Bow hunting isn’t a game of mere inches, it’s much more intense, demanding hunters constantly hone their skills.
Story and Photography by Nate Skinner
The ability to hunt with bow and arrow is an intense sport to say the least. It requires a fine tuned set of skills. The slightest changes in specific underlying factors can mean the difference between success and failure. Success would be harvesting an animal with a clean and ethical shot. Failure means missing an animal, or even worse, wounding game and never recovering it. The difference in these outcomes can boil down to significantly less than just inches. The finesse involved is almost primitive and takes the meaning of, “aim small, miss small,” to a whole new level.
Although the archery season for whitetail is still several months away, hunters should begin preparing for it now. Those that shoot regularly should make sure they incorporate realistic scenarios into their routine. Hunters that have not drawn a bow since the end of last season need to develop a sense of urgency and begin practicing immediately. Habitual practice-sessions that simulate all possible scenarios an archer may face in the woods is the formula for success.