Practicing bowhunting skills involves many different aspects that we never consciously break down. So I will try to break it down to where we understand each aspect through different posts (after all, I have to keep you wanting for more in order to keep you reading my blog, right?).
The first break down will be based on how far do you practice your shots. I look at shooting the bow the same as a basketball shooting a basketball, a field goal kicker kicking the football, or even a golfer practicing long putts. The basketball player for instance does not want to have to take a 35 foot shot, especially when the 3 point line is over 10 feet closer to the basket. However, if he is comfortable shooting that distance, the shot from the line causing no worries.
I have each of the pins set at 10 yard increments. When sighting in, I will start with the 10 yard pin, then the 30, the 50, and finally the 70. I then go back to the 20, 40 and 60 yard pins, setting them close by splitting differences then actually going thru the sight in process. Once I have them set, I will practice with usually 3 to 6 arrows at the closer distances (10, 20), expand to 12 or so arrows at the medium distances (30, 40), then practice hard at 50, 60, and 70.
This is how far I practice, but feel free to share how far you practice as well by commenting below. Hopefully the ideas I have presented can help with your own practice routines.
Bill Howard writes a weekly outdoors column for the Wilson Times and Yancey County News and the blog site Bill Howard's Outdoors. He is a Hunter Education and International Bowhunter Education instructor, lifetime member of the North Carolina Bowhunters Association, Bowhunter Certification Referral Service Chairman, member and official measurer of Pope and Young, and a regular contributor to North Carolina Bowhunter Magazine.