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First, listen to folks like Brian (GJARCHER). You never know what you might learn when you start following the breadcrumbs he puts out here.
Second, consider the following, it is not all about learning to judge the range.
As a fighter pilot, I spent my life doing target study --- How big is it? Translates to how far I was -- or for similarly appearing targets --- if I knew the range could help differentiate the target type. Exactly where is my aim point on the target area? If I wasn't exactly on release parameters, then how should I adjust for being a little steep on dive angle or fast or speed?
Was I carrying a launch and leave type weapon, or was I carrying one that required follow through -- lasing or data-linking till impact.
It is not so different in the archery world. If you are hunting, use realistic 3d replicas of the target animal. Look at it at the various ranges -- both inside and outside of what you would consider as your ethical shot range. Study that animal to ingrain where it's vitals are so that you know where to shoot it.
If you are competing in 3D tournaments, do a little home work to find out what targets you will be seeing.
Learn the target dimensions -- which ones are about the same depth from back line to belly line? What are the sizes of the scoring rings? Get or build yourself target cards for study.
See this post on ASA targets. Don't know if your organization publishes this kind of info or not.
Learn to judge the range, but also learn how to adjust for the unusual -- a target at ground blind close --- 2 or 3 yards. You might be surprised by your miss distance. For one of my setups, I have to shoot 2 yards as 72 yards -- but for another as 61 yards. Try aiming at a 3d skunk at 2 yards with your 20 yard pin and get a zero.
Uphill or downhill shots -- short range yards at steep inclines or declines. You will have to correct for parallax and a changed arrow speed.
Also consider your pin settings and the allowable range error to still attain a hit. Brian alluded to this when he said, "Add 5 yards and aim at the bottom of the 10 ring." You can arrive at that information via experimentation (albeit subject to your own ability) or by using software.
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