Allen’s June Blog -Start Shooting Your Bow

Summer time is here and it’s time for a little rest and relaxation.  It’s also time to dust off those bow cases and start getting in shape for the coming deer season.  We’re already seeing some promising antler growth here at Heartland Lodge, and the time for scouting is just around the corner.  Whether you are hunting with us or on your own you don’t want to find yourself under-prepared when this year’s monster steps into your shooting lane.  Take advantage of the warm weather to get some extra shots in.  There are a few things to remember as you practice.  The first is to shoot in all weather conditions.  I know it’s tempting to stay inside on a rainy day, but that won’t help you on a rainy day in October.  It is also important to practice while wearing your gear.  A t-shirt isn’t going to give you the same feel as three layers of winter clothes, so if you get a cool day go ahead and suit up.  Another thing to keep in mind is when you begin to fatigue it is time to stop.  If you continue taking shots after you’re tired you will begin to compromise your form, which leads to poor technique and bad habits.  Making sure your equipment is ready is just as important as your own physical and mental preparation.  Take the opportunity to make sure everything is in working order on you bows and guns.  Check your strings and cables for damage, and tighten things down the may have rattled loose last year.  If you’re a gun hunter check everything out, give it a nice cleaning, and sight in those scopes.  I’m ready to get my trail cams out and watch the antlers continue to grow.  Our pictures will be in the photo gallery of the website and on Facebook, so give them a look when they start rolling in and feel free to share your pictures with us.  I hope you all get a chance to recharge your batteries, and have a little fun in the sun! 


Allen Ballinger

Assistant Whitetail Manager

Harpole’s Heartland Lodge


Last Updated: May 28th, 2011

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