If you are thinking about getting into bowhunting like I am, it might be a good idea to hone your skills outside of the hunting season. One of the more realistic ways to do it is to take up 3D archery. My club in New Hampshire offers a 3D archery course, so as soon as they offer an intro course or orientation I will be there!
The premise of the sport is that archers take turns setting up and shooting at various three-dimensional foam targets that are theoretically realistic to scenarios you might see bowhunting. My dad sent me this photo... obviously it's good to have fun even if it is at the expense of realism (note: I am not affiliated in any way with those links - those are just examples).
This video seems to cover "how to" do a sport like this. They discuss where to stand, scoring, etiquette, and rules other of the game. For example, no range finders can be used before shooting, so this sport would definitely help develop some distance-measuring skills! That is a major help in hunting. Along with tips, Outdoor Ohio hit on multiple reasons to participate, namely:
- 3D archery lets you hone your skills shooting at more realistic targets than your typical bullseye
- There is camaraderie in getting out with a bow with friends
- 3D archery is a great way to introduce family and friends to the concept of bowhunting without the whole "looking your meal in the eye" side of hunting