• nobodyparticular

    First of all Mark, great blog! As an aspiring bowhunter, I’m a long way off from any of this stuff, but your post made me wonder: what’s your garage like in terms of your practice set-up – how far do you have to shoot and what kind of target do you use?

    Thanks, and good luck in the coming year!

    • SoleAdventure

      I’m a huge fan of Rinehart targets. (A little pricey up front, but well worth the money for their longterm durability.) I use the 18-1 and the RhinoBlock XL (pictured above). I can only shoot about 5 yards in my garage, but I’m not shooting groups, or shooting for accuracy at all, actually. When I practice indoors it’s all about focusing on shot execution (good form, clean release, etc.). It’s often said, and somewhat true, that you can practice shooting or practice aiming, but not both at the same time. I used my indoor time to focus on shooting, not aiming. That said, when I do “aim” at those short distances, it’s usually by sticking something really small (like a golf tee) in the target.

  • Nathan Smith

    I like this idea as I have a similar goal myself. I just have been looking for a good area to shoot where I live as I don’t have a garage to shoot in currently.

    • SoleAdventure

      It certainly makes it tough when you can’t shoot at home.

  • Al Quackenbush

    Excellent idea and challenge Mark. Sounds like a great way to move forward and keep the arms and muscles in bowhunting shape. Love this and think I might be joining you. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • SoleAdventure

      I would love the company! Bring it on.

  • I have a similar goal, except I didn’t list a specific number of arrows. I’ll be shooting my bow every day I’m home this year. Maybe we should have a friendly competition and see who ends up shooting more arrows…

    • SoleAdventure

      Just saw your goals post. Good stuff! (I like the video.)

  • Scott Limer

    I’m in!!!

    • SoleAdventure

      Let’s do it!

  • Donnie

    I need to work on conquering my target panic this year. I drew back on a doe yesterday and couldn’t move my pin to her vitals. I felt like I would have jerked the trigger as soon as I started to raise the bow. I let down and she lived to see another day. Can’t have that happening if I draw a KY elk tag!

  • Rob McConnell

    Good one! I would have commented sooner, but i was at my local pro shop doing what i try to do everyday at lunch. Shoot. :)

    • SoleAdventure

      Now we’re talking! Good job, Rob.

  • Tyler Payne

    That sounds like a really good idea I need to start practicing myself i really didn’t have the time to go and practice at all last year in fact I had no time to even go out but my goal is to find time to practice and find time to go out and do some hunting with my bow.

    • SoleAdventure

      Good luck, Tyler! I hope you can find the time, buddy.

  • Allan K.

    Nice goal Mark and best of luck to you. I think I’m going to concentrate on getting in better physical shape and actually shoot less than I did last year. As you stated, shooting 100 arrows, or in my case last year, sometimes 200 arrows in one practice session can actually be counter productive. I’m going to focus more on the quality of shots and limit the arrows I send down range per session.

  • Chris W.

    I just purchased my first bow, decided to try something new. I’m going to try and do the same 10/day. I figure, I made the investment in my new hoyt charger, I better put the time in to learn as much as I can and devevlop the right skills to use it.

  • Zach Adams

    Mark, big fan of the blog. you are doing hunters right on here.
    i hunted for the first time 2012. bought my first bow january 2013. arrowed first deer opening day of 2013. Obsessed is an understatement. I am looking at a new bow and am really interested in the Elite line. I know you have recently setup an Energy 35. The 32 and 35 both look good. Could you give a quick list of pros and cons? I am located in TN, so most of my hunting will be stand type hunting

    • SoleAdventure

      Hi Zack. The 32 and 35 are obviously very similar, and they’re both shooters. The 32 is slightly faster (up to 5fps). Some people say they feel a little more resistance in the draw of the 32, and that the 35 is smoother, but after talking to literally dozens and dozens of people that have shot them side-by-side, I think the difference is negligible to most. Personally I like the 35 because the longer ATA fits my longer draw length better, and I also feel that the 35 holds a little more steady because of the longer riser. That said, the 32 is solid for a shorter ATA bow, and still has a comparatively long riser because of the limb geometry. Feel free to let me know if you have any other questions!