Ok all you bow hunter’s out there what are you sitting around for tournament season is here. If like me that old arm gets tried and weak after bow season goes out and that rifle weights you down. You find it a little difficult to pull the string back. So this is a great time to get that arm back in shape and hone your skills for next season.

Around this time every year the local archery clubs post their tournament season schedule so I whip out the calendar and try to plan a few shoots for the year. In doing the shoots not only do I keep my arm in shape, but I also hone my yardage judging skills. Plus, the camaraderie of fellow bow hunters just is a great spirit lifter in the off season.

Now if you’re saying I already can judge distance pretty well so what’s the point. Well then, I would suggest you sign up for a local spot or dot shoot to have your accuracy put to the test. See just how hard it is to hit a half inch X at 20 and 30 yards over and over again for an hour or so.

For those of you sitting here saying I’m accurate, I can judge yardage, and my arm is fine. Well I suggest you and your buddies go shoot an indoor 3-D or 4-D shoot. See just who the quick draw of the group is. Remember those mechanical targets can pop up from anywhere, at any yardage, and you only have a couple seconds to get a shot off. It also gives you something to talk about on the way home as your buddies will make fun of you because you had an off day. Trust me it happens to the best of us, nothing to be ashamed of.

So the next weekend you have nothing to do look up your local archery club. Put your skills to the test and keep that arm in shape in the off season. You might just be surprised what some off season practice can do for your next hunt.

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