made me think
OtisT replied on a thread and I thought I would just start a new one following his thought. Yes, there are quite a few guys/gals who pick up their bow a month before season starts and shoot a couple of rounds and is pleased as punch with themselves. Guess what, I am fine with that. Its good for the economy. Gets folks outdoors. But here is what is funny, today I met with a customer who drives from Texas to Missouri to hunt, he said he takes his bow out a month before to make sure it still on. Any way, he said he missed a 144" buck at 55 yards. I wonder why?? He did say though that he later shot it with a gun.
Bring 'em to me!
These 'bow hunters' will at least generally practice a bit during that month; a lot of gun hunters buy a fresh box of ammo, run a couple down the bore and proclaim 'Close enough to kill a deer!'. We used to call such folks 'bird dogs'. A little buck fever and they'd, hopefully, generally, miss cleanly, and move the game about. So it goes in a free country. I'd rather put up with them than live where there are qualifying tests and they lock your guns up when you aren't 'using' them.
I hope this isn't 'hijacking' but the real question I was trying to ask, I guess, was if, with their new management and sales team, Martin's new business plan was to take a year off and re-organize, so to speak. A month ago, when that thread was started, their product wasn't yet out there in front of the consumer; I just wondered if it was more so now. As competitive as this industry seems to have gotten, I'd think 'disappearing', effectively, for a sales year would be hard to overcome.... o
Dang hijackers. Just kidding, I don't care.
Most of the bow hunters I know don't shoot much or at all during off season and most gun hunt as well as bow hunt. Myself I don't gun hunt I shoot my bow during the off season, not everyday, but often. For me it's a personal choice as I feel that I need to be able to perform in the field to the best of my ability. I feel that I am a descent shot, not the best and not the worst. I feel I should strive for a clean kill with every shot I take and practice will aid in that end. While I have shot bows over many years I am not the great deer slayer and have only hunted them maybe a dozen or so times. In that time I have killed two bucks and missed a doe, both bucks that I shot ran no more then 30 yards. I know as I get back into hunting them more that not all shots are going to be a no track situation, but I do feel that practice will reduce the amount of time you need to track.
Originally Posted by typically8
All very good points. Being in the Army for almost 30 years and being infantry for most of them. I have trained soldiers with almost every weapon system from heavy machine guns to 9mm pistols. Army standards have changed over 30 years and the point to make is when the standards were to qualify with your weapon of assignment several times a year the soldier practice and score were high and retest were low. Once budget restraints hit and other economic impact hit, the standard went down to once a year and or before deployments. You could see the lower score and or how much more practice time the soldier needed to qualify. Some old gray beards would say" it's the new generation of kids". No it's range time and practice. I may not be the expert but have the experience on Profinicy. I can also see this in my hunting friends that don't get out and put arrows down range on a regular basis. They are all screwed up this time of year trying to get there rigs sighted in and of wonderer why the bow is different. Shoot,,, they may just have to buy a new bow to get it figuered out.....