Free advice is, well, free and sometimes you get what you pay for. However, I feel I’m really on to something here that you will find beneficial. Want to be more accurate with your Bow (that’s of course a rhetorical question because the answer is always yes!)? Then here is my tip to you…shoot. Yes, that’s it, shoot. Sounds complicated pretty complicated huh? I didn’t think so.
To get better at anything you need to practice. Don’t misunderstand me though. Technology and archery equipment improvements over the recent years are nothing short of amazing and have probably elevated many of us from average shots to pretty good ones. Trust me, if there is something out there that I feel can be purchased and make me a better shot, I’m going to take a hard look at it. Why not stack the odds in your favor? However, if you can’t shoot consistently then it really won’t matter. Take golf for example. You could spend a fortune on the latest clubs and balls but if you can’t consistently swing and hit the ball then you might as well head to the putt-putt course. Those pros you see on TV hit hundreds if not thousands of balls each day. Shooting your bow regularly will give you that consistency and muscle memory you need to be an effective archer.
Are there a million ways to practice? You bet. I’ve highlighted many of them on HuntingFit.com as a matter of fact. My personal favorite is shooting well beyond the anticipated distances you will shoot in a hunting situation. If you’re a Western bow hunter and may have to make a fast climb to get into that perfect position on a cruising animal then by all means do burpees for 60 seconds then shoot an arrow or two to simulate that exact situation. If you’re a stand hunter for whitetails you absolutely need to practice from an elevated position so you know exactly where that arrow is going to hit. To reiterate my point though the thing that all of these have in common is the act of shooting.
You of course want to have your bow tuned each year and shoot with your broadheads to ensure they fly like your field points (adjust appropriately if need be). But the simple fact is you need to shoot. Shoot. Shoot. When that opportunity arises this fall you want your body to revert back to all that repetition and essentially take over unconsciously and execute just as you have practiced over and over again. You would like to (and should) have a mental checklist you go through before each shot in a hunting situation but let’s face it, sometimes you need to get a shoot off in a hurry or that evil buck fever could kick in. You want to be almost mechanical in your shot to and to get that it takes repetition.
Just like you have to get active and moving to get fit, to become proficient with your stick and string you need to shoot. There isn’t always a magic pill to improve your archery accuracy. Like most things in life you have to work at it. So grab your bow, a kid, a friend, or do it solo, but get out there and fling some arrows.