New Bow hunter needs help

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    New Bow hunter needs help

    I just bought my first bow and until this year had never even Shot a bow before. My first day in a tree with it was way too exciting for me. I had a decent 8 point (not a wall hanger) walk 20 yards in the clear and right before i released i over drew and had to place my arrow back and quick fire missing him about 8 inches high. So after serveral curse words and about 20 minutes had came and gone I got a shot at doe. She was moving and i hit her about 5 inches from the kill zone, needless to say after hours of tracking I never found her. I was still greatly excited about my first hunt and ready to go back the next morning. I would love any advice on overdrawing or anything you would like to tell me that might help.
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    fan_of,

    When you say "overdrawing" I take it you mean when you draw your bow back the arrow is too short and falls off the back of the rest? Is this correct? If so, there are several things you need to do before you take another shot, especially at an animal. Please, this could be bad. Respond asap.

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    arrow isnt really to short i think i just gave it an additional pull right before i was ready to shoot, I target shoot alot and this isnt a problem just think my blood was pumping too much!

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    fan_of,

    Thanks for responding. Did your arrow fall off the side of the arrow rest or actually fall off the back of it because you drew it too far back?

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    do you use a mechanical release this could prevent some problems?????

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    it was extremely windy that day. Can the wind actually knock an arrow of its rest?

    Yes i use a release.

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    Sure, depending on the type of rest. Probably just buck fever, though. I've done it more than once. I couldn't tell you how many times I've found out the hard way. I've spooked deer in every conceivable manner.

    Now, when I practice, I have learned to follow a specific routine, every shot. I call it the DRAPES method. Draw, Relax my bow hand, Anchor my release hand to my jaw, Place the pin, Exhale, Squeeze (gently). The specific sequence doesn't matter, but having a sequence does. After a while it becomes ingrained, but I still mentally do it every shot, at home or in the field. It has helped me a lot. My confidence is better and it gives me something to think about besides the bones on top of that deers head in my sight window.

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    Man iv done the same thing, Cept, I owerdrawed on a lil bitty doe, well it waznt lil bitty, but it waz a doe.The first on i drawed back-on, I couldnt get my Bow back til the thrid try. So i aint ever killed a deer with a Bow. But im working on Helping that matter.

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