Bow hunting requires shooting, shooting and even more shooting for hunters to improve and feel comfortable, said Conn McCalip, employee of Bowie Outfitters. He has been bow hunting since the age of 15.
Summer is an opportunity for hunters, especially those new to hunting, to train and improve with their bows. Hewitt Archery owner Homer Hewitt has said that hunting with a vertical bow, like a compound bow or recurve bow, is an art.
âIt’s an art form,â Hewitt said. âTo develop your art you have to practice just like someone who dances or sings has to practice. To shoot a vertical arc accurately, you need to practice.
Hunters can train with a crossbow and sight in their goggles during the summer. Tim Mize, director of the Rex Sports Center and Team Sports, said they were selling targets designed to prevent crossbow bolts from moving at 520 feet per second.
Hewitt said if hunters shoot a crossbow they should have a target to stop a crossbow bolt. Crossbows shoot faster and a lightning bolt could pass through an ordinary archery target not designed for high speeds. Hunter should check with Bowie, Hewitt, or Sports Center to determine which target is best suited for the type of bow you are using.
People can practice using vertical bows in their backyard as long as they have a target and nothing beyond the target for their arrows. Hewitt said that when training with a bow and arrows you should use a field tip that has the same weight as the wide tips you use during the season. Sports center archery technician Eric Perry said accuracy is more important than the speed of your arrow in bow hunting.
âThey’ve said for a long time that speed kills, speed kills,â Perry said. âWell, that’s not true. Speed ââdoesn’t kill. The precision and placement of the shots do it.
Bow hunters can shoot foam targets at 10, 20, 30 yards and set their pins at those distances. McCalip said people walk these distances when they train. He said that in order for someone to really improve at archery, they would have to take a tennis ball and throw it from the target.
âWhere the tennis ball lands. They should shoot from there and try to estimate their distance, âMcCalip said. âIt’s the best way to practice calculating distances in your head. For most people within 30 yards, a rough guess works well.
He said he usually only shot within 30 yards of him. Further, the arrow takes longer to fly. He said that during those extra seconds, the game you are hunting can spin, move, or move.
Being a good distance judge is crucial during the hunting season because you will not have the opportunity to measure the distance between you and your target. Hunters can do a few things during the summer to gauge distances in the woods. He said measuring your distances beyond 30 meters is crucial. At this distance, an arrow can be taken off from almost on foot.
âAt greater distance, the more essential it is to have a rangefinder,â said McCalip. âA lot of people go into the tree and hit the surrounding trees (with the range finder), so they know how far their range is. You can slow down if you don’t have a rangefinder, but you need to do it before the season, so you don’t leave your scent behind.
Practicing on the shooting range can help you gain confidence and be comfortable with your bow when hunting in the woods. There is one aspect of the hunt that you cannot fully prepare for.
McCalip said the buck’s feverish sensation, characterized by nervous tremors as game passes within range, hits him after the shot. He said he was lucky because he couldn’t imagine having a fever before shooting.
âYou can’t fake it. Not legally anyway, âMcCalip said. âThey say to wait 15 minutes to get your game back. I have no problem doing that because I’m shaking and I have to wait to calm down. I don’t think there is a way to fake it.