Practicing for Bow Hunting

Practicing for Bow Hunting

Whether you’re using a longbow, compound bow, or recurve bow like the one Katniss used in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, you need to get your practice in before hunting season. If you’re like most people, once hunting season ended and you packed your bow into storage, life soon took over, and you haven’t touched it since. Here are a few tips to help you get ready.


Practicing for Bow Hunting
Practicing for Bow Hunting

While your bow was stored for the offseason, unexpected things could have happened to it. Before you let loose your first practice shot, check your equipment to make sure everything is tight. Start with the screws and bolts on your bow’s sight, then move to the rest and limbs. The limbs should be free from cracks. Double-check that your string and string loop aren’t frayed. There should be no bends or nicks on the cams and wheels. If you have carbon or wood arrows, check for cracks and splinters. On your aluminum arrows, check for straightness. Next, move on to your target. You are checking to confirm there is enough material remaining to still be able to stop arrows.

Get an Early Start

If you have not been pulling your bow on a regular basis, the muscles used to pull the string and keep it anchored have been weakened. It’s going to take more than a couple of weeks to strengthen those muscles. Until they are stronger, your sessions may be cut short due to muscle fatigue during your first few weeks after returning to shooting. The earlier you start, the longer you’ll have to get in shape.


Even when you have been shooting your bow continuously if you haven’t been practicing the right skills, you may still need some work. Some key drills for you to work on are:

  • DRILL 1: 3 AT 30

These can be found with a full explanation and helpful images at Drill 2, The Long Hold, is perfect for building up strength. Follow the link and start working.

Practice Makes Perfect

Practicing for Bow Hunting
Practicing for Bow Hunting

Once you’ve gotten into bow shooting shape, it’s important to not just shoot with arrows. You’ll want to spend some time, at least a month, shooting with the model of broadheads you’ll actually be hunting with. Be sure to practice at dusk and dawn when lighting and shadows might make things a little tricky. Finally, don’t over practice. Once your muscles are fatigued, you could start forming bad habits. Know when to call it quits.

While practice is a necessary part of success, seeing first-hand examples of how to practice is even better. Check out these YouTube videos by world-renowned archery champion Larry Wise where he demonstrates proper shooting form. Who better to take advice from than one of the best in the business? Get up, get your gear, and get shooting.

Everything You Need to Know about Crossbow Hunting

Everything You Need to Know about Crossbow Hunting

There was a time when people barely ever thought about crossbow hunting. However, with individual states putting into place regulations that make it easier and better to hunt with a crossbow, this form of hunting is gaining popularity. Through the course of this article, we will look at the reasons for hunting with a crossbow as well as the reasons why you should reconsider. One thing that will be covered is that there are individual states that limit when a hunter can use a crossbow for hunting. Let’s take a look at a few of the things you will want to consider before making your final decision about using a crossbow or not.

Some hunters are not thrilled about the use of crossbows as they think it has an advantage over recurve bows as well as compound bows. This is right to a point, and that will be discussed a little more in detail. We will start with the advantages of using a crossbow. The first of these from the beginning is that unlike a regular bow once you have used the needed energy to cock the crossbow, you do not have to exert any more energy to keep the bow cocked. This will help you to better concentrate on the actual target. This added being able to concentrate will allow a hunter to focus more on the prey instead of having to bother with holding the bow in place. This is also a welcome advantage to a hunter that is either disabled or even a younger hunter that does not have the energy to hold a bow in the drawn position.

Let’s take a moment to discuss the position in which a person will be in when they fire their weapon. A lot like that of a rifle, the aiming of a crossbow is the same. This helps to make a person kneeling or laying have a better aim at their target and allow them to have an increased chance to hit their intended target.

If you like to use a telescopic sight, then the use of a crossbow will be your best bet as they really work well with these types of sights and can give you the same results as if you were using a rifle. This can also help a person that has never used a crossbow to be able to learn a lot quicker as it will be the same as shooting their shotgun.

