Preparing yourself for that one season that gets your blood pumping, you guessed it, hunting season. I will be telling you three easy ways to help decrease those pesky season jitters for the one shot that can make it or break it.
Practicing a few shots at a foam block is needed, but to really get you in the mindset for the one shot the deer might give you there is usually no time for second chances. So why not practice that way? Set up a tree stand or blind to practice from. It would be preferred to shoot a 3D target to get a better feel but work with what you have. Take the shot, climb down, and walk away for a bit. Then you can come back an hour later or so and do it again. This prepares you for the one shot you will have to take with your desired target.
Before you skim past this option, take a look. Easier than doing the full blown cardio tick, although not as beneficial as running, this still allows you to have a slower resting heart rate. Simply take 10 minutes after you wake up and 10 minutes before going to bed. Take a breath in for 5-8 seconds, then hold it for about 3-5 seconds. Followed by exhaling slowly for another 5-8 seconds; Inhale through the nose, out through the mouth. Focusing on your breathing each day will easily change your heart rate. Ultimately preparing you for the adrenaline pulsing rush of spotting your target.
Probably the easiest to be overlooked, but when practiced, is easily the most helpful. Our eyes aren’t made to see in the wee hours of the morning or the low amount of light at dusk. However, your prey is more active during these times and can smell, see, and hear better than you can. So it is important if you spot the one you are looking to tag, that you know how the light affects you at dawn and dusk. The rule of thumb is that shadows play tricks on our eyes. We will be more likely to be hesitant on something we cannot see. This leads to dipping low on the target with your sight. Take the time to practice at those hours, even though you might want to sleep in.
Now make the choice to up your chances for the shot you could get this coming season!
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