Practicing Before Hunting
Practice makes perfect— that is what is always said when it comes to mastering any skill. Bowhunting, for instance, is an activity that requires a lot of practice since the bow and arrow are typically not easy to work with. There are several points that people need to practice on; hence, it will take a lot of time. Find an area large enough for you to do your training. It can be your backyard, a nearby forest or in-house with planted target points. Once you find the perfect place, you can start with your training.
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One of the practice points you should work on is on various ranges of targets. As a hunter, you have to know your distance. It’s common sense to use your range finder to have a complete lock down of your target. You need to bring this when hunting. If you don’t have a range finder, learn how to accurately pace off your yardage.
Do not guess and do not rely on a hunting buddy to tell you how far a target is. Also know the distances around your position. Maybe you know how far it is from a tree in the field, a trail that is traversing the forest, or maybe to the riverside. You need to practice at all these ranges over and over. This will raise your confidence so high that you will be able to go hunting with a will to kill your target.
Different Target Range
On a practice session, practice with targets of different ranges. For those having a bow sight, set your first pin at 20 yards. After getting the bulls eye shot at this range, step back and see how far the 20 yard pin can take you. Go from 20 to 23 until the point where you see your error starts to drop off from the target. Practice with a target ranging between 20 and 30 yards, until you can safely and easily identify your range off error. What you are trying to do here is knowing your maximum limit for your first sight pin.
In most hunting setups, the pin can get you to at least 25 yards or more. Next, set your second pin for 30 yards. The key here is to learn the in-between yardages of your setup. When you find a deer sitting maybe 26 or 28 yards, the question becomes “what sight pin do I use?” You need to practice with those in–between distances. Do not assume that you might raise your first pin or your second pin when a deer is standing at those odd distances.
Bow hunters normally have excuses when they miss hitting their targets— pinning the loss to the use of the wrong pin. This is a bluff that is said more than a million times to cover embarrassment. Hunters who come up with this sort of complaints are the ones who have formed a habit of practicing at even distances e.g. 10, 20, 30 and 40 yards. You need to practice at those odd distances as well as at close distances. You need to know where your errors hit, at 5, 6 or 7 yards. Sometimes you might have those up close killer shots and miss simply because you had not practiced up close.
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Another practice you should do is to shoot a moving target. This will give you no time to think about the style or the timing. It actually tests how great you are with your instinctive shooting skills.
The other most important thing that you need to do is to exercise your muscles regularly. Some people only practice just before the hunting season. This is not a preferred mode as a hunter. You need to make it a lifestyle by practicing year round to perfect your skill. When it comes to body exercise, your shoulders, arms and back muscles are most prone to getting tired easily when hunting. It is advisable to have a routine body workout regularly to revitalize your muscles for the task ahead.