November 07, 2011
Long-Range Practice Improves Bow-Shooting Form
By Dave Hurteau
Video Editor Mike Shea paid me a visit recently, and now you must suffer the consequences. This tip is about long-range archery practice, which not only makes shots at typical hunting ranges seem like gimmes; it also practically forces you to shoot with good form.
A few notes:
1.) Watching myself shoot reveals that I could stand to work on a couple aspects of my form: I’m grabbing at the handle too quickly after the shot, and I could improve my string-arm follow-through.
2.) As a clarification, when I said that “I really try to concentrate more on pushing the bow forward with my bow arm and pulling back with my string arm,” I meant to add, “as I’m taking the shot.” At release, it should feel like you are pulling the bow apart.
3.) In the interest of full disclosure, the 100-yard shot was actually a few yards shy; to shoot at exactly 100 I would have had to stand in a viburnum bush, which was already occupied by Mike Shea. Also, I’d hate for you to think we videoed 25 shots at 100 and showed you the only good one; so here’s exactly how it went down: I don’t have a 100-yard pin, so I needed to take a few shots to figure it out, via Kentucky windage, where to aim.
That done, I took two shots with the camera rolling, both of which hit in the targets “vitals” but about 10 inches apart. I told Shea I thought I could split the difference, and my third shot is the one you see at the end of the video. You know I wouldn’t lie to you, right?