A suitable archery quote

“Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn now and then.”

If memory serves I think this was said by the character of Walter Hagen (played by Bruce McGill) in the film The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000). IMDb directed by Robert Redford.

Legend of Bagger Vance

If you are unfamiliar with the film it revolves round a golfer (played by Matt Damon) who on his return from the first world war is at a low ebb suffering from flashbacks and memories of the horrors he witnessed in the trenches. The second main character is that of his caddy Bagger Vance played by Will Smith.
Smiths character helps Damons to overcome his lack of confidence in his golfing prowess and personal troubles whilst competing at a golf tournament. You get the feeling there is more to Bagger than meets the eye as he not only helps Damons character but provides an insight and  casual charm set in the early 1920s southern state of the USA.
As for the quote. It is a phrase that I’ve used more than a few times to describe those shots which just seem to have been too good to be true. It has also been adopted by friends who also are now using a shortened version simply “a blind squirrel shot”.
Lets face it we spend a lot of time in the woods and there are times and days when I wonder if my eyes are working in conjunction with my limited brain cells and my muscles. Your judgement is off and yet you make the shot.
You miss what should be easy shots only to get those near impossible ones. So next time this happens to you just remember “even a blind squirrel can find an acorn once in a while”
Thanks for reading and enjoy your archery.

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