Pre-season archery tips

Sleep in, let the boats clear out and then head down to Black Bay for some fast trout action.

So is it summer time, or is it that time of year just before fall? You know, the most important time of the year – bow season! For me, it seems to be that time just between: “O.K., I have to get my stand sites ready, do some scouting and start fine tuning the bow, and, oh crap, bow season is in three weeks!” So here are a few little tidbits of things to think about as you’re getting ready to get ready for bow season.

O.K., what’s first? Well, I would say shoot your bow, but I guess I should think safety first and recommend a bow inspection.

Your biggest area of concern is going to be your strings/cables and checking your limbs for cracks or splinters. Three of the biggest culprits that should lead to concern are the heat, the heat and the heat. If you’ve stored your bow in the attic, the shed or kept it inside a hot car or in your case in the boat on a sunny day, you could have damage. I’ve heard many stories of opening a case from these conditions and finding the strings have popped. Look for cracked or splintered limbs, and look for excessively frayed strings or broken strands.

If it looks good, it’s time to shoot.

I learned a good lesson long ago. If you haven’t shot your bow in a month or more, don’t be quick to make changes. Shoot the bow daily for a couple weeks to get back into your groove and consistency of form in shooting. You’ll find that your groups may move around until you’ve settled into your normal form. Once you’ve hit that mark, then it can be time to look for improvement possibilities.

Some of the things you should be looking at are:

• Quieting down your bow.
• Shooting the proper arrow.
• Ensuring your bow is tuned. This means that your arrow is flying straight and your specs such as axle-to-axle length, brace height and center shot are correct.

Bow season will be here before you know, and the pro shops start getting pretty busy just after the Fourth of July weekend. If you look for the help of a pro shop, I advise you to get at it now while they might have a little more time to devote to you. Get that bow out and practice, and best of luck to you!

Items I’ll be covering in upcoming blogs:

• Bow Quieting techniques
• Bow Tuning tips
• Shooting and Practice tips
• Broadhead tuning and blade selection
• Traditional arrow tuning
• Tree stand placement
• Bow Hunting tips