Jackie Bushman likes to say that "Practice doesn't make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect."
Those are good words to keep in mind as bowhunters get their equipment out for the fast-approaching seasons. If you haven't been shooting for several months, your shooting muscles will be out of shape. Despite common belief, do NOT attempt to get back in shape by shooting arrow after arrow in these first few practice sessions. If you shoot too much you will get tired and do things you would not normally do while shooting -- things you wouldn't want to do when staring down the arrow at a monster buck. To keep these bad habits from creeping in to your form, take as few as five or six shots to start and slowly build your way up. It's more important to keep your good form and concentration than it is to rush your muscles back into shape.
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