Summer is a wonderful time of year. Bass fishing is in full swing, the bbq is a daily routine and plotting this fall’s hunts seems to get more detailed with every passing day. As an archer, picking up my bow and sending some arrows toward the foam is another common ritual. Over the years I’ve gone from standing out in the summer sun shooting for hours to literally shooting a half dozen arrows and hanging the bow up for the day. No matter how long you shoot for, one thing is for sure; some practice, even a little is always better than nothing at all.
Over the course of many seasons, we’ve all been presented with challenging shots and unique hunting situations. The five points below are helpful to incorporate into your summer shooting schedule.
Hold your draw: Due to so many difficult encounters, we are faced with drawing back super early in order to be ready when a perfect shot opportunity presents itself. Practice drawing back your bow in 10 second increments, starting at 10 and gradually working up to 40-50(or more). Shoot groups of 3 arrows until your groups are tight and move on. Building up your draw back capability will not only help you need to hold back in the stand, but it will also make quick shots much more routine.
Sit Down: It’s easy to get into a groove standing up and shooting at a target. Switch things up and sit down in a chair. Practice drawing back, shooting and swiveling in your seat. When that big buck walks in while you’re seated, you’ll be ready without standing.
Suit Up: Yes, it’s near 100 degrees outside, so jumping into your heavy gear sounds terrible right about now. The truth is that shooting in what you wear is going to help weed out any challenges that might present themselves later on. Shooting in a parka is way different than a t-shirt.
Broadheads: Buy yourself an extra pack of broadheads and practice with them. Though broadheads of today’s era fly much flatter than their predecessors, they still can vary slightly from your field tips.
Walk and Draw: How many times have you bumped a deer walking to or from your stand. Practice taking a few steps and then drawing back and shooting. You’ll need to steady yourself quickly before zeroing in and letting that arrow go.