Video: So You Think You Can Shoot a Bow?

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...