Making a Game Out of Big-Game Hunting


Are you ready for the real deal on big game? Maybe you’ve practiced on 3-D animals, from elevated stands, and at various distances, but every target is motionless. Can you handle the adrenalin of that big buck right in front of you? How long can you hold your bow at full draw? Can you shoot your crossbow accurately from the offhand position? Will you choke when big antlers appear? The Dart Video System, available at many archery and outdoor shops, will answer most of these questions in extremely realistic fashion. This lifelike video game will place you in moment-of-truth situations, forcing you to judge when and where to shoot with your actual hunting bow. Sometimes you must release quickly; other times you must show patience for the best shot. Shoot with your friends and the pressure really increases.

029I’m setting up a new Limbsaver Proton compound and a Mission 320 crossbow for fall hunts, and this was the final step to be sure I was ready. Turns out the bows shoot well; it’s the shooter that still needs work. Check out this quick video to demonstrate how great this practice regime can be.


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Joe Byers
Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.