The people I know who constantly kill big deer — Tracy for example, who we watched hunt Evander last week — always prepare for the worst case scenario. For bow hunters, that worst case often involves losing their release. Many of us have come to rely on mechanical releases and most of us, I’m sure, have climbed in the stand without one.

Practicing with strings on fingers is one way to prepare for the worst case scenario. I know that when I shoot the string my shots are consistently right and high. So if the buck of a lifetime walks by at under 20 yards I’m confident I can make a clean, ethical shot with a little Kentucky windage.

When I’m gearing up for bow season in August and September, I practice scenarios that can go wrong as often as scenarios that go right. Preparedness isn’t just for Boy Scouts.

Check out previous episodes of DSI:

Introducing DSI: Deer Scene Investigation

DSI: A Spot-and-Stalk Whitetail Hunt

DSI: A Big Woods Buck

DSI: Evander, Tracy’s First Bow Buck