You only get 1 shot

About 10 years ago, I had a chance at a tremendous buck.
I remember like it was yesterday. It was a big deer, big body, tall, white rack.
He ran at me so fast I barely had time to blink, yet alone hook my release to my string, aim and shoot. And just like that he was gone. I didn’t have a second to even fire an arrow.
He ran in and ran off just as fast, stopped at 50 or 60 yards out to take a last look in my direction, and he was gone.
I was so ticked off at myself that I wanted to jump out of my tree and call it a season. How on earth did I screw that up, I wondered.
Maybe you’ve been there too. Chances are, you or someone you know, has a story like that.
There is nothing that I could have done to prepare me for such an event. It was just one of those bad breaks.
But there are ways to practice other scenarios. Maybe you will have to hold 45 seconds for a shot. Maybe you will have a 3-second-window – it’s good to practice those scenarios in your back yard and see how you do.
The big test in my eyes is the one-arrow test. Start your practice session by taking one focused shot. Judge how you do on one that single shot because chances are that’s all you will get in the woods.

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