Trust yourself and your equipment

I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a very good shot with my bow. I’m OK, but shooting does not come natural to me.

I’ve shot four different bows in my lifetime: a 42-pound recurve as a kid, a Bear bow, a PSE, and the last two years I began shooting BowTech’s Allegiance. My experience has always told me the same story — I had better practice long and hard before I hit the woods.

I’ve made my share of changes over the years, which requires even more practice. New broadheads usually mean a new flight for my arrow. This year, with the help of Eddie Kiser at Dunkelberger’s in the West End, I paper tuned this bow. It was a smart move.

I was changing from expandable blades to a fixed blade (that’s another story), and I didn’t feel confident or comfortable in how my arrows were flying. A quick trip to Dunkelberger’s solved my problems.

It’s important to have confidence in your equipment, I think. If you can’t trust your equipment, how can you trust your arrow in flight? I’m feeling better these last few weeks with the way I’m shooting – 40 yards doesn’t feel like the risky shot anymore, though I won’t shoot any further.

It’s good to have personal limits. Some guys like to climb 25 feet, while others like to hunt from a ground blind. Go where you feel comfortable, shoot at a range that’s good for you, and by all means hunt with a weapon that fits you and not someone else.

And if you think something isn’t quite right, take it to someone who can help or could give you an idea of what to do. I’ve been hunting since I was 12, and I still listen to others when it comes to advice.

When it comes to shooting arrows, nothing beats the repetition of practice. The motion becomes second nature, and when the time comes to make a shot that counts, you can trust in yourself and your equipment.




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