2 Shooting Drills to Increase Bowhunting Effectiveness

There’s a huge difference between shooting your bow in practice, and releasing a perfectly placed arrow on a game animal.  A hunting situation introduces all kinds of variables and conditions that are not accounted for during practice.  One of these variables is timing.

You may not know it, but you probably shoot with a default rhythm or pattern.  In this video I discuss two drills to help you recognize your default timing, and move beyond this “internal clock” to prepare for the real thing – a shot on a game animal.  When you’re out in the field you may find yourself with a limited shot opportunity, where you need to quickly, yet smoothly, execute a good shot.  Conversely, you may find yourself sitting at full-draw, waiting for the shot opportunity to present itself.  These are just two examples of why, in hunting…Timing is everything!

Pyramid Drill Example

The “pyramid drill”, which I discussed in the video above, is a great exercise to improve your strength, aiming, breathing, focus, and patience.  Start by shooting 10-round pyramid drills of 2-4-6-8-10-10-8-6-4-2, at a close distance.  Gradually increase the timespan of your pyramid drills so that you are building the strength and focus required to execute a shot after sitting at full draw for an extended time.

On the quicker shots focus on remaining relaxed and quick, without being rushed or “punching” the shot off.  On the longer shots concentrate on remaining focused on keeping your pin on the target, with a strong hold, good form, and a “ready to go” mindset.

I would love for you to give these drills a shot, and then let me know what you think!

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Mark Huelsing is a regular guy with an irregular passion for bowhunting and the outdoors. Learn more about Sole Adventure or get in touch with Mark...

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  • erik

    I will try this week end, thanks

    • SoleAdventure

      Let me know what you think!

  • Nick

    Will you look at the quads on this guy? Impressive. I’m just sayin. Oh yeah, cool video.

    • TheWilltoHunt

      I had to watch it twice I was so distracted by THE quads the first time around.

  • Aaron Farley

    Good points on timing Mark.

    You’d better bet careful shooting those nice new arrows all at the same dot :) Nice shooting!

  • Dustin

    Great tips Mark. I have had the same experience on a live animal where I drew back and my mind told me I was set and ready but the deer ended up moving so I had to hold that position for a bit longer and started getting tired holding that bow back. Great practice tips for sure!