PSE’s Will Jenkins- Make the Shot
By Will Jenkins
With the season fast approaching many folks are focusing on broadhead tuning and putting lots of holes in foam. While this is all good and necessary one thing I find myself and many others lacking as we get close to season is practicing how you’ll be hunting. This means putting arrows through foam while you are in situations similar to how you will be hunting.
Most people hunt from tree stands and of course this is extremely different from standing on flat ground and making an easy shot. Not only that you’re wearing different clothes and a safety harness but you’re also standing on an 18″ x 24″ platform 20 feet up a tree. I’d suggest when setting or checking stands bring your bow and a small target and put a few arrows in the target through each of your shooting lanes. Making sure you have adequate room to move and draw is just as important as practicing from that height and angle. It’s critical to make sure you’re comfortable to draw and bend at the waist to make the shot. I usually go in with a friend and we take turns pulling arrows and sending them backup a quiver hooked to a pull rope and moving the target. This not only makes you better prepared to make the shot it’s a great boost to your confidence. When that big buck walks out into your shooting lane and you know you’ve made that shot before it feels good!
Lately it seems more people are hunting from ground blinds. Practicing sitting down is key but it’s also key to practice sitting down and out of your blind. If you’ve ever tried shooting out of a blind understanding you clearance is huge. If you aren’t careful while your sight might be aimed just out the window your arrow could be pointed right at the wall of the blind. The good news with this is its way easier to practice. You can throw up your blind and a stool most anywhere you’d normally shoot to get used to shooting out of it.
With the season drawing nearer, in weeks or days be sure you’ve had some practical bow hunting practice and you’re confident you can make the shot when it counts!
Will Jenkins is creator of TheWilltoHunt.com and Harnesses For Hunters. He’s an avid outdoorsman who enjoys sharing his experiences through his blog. He also writes for Bow Adventures e-Magazine and is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association.