October 19, 2013 at 9:08 am #7172
Took my granddaughter out yesterday and had a great setup. About 30 minutes before sundown a big doe comes up the hill from downwind. Stops right in front of my granddaughter with a big neon sign that says ” I’m here, now shoot me.” She aims her crossbow, takes her time and then squeezes the trigger. I watched the luminoch sail right over the deer’s back. After the deer runs off I ask what happened. Granddaughter tells me she lined it all up on the kill zone, used the THIRD line on her scope and then pulled the trigger. I ask her how far away she thought the deer was when she shot. She tells me about 50 yards. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that the deer was only 25 yards and she should have aimed dead on. I am taking her about this afternoon for some practice on judging didstance. Granddaughter is only 11 years old and this is just her second deer season. She tries so hard I can’t bring myself to criticize in any manner. I bet she bags one soon.October 19, 2013 at 8:52 pm #7200
Yardage is tough to feel. Range finders are nice but who can afford a good one. I have found that that my years of golfing has given me a better feel for distance . Terrain and elevation make a big difference too. My answer is practice, practice, practice! Teacher her all the shots ,up hill down hill not just flat.October 20, 2013 at 7:23 am #7210
It has been such fun teaching her about hunting and shooting. This all started a kind of a joke. I bought her a small toy compound bound for Christmas 2 years ago. The arrows would bounce of my 3d target. She wanted a real bow to hunt deer. I bought a youth compound for her and she worked all summer building her strength and about a week before season last year she was pulling 45 lbs and driving tacks at 30 yards so I took her hunting. Because of my physical challenges I hunt with a crossbow while sitting down. Well, she wanted a crossbow and since I could never tell her no I bought her a crossbow. She has worked and worked shooting it and usually pretty accurate. I just didn’t have her judging the distance. I was doing that for her and ranging with the range finder. This night we were sitting about 10 yards apart. The deer busted me as soon as it came up the hill so I could help my granddaughter with the shot. Yes, it ended up being a clean miss but the part that makes me proudest is she didn’t rush the shot. She sat there and aimed and made sure she was steady. It took so long I was beginning to to think she wan’t going to shoot.
I am enjoying hunting more now than any time in my life. Just spending quality time with her and seeing the look on her cute little face when she sees or hears something new is priceless. Kynna still does all the things most 11 year old girls do but she is also “Papa’s Girl” and likes to go hunting and fishing every chance we get.October 20, 2013 at 3:42 pm #7241
Nice story JP. She keeps getting closer to tagging one. It’ll happen.October 30, 2013 at 4:04 pm #8181
little trick i use on a couple of stands is i have an object(stick,rock,etc) that i have at certain distances.(10,20,30 yards) hope this helps you and best of luckNovember 22, 2013 at 6:45 am #9350
I know you and your granddaughter very well.one of the best ways to practice distance judging is to pick an object and both of you guess the distance then step it off.pick different sized objects to get use to the size versus distance.this always worked for me when I was able to do 3-d shoots.since you 2 hunt together I would invest in a range finder to better distance judging.
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