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Improve Your Bow Skills with This Practice Technique

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As days get shorter and the weather colder, practicing your archery skills becomes more difficult since the workday often ends in darkness and weekends are spent doing what you enjoy most — hunting. Kip Adams, of Quality Deer Management Association, shares one of his favorite tips for keeping sharp, and it works particularly well if you hunt with a friend or from a camp where other archers are present. Your practice will soon turn to friendly competition and lots of laughs, all the while honing your skills.

the_man[1]Do you like to bow hunt? Me too. I enjoy everything about archery hunting; the challenge, early seasons, close-range encounters with deer, and the preparation. I believe every hunter should be extremely proficient with the weapon they go afield with, so I shoot my bow a lot. My Big Green Target is full of holes, and I know many guys and gals who can consistently hit the 10-ring on targets in their backyard or at the range from 30, 50 and even 70 yards. This shooting is important, and I routinely practice at distances greater than I’d shoot a deer from. Long-range shooting is excellent for developing and maintaining proper form. However, if you’d like to enhance your bow “hunting” abilities, then I have a new practice technique for you.

In addition to accurate shooting, one of the most important skills you can have as a bowhunter is the ability to consistently judge the distance to your target. I know everyone has a rangefinder, myself included, but if you hunt much you’ll find yourself in situations where you have to quickly judge distance without your electronic friend…