Many of the topics I am moved to share thoughts on come from my students, primarily my college students. 🙂
When an archer has a miss (not “if”; as EVERY archer will have a miss) it apparently needs must involve some coaching to speed the process of retrieving the arrow(s).
The vast majority of normal missed shots will only miss the bale by inches, rather than yards. (Not talking about missfires/shoot-through-the-clicker/letting-down-and-shot-anyway/triggered the release whoops early kind of events)
As such, the arrow will fall within a narrow cone or rectangle that barely is wider than the alley the bale sits in. Yet time and again I’ll watch archers search 5, 10, or 20 yards to the side of the bale for the arrow which will almost certainly be found BEHIND the bale…Teach your archer to note mentally how the arrow missed. Was it to the side because the wind came up/quit right at release? Was it on the plunger and launched OVER the bale? It can make a great impact on the limited time we often have to work with the archer if too much time is wasted “in the green”. And first, exhaust the possibility that it is within a narrow rectangle about the width of the darn target bale! Only after that, go searching wider afield…
And teach them to go to the target, go ten or twenty feet further, and then take a sight on their scope’s tripod way back on the shooting line, so they have a sense of where the arrow traveled FROM and to….finding an arrow in the turf should not be rocket science and it should not take all day.