Do you know someone that you hunt with or is at the range that seems to never miss or when they do it’s not by much. There is a reason for this and it’s not a secret, its fundamentals.
Maybe you never knew them or maybe you forget them when your excited. When I first was learning to shoot my Dad was beside me coaching my every movement. He was showing me how to hold the gun/bow and how to look at the sites. He also was telling me how and what to aim at.
He would say “Son pick a very small spot on the target and concentrate on that spot for just a second or two then place the sight on that spot and slowly squeeze the trigger”. Shooting a bow is the same thing. After you learn the proper stance and how to properly hold, not grip, a bow it all comes down to how and what to site on.
The smaller the spot is that you aim at the smaller you will miss. My Dad has been teaching people to shoot bow’s for years and he puts a lifesaver on a string and has whoever is shooting to aim at that life saver.
It works and it is a fun way to concentrate on a small spot. After a while you are aiming for the center of that life saver and your groups are so close you will start hitting arrows.
When you’re in the field hunting there are some other factors that come in to play, excitement. When that animal is coming at you and your adrenaline is flowing it’s hard to remember to concentrate on what to do.
Most people will get the animal in there scope or in the circle of their sight and shoot. Then cry when they miss. This is how I have taught myself to combat the adrenaline rush.
When I first see the animal coming in and it’s the one I want to take I close my eyes for just a second and tell myself to calm down and aim for a small spot, I then open my eyes and don’t look at the antlers and I make myself find a small spot.
A tuft of hair or a dark spot and I aim at that spot. If you aim small you will miss small.
For those of you who go through central Oregon, stop at Riley Store and Archery, in Riley and say hi Dale and Pat. If you need your bow worked on, you won’t find a better setup person then Dale.
While you’re there check out Hunter’s Best Scents.
Happy hunting and don’t forget to “Aim Small” so you will “Miss Small”.