if you're hunting lower than 25 feet make sure the deer's head is either lowered to the ground, behind a tree trunk or looking away from you. if you try to draw with their head up you'll get busted by their peripheral vision more than likely. other than that it's a good idea to aim slightly low. it's hard to maintain good form and bend at the waist in all the excitement, so more than likely your peep is gonna be slightly higher, and it also takes into account the drop of the deer at the sound of the shot if there is any.
Tell myself to slow down. Slowly get my bow if it's not in hand. Slowly stand up, if I'm not already. Then I let things unfold as they will, trying to do my part not to mess things up. When, not if, I do mess up, learn what I can and apply it to my next encounter. Keep it simple.
I usually take the bow out of the holder or get it upright out of my lap. After that, instinct and practice takes over. Honestly, I usually don't ever remember drawing the bow or the shot itself. I do remember getting a good sight picture and picking a single hair to shoot at.
I know I must go through a routine when a deer I plan to shoot shows up, I just cant tell you what it is, because I don't think about it, it just happens. I guess the biggest thing I have to think about is slowing my breathing down and telling myself to relax.
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Never thought about that not standing. Seems like that might limit your left or right shooting depending which way/hand you shoot. I'm r/Handed so shooting left wouldn't be a problem but to the right I'm limited in how far I can turn.
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I start counting 1 mississippi 2 etc,,that helps calm me down...My adrenaline and breathing need to slow to normal as fast as possible...I look for the best time to draw,deer looking away,head down,"walking away do I need to stop the deer with a grunt"...I usually have my yardage figured out by the time all this happens,now it is time to get into Sniper mode and go for the air bags...im usually calm before 10 miss...Most of my hunts are evening hunts,I usually have my bow ready in my hand,as a hunter you should never be caught off gaurd, thats what my dad says...
Controlling your breathing to me is the key to making a good shot,whether it be in a target or on a animal..Never hold your breath,it send's a panic message to your brain,"i need air",that happens even if you think its not happening...
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Yeah, for we righties a right side shot does require standing. I try to position my stand so I have a straight to left side shot. Once in a while they will come in from a different than normal spot though, then I'll have to try and stand and get in a position to make the shot but I really avoid having to make all the additional movement. Try practicing shooting sitting in your stand, I think you'll find you can be just as accurate.
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Try to calm myself down, if I have seen the deer from a ways and watch it come I can get really excited. Mostly I spot and stalk so I get into position and wait for the deer to stand up. Hopefully I have been there long enough to settle down, telling myself I may still not get an arrow off. I run through the shot sequence in my head, get ranges and pick the spot visually in my brain. When the deer stands I hope the practice I've put in over the year preparing pays off, at this point instinct takes over, I draw put the pin where I want adjusting for angles and shoot all in a matter of seconds usually.