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July 26, 2017
Nick Buseman - Grundy County Conservation Operation Supervisor , Reinbeck Courier

For many of us bow hunting is a year round activity; from searching for the sheds of the buck that survived another hunting season, to working and seeding food plots, and now running trail cameras to get an inventory of the quality of the deer herd on your property. All of these steps are important, but probably the most important preseason detail is practicing with your bow.

You can have a giant buck patterned on trail camera feeding in your lush food plot, but if you are unable to make the shot when he presents it; it is all for nothing if you can't close the deal with a shot hitting its mark.

Practicing should be a year round thing, but if you are like me and have a family, job, and love doing other outdoor activities your practice is probably revving up about now. Many archers hone their skill by shooting at a target in their yard or with a buddy on an acreage. Don't get me wrong these are great ways to improve your accuracy, but I would recommend heading out to a local 3D course and challenging yourself to unknown distances at life size targets.

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The Grundy County Archery Shoot is fun for the whole archery family!
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Personally there is no better practice then to fling an arrow at a true sized target to prove you can make an ethical shot come fall. If you are looking for a shoot close by you are in luck, we at the Grundy County Conservation again this year have teamed up with Scheels All Sports to provide a great 3D shoot here in Grundy County. Our shoot will be August 12th and 13th just north of Morrison on our Black Hawk wildlife area. It is a 40 target shoot, with a large array of different animals from all over the world. It features realistic hunting scenes at different yardages to test your shooting skills. We are very fortunate to have Scheels again sponsoring the shoot. They are providing bow techs on site and are allowing participants to test out some of the new bows. There is a fee to shoot the course for adults and for youth and upon registration all adult shooters will receive a $5 dollar Scheels gift card; which is a great deal for a few hours of fun.

Our course is a 40 target course featuring timber and open range shots situations. Reinhart and McKenzie targets make up the course ranging from Buffalo and Elk to Skunk and Red Fox. This is a great event for the new comers to the sport. My kids absolutely love to take their little bows and fling arrows at different species of animals. It is great fun and practice for the whole family.

It is time to get the bows out and join us for a great bow shoot August 12th and 13th in Morrison. The shoot is from 7:30 to 12:30 both days so bring your bows and challenge yourself. Scheels will be there to answer any questions about archery equipment or if you want to try shooting please come out and demo a bow to see if it is something you will enjoy.



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