June is the official get-serious-about-target-practice month for an awful lot of bowhunters. While it’s better to shoot year-round, if you’re only starting to fling a few arrows now, there is time to get good. Really good.
In fact, if you plan out your practice sessions now you should be able to increase your effective shooting range by the time deer season opens. Now, everyone can understand why increasing effective range is a good thing, and we’ve seen plenty of ink on the topic.
What is often left out of the equation is the how to it all.
Becoming a highly proficient shot at yardages that previously left you with poor groups is not easy, but it is possible. And while it may not all happen in the next three months, it might.
Either way, if you start to adopt the mindset that you’re going to become a better shot at farther distances, you’ll start building that foundation. Eventually, you’ll be much more confident and capable at all distances, not just those that tape-out farther than anything you’ve been good at in the past.
Following are some tips on how to make it happen.
<h2>Quality Versus Quantity</h2>It’s easy to get caught up in the target practice fervor and want to fling 200 arrows during a session. This may seem like a good idea, but it’s not. Quantity of arrows shot does not trump quality of a practice session. Shooting two-dozen arrows in the right, challenging conditions will always benefit you more than twenty-dozen shots at easy targets. <p></p> This also doesn’t take into account <a href="http://www.bowhunter.com/bow-fitness/workout-routines-for-bowhunters/" target="_blank">muscle fatigue</a> and the mental degradation that comes with taking so many shots. And with that, is the unrealized effect of knowing that there is always a next arrow, which makes the current shot feel less important. Flip the script and make each practice shot far more important and you’ll start to shoot better.