Most of us were taught growing up that practice makes perfect. For most things in life, this is pretty sound advice, but when it comes to bowhunting, not all practice is equal.
There was a time, not too long ago, when archery practice consisted of a couple of square bales of straw and a paper plate or pie pan. We would strategically place our bales safely in the yard, attach our target, and proceed to step off 20 yards to begin a marathon practice session. Standing in perfect form, we would launch arrow after arrow into our bales, occasionally moving forward or backward to shoot at distances equal to those of the pins on our sights. This would go on until our arms got tired, or we finally had a group that we were proud of. For many archers today, the quality of the targets has greatly improved, but the routine remains the same.
Don’t get me wrong—there is absolutely nothing wrong with this type of practice. In fact it is an excellent way to...