This summer Ed & I each bought a recurve bow for target shooting.
We picked up some bales of straw from our son-in-law and stacked them in the center of one of the seldom used path/roads through a stand of trees on a friend’s property. A livestock grain bag serves as a target.
Stringing the bow using a handy gadget.
We both had lost our touch for shooting an arrow. I struggled to regain the feel though within a few shots Ed was hitting the target. My arrows were randomly all over the bales of straw with one or two, (who counts?) sailing over the bales. Fortunately the feathers made them easy enough to find in the grassy path.
That’s the closest we’ll ever come to shooting at animals. We have no desire to hunt, only to shoot inanimate targets.
Our daughter-in-law shot her first deer yesterday using her compound bow. MJ and our son. JJ have been avidly bow-hunting for the past few years but one has to be very stealthy and skilled to get one with an arrow. JJ has managed to keep his family supplied with the meat they eat every year for they like the healthy, non-processed aspect of wild game. He’s been successful a few times with his bow but most years he resorts to using a rifle after bow season.
Once I stopped trying so hard, perhaps old muscle memory began to resurface, shooting an arrow started feeling more natural again.
It may be Spring before the bows and arrows get much use aiming at plastic targets.