Practice increases bowhunters’ safety and successTwenty minutes of daily practice with a bow and arrow will not only improve a hunter’s aim but also muscle strength. – two factors state hunting safety specialists call crucial to a safe and successful outing.
Practice increases bowhunters’ safety and success
Twenty minutes of daily practice with a bow and arrow will not only improve a hunter’s aim but also muscle strength. – two factors state hunting safety specialists call crucial to a safe and successful outing.
“Hunting with a bow and arrow is not like riding a bike. You forget over the year and you can get hurt if you venture out without taking time to review and practice those skills,” said Tim Lawhern, Department of Natural Resources Hunter Education administrator, and a bow hunter himself.
“Specific muscles are called into action in archery, and those muscles must be conditioned through practice.”
Lawhern advises hunters to inspect their equipment before beginning practices.
“Inspect the bow limbs, string, handle and other parts. If there is anything not in excellent condition, take your bow to any archery shop for repairs or parts,” he says.
Then it’s time to get those arm, shoulder and finger muscles accustomed to the task for shooting and help improve accuracy, he said.
“Two weeks before opening day, your first shot in practice is your gauge of whether you are ready to go into the field,” he said. “If your first shot is on target, you’re set.”
If a hunter’s practice time is limited, Lawhern says take closer shots than normal. “For most, that is less than 20 yards.”
Another valuable practice tip is to do your sessions from the same set-up you will use while hunting. “That includes a tree stand while wearing heavy clothing,” he said. “That means practice from an elevated position in your back yard -- and wear your hunting clothes.”
Other safety tips from Lawhern include: