practice habits. The only thing I can't change of those is my eye dominance. I think that sounds like a good plan. My only obstacle is I really only have one place beside my house where I can shoot. It is between me and my neighbors house in my front yard but it has protection all the way around. I think I can make it out to a few ranges though.

Edited by MattR (07/22/13 02:58 PM)
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#3298829 - 07/22/13 03:03 PM Re: Some Probably Unwanted Advice... [Re: MattR]
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Off eye dominance can often be overcome by simply shooting with both eyes open. My son has the same problem and that is what he does. Try it for a while, takles some getting use to.
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#3298846 - 07/22/13 03:19 PM Re: Some Probably Unwanted Advice... [Re: bowriter]
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I actually just started closing my left eye anyways and had to adjust my sights big time but finally got it on point. I thought it might make a difference the further away my shot it but it doesn't seem to. That never crossed my mind or I would of just bought a left handed bow
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#3298851 - 07/22/13 03:24 PM Re: Some Probably Unwanted Advice... [Re: MattR]
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good info
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