|Practice is essential for hunting accuracy. However, after a while, shooting the same target, the same way, day after day, can get boring. If your practice time has gotten stale, try these offbeat tactics to tighten your groups and put a bit of spice back into your shooting sessions.|
1. Shoot the Dots
Really? You pick out a hair?
2. Practice in Pairs
3. A Long Shot
When you are confident at longer distances, you’ll be amazed at how confident and consistent you will be for closer shots. You might also find yourself adding another pin to your sight.
4. We’re Stumped
Stump shooting is exactly what the name implies. Your targets are stumps, dead trees, rocks, pine cones, knots and whatever else tickles your fancy. The rules of the game are simple: Each participant calls a target and each person takes a turn shooting. Oh yeah, don’t use your range-finder until everyone has shot.
5. Shoot Some Foam
6. In Your Face
This up-close practice is designed specifically to build muscle memory, so concentrate on every aspect of your shot sequence. Plus, short distance practice sessions allow you to keep shooting when the weather outside isn’t cooperating.
7. Release Me
Very few of us set our release tensions the same. So, using a friend’s release — with a different trigger tension — will quickly reveal if you’re punching the trigger or flinching at release. While this tip may sound very odd, give it a try.
One Day at a Time
— Dr. Todd Kuhn is an avid bow-hunter from Maryland.
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