Originally Posted by longrangehuntr
Tom H, I am all for practice but shooting your bow indoors where the room temp is 60-70 degrees will not be the same as shooting your bow outside when it is 40-50 degrees. the limbs of the bow will shoot very different. Same with shoot a rifle, br shooting is different than shooting off hand after hiking up rough terrain. Im not lecturing anyone just say there are irresponsible people out there. congrats on the tags
Amen to that!! For me "hunting" is vastly different in so many ways than what I do at a range. Hunting, for me, isn't trying to hit live 3D targets at any range! And at a rifle range?! It's like, "You've got to be kidding!" watching some folks try to hit an 8" bull at 100 yards and that is from a bench!! And when you include having to duck for cover when they sweep the crowd with their muzzle! Phew...
So, bow or rifle, when you add in everything you get in a hunt, and if you have any respect for the animal you're hunting, you'll spend years getting ready to take that shot! A "Lucky Shot" is never in the equation!
Plus my big freezer is already full. I think of hunting as "trying to outwit a smart animal in it's habitat" and when you do, giving thanks to the animal for everything it's provided you. I guess it's just me and people have told me I live in the wrong century. I love shooting at long range both with a bow and gun but add in a game animal and I darn well will be sure of my shot regardless of the range. Just how my daddy raised me. Heck, I have almost as much fun playing around with the deer on my property, seeing just how close I can get without them even knowing I'm around. But I still aspire to the skills needed to take whatever tool is in my hands and use it to take a trophy at the limits rangewise of MY ability, not someone I watch at a range!
I just won't attempt a shot I'm not sure of and I respect those who possess the skills to take a 70 yard shot! I'm better off with a rifle at 700 yards! And that is why, for me, I just try to add a yard or two to my comfort zone with a recurve!
I know there are guys who can consistently take 50 yard shots with a recurve or longbow in hunting situations but right now, it sure isn't me!!