Preparing for 2013 white-tailed deer bowhunting via measured practice

The debate about the correct amount of arrows to shoot per practice session is livelier than most would think. Some bowhunters are of the opinion that shooting until your arm aches is OK because that means you’ve shot a lot, and shooting a lot is good. The race to see how many arrows can be fired might work for a select few but not for most.

The other side of the coin is the archer who argues that taking one good shot a day is the best way to prepare for the season. While it’s theoretically sound considering you’re likely to only take a single shot when you’re actually hunting, I don’t buy this method either. For me, the best pre-season range time is spent shooting between maybe 20 and 50 arrows.

If at any time during a practice session you feel as if something is off, call it quits. Forcing through an off day is a great way to develop bad habits and is simply not worth it.The days that I shoot a lower amount of arrows involve stepping outside to shoot at dots at 20 or 30 yards. The days where I’ll push the 50-arrow mark involve more elaborate practice sessions that might include shooting from a stand, or driving to the range and shooting a walk-through course. During those times I want to shoot several groups and take advantage of my time in a unique situation to improve.

No matter what kind of practice I’ve got going on, one thing I’ve become very cognizant of is not forcing it when things don’t feel right. Every once in a while I’ll toe the line and feel like I don’t know what I’m doing. I stop right there and take a day or two off so as not to delve further into something negative.

If you’re starting to get serious about shooting your bow, considered a measured approach to practice sessions. Just remember to shoot a manageable amount of arrows, concentrate on each shot, and call it a day if anything feels wrong.

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