The Beginner Bowhunter – Part 2

Jacob Mehr Hunting Tips & Tricks, News & Announcements 3 Comments

“Practice? We talkin’ about practice?”

Can you name which former NBA star held that infamous press conference?

In my last post, I asked readers to respond with a top three areas to focus on in my shooting form. In my life I’ve always found much greater success and perspective when seeking guidance from those with more experience than me. So, a huge thank you to those who took the time to respond. In addition to excellent advice for different aspects of my shot, the biggest theme in the advice was to practice, practice, practice. As a teacher and coach, this is something that is a part of my daily language in working with students and athletes. However, it has been quite some time since I’ve needed to put practice in on my own, and it was sure fun to start to see the results of practice with my bow the past few weeks.

So from here I’ll give an update on my beginning to bow hunt and then ask for some more help from you.

After my last writing, I picked up my bow and started to shoot much more often. I was really struggling to find any consistency in my shot. Through this bad shooting, I realized that I had been shifting my anchor point on the draw. Bringing my anchor back into focus was good, but I still continued to struggle. Particularly, I struggled with my how much to bend my bow arm. I felt like the draw length of my bow was too short and was having troubles lining up the peep with my sight. Questioning my draw length, I went back into Beimerts, my local pro shop, to get things adjusted. This was helpful. I was told that my draw length looked good and that I should have my bow arm bent more than I thought. We made a slight adjustment by moving my peep a quarter inch to help with my sight and I was back home to practice. This gave me the confidence to shoot with the correct form and I have started to shrink my patterning significantly. Hopefully another week of shooting on a daily basis and I’ll start to move beyond the twenty yard range.

Now back to your advice.

As I continue to practice, I know that before long I need to lock in on some hunting locations. There is a 60 acre parcel of public land close to my house that would be convenient and I believe has the potential to produce quality deer hunting. How do you approach new public hunting land? The two things I fear most is ruining someone else’s hunt and disturbing the deer while learning the parcel. Suggestions?

By the way, the quote was from Allen Iverson. Thanks a ton. I’m off to practice.


Proverbs 3:6



Comments 3

  1. Profile photo of Tony Swan

    Another tip that will help you shrink your groups is to rest your bow in the crook between your thumb and forefinger instead of having a solid “white knuckle” grip on the bow. This will help you with your arm as well. I prefer to have my have as straight as possible for a bone on bone anchoring of that arm. Causes less movement for the aim small miss small ideology. As far as hunting on public. That’s almost exclusively what I hunt and the best thing to do is just go up before season during the late summer and early fall and look for signs of other hunters and learn the area. Look for where deer are moving to and from. Food sources, water sources, bedding areas and set up somewhere in the middle of them. As you don’t want to be right on top of them but rather in a travel corridor or near thier food source. Thanks for increasing our great sport of archery hunting and good luck to you.

    1. Profile photo of Jacob Mehr Post

      Thanks for the advice, Tony! Your advice on my bow hand is been the first thing I have been checking when I have had a stray arrow. As for the public land, I think through arial photos I’ve found a couple funnels that they deer may use for travel corridors. Do you think it is too early yet to get in the woods and scope it out? Thanks again, Tony!

  2. Profile photo of Tony Swan

    It’s never too early to get in the woods and do some scouting. Right now the deer aren’t to scared of people walking around in the woods. I’d take a couple small trail cams with you and set them up and let them sit about a week then go swap out sd cards if possible. Take the ones home and review them to see if the deer are using the funnels or if they are going someplace else. I prefer wild game innovations cameras. They have a very fast shutter speed and no lights to spook the game. Just keep practicing and your anchor point and form will become second nature once you get the muscle memory in place.

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