Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Enter Fall Stage Right

Our very local hooter
I just had the last tomato sandwich of the summer. You know - cheap white bread, mayo, thick slices of homegrown tomato with salt and pepper. Heaven. I'll miss everything I love about summer, but I'm ready for cider and donuts and everything else.

It's noticably darker in the evenings. Rushing to get things done now - dog walked, flowers watered, enough arrows in.  Pretty soon, it will be too dark to shoot outside after dinner and will have to trade the geese and early hoot owls for coffee, hunting stories and trash talk for the next nine months or so.

In preparation for league season, one of the more immediate things I have started to work on is strength.  Take a medium stretchy band or length of rubber tubing, tie a loop that is long enough for you to practice shooting with it. Loop it over your bow so it adds 5lbs or so. Stand in your kitchen in front of a clock with a second hand. Draw and hold for 15 seconds. Rest for a minute. Do two sets of 10. When it starts to get easy, add 15 more seconds. My weakest spot right now is my grip, it starts to unravel at 10 seconds. Let me know if you try it with a compound and how it works for you. I'm not using an arrow, but you probably could if you were nervous about dry firing. Just don't stand facing a window. ;-)

One last little item, here is a free e-book that has some handy-dandy tips. Plus, the site has a lot of information for you DIYers on tuning, arrows, etc., mostly for compound shooters. Enjoy!

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