Bow And Arrow Fit
The main factor in maintaining accuracy and consistency from bow and arrows is making sure that each are correctly fitted to the individual archer.
The best practice in obtaining this goal is to visit a professional archery shop. There, one can be measured for draw length which is the key ingredient for proper fit.
Once the draw length is determined, make sure the bow to be used or purchased matches this measurement. A very common mistake is to buy a bow with a draw length that is too long.
The arrows need to be cut to proper lengths according to draw measurements. The arrow weights and stiffness should be matched to bow poundage.
Bow Speed And Poundage
It is very easy to get caught up in all the speed hype of bows. This can also be a problem with bow poundage. The reality is that accuracy, form, and shooter performance will always trump speed and poundage.
It is not necessary to have the fastest shooting bow on the market nor to have a bow with an eighty pound pull weight. It is better to have a bow that can easily be drawn under all conditions. For the average hunter this falls in the 50-65 pound range.
The key to consistent accuracy is repetition of proper shooting form. This can be broken down into shooter stance, holding the bow correctly, a smooth draw, consistent anchor point, proper aiming, a smooth release, and follow through.
These are all learned habits. Done correctly they will make any archer more proficient. Most all shooting errors are related to improper shooter form.
The only way to become proficient with the bow is through continued practice. Shooting three times a week is a good goal to meet. This can be done by shooting 25 arrows or so every other day. This keeps the archer in shape as well as helps maintain consistency.
Those that practice all year long will have an edge, but at the very least begin 4-5 months before the hunting season.
Bow Shooting Tips – Hunters that venture into the woods with bow and arrow in hand face many challenges. One of the most important is the ability to accurately and effectively make shots on whitetails. Field experience provides the best training for becoming efficient. However, a few basic skills will get you started.
When To Draw
Ideally the best time to draw a bow on a whitetail is when the deer’s vision can not detect any movement by the hunter. Often this occurs when the deer passes behind a tree or some other natural cover. If the eyes on the whitetail can be seen, the deer can see the hunter. Since shooting a bow requires considerable movement, the hunter must always be aware of the deer’s field of view.
Angle Of The Deer
The angle in which a whitetail is standing can also create problems. The ideal angle for an accurate clean shot is with the deer standing broad side or slightly quartering away from the hunter. Any other shot reduces the chances of success and increases the chance of a non fatal shot.
When To Shoot
The best time to take a shot on a whitetail is when the deer presents a clear and open field of view for the hunter. Make sure the angle is right and that the deer is in range of your shooting skills. Always stay alert as often there is only a small window of opportunity before the deer will pass by. Make sure to use proper follow through and watch the impact of the arrow.
Good luck and be safe.
Shooting the compound bow and arrow, like any other weapon used to harvest deer, requires the hunter to practice and have quality equipment. The hunter will be able to maintain consistent accuracy by following a few basic steps.
Proper Form And Follow Through
The stance for a bow hunter is similar to that of shooting a rifle. The feet should be spread approximately shoulder width apart to allow for good balance. Stand sideways to the target and rotate the upper body in the targets direction. Draw the bow string straight back in one smooth motion without jerking, straining, or raising the bow in the air. If this is not possible, the bow pull weight is too heavy and needs to be decreased. Place the drawn bow string on a consistent anchor point on the side of the face.
Once the bow is back and on target, make sure not to grip the bow too tightly. A strong grip may create unnecessary torque which may result in poor accuracy. Keep the elbow of the arm holding the bow slightly bent to help maintain a stable form. Release the arrow and allow the bow to move naturally forward without trying to stop it. Stay focused on the target to permit correct follow through until arrow impact. Make sure to stay relaxed and not tense up while shooting.
The mental side of shooting a bow is just as important as the physical side. Make sure to concentrate on form during each shot. Every arrow should be focused on as well. Don’t get in a hurry. Shoot each arrow as if it is the only one that will be shot. Pick out a small space on the target and focus on it. Although you should be aware of the arrow release, it should be natural and almost a surprise.
Once you have mastered the basics, it is then time to incorporate these skills for the deer hunting field. One good approach is to begin shooting at different positions and distances. For example, shoot from a stand if it is to be used while hunting. Also set out targets at unknown distances which will require yardage estimates. Change the angles of the targets to mock how a deer may approach. It is also good to practice from sitting, kneeling, and bent over positions, such as those that may occur while deer hunting.
So practice, concentrate, and focus your way to better accuracy. Good luck, be safe, and enjoy your next hunting experience.
The bow season can be a much anticipated time of the year for hunters who enjoy it. The bow hunter does however need to prepare ones self prior to opening day. Here are a few quick bow hunting preparation tips.
To start with, the hunter should make sure the bow properly fits. The pull weight of the bow is not too much to handle and can be drawn smoothly. The string length is not too long at full draw. All bow equipment is securely tightened. Any accessories such as a peep sight or nocking point are properly placed. The arrow rest is lined up straight, secure, and working properly. The arrows match up to the bow properly. The string release if used has been checked. In other words, get all the equipment straight first.
Practice, Practice, Practice
The next step is to practice shooting the bow. It is recommended to shoot periodically throughout the year for best results. At the very least this should began several months before the season at a minimum. Shoot 6-12 arrows each day. This will help your muscles stay fit or slowly build muscles back up to proper conditioning for those late shooters. Make sure to shoot with proper form each time.
