Mathews Pro Tips
I use to think that odd-looking “TOPO” maps were just a waste of time. I mean, all I really cared about was finding the hottest sign and throwing up a stand somewhere nearby.
Shooting well consistently with a compound bow depends largely on muscle memory. The more you think about a shot, the more likely you are to mess something up.
If you use a release aid when shooting a bow and most bowhunters do, You should consider carrying an extra release while hunting. Ideally, it should be identical to the release you’re currently using, but any functional release that fits similar to your everyday model will work.
Gather all the evidence at the scene
After shooting your deer treat the area where the shot was made as an investigation. Gather all the evidence at the scene and then decide how to proceed from there.
Seated Position Shooting
Do 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.
Tip # 20
“When learning to shoot instinctive, begin shooting at moving targets with flu-flu arrows. Flu-flus will ensure recovery of all the shots you will miss. Your brain will learn a lot quicker and will train your body how to proficiently hit the center of moving targets. You won’t have time to aim. Your brain takes over and eventually calibrates the shot for you.”
Eliminating a few pins
I’ve never understood the need to complicate bow shots from a treestand by carrying 5 or more pins in my sight housing. Sure, that many aiming points may have their place where shooting distances run the gamut, but bowhunting whitetails from above ground is not one of them.
Which Release is right for you?
With so many choices on the market today, how do you know what release is the right release for you?
There are many different kinds and several manufacturers to choose from. Like most other archery components, it all comes down to preference and the one YOU feel comfortable using.
Another thing to think about is whether you prefer a rigid release or one that is on a string or rope. Both are easy to adjust and both feel solid at full draw. Try a few before you decide, and make sure the one you buy is the right choice for you.
Once you decide and if your wallet can handle it, it’s a good idea to buy a backup release. Ideally, you should get the exact model as your primary release. Keep the extra one in your pack. If you lose your primary release, drop it from the stand or it malfunctions, you will always have a backup ready to go.
Always remember that archery is a mental game more than anything. If you’re comfortable with your equipment and don’t have to think about it, you’ll shoot better and more consistently. A quality release (along with a backup in your pack), allows you to relax and shoot — even if your heart is pounding out of your chest as you draw back on a monster buck.