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One shot, everyone knows the rules!

It's been a while since I did this. The first one was with the compound practicing low light shooting for those last few minutes of the day when the light is fading or the first few minutes in the morning. This one was shot at 19 yards at a pinecone at about 5AM this morning. I used a Judo head. The wood arrow is from the longbow at about 8 AM from the same distance. I'm pretty happy with both of those.
 

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I took my first shot today with the new broadhead and it was the absolute worst flight I could have imagined. It barely even hit the target. Luckily it turned out that I simply didn’t have the feather oriented correctly. My bow will not shoot straight with a feather facing perpendicular to the shelf. Wheeew! Got back and shot about 6 more times and it flew really well out to 20 easy! That first shot almost robbed me of my confidence quickly.
 
I took my first shot today with the new broadhead and it was the absolute worst flight I could have imagined. It barely even hit the target. Luckily it turned out that I simply didn’t have the feather oriented correctly. My bow will not shoot straight with a feather facing perpendicular to the shelf. Wheeew! Got back and shot about 6 more times and it flew really well out to 20 easy! That first shot almost robbed me of my confidence quickly.

I have a bow that is really finicky on feather orientation also. The current arrows are tuned perfectly if the cock feather is up. Switch it to cock feather out and I get major feather contact and erratic flight. It's funny how some times little changes make such a difference with some bows but, not others.
 
I have a bow that is really finicky on feather orientation also. The current arrows are tuned perfectly if the cock feather is up. Switch it to cock feather out and I get major feather contact and erratic flight. It's funny how some times little changes make such a difference with some bows but, not others.
My recurve is tuned so that the contacting feather lead-in is in the groove where the riser meets the shelf!
 
Itching to be in the woods… a couple shots in the back yard will have to do for now. We have a long season in AL and things haven’t even started heating up yet so I think I’ll be ok, maybe. Put this shop light I got from HF outside after painting and it turned my backyard into a night range hahah
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Bump. Grab your bow, set the target. Are you ready for season?
I shot the longbow some yesterday and was pretty pleased especially since I was tuning a set of arrows that were given to me and trying to figure out what point weight would work well. Three hundred grain points shot like darts! I can just add a 100 grain Woody weight behind the 190 Grizzlies and be good to go. Sadly, no pictures.

I need to get back to this every day though.
 
I'm looking for inspiration. I got a WB sitting there I was gonna put on the bow. But that requires more work.. I might run the drop away another year. Get a new string next year and then put it on.. maybe.
 
I'm looking for inspiration. I got a WB sitting there I was gonna put on the bow. But that requires more work.. I might run the drop away another year. Get a new string next year and then put it on.. maybe.
If you need inspiration to shoot it’s time to get a recurve or a longbow! I just don’t see a whisker biscuit doing that much. A 3D target also increased my target shooting enjoyment as well. There’s only so much circle bag target shooting I care to do, but I can shoot at a 3D target every day and not get sick of it.
 
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I have only shot 1 arrow at a time for the past 2-3 years. I originally did it as a way to get ready for hunting as well as to stop busting arrows. When I first started shooting it was at close ranges and arrows were more likely to hit each other at 5-10 yards. I got tired of losing arrows. Other than walking back and forth a hundred times, which I don’t mind. Is there a good reason to go back to shooting a hand full of arrows at a time? I haven’t shot a group of arrows in so long maybe it would be a good to assess what my groupings are like. I normally shoot at 18-23 yards. Still, I’m not sure it will tell me how I’m doing as much as separate repeated shots.
 
I have only shot 1 arrow at a time for the past 2-3 years. I originally did it as a way to get ready for hunting as well as to stop busting arrows. When I first started shooting it was at close ranges and arrows were more likely to hit each other at 5-10 yards. I got tired of losing arrows. Other than walking back and forth a hundred times, which I don’t mind. Is there a good reason to go back to shooting a hand full of arrows at a time? I haven’t shot a group of arrows in so long maybe it would be a good to assess what my groupings are like. I normally shoot at 18-23 yards. Still, I’m not sure it will tell me how I’m doing as much as separate repeated shots.
I prefer to shoot 2-3 arrow groups in the pre-season when I am working on the technical aspects of the shot. Things like grip, anchor, release, change in crawl, etc. When season starts getting close I mostly switch to one shot practice. I shoot multiple arrows for a round but just one per distance, like 14,17,23 and constantly change up the distances.
 
as well as to stop busting arrows
I got tired of losing arrows.

Look at that humble bragging. :)

I do both. I often shoot my 3d course one arrow at a time but, I will also shoot 3-6 arrow groups at times to get more arrows in when working on some aspect of my shot. The tricky part when shooting multiple arrows is shooting every arrow like its your only shot. If you start getting lazy on your shot/form because you know your shooting more arrows it can do more harm than good.

Sometimes even when shooting one arrow on the 3d course, If I pull a shot or make a mistake on my form, I will shoot a second arrow to correct the mistake I just made before I move on.
 
Look at that humble bragging. :)

I do both. I often shoot my 3d course one arrow at a time but, I will also shoot 3-6 arrow groups at times to get more arrows in when working on some aspect of my shot. The tricky part when shooting multiple arrows is shooting every arrow like its your only shot. If you start getting lazy on your shot/form because you know your shooting more arrows it can do more harm than good.

Sometimes even when shooting one arrow on the 3d course, If I pull a shot or make a mistake on my form, I will shoot a second arrow to correct the mistake I just made before I move on.
5-10 yards and hitting arrows is nothing to brag about, just an annoyance!

When I first started out I had a half a dozen arrows and I shot them back to back to back to back to back. There is no telling the number of shots I took. It was probably shear volume of arrows at close range which upped my chances of busting arrows :sweatsmile:

It was very helpful to shoot arrow after arrow in the beginning as I was working on form and after every shot adjustments could be made. Now that my form is more settled in, it may still point to some inconsistencies from one shot to the next. No reason i cant blend it in from time to time. I still think the first shot of the day is a great indicator of your odds of making a good shot in the woods.

Another reason to only shoot one arrow is only having one arrow fletched! I may fletch up the rest of the half dozen arrows I have ready for this bow and start shooting three at a time some. If I start busting them at 20 yards I may return to complain and slightly brag.
 
I try never shoot groups since the time I had a nicked arrow blow up on me at release. I typically shoot 4 or 5 arrow groups from 25 yds with the compound but I aim at different spots on the target for each. While it doesn't give me the great image of consistency like a group does I can still tell how much I'm missing my POA on each shot and which direction I'm off.

On my target I typically aim at 12, 3, 6, and 9 on the ring and, if I'm shooting 5, one at the bullseye.
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If you need inspiration to shoot it’s time to get a recurve or a longbow! I just don’t see a whisker biscuit doing that much. A 3D target also increased my target shooting enjoyment as well. There’s only so much circle bag target shooting I care to do, but I can shoot at a 3D target every day and not get sick of it.
I have one. It requires time as well. I guess it's a bad problem to have when Everytime I grab my bow or saddle to mess with stuff I got kids wanting to climb a tree or shoot their bow. I got all these stupid red squirrels in my yard that tore up my last bag target. I guess I need to break down and get a 3D target I can leave out or something that handles the elements more. But by the time I get them their bows, or a saddle and rope in the tree it's like an hour later. Their old enough, but not old enough.
 
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