Practice from a seated and standing position. Practice from heights if a tree stand is to be used. Practice from a ground blind if it is to be used. If using field points to target shoot, remember to also practice with the broad head of choice. It is also a good idea to dress in hunting clothing for an authentic feel and for a proper in field type shooting experience.
Remember to focus mentally on each shot placement. Visualize yourself taking aim on that trophy buck. Slowly and steadily pull the bow back to full draw. Concentrate and release the arrow smoothly.
Set aside a few minutes each day for practicing and you’ll be ready to go come opening day. As always good luck and be safe.
This is a short list of bow and arrow gear.
The Bow: There are basically three types of bows. They are the recurve bow, long bow, and compound bow. They all come in a variety of styles, textures, and colors. Factors to consider are draw weight, draw length, bow weight, and bow length.
Arrows: Arrows need to be matched to the style of bow to be used. Factors to consider are arrow length, weight, stiffness, texture, fletching style, nocks, and inserts.
Release: Releases come in a variety of styles from finger tip gloves to mechanical. Releases can be chosen based on the hunters style of shooting and type of bow.
Arrow Rest: There are many types of arrow rest available. The rest should match the type of bow as well as the type of arrow used.
Bow Sight: The bow sight is used to aim an arrow at a target. Factors to consider are simplicity of use, quality, and durability.
Arrow Tips: Come in many styles from field points to broad heads. Factors to consider are weight, cutting diameter, blade styles such as stationary or mechanical.
Over draw: Used on compound bows to shorten arrow length. Many modern bows come equipped with the over draw installed.
Quiver: A device used to hold arrows. They can be worn on the belt or back and also be attached to the bow.
Bow Case: Used to protect the bow. They come in many styles such as cloth covers, heavy duty plastic, and metal.
Targets: Come in many shapes and styles. Some of them are 3-D targets, paper or cardboard, bag targets, flat foam, and the layered foam target.
Other Accessories: String silencers, arm guards, stabilizers, peeps, string stops, kisser buttons, cable guards, limb savers, etc.
Arrow flight is essential in making accurate shots. Whether in the field hunting or on the range target shooting, a smooth arrow flight is often the difference between quality hits and misses.
For an arrow to fly straight, the tip and the tail must travel the same path. Any variation will cause the arrow to wobble and strike the target at an angle. Paper tuning is a simple way to check for proper arrow flight.
To get started, set up a paper target. This can be as simple as two dowels stuck in the ground with a piece of freezer paper pulled tightly across them. Place the target about five feet in front of a good back arrow stop.
Stand back away from the target about six feet or so. Shoot a field tipped arrow through the paper target. make sure to use proper shooting form.
If the arrow flight is not straight, the arrow will hit the paper tail high, tail low, tail left, or tail right. If the arrow hits tail high or tail low, the nock point needs to be adjusted. If the arrow hits tail left or tail right, the arrow rest needs to be adjusted.
For tail high, adjust the nock point down using 1/8 inch increments until corrected. For tail low, adjust the nock point up using 1/8 inch increments until corrected. Shoot the paper target after each adjustment.
For tail left hits, move the rest to the right using small increments. For tail right hits, move the rest to the left using small increments.
These adjustments should correct any problems found while paper tuning arrows.
- Check the bow string for nicks and cuts.
- Check cable and string for proper alignment in grooves.
- Check all screws, bolts, nuts to make sure of tightness.
- Check cams, wheels for proper function.
- Check peep site to make sure its secure and still works properly.
- Check quiver to make sure it is securely attached.
- Check site for tightness.
- Check site pins for tightness and accuracy.
- Check rest for tightness and proper alignment.
- Check nocking point for accuracy.
- Check silencers to make sure they are secure and still work properly.
- Check release for imperfections.
- Check arrows for straightness, dents etc.
- Check fletching to make sure its attached properly to arrow.
- Check arrow when nocked to make sure fletching doesn’t touch any part of cable, rest, or bow.
- Check for noises, squeaks, rattles when shooting bow.
Make sure you at least check on these at a minimum. You don’t want to be in the middle of crunch time and have a problem with your equipment.
When I was younger I used to shoot my bow all year round. I injured my shoulder a few years back and had to miss the bow season for a few years. Since then I haven’t been getting started shooting until about June. This year will be only my second season since the injury, although last year was only on a limited basis.
I need to get my target set up properly. I normally shoot into a sand pile which works well for me. I need to clean up the weeds around it and loosen up the sand a bit and I’ll be ready. The sand pile is easy on the arrows and on me while removing them. I’ve been using this method for about ten years now. It saves on targets and arrows.
I’ll start tuning the bow up getting it ready. Since my injury, I have been turning the poundage down to about fifty-five pounds and working my way back up to about sixty-five. I Used to shoot heavier but this weight works best for me now. Hopefully this will work again this season.
Anyway, if you haven’t gotten into the mood yet you might want to get started too. We’re burning daylight.
Oh and by the way, I ‘ve been watching several deer in the area already. I’m over saturated with deer where I live but I do still see an occasional nice buck