Six Football Lessons for Becoming a Better Bowhunter

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At 6 foot 5 inches tall and weighing 237 pounds, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is tackling two seasons this year: football season and hunting season.

On Sept. 28, the rookie QB posted this on his Twitter account: “What do you do on your bye week? You get your first bow buck!”

It appears the 23-year-old first-round draft choice is proficient in archery and his new hobby. Could his domination on the football field help him hone his bowhunting skills?

Here are six bowhunting lessons we can learn from the budding NFL star:

Do your homework: Use trail cameras to study whitetail movements, and scout the area you plan to hunt. Photo Credit: John Hafner Photo

Do your homework: Use trail cameras to study whitetail movements, and scout the area you plan to hunt. Photo Credit: John Hafner PhotoDo your Homework

1. Do Your Homework

To understand his competition, Wentz spends hours watching film and scouting his opponents. He does the same in the deer woods by scouting the area and using trail cameras to study whitetail movements. In all situations, it’s important to educate yourself so you don’t go in blind.

2. Use the right equipment and be prepared.

Wentz wouldn’t enter an NFL stadium for a 3 p.m. game without his helmet or pads, nor would he walk into the woods without his boots or bow. Plan and prepare for the unexpected. Make a checklist to help you gather your gear so you have everything you need.

3. Practice, practice, practice.

Wentz practices throwing footballs to his receivers, and he also practices shooting his bow to hit bull’s-eyes. This quarterback knows practice makes perfect, which is why he releases ball after ball and arrow after arrow. Schedule time into your week to sling arrows to improve your accuracy. No place to shoot? No problem. Find an archery store near you.

It’s easy to get caught up in nerves and excitement. Stay calm, scan your options, and patiently wait for the right shooting opportunity. Photo Credit: John Hafner Photo

It’s easy to get caught up in nerves and excitement. Stay calm, scan your options, and patiently wait for the right shooting opportunity. Photo Credit: John Hafner Photo

4. Patience pays off

Wentz knows there is a window of opportunity for each throw, and he knows the same rule applies for each bowhunting shot. There’s an open lane somewhere, and your target might just find it. Don’t get caught up in nerves or excitement. Stay calm, scan your options, and patiently await your opportunity.

5. Celebrate your success.

Whether Wentz wins a game or bags a buck while bowhunting, he has a big smile on his face. Celebrate your accomplishments.

6. Learn from your mistakes.

When Wentz makes a bad pass or spooks a deer, he doesn’t shut down. He learns from those setbacks. Own up to your faults and become a better bowhunter by avoiding these five common mistakes.

Don’t get discouraged when you make a bad pass or spook a deer. Learn from your setbacks, and the successful shot will be even more rewarding. Photo Credit: John Hafner

Don’t get discouraged when you make a bad pass or spook a deer. Learn from your setbacks, and the successful shot will be even more rewarding. Photo Credit: John Hafner

What is Wentz’s take-home lesson: Make time for things you love. But he’s not the only athlete standing in the spotlight on two fields. Totalprosports.com highlighted 17 ball-throwing, car-driving go-getters in an article about athletes who hunt. Babe Ruth, Brett Favre, Shaquille O’Neal, and the late Dale Earnhardt and his son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., are or were a part of our proud hunting community.

Even though Wentz and other professional athletes devote most of their time to their sport, schedules, needy fans and the press, they still slip into the deer woods to hunt, relax and disconnect. You can, too.

Can we get an Amen?

Want to give bowhunting a try but aren’t sure where to start? Find a bowhunting shop in your community and talk to an expert, get instruction and meet like-minded people.


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