Robert Hoague

The Mathews web site has a section for Tips for Bowhunters and Archers. The tips come from various Mathews Pros who have submitted lots of first rate, easy to read, advice that can make us all better shooters as well as bowhunters. This first Tip has lots of excellent advice about How To Practice For Bowhunting.



Mathews-CAB_Seated-ShootingDo you practice shooting your bow from a seated position? Most bowhunters don’t, and most bowhunters will get caught flat-footed, or maybe we should say flat-bottomed, at some time during the season.

How a 200-plus pound whitetail can appear in bow range out of nowhere is one of the worlds big mysteries, but chances are you are going to be faced with having to take a seated shot. Next time you’re practicing, take a small stool and make several rounds of shots while sitting. Even better, if you can hook up the seat section of your tree stand and shoot seated from that, even if just a foot or two off the ground, do it. This little bit of practice will make all the difference in the world, especially for an early season hunt. Preparation and practice will help you increase your chances of harvesting that big buck this season

From Lon Lauber: Tip #19

“Practice shooting your bow at two to three times farther distances than you plan on shooting at a deer. When you can stack tight arrow groups at 60 yards in practice, shooting a buck at 20 yards seems much, much easier.”

From  Ezekiel Pipher:  Tip #23

“Don’t pull the bow away quickly to watch the animal. Continue to look at the sight picture.”

From Tom Miranda: Tip #3

“Practice archery shots on 3-D targets and always shoot odd yardages. Practice using the 30 yard pin to shoot at 27 or 35 yards. Rarely is a big-game bowshot at an even yardage.”

From Dave Watson: Tip #35

“If you peep sight moves even the slightest it can greatly affect your accuracy. Use a drop of white out to mark you peepsight location.”

From Roger Patton: Tip #46

“Make sure your bow has light enough poundage so that you can make a smooth draw in an awkward position in a tree stand, if needed.”

From Michael Anderson: Tip #50

“The pressure and nervousness encountered while at tournaments is a lot like the pressure and nervousness encountered while getting ready for a shot at a big buck. Attend local shoots so you can learn to deal with the nervousness and excitement and still make a good shot when the pressure is on.”

From Phillip Vanderpool: Tip #63

“Make sure your draw length isn’t too long. Especially in late season when you have on heavier bulky clothing. Its better to have draw length a little on the short side than to long.”

From Mike Weinkauf: Tip #77

“When the moment of truth is upon you, focus on an area in the vitals the size of a quarter. This will help you control your excitement.”

From Kevin Gross: Tip #86

“If you shoot a 30-inch draw length,take it down to a 28- or 29-inch draw. You will find that it is a lot easier to control and hold your draw. Your anchor point and arm will be in a better position to help you become a better shooter.”

From Guy Fitzgerald: Tip #89

“Practice in low light conditions, and in the nastiest weather conditions, with skeeters trying to eat you alive! Make it very difficult.”

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