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Most of my practice shooting is roaming through the woods seeing my arrow’s flight path to the spot and making the shot. Doing so sometimes in very awkward positions dictated by terrain and obstacles. And I love doing this very much. Well with all the rain, and a couple of new bows, I’ve been stuck in the basement with the old target bag (I’ve gone through two since November). I hate shooting targets. Utterly despise it. I’m not good at it. In the basement my range is 10 to 12 yards. It’s like I can’t see how my arrow is going to the target. After several weeks I had a bat colony take up residence in my head and said enough of this. I placed a small object, one styrofoam peanut packing, about 5 feet in front of my bag target. Arrow flight through the peanut and into a spot on the bag, voila! I was also surprised what my eyes could start to pick up as the arrow passed the peanut as well as the much tighter grouping in the bag. About those bats, well...
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Okay, so I'm curious.  Do you get the same improvement in groups if you just put the "peanut" on the front of the target bag?  Seems like an aim small/miss small scenario. At 10 yards, the center of a bag target is a pretty big target (says the guy who once missed the bag in his basement completely and put one through the closet door).
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Okay, so I'm curious.  Do you get the same improvement in groups if you just put the "peanut" on the front of the target bag?  Seems like an aim small/miss small scenario. At 10 yards, the center of a bag target is a pretty big target (says the guy who once missed the bag in his basement completely and put one through the closet door).

Not really. It’s more of a mind game I guess. I line up the peanut with a spot on the bag. Maybe like shooting a rifle, front sight/ back sight? Helps me focus on the route in such a short distance. Breaks the monotony. Definitely the aim small miss small idea but now I’ve got two points in space instead of one.
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Well AH, it seemed to work for me.. I suspended a nickel size ball of aluminum foil with thread from the joist a little more than half-way between me and the target.. It seemed to improve my vertical and horizontal perspective or line of sight.. It was just as you described it: "..like shooting a rifle, front sight/ back sight.." Never heard of doing that before.. Go figure..
Hey C6.. Better the closet door than the wife's washer/ dryer.. 8-)

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Us men are too thick in the head to understand that your wife planned it that way so she could get her new washer and dryer. When I shoot in the woods it’s much easier for me than empty space to a bag target. The intermediate target helped me focus. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Again, it just helps to break boredom for me. I want to try a ring next. Maybe 4” in diameter, couple of yards in front of my main target. It’s amazing to me what I can notice in my arrow flight when it passes by something. It’s really helped me with my release.
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