....shoot at something other than foam or flesh?
The archer/bowhunter thread got me thinking on this, and I started thinking about why some bowhunters limit themselves with their shooting opportunities.
I was the same way until a half dozen years ago. I shot to:
1. Tune my bow, and/or bow-arrow-broadhead combination.
2. Practice my form.
3. Practice shooting from an elevated stand or sitting, kneeling, etc.
All this shooting was done on a target range, and either at foam or cardboard.
I've always carried a Judo point in my quiver while hunting for squirrels or to take a "confidence" shot when I first got into my stand, which I'd retrieve when I was done hunting. (This was a bit of advice I'd read years ago in a Fred Bear book, where he said, "Never let the first arrow you shoot of the day be at an animal."
The about 6 years ago I started doing more "roving" type shooting, where you take some Judo tipped arrows during the off season and you wander around shooting at whatever you feel like. Some also call this "stump shooting", although the only stumps that I will shoot at are those that I'm pretty sure are rotten. Weed heads, grass clumps, leaves and hay bales are most most frequent targets. This is not only a ton of fun, but it also tunes your internal "range finder", with the unlimited combinations of terrain, shadows, and vegetative cover. The Judo point makes it almost impossible to lose an arrow.
What makes it even more fun, is to go with a buddy, and you each take turns picking the target and the range that you will shoot.
This now comprises the majority of my outdoor shooting. I'm fortunate that I live on 5 acres and I have about 1/3 of it that as natural fields. I have empty plastic jugs of various sizes hung from branches and on the ground at various locations, so I can vary the angle and distance that I shoot them from.
But I also go to my bowhunting ground at least twice a month after the season ends to "scout" and do this exact same kind of shooting. I will also go to some of the natural stand sites I have and shoot a few arrows from those spots too, which is about as great a confidence builder as one can imagine.
Anyone else do this? I have a feeling that if more did, that they might start to lean more toward the "archer" side of the equation!
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