Bow And Arrow Tips You Need to Know Before Hunting
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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
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 cannot 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.
Compound Bow Shooting
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.