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Popped the cherry on virgin replacement vitals. You could say that purchase was overdue.



Also laid out the trap for opening day yesterday. My modified (raised on a frame) ground blind is up, mildly brushed in, 15 yard shot to the feeder. I have no shame. I did not brush it in that much, partly because the blind sucks and doesn't have brush loops and partly because it's up 4 weeks before the opener, so they should have time to get used to it. I had the blind up on a different section of the property last fall with a camera near it, not brushed in at all, and in short order they were walking right by it. I've never had any issue getting busted in a tree stand there early in the season, but once the leaves are off I always felt very exposed.

 
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Late last week I shot several quartering away groups.



I listened to Joel Turner on Kifarucast and he kept mentioning speaking or saying something in your head once you reach full draw to keep you mentally in the shot. I have to force myself to do it or it's a step I will skip. Damn that man knows his shit.



After three days away on a family trip, I knocked some rust off last night and had some arrow retrieval assistance.

 
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I'm feeling pretty good about shooting lately, good timing for the opener. I've been able to identify that by far my biggest problem (I think) is if I rush through my shot process. My bad shots always seem to come when I go quickly. Joel Turner advocates for saying something mentally after hitting anchor to get through that "critical second" and maintain control. I'm saying, appropriately, "Slow down." Good things happen when I stick to the script.

My first 6 arrows from 18 yards yesterday



Maybe my best 30 yard group



I try to end each shooting session with one arrow. Make it count.