If you’re a bow hunter or an archery enthusiast who happens to live in an urban or city area, then getting a chance to practice your archery skills at an indoor or outdoor range might not be such an easy thing to do, as the nearest archery range may be many miles away, if you have one in the area at all. To top it off, depending on where you live, doing things like shooting your bow and arrow in your backyard might even be illegal! What’s the solution? Start practicing indoors at your own home, your garage, or even your apartment. Believe it or not, you don’t need a full-size 20 or 30-yard archery range to greatly improve your skills and accuracy, which is especially important if you’re a bow hunter or tournament archer. You can target practice with your bow in a space as small as just a few yards.
Now if you’re just starting out with archery, I do recommend going to a safe, full-size archery range somewhere to learn the basics and develop the necessary muscle memory and conditioning, as well as the mental skills involved with shooting a bow and arrow, but again, once you’ve got the basics down, you can effectively sharpen your skills in an area the size of your bathroom.
Keep in mind that proper archery technique is the exact same, no matter the distance. Whether you’re shooting at 3 yards or 30 yards, you use the exact same muscles as well as the exact same mental processes for executing a well-placed shot. No matter if you’re shooting at a dime-sized target from 5 yards or a paper plate-sized target from 50 yards, your stance, draw, grip, breathing, anchor point, site picture, aim, release, and follow-through should all be executed in the exact same manner, as the key to accuracy with a bow and arrow is consistency with your shooting technique.
So as an example, first of all, get a good, high-quality archery target and find a safe place with few distractions. Set up your target at the proper height, and maybe place a thick piece of plywood behind it if necessary for added protection so you don’t shoot through the wall if something goes wrong. You can start off shooting at whatever sized target you want until you get comfortable, but the closer you are, the smaller your target should be, which will again mimic shooting at a larger target from a further distance. The thing to really focus on is mastering your shot sequence and staying consistent with every single shot.
And speaking of every single shot, once your mind and body are conditioned to the point that you can consistently hit the bull’s eye with most if not all of your shots, it’s then time to focus on shooting less instead of more. I did a video on this some time ago, but one of the deadliest, most effective archery and bowhunting practice routines is to shoot one, single, arrow a day…as that’s all you get when in a hunting situation or perhaps in a tournament setting. Everything can be riding on the one, single arrow, so make it count by practicing with one, single arrow a day.
As a final word of advice, also be sure that you shoot at different parts of your target as time goes on. If you shot the same area week after week, that spot will quickly wear out and you very well may start shooting through your target and into whatever is behind it.
Watch the video below to see more…