I know there are a few of out there who want to take up bowhunting this next year. I have found that shooting inside at a league, or just with a few friends on a weekly basis REALLY helps to hone your archery skills. I really enjoy being part of a league. It is a great way to spend the long winter and it really helps to work on some of the finer parts of shooting. Beginners, can really help you figure out and work out a lot of the kinks. Anchor points, holding your bow, sighting it in so it hits the same place at 20yds. Really helps an archer find "the sweet spot". I find that it really helps me to work on my bad habits - punching the trigger. It will help you to know that your bow is zeroed in and that when you shoot badly, it is you not the bow.
We have video leagues here. They are alot of fun. You shoot at a wide variety of animals and the computer system tells you where you hit them. I placed 4th out of 100 shooters last year in an individual tourny.
Todd - have done that quite a bit myself. Around here it is more of a struggle for the local proshops to keep the machines working than anything. Last week I was supposed shoot the video range in Lisbon at Fast Flight - eeeehhh...not working. There is also one in Rockland but it works sometimes, not at others.
It's not too bad around here. The shop I frequent right now is moving to a DVD system after our league is over. The computer is ancient but gets the job done. I've know some systems to take lightning hits
Todd - Fast Flight in Lisbon has the DVD, it is quite a bit better than the older style. (it is broken though...not sure when they will fix it) I am really competitive with some of my buddies...that always makes it quite bit more fun. It is hard to compete against some guys that are shooting longer bows. I bet on target shooting, I could gain probably 10 points. The best I have done with my MQ32 is 285 out of 300. Bow is pretty touchy and not very forgiving. (do I know that for sure. nope. just what everyone tells me when I show up with my short bow)