By Alex Comstock
The more proficient you are with your bow, the more confident you'll likely become during the moment of truth while drawn back on a mature whitetail. In today's tip of the week, I wanted to quickly touch on why I believe it's important you practice shooting at much further ranges than you would plan on shooting a deer.
When I practice at long ranges, I will shoot anywhere from between fifty and eighty yards. I know people that will shoot out to 100 yards even. The furthest I've ever shot a deer from, and would ever consider shooting a deer is 45 yards. I could feel confident out to 60 probably, but I feel as though too much can happen during the time span the arrow is the air, and I don't find it very ethical. But, with that said, practicing at long ranges will help you become more accurate for the closer shots. Take for example, you are practicing at 70 yards. Everything needs to be perfect when you shoot. If your form is slightly off, or you flinch the slightest when you touch the release off, it'll show in a much bigger way than if you were shooting at 20 yards. In essence, it forces you to become more polished in your form and routine. After practicing from these long ranges, step in and take a shot from 40 yards. It'll seem much easier, and there's a good chance you'll feel much more comfortable shooting.
And with that, the tip of the week is wrapped up. Once again, it's short and sweet, but it's something I find to be important. I first started doing this about four years ago, and it has truly made me a better shot. Don't be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and back it way up. It might just help you during the moment of truth this upcoming season.
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