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Old 01-05-2005, 07:34 PM
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Default Aiming at long distances

I didn't want to hijack the aiming vs instinctive thread, but here is a question kinda in the same ballpark. I shoot at about 23 yards most of the time, and I shoot instinctivly. I do not look at the point of the arrow at all, or line up the shaft. I pick a spot on the target and concentrate. So, when I shoot longer distances, should I concentrate on a spot above the "bullseye", or just concentrate at the "bullseye" and let my bow hand take over and aim higher ??
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Old 01-05-2005, 09:47 PM
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No you don't need to look higher, but practice practice practice and without even thinking about it your mind will eventually start telling your bow hand where to go.
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Old 01-05-2005, 10:02 PM
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Are you cross dominant in your vision ?
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Old 01-05-2005, 10:31 PM
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Try both and see what works best for you. I gap when the distance to the target is approx. 40 yds or more. This won't hinder my hunting, because it's highly unlikely I'll ever take a 40 yd shot when hunting.

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Old 01-06-2005, 12:52 AM
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I'm like Chad-40yds and out and I'll gap shoot(only on targets).Hunting situations,I'm a 25yd and under shooter.
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Old 01-20-2005, 02:28 PM
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Do you use a range finder?
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Old 01-20-2005, 04:02 PM
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No range finder here--not legal at tournaments anyhow (not at any I have shot at). I just have a good idea of what 40 yds is--comes with practice.

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Old 01-21-2005, 03:24 AM
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Ok, now what about from a tree stand?
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Old 01-21-2005, 09:52 AM
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Same thing Pete--comes with practice. I won't be taking a 40 yd shot from a treestand at an animal, and don't recally ever having a 40 yd treestand shot at a tournament (yes, we have them--usually from a platform instead of an actual treestand though). When shooting from a stand (or downhill) remember to bend at the waist--don't try to adjust with your shoulder. The distance to the target is the same, regardless if you are level with it, above it, or below it. That can get tricky, as being up high or down low will give the illusion that the shot is farther than it actually is. For instance, if you are up a tree 30 feet and the target is 30 feet from the base of your tree, you are taking a 10 yd shot, not a 20 yd shot.

Practice from every situation you will be hunting from. If you hunt from a stand, set it up and practice from it. The same goes for a blind. Practice shooting while seated, kneeling, etc.

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Old 01-21-2005, 02:24 PM
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Pickup a copy of Byron Ferguson's book " Become the Arrow" it has alot of good info about gap shooting and aimming.
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