Itís not how you miss but how you recover, that makes a good hunter

When it comes to the topic of misses, Iím no stranger. At some point, if you hunt long enough, you will miss or wound an animal. What you do after making a poor shot is a bigger deal than the shot itself.

Oh, the stories I could tell of hunts gone wrong. We all have them and pick up a few more every year it seems. Trying to remember hunts gone bad and applying them on future hunts will help you recover faster and possibly make the best of a touchy situation. Once a shot is taken it canít be taken back, so making the right shot the first time is always best. What happens after the arrow is released tends to be up to the hunter, in most cases. Experience is the best teacher and if you are lacking, this is the time to get help. One of the most important things to do is pay attention after the shot and attempt to make sense of the situation.

Iím not trying to write a book here, but the stories of my trial and error hunting years could fill one. You would think after nearly 20 years of bow hunting experience, you would have seen everything. This is definitely not the case. New mistakes are waiting to arise, and will, as long as you hunt. The more you make, the less you have to experience. So getting them out of the way and learning from them early is ideal. I had three such experiences in under an hour, back when I was totally green. I learned a lot that day.

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