Thirteen down, 3,637 to go. One of my goals for 2014 is to practice with my bow more consistently. In the past I have gone through streaks where I practice religiously, and then periods where I’m “busy” (lazy) and don’t pick up my bow for weeks.
My goal is to shoot 3,650 arrows this year. You math geniuses may notice that is equivalent to 10 arrows a day, every day. More than the total number of arrows shoot, it is day-to-day consistency that I am really after. Going out and shooting 100 arrows a day usually isn’t all that productive, and rushing through 10 shots just to check-off my goal could actually be harmful to my shooting. But if I can pick up my bow nearly every day and shoot 10 patient, well-executed shots, then I know I will be more effective with my bow in hunting scenarios.
“The first shot is all that matters in bowhunting.”
Achieving this goal will require dedication and creativity. For example, today (January 1st), I had to shoot in my garage; I started at 8:00pm, so it was pitch black outside, snow was blowing, and the temperature was in the teens. I had to stop after the 4th arrow to console my son, who was crying from his crib. Those challenges, and many more to come, are what I will have to fight through if I’m going to reach this goal. Shooting ten arrows is a small feat, but day-to-day consistency will be a real challenge.
How About You?
In what ways do you want to get better as a bowhunter in 2014? Maybe you can make a goal to shoot 3 times every week? Maybe you want to increase your effective range? Maybe you want to shoot in more tournaments to test your skills under the nerves of competition?
How are you planning to improve in 2014?