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Etter
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There is nothing like adrenaline to screw up your normal shot sequence and no discipline like traditional archery where things can go so wrong so fast. I've found Joel Turner's method of getting angry works pretty well. Everyone talks about deep breathing. What works for you when it's finally time to loose an arrow.

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Focusing on the spot I want to hit and not the critter. It's a tough chore when your excited, but the excitement is what it's all about.
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SAM E. STEPHENS
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If it's a fast shot I really don't think about anything , otherwise I only think about my shot sequence and not the animal ( other than it's position ). If I stay true to my shooting form I do ok..

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Cory Mattson
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Spot - Yes , Don't overthink Yes. I do know when I have the time to focus on my intended "exit" for the arrow this has made good shots perfect shots.
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David McLendon
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Over the years with lots of exposure I have become really dead calm when deer shots present themselves regardless of antler size. With elk its not so much adrenaline that I deal with as it is fatigue as I have usually been on the move to get there.
Pigs happen fast usually and the damned things never stand still, always moving and twitching.
But I hunt on the ground exclusively for the past 8 years and when I am close to a bear I get that big rush that wants to mess up my shot. I focus on a spot, which is tough with a bear because they are so black it can be tough to see definition. Once I find a spot I don't look at the whole bear again unless something major changes. I learned meditation years ago and do that a couple times a day and it helps quiet the voices [Wink] , and does help with breathing control.

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Etter
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Ive tried meditation. My voices are too loud:)
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If I concentrate on the "spot" where the arrow will go and not on the deer I don't get the yips so bad.

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In the late 60s early 70s I tried the target method to control my buck fever. Figuring if I had a light bow and mechanical assistance with the sight and my Wilson Strap Tab that it would give me something to do. I do hunt in a way that gives me those kinds of shooting opportunities very often. What works for me is to have only one visual in my head at my standard tempo as to what my shot is going to be. It does naturally slow down a little on long shots. It would look very fast to most, but to me it is simply a get on with it shot with no dilly dallying.

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It is very easy to get attached to specific deer. That makes it a real emotional battle to want to harm them when it starts to get personal. There is a giant perfectly proportioned doe where we hunt, she has a perfect exceptionally long legged fawn. I can guarantee even with my aggressive shot timing that I could not shoot that big doe or her big fawn. I have been going out and watching her, an incredible animal.

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Confidence in ability and time. Once you've been at it a bit, you'll still be excited but able to function. Once you achieve full draw in your mind a deer should have zero chance. If he does don't shoot anyway.
Talk yourself through the shot and cut your distance down to chip shots early on.

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Practice it. Everywhere you go, every critter you see. Pick a spot, pick a shot. Pick a time to draw. Go thru the sequence.
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Etter
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I should clarify. Ive been hunting since I was very young. Killed my first bear at 13. Ive been shooting trad for 7 or 8 years now and have been pretty successful, killing deer, bear, and pigs. I did lose my mind and blow a chip shot on a monster buck last year but overall do pretty well. Ive just recently pretty well overcome a long bout with target panic but it does want to creep back in on live game. Picking a spot is usually the problem if there is one
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David McLendon
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Establish a set shot sequence and follow it every time until it becomes ingrained. Pick a hair instead of a spot, move up close during practice until you are wearing it out. My normal target is a slice of 1 inch PVC hung on Spiderwire. I have one that I broke but there is a very small piece of PVC on the string and I use that a lot. The smaller the target the better.
My voices used to be really loud as well, I started hunting in a ghillie on the ground and had deer right on top of me pretty regularly and that helped. Waiting for a deer to walk far enough away from you so that you can draw will test you.

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Shooting lots of does helps

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Focus on the spot.

First deer I took from the ground by stalking took me five years of trying. I made every mistake possible. What helped the most was small game hunting with my bow and a LOT of stump shooting.

The first adult deer I have in range every year gives me the shakes. Still does. Whether I take the shot or not I draw and focus. After that, even if I have let down on that initial deer, I seem to have gotten the shakes out of my system. "Taking Coup" I call it.

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