Everything You Need to Know about Crossbow Hunting
Everything You Need to Know about Crossbow Hunting 1

If you know anything about draw weights, then you know a compound bow has a draw weight of about 80 pounds at most. When you use a crossbow, you can get up to 200 pounds of draw weight. This can be a very important factor as this will shoot the bow a much further distance than with many other types of bows. It is important to know that there are other factors that go into this equation beyond draw weight. One thing to remember is that crossbows can usually shoot a bolt around 350 to 450 feet per second. This can be a great advantage to a hunter when they are tracking an animal and go to kill the animal. With all of this, you do need to remember that at best you are going to get only about 50 yards when you are using a crossbow.

Now that we have looked at the advantages, we need to take a serious look at the drawbacks that come from the use of a crossbow. The first and most obvious of these is the fact that they are heavier and bulkier than that of a compound bow. This can be a disadvantage that will greatly slow a hunter down. On average these bows can weigh around 7 pounds, and when you have to walk a long distance, this can really wear you out in a hurry. If you don’t have a rest to use with your bow, then this can make it harder to shoot. On the other side of things, if you use a rest, this can lead to a series of obstructions that will hinder your shot.

You will oftentimes find that these are harder to reload than traditional bows that are used in hunting. This can be connected to their excessive draw weight as well as their being bulky. This is bad to a hunter as the rate of success of a follow-up shot is lowered. This can be, at times, quite frustrating for a hunter and lead to a lot of missed opportunities for them to bag a big game.

As you can see, there are a lot of advantages and disadvantages that can come from the use of a crossbow for your

Everything You Need to Know about Crossbow Hunting
Everything You Need to Know about Crossbow Hunting

hunting. It will come down to a matter of what is and is not important to you in regards to your hunting. Considering all of these elements will help you to make an informed decision as to if you will use a crossbow or a compound bow. If you are disabled, then this can be a tough decision as this type of bow will have an advantage and disadvantage to you. One last thing that you will want to look at is the fact that the price for these can differ from compound bows. You will need to sit back and ask y6ourself if it is worth the increased price for the few advantages that you will get with a crossbow. If these advantages are not that important to you, then you can always go with a compound bow.

No matter which of these types of bows that you go with, you need to make the decision that is right for you and your hunting needs. The use of a crossbow will help you in a lot of ways and in a few ways, it will hinder your hunting and could lead to a big catch getting away, and you have a story that you will not want to share with your friends and family.

single pin vs multi pin bow sites

Single vs Multi The Great Debate


If you are a bowhunter, you should be aware of the great debate between the single pin vs multi-pin bow sight. There are many pros and cons to using each. When it comes down to it, picking between the two is a hunter’s personal choice. The preferences of the hunter come down to your shooting style or your arrow speed. No matter which side of the debate you like the most, it takes practice and a lot of patience to perfect bow hunting.

Advantages of Multi Pin

One of the biggest advantages of using the multi-pin bow sight is that you have a bigger range at full draw. According to P.J. Reilly, “You’ll have a pin to hold dead on your target at each of these distances, and then you’ll have to aim high or low with the appropriate pin for distances in between.” If the animal begins to move on you after you draw, you’ll still have a good chance of landing your shot. You can also adapt to a close range as well. The ability to adapt on the fly is why the multi-pin bow sight is better than a single pin.

Disadvantages of Multi Pin

With having multiple pins in your sight, the ability to get confused or scrambled can be easy. Stories of hunters losing track of their main target are common with multi-pin sights because you have more than one sight to look at. Pin gapping is another problem if you are trying to track an animal between two markers. At that point, it is more of a feel, and you must choose which pin to shoot from, which may not be accurate.

Advantages of Single Pin

Compared to the multi-pin, the single pin has a clear shot with an open lane to shoot with no confusion. With only one pin to look at, you can set your distance and trust yourself to let that arrow fly. The single pin allows you to gauge your distance and range from the animal more accurately. It is an easy setup and gives you the ability to shoot at longer ranges.

Disadvantages of Single Pin

The biggest problem hunters have with a single pin is that once you have your target set, it is harder to shoot if the animals move. Your range is already set and to reset it would take the time that you might not have if the animal is running away.


Practice makes perfect. Whether you are a beginner or a pro to be able to find the most comfortable shot for yourself takes time and practice. Both the multi-pin and the single pin have their advantages and disadvantages. If you practice and are honest with yourself as a hunter, then you should be able to pick which one you like better. This video link explains the importance of being honest with yourself and choosing the right pin to use when you are out on your hunt. So, choose wisely and be safe while you’re bow hunting.

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