A Split Second

With only a split second to make a decision, my arrow was in flight.  Windage perfect, Elevation perfect, yardage known, and the resulting heart shot at 75 yards allowed me to punch my 2012 Nevada deer tag. With equipment that is so dialed in and tolerances so tight, it is up to us as hunters to push ourselves in practice so that when that split second comes to make or break the shot, we are finely tuned and ready. For some of you,  this is probably something you already do, but for me it is fairly new.  I used to practice shooting inside 60 yards 4 to 5 times a week.  Figured that this type of practice was sufficient, well it isn’t.  With the equipment that we are using, we can now push it to the next level.  An elite level.

Over the past two years, Trevon Stoltzfus has showed me the importance of practicing at ranges out to 120 yards. At these distances our form needs to be absolutely perfect and we need to be tuned into our equipment as though it is an extension of ourselves.  Not that we would be shooting animals at this distance but the importance of form, concentration, and aiming small is crucial to make the shot. The long distance training has really allowed me to tighten my groups at shorter distances and my comfort level and confidence to extend my range on an animal has increased.  As my love for spot and stalk mule deer in the high country has proved, angles, distances, and split second decisions are all major factors.  This hunting does not allow for an untuned /unfit hunter.

This year I have decided to change one piece of equipment that I thought Id never do.  I am making this move because it will dramatically help me in my training.  I have always been a fixed pin kind of guy.  I felt that an adjustable sight was just asking for problems.  While my practice was getting out to 80 yards, I needed a little more.  Stacking pins is now not an option as the efficiency is lacking. My bow this year will be polished up with a Tommy Hogg sight from Spot Hogg.   I am choosing to still have the 7 pin housing, as that is what I have grown accustomed to but I will have the ability to adjust the sight to extended ranges for practice sessions.  With equipment that is so finely tuned, The factor that will cause the most problems is human error.  Through this longer range training I hope to  tighten my tolerances and become a more efficient shooter.

Team Outback Outdoors – Dave Beronio

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