i hadn't shot a bow and arrow since last spring, so i was a totally excited to get back into it last week. the meet up group i'm in took a bit of a hiatus but started up again this past january.
it felt great reacquainting myself with the 20 lb recurve bow. i was afraid that would totally suck, but that's the good thing about muscle memory. i did use to go regularly.
it felt like home lining up at the 18m line (the furthest distance), nocking your bow into your arrow, aiming and letting it fly towards the targets. i remembered my footing but forgot to turn my bow arm straight a couple of times, which meant the string struck my inner forearm a couple of times, leaving a black and blue mark by the end of the night. even when i was wearing my arm guard.
we shoot 3 arrows each time we're on the line. on my fourth time up, and my 12th arrow, i finally got a bulleyes. not just hitting it in the yellow circle, but a true bullseye. dead centre! i was elated to say the least.
the 12th arrow
then a treat. the manager of the gallery asked if we wanted to try our hand at shooting at a 3D target? sure! that's when he rolled out bambi, which kinda made die a little on the inside. i JUST saw some cute deer a few weeks ago for my birthday.
bambi as target practice. *sad face*
we were only allowed to shoot 1 arrow at the deer each time we're up at the line. our other 2 arrows we could aim at the paper targets. i was conflicted about shooting bambi but got over it by looking at it strictly as a 3D target only.
3D target. 3D target. 3D target.
we had 3 opportunities to shoot at the deer before it was trucked away. here's how i fared:
1st shot at a 3D target
two out of two
3rd and last shot. not even close. grrr.
and i still haven't tried my hand at outdoor ranges yet. i'd need to buy my own bow and arrow for that, as you'd have to have your own equipment for outdoors. and moving 3D targets.
i guess i better get thwacking.