Archery Means Hunting With Patience, Stealth

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With a little practice with a bow and arrow, anyone can hit a bull's-eye from 40 yards away, says archery expert Nick Moore, of Steamboat Guns & Archery in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

"Modern archery is just a matter of practice," Moore said.

And there are many reasons to practice because of all the advantages of archery.

There are fewer archers because of the higher skill level required to perform the sport. Hunters must be much closer to the animals and, ideally, be able to use a call in order to bag an animal.

They also must have the strength to pull some of the high-powered bows used for big-game hunting.

"It is a much more intimate experience," Moore said.

"I love the challenge," archer Becca Nielsen said. "You can't just go out and spot a deer 200 feet away. You have to sneak in and call them, so your chances (of being successful) are reduced."

While practicing two to three times per week can greatly increase an archer's chances, Moore said it takes even greater patience and skill to hit a moving target in the wilderness. To be successful, hunters must be extremely still and quiet all while watching the landscape ever so diligently for movement.

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