A recurring thought that I’ve had over the past year is…
“What if I did all of this planning, preparing, and training for hunting, and then squander it all with a bad shot when an opportunity presents itself?”
Bowhunting is hard. There’s no denying it. Unless your one of the few bowhunters that hunts where animals are plentiful, then you know that shot opportunities can be hard to come by, and that making the most of “the moment” is paramount. What if – after all the “unsuccessful” time I’ve put in this season – I get a shot opportunity at a great buck? I’ll have just a few seconds to do something that I’ve literally been waiting hours, days, weeks, even months to do. Can I do it?
To make the most of hard-earned shot opportunities you need to be on the top of your game with your confidence, mental strength, physical ability, and equipment setup. I feel like this is something that I have done well, but I also know that I can get better in these areas.
Bowhunters have to constantly learn, adapt, and grow. One of my personal goals for 2014, and thus one of my goals for Sole Adventure in the coming year, is to take my archery skills and knowledge to the next level – all with the purpose of becoming a more effective hunter.
I’m a good shot, but I want to be better than good. I know a fair amount about the fundamentals of archery equipment and tuning, but I want to know more. There are a lot of things that bowhunter can learn from target archers, and I want to glean some of those tips, tricks, and techniques.
Is the same thing true of you?
Do you want to be a more capable, confident, knowledgeable bowhunter?
Do you want to move beyond just “shooting your bow”, and become proficient enough to execute good shots under pressure? Do you want to build more confidence and extend your effective range? Do you want to know how your bow works? How to tune the most accuracy of your setup? How to setup, repair, and tweak your bow without relying on driving to the local pro shop?
My answer to each of those questions is, “Yes, I do!”
What would help you?
If you’ve made it this far, and you’re even remotely interested in what I’ve had to say, then can you do me a huge favor? Whether you are a total beginner, a casual bowhunter with some experience, or a veteran of the stick and string – can you tell me what you want to learn more about?
What would help you become a more capable, knowledgeable, effective bowhunter?
I’ve got plenty of ideas outlined for the coming year, but I want your input, too. I’m looking for specific bow-related topics that you want to know about. No topic is too big or too small. Nothing is too advanced, or too basic. No question is dumb. (If you’re wondering about something, then someone else is too.)
How to tie a d-loop…How to check and synchronize cam timing…How to use a proper bow grip…How to broadhead tune…What’s the difference between paper tuning, walkback tuning, and French tuning?
Do you want to know more about technique, more about the technical details and workings of your bow setup, or more about some other bowhunting-related topic? Tell me about it.
I promise you this…
I will read, value, and consider each and every one of your questions and suggestions. I’ll do my best to address the topics you suggest – either with the knowledge and experience that I have, or by using the connections that I have to get an answers from some amazing archers and bowhunters around the country. I want to take your question or topic, and if it all possible, produce articles and videos like this…
And if all of this archery talk isn’t your thing, then don’t worry! There will still be plenty of other topics covered on Sole Adventure in terms of hunting tactics, physical training, gear reviews, etc.
Give and get
I’ve got several brand new bowhunting-related items that I simply don’t need; so give me your topic ideas, and in a few weeks I’ll contact some of the responders to offer some of these gear items. I don’t have a full list of what’s available yet – but trust me, I’ve got some items that nearly any bowhunter could use.
Let’s hear it…