Six Football Lessons for Becoming a Better Bowhunter
— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) September 29, 2016
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?
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.
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.
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?