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Use Carbon Arrows, Keep Your Bow at Arm’s Length, and Don’t Let Your Ego Cause You to Miss Deer

EDITOR'S NOTE: Allen Conners of Gadsden, Alabama, the winner of the title of World Champion Target Archer numerous times, the Archery Shooters Association Shooter of the Year award, the Cabela’s Championship and the Buckmasters World Championship, Conners also loves to bowhunt. He originally became a target archer to improve his bowhunting skills and shoots target archery when he can't go bowhunting, his first and foremost priority. Hunting with a bow requires a great amount of precision. To make an accurate bow shot, you have to have your bow, arrows, broadheads and shooting skills all finely-tuned, as John Stiff mentioned yesterday. Conners says that over the years he’s learned that the little things, the forgotten or overlooked aspects of bowhunting, often cause archers to miss their shots when they have bucks in front of their broadheads.

Click to enlargeUse Carbon Arrows:

I shoot both aluminum and carbon arrows in 3D tournaments, but I hunt strictly with carbon arrows. I believe the carbon arrows provide a more-forgiving shot than the aluminum arrows do. I find the carbon arrows offer a flatter trajectory and have a deeper penetration than the aluminum arrows. With a carbon arrow, you often can make a lethal hit on a deer you may have missed with an aluminum arrow.

Keep Your Bow at Arm’s Length:

When you get into a tree stand, you always should keep your bow at an arm's length or in your hand. You don't want to have to bend over and reach for your bow, stand up to get your bow or reach beside the tree to find your bow. The less movement you make in a tree, the less likely that the deer will see you and the more time you'll have to prepare for the shot. In many states where hunters pressure deer from tree stands, deer will look up constantly in the trees for hunters. So to get off an effective shot, Click to enlargemove as little as possible. Then you'll be less likely to have to rush your shot. If a deer comes into your kill zone quickly and you have your bow in your hand, you will have much more time to draw your bow and get set for your shot than if you have to make a lot of movement to pick up the bow. During first light and the last hour of daylight, I keep my bow in my hand with the arrow nocked. Then if the deer appears, I only have to clip on my release, and I'm ready to shoot.

Don’t Let Your Ego Cause You to Miss Deer:

Oftentimes a bowhunter will have some type of problem with his bow or his shooting that he just can't seem to solve. Often he'll continue to shoot poorly, believing that if he shoots long enough and tinkers with his bow enough he will solve the problem. However, a hunter wastes valuable time if he waits until hunting season to try to solve his problems. If you have any problems with your bow or your shooting, as soon as you determine you have a problem, go immediately to a reputable pro shooter or the dealer of an archery shop. Let Click to enlargehim help you evaluate the problem, and then tell you how to best solve it. The best tournament shooters in the nation often will ask other archers on the pro circuit to watch them shoot and tell them what they're doing wrong. The best pro shooters learn from other pro shooters how to shoot better. Many times an experienced archer will notice shooting problems you won't see as you draw, hold and release. Another pair of experienced eyes often will find and solve your shooting problems more quickly than you will. Don't let your ego that says, "I can solve all the problems I create," cause you to miss a deer. If you don't consistently shoot accurately, more than likely your shooting form or your equipment has some small problem that the trained eyes of a professional will see. A professional will help you solve this problem quickly, easily and usually inexpensively. Then you'll shoot your bow better every time you hunt or practice.

Check back each day this week for more about "HOW TO SHOOT YOUR BOW BETTER"

Day 1: How to Tune Your Bow
Day 2: Shoot Short and Light, and Choose Quality Accessories with Allen Conners
Day 3: Check Your Equipment before You Hunt, and Line Up Your Peep Sight for All Types of Shooting
Day 4: Practice Judging Yardage, Don’t Just Shoot Dots, and Learn to Shoot Under Pressure
Day 5: Use Carbon Arrows, Keep Your Bow at Arm’s Length, and Don’t Let Your Ego Cause You to Miss Deer



Entry 316, Day 5