The thrill of the hunt can end up in a huge disappointment when you completely miss your target or you have to walk for hours looking for a wounded animal. How many of us has that not happened to, you always have to strive to improve your bow shooting accuracy but there can and will always be factors outside of your control.
The best you can do is to take control over the factors you can by making sure to implement these basic compound bow accuracy tips I am about to give you so that you can go out on a hunting trip with confidence and know your arrows will fly exactly where you point them to go.
Bow Draw Weight
This is where a lot of hunters, archers is making there biggest mistakes. The fact that you can draw a 70 – 80lb bow is not necessarily better thinking higher velocity and more kinetic energy will compensate for your inaccuracy. No you need to draw the weight comfortable and easy the let off will help you to hold it as you can end up to have to hold your drawn bow for a considerable length of time before you let go.
As you most probably going to be in a blind or some sort of tree stand you should be able to draw your bow from a sitting position. We are not al the same what is working for one person might not work for you. If you are an older person you might consider going for a lower draw weight from the start so as you get older you may do it a few years longer.
The draw length is very important and is directly related to your height or arm length for that matter. This is how far you are going to draw the arrow and string back. When the string is at full draw your body must be in a comfortable relaxed position easy for you to hold is back.
Your bow should be set to your specific draw length then the cams will be in sync with that draw length giving you maximum let off. Here is where I like to have a back stop you don’t have to draw against the back stop but if you go out of your comfort zone you feel it. To calculate your draw length measure your stretch out arms from your meddle finger over your chest to the other finger and divide that by 2.5
If you don’t get this compound bow accuracy tip right you can just as well hung up your bow. You have to have an anchor point on your face when you draw back and then practice this anchor point to become second nature where you don’t think about how you anchor it just become natural practice, practice, practice, you can’t go out into the field and hope you get this right there is more important things to think about when you draw back on that trophy buck.
There is three ways to do this:
- Let the string touch your nose tip very lightly, you don’t want to force the string into your nose as it may hurt you when you release the arrow.
- Install a kisser. The kisser is a small rubber disc that can be fitted to your string and lined up with the corner of your mouth.
- Find a spot with your hand on you cheek. With the knuckle of your fist you find spot on your jaw or cheek bone.
Ideally the best is to incorporate all three it does not matter how you do it as long as you do the same thing over and over again does not matter if the bow is not sighted in yet work to wards a grouping of at least 2 inches (50mm) at 20 yards (18,288m) you will get to a point where you damage your arrows then shoot at single target.
The Release Aid
There is a lot of release aids on the market the best is to go to an archery shop and test them what is important here is that if you are not squeezing the trigger you might pull your bow off the target a very nice release on the market is the thumb release aid and that will give a lot more stability, going through all the anchor points and not having a smooth release motion is not good.
The Arrow, Tip and Vanes
Always use arrows that are the same in Length, spine, weight and same size vanes.
Usually the arrow length is compared to your draw length you can go longer but that add weight. The spine is simply the stiffness of the arrow the more draw weight the more stiff the arrow needs to be.
All the arrows in your quiver should be the same weight the same weight that you sighted your bow in with and practice with there for is it important to practice with your brought head also to make sure the fly the same trajectory as the field tips.
There is a lot of discussions about big or small vanes I am not going to go into that now that’s your choice as long they all the same size, play and test see what works for you.
It would be wise to roll test your arrows as if there is a wobble in the shaft it most probably not going to fly straight.
Do a paper test ,when you shoot through a paper and it does not shoot a hole and the vanes little cuts but tear the paper to a side then the bow needs some tuning
Accuracy is Confidence
It al start when you shop for a bow, consider what would be your ideal draw weight and draw length you can’t master the anchor point skills with those wrong the release and arrow can always be replaced later if you don’t like it
When you apply these compound bow accuracy tips you will definitely improve your bow accuracy with lots and lots of practice and as your accuracy improve your confidence will improve that will make you a formidable hunter
Keep those Arrows Flying