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    What motivates you to shoot?

    I was wondering what motivates you guys to shoot your bow. I have been a bow hunter off and on for 25+ years, but I've never considered myself a really good archer. I don't find shooting my bow all that entertaing, I find it to be a chore, like exercise. Are there any other bow here hunters that struggle with this? I know I could be a better shot if I practiced more, I just don't care to spend hours shooting when have other things that I like rather do. I feel confident out to 30 yards, so that how I hunt. I often think I should extend my comfort zone to increase opportunity, but I just can't seem to find the joy in shooting. I am going to be hunting an area I've never hunted before and I'm worried that the country is more open than what I am used to hunting and I may struggle to get within 30 yards. So this is an issue I think I need to get a handle on.

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    Try shooting at a 3D course. Shooting in your backyard, at your Block target, from 30 yards, every single time... gets kinda boring. I like to break it up, and shoot from different distances, odd angles, etc.

    Anymore, bows are so accurate, and forgiving, that you really don't have to shoot hundreds of arrows every year, to be able to consistently hit a target at 30 yards, so you've got that going for you..

    But, if you really don't enjoy shooting your bow, why are you bow hunting?
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    All I do is bow hunt except for turkey and I find shooting relaxing. I believe the trick is not to shoot a lot of arrows. I shoot 15-20 arrows three times a week. I find if I shoot more than that I do not shoot near as well. I concentrate on fewer good shots than lots of mediocre shots. I have always practiced at long distances. This adds another dimension to archery. This time of year I practice at 100yds almost exclusively. Some days are better than others, but it really makes me think about the shot and I concentrate because arrows are expensive!! I would never take a shot over 50-60 yds and then it would have to be a perfect situation. I have incorporated shooting my bow into my work out schedule which helps. The more you shoot longer distances the more confidence you will develop. Your short yardage game will really benefit from extending your shooting range. I also walk around every so often with my rangefinder judging yardage .

    As for your Question "what motivates me?" No doubt every year it is Elk Bow Season. and just becoming consistent with my shooting.

    I posted this in the workout section a few weeks ago it is a video of my 100yd practice. Believe it or not I am normally not this mellow but slow myself down a bit, relax, and concentrate when I shoot. If I don't feel good about the shot I let down and start again. Mark

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    Agree with Fink...one of the best things I ever did was go to an indoor 3D shoot on an invite from a friend. They shoot every Thursday night right in my home town and I never went because I didn't think it was for me, and didn't know anyone that went. Best group of guys you could be around and had a blast. Plus it puts a score on your skills and you'll want to go back and try to best yourself. I did that for a couple of years and shot some outdoor 3D as well. Then our 2nd child came and I've kind of fell out of it lately. I'll be back into it this fall when the indoor opens again. Its a lot of fun. Well worth the extra arrows you'll go through haha

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    But, if you really don't enjoy shooting your bow, why are you bow hunting?[/QUOTE]

    Because I'm a hunter, in Oregon if you don't draw a rifle tag the only OTC hunts im most eastern Oregon units are bow hunts. I have become pretty good at calling in bulls the last few years too, so that's another reason why I like bow hunting. I just haven't found as much joy in shooting as I do hunting. It's the same story for rifles for me, but rifles are way more forgiving than bows. I've always been more hunter than shooter.

    I have to admit, a 3D shoot is intimidating to me, but I have considered trying it. I have shot with my cousins in situations like that an I tend to hold my own around them. Thanks Fink
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    This is what motivates me to shoot! lol
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    Amen to that!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timberstalker View Post
    I have to admit, a 3D shoot is intimidating to me, but I have considered trying it. I have shot with my cousins in situations like that an I tend to hold my own around them. Thanks Fink
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    I was in the same situation. Then I went and of course there was some ribbing going on during the shoot. It was all in good fun though.

    Also, one article I read years ago made a lot of sense to me. It was by Chuck Adams I believe. He said the most important practice he does is to keep a target in his yard. And every evening after work he steps out on his deck and shoots 1 arrow into the target. This first shot in a hunting situation is the one that counts the most.

    Now that doesn't mean that you give up all other practice scenarios and go hunting, but its a sure fire way to keep your form consistent and force you to concentrate on the 1 shot that counts the most. Good luck with it, I enjoy shooting my bow. Time has been working against me lately, but I'll get it back out soon.

    I like to wait until its 95 degrees and humid apparently lol....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timberstalker View Post
    Because I'm a hunter, in Oregon if you don't draw a rifle tag the only OTC hunts im most eastern Oregon units are bow hunts. I have become pretty good at calling in bulls the last few years too, so that's another reason why I like bow hunting. I just haven't found as much joy in shooting as I do hunting. It's the same story for rifles for me, but rifles are way more forgiving than bows. I've always been more hunter than shooter.

    I have to admit, a 3D shoot is intimidating to me, but I have considered trying it. I have shot with my cousins in situations like that an I tend to hold my own around them. Thanks Fink
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    Makes sense to me.. I rarely shoot my hunting rifles more than 10 times in a given year.. But I love shooting shotguns and bows, and shoot them nearly year round. I find shooting with a few other people to be really enjoyable, and much more fun than shooting by myself.
    I think if you really try to test your archery skills, you'd be surprised at how much more fun it is.
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    I just love shooting. But seeing big bulls and big bucks is all it takes for me.
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