LAST YEAR, SOME FRIENDS TOOK ME ARCHERY HUNTING. My dad had a target in our yard for my sister and me to shoot, but I never thought about it as a way to hunt. But it didn't take me long to get hooked. I don't think I'll try to make it a second Olympic sport, or anything. Right now, there's nothing but personal enjoyment behind archery for me. There's no competitive side to it like there is with shooting, and I like it that way.
I SEE SO MANY PEOPLE SHOOTING GUNS THAT DON'T FIT PROPERLY**. If a gun fits you properly and you're holding it properly, it's easier to hit your target because the gun will go where your eyes go. When you're shooting clays or birds, look at your target, not the sights. You don't need to use those sights like you would with a rifle shot.
HUNTING HELPS YOU CONTROL YOUR NERVES DURING COMPETITION**. Or at least it helps you learn how to shoot straight when you're shaking. You get all excited when you draw up on a duck or dove or whatever, and it's the same feeling you have when you're competing. Knowing how you're going to act in that situation gives you an advantage.
COMPETITIVE SHOOTING HELPS IN THE FIELD, TOO**. You get confidence by training and shooting all the time—I shoot five or six days a week, hundreds of shots. So much of bird hunting is confidence, and I've gained so much through competing. Hopefully I can stay that confident in Beijing.