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How to Deal with Target Panic

Posted on November 27, 2010

If you have been an archer or bowhunter for a long time, then you have more than likely experienced target panic. This is one of the most frustrating events that can happen to an archery, but you have to learn how to deal with it. In fact, yours truly went through it for about a year and a half back in the early 90s.

So, just what is the best way to deal with target panic? It’s simply mind over matter. Most folks get target panic when they begin flinching when shooting, so they hold up under the target so they don’t flinch when the pin hits the dot. What I recommend to do in the beginning is to shoot a lot of arrows at close yardage, say 5 yards, and put a piece of tape over your sights so that you just work on execution. Then practice aiming without shooting so that you see the perfect sight picture every time. Do these two things separate for several weeks or more. Re-training your brain and muscle memory, then try just a few shots normal to see how things are going and always use the practice routine to keep you sharp on your shot.

Don’t try and rush this process. Overcoming target panic takes time and should be something you take very seriously, but always keep in mind that even the best archers and hunters go through it.

Comments

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on November 29, 2010 said:

Im going to try out your method and see if it helps me. All last 3-D season i would draw back and be low on the target every time and it was aggravating me. I know its just target panic but its hard to overcome. Thanks for posting your archery tips and the site looks great!!

Mark Claessens on November 30, 2010 said:

More excellent advice, T-Bone. I had a bout with this early this summer and have no idea where it came from. But I went online and got some advice similar to yours and did some blank bale shooting at 10 yards. It helped a lot. One other thing I did was to switch from the Tru-Fire release I had to the new Edge Extreme they just came out with. This one could be adjusted for a much crisper trigger pull and as a result of the crisper pull, a LOT less trigger travel, and the blank bale shooting . . . my groups and consistence changed so much I can hardly tell you. I frequently would completely miss my Glendel Full Rut! Yup, I'd have 4 stuck right in there with a 3" group at 30 yards and then completely JERK and shoot way under the target. It was very discouraging. By mid summer I would shoot out back at 20, 30. 40 and 50 yards for a whole hour and never miss the target one time. That confidence carries out into the field, too. I just arrowed a nice big doe the other night at 35 yards and smacked that Rage right into her heart. She ran 45 yards and tipped over. That meant a lot to me. A clean shot, right where I wanted it, and she dropped in sight. And you can't beat that!

Boston DUI lawyers on January 05, 2011 said:

These are good tips. It seems like they are basically techniques to cure anxiety. A little bit of practice and some mind over matter (like you said) and you should be hitting the targets with no problems.

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on July 15, 2011 said:

This is great advice. What I have been doing, is shooting at plastic coke bottles. My wife was all over the target @ 20 yards, I was in kill zone @ 30 and 40, but was not happy with just kill zone. I set a Dr Pepper bottle at 30 yards. Now I have to concentrate. Although, it works for me. I put 3 of 5 in that bottle at 30, 5 of 5 at 20. My wife put 3 of 4 at 20. I am moving that bottle to 40 today. Thanks for the advice, more tips are always appreciated.

latex clothes on August 01, 2011 said:

I always had target panic with a bow and now whenever i pull it back i cant control my finger and it relases and hits the ground. I DONT UNDERSTAND WHAT IS THIS? Its like im extremely paranoid of something. I feel like quitting but my uncle would be let down as i would tooWhat must i do. Is there a mental cure obviously no physical cure except turning bow weight down which i did. Didnt help.

Tara Bacon on February 02, 2012 said:

A bowhunter must deal with target panic well so that he can make a good hit on the target. This post is really interesting! I can never be a good bowhunter because I had this target panic whenever I had a chance to get hold of a bow :D

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