Just weeks from now I will be chasing bears in Alaska! This has been a dream to me and it's finally coming together. I have spent more than 180 days planning and researching; now all that’s left to do is wait and get my gear in check. I will be hunting with my Tribe Halo, and I’m mentally ready for a close encounter with one of North America's largest predators. I will go over a brief part of my packing list or the larger items that I will be bringing. I chose these products through testing and time in the field and knowing what I can handle.
Shooting competitively has its ups and downs, but in the long run it can help you become a much better shooter. The mental stress that is placed on the shooter, combined with being up against skilled competitors, is hard on the mind. It takes practice to focus through all of that and ensure that you are on track to hit your mark. So let’s take a look at some of the ups and downs and then focus on how to maintain the winning attitude during the entirety of the shoot.
I am going to start off by saying if you truly believe you do not need to train with your bow and work on physical fitness to improve your future hunts and overall quality of life, this is not for you.
It’s been days since you last shot your bow. There are miles between you and your truck. Your body is soaked in perspiration and thoughts of coming home empty handed are filling your head. The temperature has dropped to below freezing, and it's starting to snow. Your bow is tuned, but your string and feathers are soaked and starting to freeze. You hear the grass crunch under the freshly frozen crust as he walks out. You range him and prepare for the shot. Focusing on the spot but seeing antlers in your peripheral is making it hard.
Bowhunting is about good arrow placement and being able to deliver enough energy-packed power into a razor-tipped arrow to penetrate deep into the vitals of your quarry or big game quest! We practice and practice on delivery and punching the bulls-eye. But there’s more to it than just hitting the mark; we need to deliver the goods all the way through.
No one shoots to miss… But all too often, it happens. Where did the shot go bad? Was it the cold weather, the steep shot angle, the sheer excitement of the shot, or was it just plain ol' poor and improper practice?
Growing up, I was always told there are three things you need to have to be a good bowhunter: practice, patience, and persistence. Apply all three of these, and you’ll be successful in the bowhunting woods. But what I’ve found to be more true in my years of bowhunting, is the more practice you put in, the less of the other two you’ll need.
I was asked a very good question the other day: “Why do you choose to shoot a longbow? Why not shoot a compound?” It was a question I really had to think about, and found that it wasn’t so easy to answer.
There is one thing about shooting traditional archery: You can never have too much practice! The realism of 3D targets gives archers the “close as it gets” energized practice a bowhunter needs! Most 3D courses offer shots from long range, short range, and everything in between, to shots through trees, over brush, and in open fields. These are the shots we as traditional archers and bowhunters need to practice every day. Traditional archery is not something you can just put on the shelf and take down on a whim and still be effective. Traditional archery is something you live.