Bow hunting is a challenging sport that takes a lot of practice and preparation. If you set out on a hunt without sighting your bow beforehand and spending several hours practicing your shots, you’re likely to have a disappointing time. As with just about everything in life, with bow hunting, it pays to be prepared. Here are a few bow hunting tips before setting out.
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1. Use your rangefinder to sight in your bow.
Your rangefinder yardage should match exactly how your sight pins are set. That’s what you’ll be using in the field. Always consider the durability, battery life, distance range, and features when choosing your rangefinder.
2. Learn how to accurately pace off your yardage.
Apart from your archery equipment, knowing how to accurately pace off your yardage is very important. Don’t guess and don’t rely on a hunting buddy to tell you how far something is.
3. Set your first pin at 20 yards.
On a whitetail hunting setup, start out by setting your first pin at 20 yards. See how far that 20-yard pin will take you. While aiming at this distance, step back to 21, 22, 23, and see where your error starts to drop off.
4. Figure out your maximum limit for your first sight pin.
The previous tip leads to figuring out the maximum limit for your first sigh pin. Most hunting setups will get you out to at least 25 yards and maybe more.
5. Sight in your second pin at 30 yards.
30 yards distance is easy to remember. You have to know the in-between yardages of your setup. What sight pin do you use in deer hunting with a buck standing out there at 26 yards? That is why you need to practice at those in-between distances.
6. Practice at “odd” distances between pins.
Don’t assume that you might raise your first pin or lower your second pin when a deer is standing at these odd distances. Know exactly how low or how high your arrow will hit. We sometimes get in the habit of only practicing at even distances. Practice at odd distances too.
7. Don’t forget to practice at close distances (5, 6, 7 yards).
Do you think close distances don’t need any practice? You actually need to know where your arrows hit at 5, 6, and 7 yards. Sometimes we have up-close skillet shots. There are unfortunate times when we miss them simply because we haven’t practiced up close.
8. Practice the shots you know you might take.
After knowing the distances around your stance, practice the distances where your confidence is soaring when you take the shot. You know when you’re going to have a great dinner just by aiming at the target.
Check out this video by BowHunting Tips about things to keep in mind before the hunt:
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.