Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 55

Straight from the Bowstring
By P.J. Reilly

Practice teaches the body’s muscles how to work together so that they automatically function properly when the moment of truth in the deer woods arrives.

ENNSYLVANIA’S 2012-13 archery deer season is winding down. Maybe, if you had good luck this year and managed to fill your tags, it’s already over for you. With other types of hunting, the end of the season typically means cleaning up the gear and stowing it until next year. Not so for bowhunters. The end of archery hunting season signals the start of practice season. Firearm hunters can get away with stashing their rifles in a closet all year, and then pulling them out shortly before deer season arrives and putting a few rounds through them to make sure the sights are still “on.” Are those hunters as sharp as the ones who shoot their rifles all year? No, but they can still be pretty lethal. It’s a different world for bowhunters. The sights can be “on,” but if you’re not shooting your bow regularly, you are very likely to be “off.” It takes a great coordination of many different muscles to consistently produce good shots with a bow that

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you’ve got to draw in the presence of game. Practice teaches those muscles how to work together so that they automatically function properly when the moment of truth in the deer woods arrives. That’s called muscle memory. Muscle memory isn’t such a big concern for crossbow shooters, but even they can benefit from regular offseason practice. Bolts lose speed rapidly as they fly away from the crossbow, so knowing how to adjust your sight picture when shooting targets at different yardages is something you learn on the range. That’s the practical side of engaging in offseason practice. But let’s face it, bowhunters just flat out love shooting their bows — whatever kind we shoot. Is there a better way to kill a few hours on a late winter, spring or summer day than slinging some arrows at a target? Shooting your bow in any way, shape or form is better than not shooting your bow at all. However, if you put some thought into your offseason practice, you can really hone yourself into a fine-tuned bowhunting machine come next year’s archery deer season. Blind Baling Blind baling is shooting at a target
AFTER the archery deer season ends, the practice season begins. Now’s the time to start honing your skills into tip-top shape.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013

Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013
Contents
PGC 2011-12 Annual Report
Late Season Grouse
Then and Now
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - PGC 2011-12 Annual Report
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Late Season Grouse
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 30
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Then and Now
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 33
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - 58
Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - January 2013 - Crossings
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