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Bowhunting: Practice on These 9 Real World Hunting Situations

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August 5, 2014
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Practice bowhunting in real life hunting situations to help you be more successful when something goes wrong.

It’s happened to us all.  Countless hours of planning, scouting, and bow practice boil down to this moment.  Here he comes, not just any deer, the buck that you have had trail camera photos of for two years.  That buck that keeps you up at night trying to second guess his every move, where does he bed, where does he feed, what is his travel corridor?  He is now walking right at you closing distance with every step.  The wind is perfect, hitting you right in the face, it’s still 20 minutes before dark, he has no idea you are there.  He walks past your 50 yard mark, still closing distance with every step, it’s only a matter of time until you release the arrow and he’s on your wall, nothing can go wrong…

Well guess what? More times than not something does go wrong like these six scenarios:

  1. You shift to get your final footing for the shot and the stand squeaks. 
  2. He doesn’t walk into your shooting lane and spins you around in an odd position and your safety harness strap impedes your draw. 
  3. He catches you drawing and now you’re in a stare down, who is going to move first. 
  4. Minutes feel like hours as your holding your bow at full draw, your muscles began to shake, you’re praying he will put his head down so you can let off. 
  5. Your legs start shaking and the cold only amplifies it, and all of a sudden it feels like your draw weight on your bow is 150 pounds and there is no way you are going to be able to draw your bow. 
  6. The weather is super cold and you are wearing your heavy coat and as you release the arrow the string slaps your string sending your arrow under his belly. 

    The list goes on forever on what can do wrong. 

What can you do to cut down on these things that happen to the most seasoned of hunters?  The answer is simple. Practice in real life hunting situations.


Below is just a sample list of nine things you can practice that can most definitely happen to you in the field.  Take my list, add to it, and add things that have happened to you or a buddy in the past.  The best things about missed opportunities and mistakes are the lessons that you can learn from them if you will allow yourself.

Think of real life situations and build your practice routine outside the box. For example:

  1. Hold your draw for a minute before you shoot. Once the minute is up try to make a quality shot.
  2. Wear your heavy hunting coat as you practice, not just a tee shirt.
  3. Hang a tree stand and shoot out of it.
  4. Wear your safety harness as you shoot
  5. Practice sitting down and shooting
  6. Practice loading your bow with hand shaking
  7. Run around the house a couple time, grab your bow and make an accurate shot
  8. Shoot wearing gloves or a face mask
  9. Set up your ground blind and shoot out of it, being aware of the window edges

My gear list for bow season.

-    Blackout Bow
-    100 grain Blackout fixed-blade Broadheads
-    Blackout X1 pro carbon arrows with 2 inch blazer vanes
-    Scott Archery little goose bow release
-    Blackout X72 ground blind
-    API Alumi-tech baby grand treestand
-    API Alumi-tech 20 foot quik stik
-    Redhead Fair Chase pack
-    RedHead Tec-lite camo shirt and pants
-    RedHead life time socks
-    Blackout swivel tripod chair

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Allen Treadwell

Allen Treadwell grew up in the Missouri Ozarks where hunting and fishing is the chosen lifestyle for most residents of the area, especially the Treadwell's..   Following in the footsteps of both his parents and grandparents, Allen literally cut his teeth on shotgun shells and trotlines.  Naturally,  Allen soon progressed from the tag-a-long kid to the one pulling the trigger.  It soon became apparent he was something of a child shooting prodigy.  As an early teen, Allen began competing, and winning, locally  in all kinds of shooting matches including archery, centerfire rifle, muzzleloader, and shotgun.  Although skillful in every discipline, his shot gunning talent  soon outpaced the others.

Allen's competitive spirit grew and his winning streaks broadened.  He earned a spot on the All-American team in sporting clays, achieving  the master class level (the highest class possible) at 16-yrs of age.  At that point he was invited to try out for the Jr. Olympic Team.   Allen's success in International Skeet is nothing short of phenomenal with a 3-time National record holder, 3-time World Championship Team member, 10-time World Cup team member, and the 2004 Olympic Team alternate.   This laid-back country boy literally shot his way around the world. He broke clays in China, Germany, Italy, Egypt, Finland, Croatia, Australia, Spain, Brazil, the Dominican Republic  in addition to hundreds of ranges in North America.

In 2003 Allen was invited to join the prestigious Bass Pro Shop, Redhead Pro Hunting Team.   Since that time he has been a co-host of the 100% Real Hunting TV show on Verses Network as well as a regular on the Bass Pro King of Buck show on The Outdoor Channel. Allen has proven himself in the hunting world just as he did in the shooting world.  For the past 3 years he has co-hosted the Winchester Whitetail Revolution program on Verses and can be seen regularly on Hunters Specialties, Primetime Bucks and their Cuttin & Struttin DVD's

Allen continues to reside near his childhood home, with his wife Lexa,  where  hunting and fishing are his chosen lifestyle.

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