Archery Videos

Question: Can someone tell me why?….When I’m target practicing outside with my bow I can hit dead center, perfect shots every time. When I go to a local Hunting supply store to shoot in their archery range I’m off every time. I know its not just me, others tell me the same thing. Could it be that’s its in an air tight room, or that’s its indoors. Just trying to figure out why no one can hit good inside at this range.
This is a target range with still targets. When I shoot it`s just me and my boyfriend in the range and no one else looking. He is very good with a bow. recurve, compound. He can shoot from lieing down, sitting…etc. and I have talked to other thst are GREAT shooter and they say they can not hit target inside this range. If I were just me I would think maybe its just pressure. I have been to other target ranges with no trouble…Its just this one….I dont understand.

Answer: When you say an indoor range, are you talking about a DART system range. The video screen shoot where you shoot at wild game and such that are walking around. If so, you may be trying to lead the target that appear on-screen to be walking or running, but are actually staying in one spot on the screen. I have had this happen to me at times shooting these systems. If it is just a normal range, I agree with the tunnel vision and pressure suggestions given by the others. I tend to shoot better under pressure, but that’s just me, we are all different. You seem to have the technique down, so I would discount that. You could try shooting out of a large blind outside that creates a tunnelling effect to test that theory out. I don’t really think this is the case, because when you focus on the shot, all you really see anyway is the sights and the target. You naturally tunnel out when you focus and concentrate. I would go with pressure, but don’t let it bother you, because you have to realize that people that may make fun of how you shoot, really can’t shoot very good themselves. Another suggestion, and this has caused me some problems shooting indoors, is that you may have the good sense to realize the potential of an errant arrow going through something and causing damage you have to pay for. Don’t worry, it passes, LOL.

8 thoughts on “Archery Videos”

  1. It’s what I call “tunnel effect”. It happens to me, too. Just don’t shoot indoors and you won’t have to worry.

  2. Never had that problem. If fact, just the opposite. I only had the opportunity to shoot indoors at two ranges. Both were 20 yards. Since I usually have good grouping, it never took more than one or two flights to “dial in” and had great scores, almost every time.

    Outdoors, it was much different, since I had to shoot at different distances. My groups were still under pretty good control, and I could “march” my arrows into the yellow. But I had to do that for each distance groups. I could stand there all day and nail shots into the yellow, as long as I didn’t have to move!

  3. I never have had that problem either. Though when I first started shooting, which was inside my depth perception outside was terrible. If you hunt, shoot like you are hunting. If targets are your thing, then stay on the in closed range or outside ranges.

  4. It could be that at the range they have a controlled distance to the target lets say 20 yards. At home you might pace off 20 yards and really be shooting 18. Unless you measure the distance with a tape. Also maybe you get a little nervous with strangers potentially watching you, causing you to loose focus.

  5. Barry has the right Idea. But if I may expand on it. I personally have a routine when I shoot. I do EVERYTHING exactly the same EVERYTIME I shoot. so when I do change from indoor to outdoor, or vice versa I don’t have any problems. Just get in the routine and you should be good, no matter if ppl are watching or not.

    And as a side note, I shoot leagues both paper and the Dart system, so I do tape of my yardage at home.

  6. This has to be an issue of over-thinking/target panic. Approach it as you would if you were outside, I think you are psyching yourself out.

  7. Not really an answer, but you should try to find a place that has 3-D shoots. They have decoys scattered through the woods, and you shoot at each from a marked spot. Some from ground, others from raised stands. Ranges must be judged, one shot only. It’s tough when some decoys are huge, others med, or small. More like reality Deer, bear, wolves, hogs, turkeys, elk, from 10 yds to 50 yds. They are the best way to practice for hunting. The shoot usually takes a couple hours, and is great with a group. You can laugh at each other over misses, and brag on good shots.

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