Mix It Up: Changing Your Targets to Improve Accuracy

Target PracticeShooting a bow accurately requires a lot of practice, but it also requires the right kind of practice.

Some hunters can get in the bad habit of only shooting on one kind of target. While this can help them practice the mechanics of shooting – balance, form and accuracy – it does little to help their vision and ability to sight on different animals of different shapes and at different distances.

Most targets are drawn in a way that helps a shooter’s eyes focus. With a dark background and a lighter target area, the shooter’s eyes can easily zero on in the target location, but as many experienced hunters know, quickly changing the type of target can drastically alter results.

Why is that? As a shooter’s eyes get accustomed to one type of target, changing what they look at – for example, changing from a flat, traditional bullseye to a 3-D target – alters how a person aligns their shot. If a hunter has not practiced on both types of targets, he or she will likely struggle when trying to hit the new target.

That, of course, is how things work during real hunts. With constantly changing surroundings and variable conditions, bow shooters will be looking at different types of targets throughout their day. The best way to prepare for this is to practice on a wide range of targets – especially during the same practice sessions, says Outdoor Life.

By quickly changing focus, hunters can get accustomed to focusing in different types of environments. That way when it comes time to take a shot for real, they can be confident that their shot will be true, having practiced it many times before.

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