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lpcjon2
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I shot great when I was practicing and did great on a tree rat but I didn't have any deer to shoot at so I have to work hard in late bow.

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Horne Shooter
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Four dead animals in Africa with 4 arrows. Three pass throughs and one stuck in the offside shoulder on a gemsbok. 3 dead pigs and 1 Axis buck since then with 4 more arrows. Thought I was hot as a pistol until last week. Shot a nice 8 pt. whitetail a few inches back and did not recover it. I tried very hard with help from one of the best trackers I know...decent blood and stayed on the trail for 400 yards maybe more. Then it was like he got beamed up to space. Sure did put me back in my place.
I practice quite a bit but from time to time still forget to pick a spot and shoot an "area". You would think I would outgrow this bad habit after all these years.

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LC
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Good topic. One of my main goals is to get back to shooting like I use to. I like you, use to have confidence to the max years ago when I shot ALL the time but lately there seems to be too many other things that need done. I've bought a new bag target for the garage and plan on practicing form all winter long. I still went one for one on deer this year and practiced all during the season but I plan on working on my shooting intensely this year.

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Bigriver
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I did not draw on a deer or an elk, but my shooting in general has gone up a few notches. I made a commitment to switch to 3 under & I cant believe how much better of a shot it has made me. My windage is now normally right on the money, it has made a lot of difference. Now I just need a deer to stand still this weekend, it would be a great ending to the year.

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6 for 8 on deer and 7 for 8 on pigs. Critters I missed I missed clean. Missed deer at 24 and 34 yards both a tad low and shot in front of a walking porker. And kinda like Jason on squirrels...they really can laugh you know.RC
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JSimon
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I'm 1 for 3 on shots at 2 deer this year. I ended up getting the first deer with a second shot. My two misses were clean and just under them. My confidence is lacking right now as far as picking a spot in the heat of the moment. I would like to get a 3d deer target to practice on in the off season this year and shoot more 3d courses. My arrows are too weak as well, so I need to fix that next year.
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Walt Francis
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Due to a shoulder problem I switched from right to left handed this year. I spent a lot of time researching form, shooting a blank bale at 3 yards, attended a Rod Jenkins shooting clinic, used a glass bow instead of a self bow, switched to carbon instead of wood arrows, and went 6 for 7 whitetail deer so far (I still have one tag for late season does). I missed the first deer I shot at then had six complete pass through arrows with a 52 # Tolke Whip. It still feels strange to shoot left-handed but I won’t complain about the results.

I think its time to make another selfbow, build some good wood arrows (just can’t bring myself to hunt with carbons out of a selfbow), and start practicing with it for next year.

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I shot terrible! Now, only got to hunt for about 3 days, but had three shots one of those days. I have no meat in the freezer if that tells you anything!

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GingivitisKahn
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I killed every deer and groundhog I shot at (one of each) but so far, I've missed every squirrel I've shot at. So - average, I guess. Heh.
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CA BOWHUNTER
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I know I have a long ways to go,I am having the time of my life. I killed a squirrel,Dragonfly,Jackrabbit,Antelope,the fence and the shed my duck blind that was in the shed and a Duck decoy that was in the shed. The shed makes a great backstop when the Door is close.

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Don't know yet as I've yet to go deer hunting. Next week will be the first in the woods.

No biggy as after Jan. 1 to the end of Feb is small game and hogs, then to May is hogs and turkey.

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First year with a longbow, I shot all summer and was confident to start the season. First weekend, I missed a nice doe. How in the world? Kept shooting all season and telling myself to pick a spot. Finally, Dec. 19, I connected with a mature doe. Picked a spot, perfect shot!
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Walt, glad to hear Rod's instruction is still paying dividends for you. Hope the shoulder stops bothering you. That's no fun.

I attended Rod Jenkins' shooting clinic this summer also. Before this I was an average shot. I'd have flyers now and then but shot ok. With blind bale practice, pulling through the shot with back muscles, working with a formaster, following through to completion, and going slow I have improved quite a bit...a lot more X's hit. Thanks Rod!

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Kevin Winkler
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This was my first full year with Trad equipment and I ended up 3 out of 5. Which I am extremely happy with.
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Shot my spring gobbler with my recurve, then I shot a nice 5x5 elk in CO. with my longbow.
I missed two shots at whitetails the same evening this fall, but the third time must be a charm. Because later that same evening I heart shot a nice tender button buck.

I'm working all the time trying to improve. I was shooting last night in the basement and my wife was wondering why I was shooting. I told her that shooting is like a stress reliever for me, to be able to follow the flight of the arrow.

I'm pretty confidant in my shooting out to 25yds, beyond that I still have some problems keeping them all in the kill zone of a deer target.

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shadman
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It's always a work in progress. I try to shoot a few arrows evey day in my basement. I find that the older you get, the harder you have to work at it. It's all good though.
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