I bought this bow about this time of year in 1968 before archery season started that year, so I am starting into Year 42 of shooting this bow. Would not think of giving it up for all the tea in China!
Like every shooter, I want better groups of course. But considering a couple of things, I am pretty happy with how I am grouping so far for only a few days of time after a six month stretch without shooting any.
When you evaluate my shooting groups, keep in mind I am right handed and thus hold the bow in my left hand. This puts my left eye as the eye that is most directly facing the target. The only problem with that is I am legally blind in that eye and cannot see anything but a blur with it (20/200 vision with the 200 being in that eye.) But I refuse to let a small thing like being partially blind keep me from enjoying archery. If you practice enough, you can learn to overcome this sort of handicap. But if you want to see how hard it is to hit a target with only one good eye, take your stance and close your left eye, shooting only with your right eye open. If you hit the target at all you are doing pretty good!
The other factor is that I finger shoot instinctively. No release aid and no bow sight. Like most people who try to overcome some adversity life gives them, I refuse to use any "crutches" and just force myself to learn to shoot well without them. It does take a while, but after 42 years or so, you can get the hang of it. Patience and dedication pays off.
My normal instinctive shooting style is basically a smooth motion of raising the bow, drawing it back, and aiming all in one non-stop process. Once started, it is like a golf swing...just a continuous motion and follow through. When it works correctly, my bow should be on target at the exact moment my knuckle reaches my anchor point so that I release at the first touch of the anchor point. I don't "hold" and "aim" once the bow is fully drawn. Many shooters do it differently of course, so I am trying holding and aiming but so far that has produced very poor results. Just focusing my vision on the spot where I want the arrow to hit and allowing the hand-eye co-oridination function of the brain to tell me when to release works fairly well.
I do miss some shots like any other archer. Research studies show that both compound and traditional archers typically miss about 13% of their shots at deer, or hit the deer about 87% of the time. My goal is to get to that same 87% mark in my practice, but realistically I probably will never shoot better than 75% of my arrows into the kill zone on live deer. Last year, I took six shots at deer and hit three of them. None of those three were poorly placed shots however two of the arrows did not get enough penetration to be killing shots and at least one of those deer is still alive and doing well. I am practicing up to go after her again this year!