Best Bow Sights Hunting, 3 Pin, 5 Pin Or No Pin?

Best bow sights hunting edition is not a special sight but is what is going to work best for your and your unique circumstances there is a lot of factors to consider before buying a new bow sight. The pins on the sights is set 10 yards apart the first would be sighted in on 20 yards and the rest will be at 30 yards and 40 yards for a 3 pin and will be factory adjusted. The 3 pin and the 5 pin is the most popular.

All depend on the species your target and their habitat. Some species like deer is most of the time been hunt with a bow at any distance up to about 40 yards, Big horn sheep in the mountains and prong horn on the prairie is hunted over longer distances.

Not all bow sights are made the same but all aim for super accuracy performance with fixed pin sights at the lower end of the market and electronic sights with superior accuracy at the higher end. I will discuss each sight type a bit to help put them in perspective to make an informed decision.

All sights come with illuminated pin beads and is in fact only a piece of fiber optic wire that capture the present light and your look at it in it’s concentrated form at the end of the wire, an added light LED source come standard on some models but can also be added as an accessory make, an illuminated outer ring helps a lot in low light conditions. “As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” 

3 Pin Bow Sight

The nice thing about fixed pin sights is that there is nothing that moves or has to be adjusted once it’s sighted in absolutely no fiddling with the sight. You range find the distance to the target, select the corresponding pin when your take aim and let the arrow fly it’s that easy.

Shooting short distances most of the time the 3 pin is the sight to go for it gives a good view of the target and shooting up to

40 yards the pin’s stem thickness and the bead size is no problem. A better good clear view is possible with micro pins.

5 Pin Bow Sight

The 5 pin is going to give your a 50 yard and a 60 yard pin added to the first 3. At these distances the animal look smaller so does the size to aim for on the vitals. The 5 pin’s stems tend to block the full view of the target so make sure that thinner stems been used and that the 50 and 60 pin’s beads is smaller because they can block the target too it is not going to help if the bead size and the vitals are the same size but if your like a no fiddle sight this will do perfect for longer shots.

Single Pin Slider

And then your get the single pin. The single pin has to be dialed in on the specific distance every time the distance changes. For some single pin sights they moved the pin vertical that way the pin is more out-of-the-way giving a better view of the target. Slider sights come with a set of about 80 different yardage stickers.

To sight a slider in your turn the dial down to 20 yards or all the way down, use your range finder and zero it in at 20 yards. When your got it sighted in at 20 yards your are done with the windage and elevation settings. Then your move to 40 yard distance, dial the slider sight to 40 yards on it’s test sticker it will not be right on target but close. Shoot a shot if it is low dial it up a little more and if the shot is high dial down now play it until your shoot where your aim. Use a pen to mark the dial mark pin on the test sticker now go through the supplied 80 yardage stickers, find the one that match the 20 yard and the 40 yard markings exactly and stick it on after removing the test sticker. The bow is now sighted in for the bow’s speed and the weight of the arrows.

The Yardage tapes allow for between 60 to 100 yards depending on the bow’s speed and arrow weight with the average at 80 yards, much longer distances is achievable with a higher level of accuracy and a better field of view.

Single pin sights biggest disadvantage is that your might forget to adjust the sight for the distance when the adrenaline kicks

in and your might have to scan a deer’s range prior to the shot which leave your open for movement that can be detected by the animal, my answer to that is to scan my shooting-range beforehand and set me some mental boundaries.

No Pin

Range Rover Pro

Red or green dot technology loses the pin completely giving full view of the target but use the same sliding system to dial the yardage in. The illuminated dot works perfect in low light conditions and I like that when set to lower brightness settings the smaller the dot becomes for better pin point precision.

I am a technology addict and love my Range Rover Pro from Truglo absolutely very accurate sight. “As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” 

Sights With Range Finders

To compensate for the constant adjusting of the slider sights the best would be to have a range finder incorporated with the sight. This obviously sky rocket the price but if your haven’t bought a range finder yet this option can be considered. This eliminate the fiddle with the range finder. You can range a target at rest or at full draw. They might be bulkier and weigh more than the others but worth mentioning.

The ultimate sight with range finder is Garmin’s Xero A1 and A1i as they take all the guess work out of the equation with a single dot that automatically adjust for the distance measured it’s as easy as aim, range and shoot. Topping it off with a lot more features linked to a Garmin GPS

Fixed or Slider Pin

The slider sights is more accurate but if fiddling between the range finder and the sight is not for your or on a tight budget the fixed pins is the answer, they are still very accurate easy going and worth their value.

Leave me comments and questions below and I will get back to you.

2 thoughts on “Best Bow Sights Hunting, 3 Pin, 5 Pin Or No Pin?”

  1. Hey there,your article is really amazing and i feel like l am now an expert hunter lol,i really have never tried hunting before but your article is very detailed and self explanatory and i am very happy thank you so much for sharing this wonderful information it will be very helpful to me in the future


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