My world is primarily hunting with a bow (in this case a traditional bow). I’ve shot in local and regional 3D events, and although I enjoy competition in just about any form, different types of shooting are a means to an end in becoming a more effective hunter with a recurve or long bow. Traditional or “trad” bowhunters are an interesting lot. The majority of us are some of the most fantastic people you’ll meet. But shooting trad bows accurately can be mentally taxing, and when frustration sets in, you should probably give us a bit of distance. Mechanics play a huge role in consistent accuracy, and there are better resources than ever to help us improve. But the mental side of shooting a trad bow (hell, any bow) is equal, or even more important, than perfect form. Many trad shooters poo-poo the idea of shooting spot targets on a line at 20 yards, but I think it can be an incredibly valuable tool for any bowhunter, especially to participate in competitive shoots.