12 September 2008
Missouri Archery Season Opens September 15th, PRACTICE!!!!
As anyone who lives in the great state of Missouri can undoubtedly tell you, Archery season is upon us! I’m am super excited and have been diligently preparing. I thought I’d share a hard learned tip that might help make your archery season more productive.
First and foremost, practice. I’ve been shooting every day for the past few weeks. Of course, you want to make sure your gear is in good shape. Check your string and cables and go over your bow to make sure everything is tight. Then shoot, shoot, and shoot some more.
My friends and I are back to our old games. We’ve been playing various archery games that we made up like “horse”. These games inevitably force you to shoot from some really difficult positions. In fact, we found ourselves off the ground balancing on top of a 10″ diameter pipe while shooting a deer target. I’ll reluctantly admit that I did not win that shot. However, I think I did win the shot from 93 yards with a perfect lung shot.
A lot of archers will argue about the ethics of taking any shot over 40 or 50 yards. I won’t go into that right now, but I will tell you that my friends and I practice (and practice a lot) at 60, 70, 80 and even 90 yards. Sounds crazy, right? Well, it isn’t. In fact, last night I (intentionally) shot my G5 Montec broadheads into the head of our deer decoy from 50, 60, and 70 yards. I was aiming for the eye and the worse shot was off by only an inch. Before you start screaming and emailing, let me assure you that I’m not suggesting or condoning crazy or unethical shots. But, these shots can be great practice.
After shooting 60, 70, 80 yards or more repeatedly, a 20 or 30 yard shot feels like nothing. You feel like you can make that shot even if you are standing on one leg and stretching out and around the back side of a tree. Nothing improves your short yardage shooting like long range shooting.
So, that is my tip of the day. Practice shooting long range shots and your short yard shots will become much, much easier.
This picture is of shots that were all taken from 80 yards. These were my first 80 yard shots of the year. I wish they were all in a 3 inch circle, but they aren’t. However, in my defense, I did later that day win a waiger by shooting our trusty old deer decoy in the head with one shot from 80 yards.