Bowhunting: Aim Small, Miss Small

Consistency is essential to being accurate with a bow and to achieve this consistency you must practice in the off season. As you practice this off season I want you to keep a few things in mind as you sling arrows down range.

The first thing to take note of is the distance you practice at. Far too often you get bored shooting that 20-yard shot and increase your practicing distance. This is fine to do, but if you are not producing accurate and consistent shots at 20 yards, you are not doing yourself any good by moving farther from the target. So practice those 20-yard shots until your groupings tighten to the size of a silver dollar or so. Once you have mastered this then work on shooting from farther distances.

Babe Winkelman
Babe Winkelman

The second thing to keep in mind is the release of the arrow. This is by far one of the most important components to being an accurate archer. As you release the arrow you want to avoid jerking or torquing the bow as it will result in poor shots. For those that use a release aid, this usually happens when the archer quickly squeezes or jerks the trigger of the release causing the entire body to move. So as you practice this summer work on lightly squeezing the release trigger. You will be surprised at how your groupings will become tighter.

The last thing to keep in mind is work on aiming small. Far too often we get comfortable with hitting the large circle of the target and have the mentality that if we are hitting that target now, that should be good enough to shoot at our sought after game this fall. One should practice shooting at the smaller outside circles of the targets and hone in on tight groupings. By teaching yourself to aim small you will find that your missed shots will still be very accurate, missing your intended shot location by mere centimeters instead of inches.

I hope you will take something from these tips and strengthen your shooting ability this summer. As you practice and become more consistent you will find that your accuracy is dead on. So get out and practice, practice, practice, and make that shot count this fall when that bruiser steps out!

Good Hunting!

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