2016! Here I come … soon

Pennsylvania’s early archery season is less than a month away.

A part of me says daily, I want the season to start tomorrow. The other part says, I’m not ready.

It’s the never ending tug-o-war that goes on with many hunters I suppose. My first battle of the hunting season usually starts over the summer during my target practice. Getting my pins dialed in always seems to give me fits. Knock on wood, this year I seem to be shooting the best I’ve shot in some time.

The last couple years I’ve started shooting some odd ranges in preparation to the season – shooting between pin distances at 15-25-35 yards. In my mind, the chances of a deer hitting that exact 20-yard mark is just about never. So I’d like to know how my arrow acts with my 20-yard-pin at 25 yards. And today when I was shooting, I was about an inch low.

I also like to shoot during any weird weather or time of day. I would challenge any hunter to shoot at dusk or on a windy day or rain, whatever weather condition you suspect you may be hunting in. Make the situation as realistic as possible.

Today during my target practice I was also trying to cut down my aiming time. Have you ever had just three or four seconds to draw and release an arrow? If you’ve ever had that situation, you know those four seconds can tick off quick. So that’s what I practiced today, counting down in my head and trying to shoot accurately in a short amount of time.

Before we know it, the Oct. 1 opener will be upon us. Do your best to be ready to be successful. Good luck!








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