What distance do you let your first set of arrows fly at when practice shooting?

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  1. Killin tree

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    I always start at 40yrds. I shoot about 15 arrows at 40. Then i shoot 15 at 30. Then when im at 20 it feels like its right in front of me. Is there a certain way your supposed to do it? Just curious on how everyone else starts warming up when there at the range?
     
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    Depends on the day for me.. I start anywhere from 10 to 60.
     
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    I vary it too. A deer may give you the opportunity at any distance, so thats what I prepare for.
     
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    I start at 30, then 40, then 20, then 40 again. I do not think there is a right or wrong way. God bless!
     
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    About 5 yds because if there’s an issue with my equipment I have to know ASAP and prefer hitting the shed (target hangs in the shed) instead of the vinyl fence

    Get the muscle memory settled in, then out to 40.
    Just like basketball and golf: get warmed up before taking the long shots.
     
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    I start at 20 and I work my way back
     
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    Interesting question. Never gave it any thought. Starting at 15 to warm up and the vary the distances makes sense.
    An NASP coach alternates targets at 10 and 15 meters so the shooters don't get locked into the 10 meter mentality. I agree...I see shooters get great groups at 10 meters and when they go to 15, they get psyched out.
     
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    My first shot varies from 20 to 60. I’m not throwing a baseball so releasing my bow is no more strenuous at 60 than it is at 10. I just try to imagine the first shot is from the stand and needs to count.
     
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    Usually anywhere from 40-60
     
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    I vary it daily, especially when the range is busy, I'll usually start at whatever target is available.
     
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    I take about 3 shots and call it a day most days. I dont know ..40ish maybe most days. Sometimes I just walk back to 80 and fling three arrows. I don't get into any real routines.
    Shooting longer distances too often will make you punchy at shorter distances. Best to steer clear ...a good role of thumb is 75/25 ...75% of your practice shoot been within the typical range youd feel comfortable hunting.
     
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    20 yards, then a few at 30. I don't practice any further than that.
     
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    I'm getting old, I start at 20 till my bones settle then move back.
     
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    I walk out and if the wind isn't too bad, I take my first cold shot at 100. Usually four arrows. No room for error at that range. Then I move up and shoot random distances from 10 to 70 moving on each shot. Aim is at a Rinehart 18-1 painted tan . Aim for the center. There is a faint circle that is drawn on with a sharpie. Can't see it when shooting, only when retrieving arrows.
     
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    Usually 40 yards to start. Anywhere from 10-60 for a follow up group although I rarely practice under 30.
     
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    I do my best to shoot an unknown distance that is anywhere between 25 to 50. By unkown I mean I will avoid actually ranging it or looking at yard markes and see how well I am at judging the distance. Then its to the 40

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    I’ve got 3 3D target that stays up from around May through December that is somewhat tucked away in the edge of the woods that I can shoot from 0-80 yards. My first arrow is always random, just a different spot in the yard every time. I try to keep these first random shots between 10-40 an every day hunting scenario. I take a quick distance reading adjust the sight and shoot just as I would in the stand. I do this with all three targets at different ranges and angles. Then I will practice normally. If it actually helps I don’t know but it does seem to get my mind right to get those first 3 arrows as perfect as possible.

    I think too often we go out back and just fling arrows nonchalantly trying to get “decent” groups instead of making sure that the first arrow is absolutely perfect just as we would in a real hunting situation.


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    Usually I first shoot 60. Then I'll shoot a few 4 arrow rounds at 70 and 80. A lot of the time I don't shoot anything closer while practicing.
    If I've made some kind of tuning or sight change, then I start at 20 and go out from there.
     
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    I practice anywhere from 5 to 40 yards at my home range. If I want to shoot farther, I have to go to public range.
     

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