What advice can help improve shooting accuracy?

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  • Joe's avatar

    It’s hard to give advice just looking at a few photos. If your bow was set up properly by a professional then I’d say it’s your form causing such large groups. I’d say find a bow range close, maybe one that does lessons, and try to find someone who can watch your form and give pointers.

  • Joe's avatar

    Also, if your bow season starts soon, I’d personally skip this year and practice a ton for next year. Wounding a deer with a bad shot is a horrible feeling that hopefully you’ll never have to experience. Keep practicing and you’ll get better

  • Dan's avatar

    @Joe oh I hear you no plans on going out with my bow until November at the earliest. I think the large scattering of arrows tonight was trying to figure my pins out and today was a long day so I was pretty tired when I was shooting, but now I can't sleep go figure. Heading to my bow shop tomorrow to get some help.

  • Wayne's avatar

    Nockonarchery on YouTube. I think this channel would really help you out.

  • Dan's avatar

    @Wayne thanks I'll check it out.

  • Stephen's avatar

    @Joe I concur. Assuming these are the same shafts shot each time, I’d go with form. @Dan assuming bow is tuned…your comment about hitting your forearm would tell me your form was definitely off. My guess would be that you are now overcompensating with a different grip, forcing additional torque into the mix. Too much pressure where the thumb connects will bring your shots left. Too much pressure where your fingers connect brings you right. The recommendation to watch Dudley at nockonarchery is highly seconded. He is a very good technical teacher with a lot of experience. Get that form right. Shoot some video of yourself from the front, camera towards your chest, and one from “behind”, target <- you <- camera.

  • Stephen's avatar

    @Stephen I’ll clarify the left right thing now that I read it again out loud :) . If gripped tight before release, you will naturally bring your dots onto target and the hit will be reversed. If at release, in anticipation of getting hit by the string you tighten up, that’s when what I described above will occur.

  • Sam's avatar

    Focus on surprising yourself with the trigger. Don’t pull it like a pistol. And don’t grip the bow hard. Also make sure your arrows and fletches are in good shape. Number them and you’ll know if the same arrow is going wild

  • Mike's avatar

    Lots of practice and stay consistent in your form. Pay attention to where you “anchor “. Do the exact same thing every time.

  • Mike's avatar

    @Joe so true. I lost one deer in 40 plus years. Made me feel awful and definitely gave me reason to do my best to never let it happen again.

  • Dan's avatar

    @Stephen thanks for the advice. I'm currently shooting from a seated position bc I will be hunting from a ground blind. Would you make any adjustments with the camera? And are you suggesting one camera and moving it for different angles or two cameras going at the same time? Thanks!

  • Dan's avatar

    @Sam good idea with numbering my arrows, I would have never thought to do that. Grip is the big thing for me and I'm really focusing on keeping my fingers loose and palm pushed into the grip.

  • Dan's avatar

    @Mike working on that for sure. Have been making a point to make sure everything feels the same as I draw back, if it doesn't I let off settle myself and then draw back again.

  • Mike's avatar

    What part of Illinois do you live? I have some really good friends in Harrisburg. (Southern Illinois). They have a bow shop there. Before we were friends, they helped me tune my bow. I went in to buy some doe tags and they wound up helping me with my bow. No charges at all. I thought that was hard to beat! A good bow shop and a knowledgeable employee there is a huge assistance.

  • Mike's avatar

    Takes a lot of practice. And then if you quit for a few years like me, it takes more practice again. I also agree with Joe Fairbotham about not hunting with your bow until you are very proficient with it. Even if it means having to skip a season. I’m practicing again with my son and son in law but I won’t be hunting with them this year for the same reasons. More deer wounded and lost during bow season than all the other seasons combined. Good luck!! Didn’t mean to preach about it.

  • Mike's avatar

    @Dan I agree with numbering the arrows. Simple idea that I never thought of! Guess that’s a benefit of GoWild and talking with others online. Get some great help and advice for free!

  • Dan's avatar

    @Mike I'm in Rockford, IL, about a half hour or so from the Wisconsin border.

  • Dan's avatar

    @Mike no worries at all. I'm going to do a couple of sits at a friend's property, but I'm putting a range limit on myself. Actually going up tomorrow to do some work and put in ribbons for my max distance. Nothing over 10 yds, which probably means nothing, but I just want to get in the blind a couple of times and observe before gun season.

  • Dan's avatar

    @Sam follow up question. Do you just use a sharpie or is there another method you use?

  • Mike's avatar

    @Dan Nice place to kill a good buck. I hunted around Mt Sterling in Brown and Pike counties several years. Leased two farms up there for a couple years. Saw several nice bucks but nothing I wanted to shoot. Did kill several does though. Can’t believe how good the deer meat from up there is. Strange how it tastes different from different parts of the country. My place in Georgia has lots of ag fields with soybean, corn, and peanuts so it’s not that. Wonder if it’s because y’all have much colder weather? Thoughts anyone?

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