Prepare to Shoot Swiftly for More Success

Prepare to Shoot Swiftly for More Success

Author: Bowhunter Magazine
Published: July 22, 2022

When I look back at my last two decades of bowhunting, the majority of the shots I encountered were pretty rapid. In other words, I didn’t have a lot of time to analyze and prepare for the shot. In those instances where I responded quickly but smoothly, I achieved success; when I didn’t, I blundered the opportunity.

Nowadays, when preparing my equipment and mind for hunting season, I plan for worst-case shooting scenarios. This means striking fast — and accurately — when the situation calls for it. Here are some details I think about to improve my success at the moment of truth.

Practice For The Real Deal

During the off-season, I enjoy shooting my bow in the backyard. My routine is to shoot two to three arrows at each distance, pull, and then repeat. I do this at a variety of distances, shooting bag targets, foam blocks, and 3-Ds. This sort of practice helps refine my shooting form and my sight’s settings.

However, I would be remiss to call this particular regimen, “preparation for the real thing.” Not by a long shot. In the weeks leading up to hunting season, I drastically change my routine. Instead of shooting from normal stand-up positions, I begin shooting from my knees or from my bottom, and I exercise discipline by shooting just one arrow — then pulling and shooting again. This helps me prepare for real hunting scenarios.

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