Learning to shoot a recurve bow can be a rewarding endeavor. It's a challenging chore that can be mastered by anyone who puts his or her mind to it. But how accurate can a recurve bow really be? That's a question only you can answer, for each individual shooter will have varying results based on athletic ability. Some, such as the late and great Howard Hill are capable of amazing archery feats with a bare bow. Others not so great are still quite capable of making a fine showing at the local 3d targets. It takes time, and proper practice is the way to learn. Here's how.

Stand only 5 steps from your target and break the steps of the shooting process down as follows. Do not be concerned with hitting a mark. Only concern yourself with developing good form.

1. Stand comfortably, with the bow hand and elbow locked at the side, string hand on the string.

2. Draw the bow as you raise the bow arm to point toward the target but, drawing straight back for the last four to six inches.

3. Anchor with the middle finger at the corner of the mouth.

4. Point the bow hand at exactly the spot to be hit. (now is the time to focus on the mark)

5. As you concentrate slowly squeeze your shoulder blades together and relax the string fingers.

Practice the above five steps until they feel automatic to you. Then step back five paces and shoot again. Continue this exercise moving back five paces until you have comfortably achieved what you believe will be your maximum hunting/shooting distance.

Remember that it is important to maintain good form. Shooting a bare bow is, in a sense, a lot lock many other sports endeavors. When the form is right it works. And the greatest thing about it is that it's as simple as pointing and shooting; a lot like throwing a baseball. There is no reliance on knowing the distance or picking the correct site pin.

Once you have worked out your form and developed good shooting habits to your maximum range, it is time to start another practice. Some people refer to this is stump shooting. Others call it roving. Whatever the case, select a blunt tipped arrow and go for a walk in the nearest woodlot. The back yard will do in a pinch. Select any small item you see that is within your shooting range and shoot to it. Then select another item and shoot again. You may select a leaf, a stem of grass, or even an old stump that looks like the ribs of a deer. Have fun and make this a fun and challenging exercise for yourself.

Practices hard and enjoy shooting your recurve or longbow, it is one of the most enjoyable things you can practice in the sporting world.