Monday, July 19, 2010

Bowhunting Procrastination

I am one of the biggest procrastinators. In a month I will be bowhunting in the backcountry and I finally took out my bow last week to practice. I should have been shooting all year (at least that is what my shot told me. I was struggling.) To make things worse I haven't even started to scout the areas I plan to hunt. People wonder why I haven't been able to get a deer in the last seven years of bowhunting.

Recently I started to get myself in shape for the upcoming hunt. What I started doing was push-ups and basketball (yes this is all). At the rate I am going I will not be ready to hunt for another couple of years unless something changes. The great thing about recognizing you have areas to improve is that you are aware of the problem and can fix it. I am going to start now to get ready for the bowhunt. I am going to start shooting regularly to improve my consistency, and I am going to start hiking to make sure my legs are ready for the long hikes bowhunting in the backcountry creates. Hiking will also allow me to see new areas and determine if I want to waste precious bowhunting time in the particular areas.

My advice is don't be like me and dedicate your time and energy in getting yourself prepared for the hunt by shooting your bow regularly and scouting usual and new areas. If you do, you will have a better chance of taking the big boy.

Posted by Nathan Shoell