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Author Topic: Group size for hunting  (Read 1214 times)

Online woodchucker

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Re: Group size for hunting
« Reply #20 on: August 26, 2021, 08:28:19 AM »
Apples & Oranges......

"Groups" are a compound thing. "Instinctive" shooting is about consistency....
Putting every arrow in the "kill zone" every time. I shoot 1 arrow at a time, Shoot it, and go get it.
If you hit it, Good! If you didn't, figure out "why" on your way to and from the target...

I shoot with a bow quiver & 4 arrows. 3 broadheads and a Judo, just like when I'm hunting...
I take one arrow out to practice, just like when I'm hunting. I start close, 10yds. When I can put EVERY arrow in the kill zone of my 3D deer target, I move back a couple yards. By deer season, I'm usually back to 25-30 yards. :archer:
There is a fine line between Hunting, & Sitting there looking Stupid...

May The Great Spirit Guide Your Arrows..... Happy Hunting!!!

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Re: Group size for hunting
« Reply #21 on: August 26, 2021, 01:36:30 PM »
I always have shot spots most of the year and move to silhouettes a couple of months before the season.

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Re: Group size for hunting
« Reply #22 on: August 26, 2021, 03:20:56 PM »
I always have shot spots most of the year and move to silhouettes a couple of months before the season.
I like to take a 3D animal to my set ups and have a shooting session or two that way as well.
I don't always shoot a traditional bow.  But when I do, I shoot a Primal Tech.

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Re: Group size for hunting
« Reply #23 on: August 27, 2021, 08:16:35 AM »
Like Orion described, for most of my decades of bowhunting I've used the paper plate as my effective range indicator. I want all arrows on the plate at the distances I consider myself ready to go.

Important note, after developing a result-driven shooting problem that lasted about 10 years (1985-1995), I learned that the process should be the focus, instead of the result. My last thoughts are on follow-through and let the sight picture I imagined take care of the result.
If the mind wanders, so too will the arrow.

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Re: Group size for hunting
« Reply #24 on: August 27, 2021, 01:01:24 PM »
When I could regularly hit a 6" paper plate from 20 yards, I took my recurve hunting.  Regularly did not mean flawlessly.  Just regularly.  Out here, shot opportunities are rare anyway.

For me, "good" is good enough to go out.  But it's never enough to give up trying to improve.  Whatever it is, it can always be better.

Archery deer & bear just started last weekend.  As usual, I'll spend a little bit of time in the afternoon flinging arrows into a hillside.  If I miss a lot, I'll resolve to keep my shots closer that evening & the next morning.  If I shoot well, I give myself the freedom to take shots out to my max of about 22 yards.  Not that it usually matters anyway.
"A good hunter...that's somebody the animals COME to."
"Every animal knows way more than you do." -- by a Koyukon hunter, as quoted by R. Nelson.

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Re: Group size for hunting
« Reply #25 on: September 13, 2021, 11:08:16 AM »
I try to shoot one arrow cold out of my practice stand.  If it’s a kill on the 3 D deer, I call it good.  Then get down and shoot some just to get some quality reps
I’ve been shooting recurves for about 3 years.  Switched over after 25ish years shooting compounds.  I’ve been loving every second.

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Re: Group size for hunting
« Reply #26 on: September 13, 2021, 12:02:51 PM »
I stopped shooting groups many years ago ( also I don't like breaking nocks  :biglaugh: )

I shoot a lot for form, but when I shoot for target I have several aspirin bottle caps stuck to my targets at different hights and distances,....one arrow per cap and rotate the sequence.

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Re: Group size for hunting
« Reply #27 on: September 13, 2021, 12:53:26 PM »
I'm lucky enough to to be able to have 9 3D targets on my one little wooded acre of heaven... 4 deer, 2 turkeys, a hog, a coyote, & a grouse. Once September comes, I take my bow on a walk around my homemade course, & shoot 1 arrow at each target. Then I pull 'em all, & go around again from different locations than the first "lap." I repeat as needed... Works for me....

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Re: Group size for hunting
« Reply #28 on: September 14, 2021, 05:47:17 AM »
I use a Ace blunt and a tennis ball. When you hit it, the ball can go from a few feet to 20+ yards and sets up the next shot.  It helps me to determine whether or not my quarry it in range or not.
Good luck, shoot straight and God bless,
Rodd
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Re: Group size for hunting
« Reply #29 on: September 14, 2021, 08:15:45 PM »
I use grouping sometimes to check my consistency in form and release. If I’m grouping well after a few shots I move onto shooting for accuracy at different angles, heights and distances. For me distance is between 10-25 yards.

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Re: Group size for hunting
« Reply #30 on: September 14, 2021, 11:56:35 PM »
Yesterday, after some additional pointing reminders that have heard a few times before, i shot honest baseball size groups with four of my new into just the right spot on the deer target from about 19 yards from a sitting position, three groups in a row except for one shot that went out a couple inches low and left. My best ever. My husband made three dozen arrows for four people.  Our friend came over to see which of his bows would shoot the new batch the best, two longbows he got from us, both formally owned and had very little use is what he wanted to hunt with.  Perfect arrow flight and with just a bit of form work, he was hitting in tight as well. Arrows that fly perfect are a big deal to us.  I won't get into it, but the others will not be hunting on the land we control nor will they be getting any arrows. One was going to get a free recurve, but not anymore.  Also, this will be my last  post.

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