Archer Busy Planning Next Hunting Experience

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Being a former coach, I have some understanding of goal setting and the process of accomplishing a dream.

Obviously, there is a step by step strategy that is often arduous and usually taxing to the mind and body. Goals in life put a spring in our step and often give us an added purpose for life.

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Roy Kennedy shoots his bow daily to keep his aim sharp.

I met a man who, at almost 70 years old, has taken up a new challenge which might seem a little unusual for his age.

Roy Kennedy is a retired carpenter with more than 40 years in the trades and still has a zeal for new adventures in life.

When his son, Rusty, gave him a used bow last year, he took an interest in archery hunting and the desire to take a big-game animal with a string and a stick. He got out of his easy chair and went to work on the new challenge.

He was already in pretty good shape, but knew to be successful in accomplishing his goal of placing his tag on a deer or elk, he probably needed to increase his exercise program.

While rummaging through the garage, he found one of his grown children's castaway bikes, aired up the tires, and went to work.

He is now well established in a daily routine of a lengthy early morning ride on Highway 188 to strengthen his hips and legs. Roy is also well aware that a strong heart and improved lung capacity will make that next Arizona hill a little easier to climb.

Besides an exercise program, he tries to shoot his bow daily at distances from 20 to 40 yards. Having launched a few arrows with him, I do understand practice does improve accuracy. Roy seldom misses the mark inside of forty yards and when he hits the bull's-eye some good natured ribbing will come my way.

When Roy has spare time, he is on the internet, watching videos, and reading articles written by successful archers like Chuck Adams and Randy Ulmer. There is ample information available for the person who wants to improve strategy and technique.

No doubt, the planning and work now, could pay big dividends as opening day of hunting season approaches.

Roy does not do this alone! His wife, Margaret, supports his new challenge of archery hunting and will accompany him on the next excursion of placing his treestand in the right spot.

This precaution is wise in making sure both will return home safely, because accidents can happen when treestands are used. The preparation is almost as much fun as the actual hunt.

There is probably a pretty good chance this fall I will be listening to another hunting story from a new convert to archery hunting, at 70 years young, Roy Kennedy.

This weekend, start planning your hunt in God's creation.

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