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Years ago, back in the 80s, I was really getting into bowfishing and bowhunting. However I seemed to blow a lot of easy shots. I was bowfishing with a friend on a river and had blown several easy give me shots on some ten pound carp. My friend had told me that he couldn't believe how I could shoot the head of a cottonmouth (twice) and then miss a big fish. I told him that I just wasn't focusing hard enough on the fish. So I began to work on it.                                                                                                                                                                 At our club range, was a lot of clover and that clover had a lot of insects constantly working it. So, I decided to become a master of the close shots. I was using blunts and began shooting things like wasps and bumble bees as they landed on the clover. I was shooting just a foot or so from me as I forced my brain to adjust to hitting them. It can be a little bit of incentive to make sure that you hit something that can potentially sting you.                                                                                                                                                          Anyways, I stuck to this distance until it was an automatic kill and then slowly began working my way outwards out to about 30 feet or so. Then I went from shooting them while they were on the clover to picking them off before they actually landed. Then I upgraded to the big locust and increased my distance even farther. By doing this until I felt like I knew that I mastered the tiny things, I had re- programed my brain into tiny spots. This made a tremendous in my shooting from then on.                                                                                                                                                                                                           We lived in the country and my mother had put a "hit" on a huge feral Tom cat that was killing her cat's kittens. I agreed to do it but I planned to use my bow. I set up my hanf on stand about 12 feet high in a pine in the front yard and waited for dark. I heard the Tom before I saw him in the dark. As he approached in the light of the dining room window, I could see him. He stopped and sat there as he scanned the area. I just remember that it was the easiest shot ever as I drew my 50# Dan Quillian Bamboo Longhunter, The Bear razorhead was thru his chest before he could move. From then on I had the confidence to know without a doubt what I could do with my bow. Focus is everything.  
"But a man drew his bow without taking special aim and struck the king of Israel through the joints of his armor." 1 Kings 22:34

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  Picking a small target. That's the key to shooting well.

  The center of a Bumblebee is the same size as the center of a truck tire. Just takes work to get the brain and eyes to work together to recognize that fact.

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that story just made my day!

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Good to see other practitioners of “micro game” hunting!

“Take the good where you find it, be honest with yourself, and let the results be your guide.”

Hebrews 11:1

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