Bowhunting Is A Mental Disorder

Art Champoux

Bowhunting Is A Mental Disorder

By Art Champoux

Jul 21, 2005 – 12:23:00 AM


Bowhunting is a Mental Disorder, by Art Champoux

When you think of bowhunting you think of relaxing, right? 


Bowhunting is one of the most mentally straining efforts you will ever


From pre-season scouting, to 3D shooting, to
tuning your bow, to doing the little things to make you a better hunter
and shooter. They all add up to mental preparation and concentration.

If you are an avid 3D shooter you know the frustration of sighting,
tweaking your bow and getting ready for the shot. It is 90%
mental.  Your form is a mental thing, your perception of the 
target and how far away it is…is mental. Your mental management in
preparing the shot is a time
consuming effort in honing in your mental images of the game at various
yards. A deer at 30 yards might look like 30 yards but a rabbit or a
might look further. 

Again mental imagery
comes into play. Bowhunting in September is only about 45 days away
when you read this column. Are you prepared mentally?

Did you sight in your bow? Did you make a check list of everything you
need? Did you
scout the area to hunt. Have you washed your clothes in scent eliminator?
Did you have a fight over which day your honey is going to let you use
the washing machine and dryer (talk about mental)  and did you check
your clothing for rips and tears and bugs living in the pockets? Are you
still trying to remember where you put the Range Finder last year? That
is just the start of the bowhunting process.

Have you 2 strings on hand and set up, just in case one breaks? Have
you got the number of the nearest archery shop for the things you forgot
or do you wait until the day before the season?  Being at Big Als
archery shop in Seabrook NH….we hear from a lot of people who forget
this and that. Well my advice is to start the process of remembering and
organizing and practicing now.
Start by making a list of everything that you are going to need for
the next 45 days. Or you will be looking for that bow wax you forgot, the
scent wicks you thought were still in your fanny pack,or some other little
thing you never need, until you need it. Usually in the field, in your
stand with a trophy buck wandering your way.

The list is almost endless. Little things, seemingly of no bother become
larger once afield.

Little things that you forget or are not prepared for often make the
difference in getting the deer of a life time or going home empty handed.
But we still have 45 days to get it all together, yeah right! If you are
like me you wait until the day before and ask your better half where she
put your boots. Then she tells you that you had them last. When you do
stumble across them you find the dog ate them.

Most women are more organized than we men. Not because they are smarter
but because we men just have more ?stuff? and more places to put that ?stuff?.
Basements, attics, tool sheds, under beds, in garages and even car trunks
under spare tires and of course, pick up beds. Places women never go.

So, make a list, go searching in all those ?man? places. When in doubt,
ask the lady, she probably knows intuitively where it is. If you can?t
find anything make another list and hit your local Archery Pro Shop. Put everything in the same place so it?s easy to find.

Now all you have to
do is set up your equipment and practice.  Simple no?


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