That Dark Target

Every week I shoot 3D there’s that dark target wedged into a tight sun blocked hole of vegetation at the end a skinny lane. The target is visible with binoculars or mostly visible. Without the ocular enhancement it’s a crap shoot. In reality I’d never take such a shot on a live animal.

At times this bear is easy to see at others it is in the shadows. Photo zoomed in from 40 yards.

Still, those targets can be counted on to exist. It could be as simple as a matter of timing. When the targets were arranged there was plenty of light. When the archers hit the range the sun is at a different angle and there is no light.

Yes sir, that’s a turkey. You can just make out the white head.

I’ve put a number of my practice targets where the light changes dramatically depending on the time of day. I practice on them at different times to get a feel for the light.

This wasn’t so bad. Close enough with some light to outline the target. At Roanoke Archers, Plymouth, NC (Photo by Angelo T) Oh, and that is a Mathews Conquest Apex 7.
Shooting from dark to bright. This is 38 yards. It seems closer and if I hadn’t shoot it a 1000 times I might have misjudged the distance.

For the most part I do okay on my range. There is one target, a pig in a hole standing on a log that always feels further away and continues to frustrate shooting. I’ve put an arrow in the critter’s spine a time or two.

The pig on a log, the light was pretty good this time of day. Photo at 27 yards.

Light and color are significant factors when judging distance. There may be a vast array of tricks and recommendations to better improve those light compromised shots. I don’t know any of them. The only trick I know is to keep practicing the shot.