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May 20, 2011

Video: So You Think You Can Shoot a Bow?

By Scott Bestul

I’m a pretty average shot with a bow, but I recognize a great shooter when I see one. None, however, have compared with Heath Getty, the young man featured in this video. Heath is a 26-year old from Kansas and, as the footage will prove, he can flat-out shoot.

I’m always amazed by a truly great marksman, whether he wields a gun or bow. And you can get some interesting debates going about whether such accuracy is a gift or whether it comes from hard work. My contention has always been that it’s a combination of both. Sure a guy can squander incredible potential by not practicing, but I’m also convinced that superior shots—just like world class athletes—are born with something the average guy will never have. Incredible eyesight and superior hand-eye coordination are not coachable qualities, at least to any significant degree.

Still, it’s tempting to watch a shooter like Heath Getty—who can probably powder more clay targets with arrows than I could with shotshells—and think “Maybe with some practice I could do that.”

Then I remember my annual struggle to get proficient just on tree stand shots on deer-size game. I don’t care how many arrows I fling...I don’t have a prayer of shooting like Heath. But I sure enjoy watching him...

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from jeffo52284 wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

You know the announcer said he didn't hit every time but the least he could do was show at least one miss so i could feel a little better about myself haha. I think you nailed it skill like this takes both practice and a little natural born talent.

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from 2Poppa wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

That is way beyond hand and eye coordination!
What an incredible young man and he seems so humble. In his own words seeing the arrow meet up with the clay ..." There's nothing better than that!"

I agree, I agree!

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from Judd McCullum wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

I wonder what his neighbors (probably few and far between in Western Kansas) thought about them shooting clays with a pistol. I think this is more a natural born gift than anything. It's just fortunate he lives where he does and found the tools to make use of his gift.

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from buckhunter wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Every archer should try to shoot a flying object. Not only is it challanging but it bumps your skill level up a notch. We shoot 5 gallon bucket lids with stick and recurve bows.

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from NHshtr wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Absolutely amazing and inspiring.

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from jbird wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Wow! AND with a 70# draw!

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from Quinton Schmelz... wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

he says "yah, the poundage is only 70# for half way then it breaks down."
Only... Only 70#

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from Bernie wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

I've never seen anything like this. I wonder how this guy would be at hitting a baseball? He might be passing up a terrific career in that area!

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from seadog wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

Very cool.

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

he's got me beat.

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from Blue Ox wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

It's Robin Hood reincarnated!

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

i know a few guys that pheasant hunt with bows on occasion...they do alright but probably nothing compared to this guy!

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from Nyflyangler wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

Robin Hood indeed.

Let's send him to Republican and Tea Party rallies and stop them from sabotaging our recovery.

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from Derek St.Romain wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

Republicans and Teapartiers ruining the recovery...you New Yorkers just baffle me....so stupid, continuously making asses out of yourselves. But your one of those gay ass fly-fisherman all dressed up to catch a 2 ounce minnow, haha what a pussy!

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from Crackerjack98 wrote 2 years 46 weeks ago

i am way better

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from fleshman1 wrote 2 years 44 weeks ago

good lord thats some good shooting

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from fleshman1 wrote 2 years 44 weeks ago

wish i was that good

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from Nyflyangler wrote 2 years 43 weeks ago

@saintdeer

There's only one way out of a depression/recession. That's to spend money. Both the public and private sectors.

We're in the mess that we're in because we had eight years of a regime that borrowed money to pay for a massive war effort. If we had taxed the war profiteers and preserved the debt free status we previous had, we'd now be in a position to do so. But because we failed to do this, we're massively in debt. Therefore we can't do the deficit spending to the extent that we need to.

This county has had it greatest periods of growth when the top tax rate was far in excess of 50%.

What high school did you drop out of? Or was it middle school?

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

he's got me beat.

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from 2Poppa wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

That is way beyond hand and eye coordination!
What an incredible young man and he seems so humble. In his own words seeing the arrow meet up with the clay ..." There's nothing better than that!"

I agree, I agree!

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from NHshtr wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Absolutely amazing and inspiring.

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from jbird wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Wow! AND with a 70# draw!

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from Quinton Schmelz... wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

he says "yah, the poundage is only 70# for half way then it breaks down."
Only... Only 70#

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from Blue Ox wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

It's Robin Hood reincarnated!

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from fleshman1 wrote 2 years 44 weeks ago

good lord thats some good shooting

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from fleshman1 wrote 2 years 44 weeks ago

wish i was that good

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from jeffo52284 wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

You know the announcer said he didn't hit every time but the least he could do was show at least one miss so i could feel a little better about myself haha. I think you nailed it skill like this takes both practice and a little natural born talent.

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from Judd McCullum wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

I wonder what his neighbors (probably few and far between in Western Kansas) thought about them shooting clays with a pistol. I think this is more a natural born gift than anything. It's just fortunate he lives where he does and found the tools to make use of his gift.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from buckhunter wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Every archer should try to shoot a flying object. Not only is it challanging but it bumps your skill level up a notch. We shoot 5 gallon bucket lids with stick and recurve bows.

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from Bernie wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

I've never seen anything like this. I wonder how this guy would be at hitting a baseball? He might be passing up a terrific career in that area!

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from seadog wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

Very cool.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

i know a few guys that pheasant hunt with bows on occasion...they do alright but probably nothing compared to this guy!

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from Crackerjack98 wrote 2 years 46 weeks ago

i am way better

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from Nyflyangler wrote 2 years 43 weeks ago

@saintdeer

There's only one way out of a depression/recession. That's to spend money. Both the public and private sectors.

We're in the mess that we're in because we had eight years of a regime that borrowed money to pay for a massive war effort. If we had taxed the war profiteers and preserved the debt free status we previous had, we'd now be in a position to do so. But because we failed to do this, we're massively in debt. Therefore we can't do the deficit spending to the extent that we need to.

This county has had it greatest periods of growth when the top tax rate was far in excess of 50%.

What high school did you drop out of? Or was it middle school?

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from Derek St.Romain wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

Republicans and Teapartiers ruining the recovery...you New Yorkers just baffle me....so stupid, continuously making asses out of yourselves. But your one of those gay ass fly-fisherman all dressed up to catch a 2 ounce minnow, haha what a pussy!

-1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Nyflyangler wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

Robin Hood indeed.

Let's send him to Republican and Tea Party rallies and stop them from sabotaging our recovery.

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