Interesting drill

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Interesting drill

#1 Post by stumper » Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:48 pm

I came up with a drill today. I'll say ahead of time that I know this in no way represents a hunting situation.

The drill 8 inch or smaller target to simulate a deer's vitals. Pick your max bow hunting distance. For me it was 25 yards and shoot 20 groups of 5 arrows or 100 shots. If it's on the line it counts as in, if its touching it's in. How many did you get? For me it was 83 of 100 shots.

What this could be used for? I dont really know. It could be used to build stamina, maybe it could tell you if you are over bowed. Maybe just maybe it could tell you your form is consistent or inconsistent. Perhaps even it could tell you that you could extend your range or maybe that you should wait for a closer shot. Just thought I'd throw it out there for you all. Last thing take a picture of your last group. Is it better or worse than your first?

Have fun.
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#2 Post by Captainkirk » Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:19 pm

My groups generally start out pretty good but as fatigue sets in, I start getting wild flyers...
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#3 Post by stumper » Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:52 pm

First 50 I was 45/50 on the black diamond area. Back half deteriorated immediately but then I rallied my focus and concentration. The picture is my last group.
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#4 Post by Captainkirk » Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:53 pm

That's darn good shooting, Dave.
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#5 Post by Elkman » Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:38 am

Yes, very good shooting Dave.
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#6 Post by Grizzly » Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:01 am

Being able to focus is extremely important as is practicing focus under various conditions. The opposite of good focus is flinging arrows. That's the last thing you want to do hunting, but it can happen if your focus is on something else and not where you want that arrow to go. Or, worse yet, no focus.

I had one buck show himself about 40 to 50 yards or more from me. He very cautiously peeked around the corner of this field edge from cover. Every move he made was slower and more deliberate than any "still hunter" could ever manage. This guy was Mr. Slow Motion. By the time he offered a broadside, my focus had gone to sleep 10 minutes prior and I launched one over his back. I knew right away that I hadn't gathered myself back together from the long, long wait on this one. To make things worse, he was a really nice one - even exceptional.

The real kick in the butt came when I decided to get down off my stand and try to find my arrow. Sure enough, just as my back was to him on the ladder, he comes back in a perfect broadside and with a buddy. oh well, another great day in the woods and a new memory.


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#7 Post by Captainkirk » Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:48 am

Some great insights, Craig!
'Shots at Whitetails' is one of the 'must-read' books for any hunter. I did not know it was back in print.

As far as flinging arrows...you are correct...however; one benefit that flinging does bring to the table is through repetitive muscle memory, which is also pretty crucial during that time when you are setting up for the shot but your mind is whirling like a cyclone.
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Re: Interesting drill

#8 Post by stumper » Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:54 am

Great wisdom Craig I'll have to read it.
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