Written by Jason Borchardt   
Exercise for HuntingUntil you experience the feeling yourself, it is difficult to understand the excitement in drawing a bow on a trophy animal at 15 yards.

Scott Blevins (an avid hunter and frequent hunter at the FFR) and I were shooting our bows before his first trophy bow hunt. As in everything he does, Scott picked up bow hunting and became an excellent marksman rather quickly. However, he had not yet drawn on a trophy animal.

While we were shooting, I explained to Scott that in my practice habits, I shoot 10 to 15 arrows, then set down my bow and jog a 2.5 mile course near my house. I complete my jog at the practice range, pick up my bow and shoot one last arrow for the day.

I explained to Scott that the adrenaline-rush after jogging a few miles is similar to drawing on a trophy animal. The heart rate goes up the charts.

Scott discovered what I meant later that day when he released his first arrow at a world class axis buck. Unfortunately, he did not hit the mark. Afterwards, he told me that he could hardly breathe as he drew his bow and he now knows how it must feel to run 2.5 miles.

Next time you go to the range, be sure to incorporate some sort of exercise that will get your heart rate up to a higher level. If you still hit your mark, you are ready to hunt.
Shhh... Lead with Your Eyes and Not Your Head
Written by Jason Borchardt   
Lead with Your EyesHow many times have you been sitting in a tree stand, in a brush blind on and open air tower blind and been busted by deer in front of you? You are in full camo, the wind is right...what could it be? The answer is were moving and the deer detected your movement.

Deer, turkey and other game can pick up the slightest movement and when they do their instincts kick in to get out of the area. What can you do to practice sitting still in the stand.

Next time you are in the blind before daylight, pay attention to how still you are sitting in the dark. That is how still you need to be after the sun comes up. If and when you have to move to glass or scan the area, be sure to do it deliberately and lead with your eyes and not you head or hands.

Remember, try to be as still in the day light as you are before daybreak. In the long run you will spook fewer deer and have much more success.