Hugh Blackburn, a member of Archery’s Hall of Fame and a representative of the Fred Bear Archery Company for many years, agreed that, “Practice alone doesn’t make a better shooter or a better archer. Practicing properly will train the archer to shoot correctly. The little things like being sure you come to the same anchor point each time you shoot, having a clean release, positioning your body properly for shooting and gripping the string correctly are often-overlooked details that are required for consistent shooting and must be practiced regularly. Perhaps 90 out of 100 times when an archer misses a deer, more than likely he misses not due to a major mistake but because of some small thing that’s been overlooked. If an archer isn’t shooting correctly – hitting the target or arrowing the deer – then the best thing he can do is go to an archery instructor and let that instructor analyze his shooting to discover the mistake the bowman is regularly making. Just because you’ve been bowhunting for several years doesn’t mean that you know how to shoot accurately. So, put your ego in your hip pocket. Allow someone else to evaluate your shooting and help you to correct it. Then when you have the opportunity to draw-down on a deer, the arrow will strike true when it flies.”
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