So the block is to the left of those twin, white-barked trees?
I don’t think so! Looks like a chain-link fence with a neighbor’s garage or shed on the other side, but no solid backstop.
Also, I can’t see if there is some brush screening the target; if it’s tight to the target - meaning just inches - I might thread that needle while hunting, because I’ve learned (through practicing shots through brush) that my eyes are still good enough that if I can’t see a twig, it’s not big enough to deflect my shot appreciably - not over a very short distance at least...
And in the process of learning THAT, I have also learned that shooting through leaves and twigs can wreck a fletching, so no sense burning through them in practice.
But I’m not sure that you really have an adequate backstop there.
Tricky question. I have the confidence to take it, but I would not take it because some shots I am educating myself to not take. I try to take the shots I know the “target” is dead before I draw back. Even if that “I know” is a split second decision before drawing the bow back. If this makes sense to you.
George - I admit it is a tad bit embarrassing. I know all the rest of the neighbors, but have never even seen that one. Supposed to be an very elderly, widowed lady which would explain the non-sightings maybe. Occasionally there is a yard crew over there in the summer. There was some activity back there last month but I didn't get the chance to see what was going on, or to try to introduce myself. Don't have a reasonable excuse, but that is the only bordering neighbor I have not met. I would also add that she is one of my best neighbors.
I grew up in the country where I literally knew every "neighbor" within a mile or so, but it is a different world in town here. Not my preference, but I love my wife, so I live in a neighborhood in a city. I just made my stand so that I live in an old neighborhood with large yards and old school brick houses.
Come on, SMILE! Or do we have to give you the Aunt Jemima treatment??
If I had those two big trees on the property, I think I'd use your evident carpentry skills to build a nice platform about 12-15 feet up. Or maybe one at 12 and one at 18, going up a second flight of steps....
Then you could shoot down and line up the shot with max backstop and minimal risk.
And somewhere there's a 35-year-old guy reading this and thinking "Aunt Je-WHAT THE...?????"
C'mon man. I'm 33 and know what he's talking about. But then again. My folks were simple country people and I still am. Maybe it's the exposure to different worlds. I would not take the shot as I am in with the "I would hit the boat" group. Now put a rubber stall mat behind that thing and all day until the first one passes through.
KC, Idiocy isn't either. After seeing that, I wouldn't trust you with my GRANDMOTHER! This is both a joking and a intelligence test thread. I'd pass on that shot all day, even with a sheet of plywood as a backstop. Because one bad moment could mean a lifetime of regret. I don't gamble with fate...
You know, unhinged, that was a level of detail that the film-makers (wisely) left off-screen in an R-rated movie... It was a very funny scene and I'd never thought it through that far... and honestly, I wish you hadn't....