Is your bow shot as good as it could be? Find out how to improve your accuracy for the upcoming archery season.
Many hunters fail to put as much emphasis on their shooting as they do other aspects of the hunt. Louis Pasteur, the man who made our milk safe to drink, once said, "Chance favors the prepared mind."
See how this simple thought should be applied to your archery skills, making you more accurate.
Remember, you must be a good archer before you can become a good bowhunter.
You should be shooting every chance you get. Archery is a mental sport as well, and we must condition ourselves to the proper mechanics of a shot until it becomes second nature.
I understand bowhunting is dynamic - always changing - but the fundamentals never do. Practice at a comfortable distance and concentrate on excellent form. If necessary, take a video of yourself or have a friend provide constructive criticism until you feel confident.
Change Things Up
Mix things up by shooting from a sitting or elevated position. You have to make the shot count when it matters most.
Making a shot while sitting is much different than standing upright, and it requires some adjustment.
Likewise, shooting from an elevated position will change your body posture. You don't know where that chance encounter with a deer may happen, so it's necessary to cover all your bases.
Don't Stop Practicing
Once the season starts - keep practicing! In Missouri, archery deer season begins in the middle of September and continues until the middle of January. A four month season is great but it presents additional challenges the archer must overcome.
Temperatures vary from the upper 80s to the lower 20s over the course of the season here, and can have a huge effect on the archer who isn't shooting regularly. Practicing in these ever-changing conditions will keep you shooting your best.
Don't forget to practice on a cold, windy day. NOTHING will humble an archer more than shooting during gusty conditions. You will, without a doubt, become a better archer if you do nothing else.
Lose Some Weight
If you're an archer that's an average shot with a heavy draw weight bow, consider shooting a lighter bow and your shot placement will improve.
We could have a long discussion on the mathematics associated with the trade-offs, but the ultimate reason is you are more relaxed. Shooting a comfortable draw weight bow will increase your accuracy because you are not straining the required muscles.
In my book, a miss isn't any more impressive because it was shot from an 80 pound bow. Consider dropping some weight and reap the rewards.
Good luck this deer season!
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