Pratt With the archery deer season less that two months away, it's time for archery deer hunters to re-acquaint themselves with their equipment.
Check your equipment now for any needed adjustments. Strings and cables should be periodically replaced. Look for any worn spots that may signal trouble.
Remember that string strands may break underneath "served" areas and go undetected. It is always advisable to change any fiber string or cable every year.
A trip to your local archery pro-shop now may prevent problems from developing during the peak of your hunting season.
When you are ready to start target practice, start slow. Muscles that have not been used heavily since last season are not ready for long sessions at the range.
Fatigue can play a role in archery practice. Begin by shooting three arrows per flight instead of five or six. Rest periodically between shooting each arrow, considering each shot an important event.
Once you can consistently hit an 8-inch target at 10 yards, change to a 6-inch target and continue practicing at the 10 yard mark.
When possible, shoot at 3-D targets that have no visible kill zone marked on them. This forces you to pick a spot to shoot, simulating actual hunting conditions.
By the end of September you must determine your effective accuracy range with broadhead-tipped arrows. Effective accuracy range is defined as the greatest distance that an archer can group 100 percent of his or her arrows within a 6-inch ring. If that distance is 20 yards, the archer should never attempt to shoot at deer-sized game beyond that distance.
An archer who has properly prepared for a hunting season with regular practice and has predetermined his or her effective accuracy range can hunt with confidence.