Hunting is a skill which takes time to master so does archery.
They are both the same with different goals. Newbies are faced with great difficulties as it is not a child’s play. You might think it is easily to shoot an arrow with a bow by just looking at the target with your eyes but it does not land there.
To make Archery easier bow sights or bow scopes are used. It is mounted on a bow riser then you can clearly see the projectile pointing position and can land a better shot than you used to. Bow sights have definitely made lives easier and accurate.
Today we will try to help you with some tips on how to sight a bow and which bow sights are good. If you want more check also the video that we found on how to sight in your compound bow scroll down to the end.
Which Bow Sight to Buy?
Bow sights are of many different kinds, some specifically made for certain tasks. There are three to four types of bow sights among which you can choose according to your desire. They can be available from any sports shop where tools for archery are present.
The higher the price of the bow sight, the better it will be. Be sure to choose the best one you can as this is the way you can hunt more affectively and get 100% result. Some of the bow sights are:
- Movable Pin Bow sights- This bow sight is for advance hunters which means as they just have 1 pin in them.
- Fixed Pin Bow sights- This sight is the most common one as new people prefer to use it. It is easier to use.
- Pendulum Bow sights-This type of bow sight is specially made for downhill angle shots.
- Competition sights– This sight is not for hunting, it is for competitions. These are 5 times more expensive than the above sights as they are totally different and used for competitions.
You won’t learn sighting in bow just in a day, you will need 3 to 4 days in advance. This will give you a chance to know about your bow sight and will give you some time to do trail and errors.
[Here we will learn how to sight a bow with fixed pin bow]
Mount the Sight to the Bow
First you need to mount the sight on the bow using the instructions manual or some of the modern bows come with pre-drilled holes which are way easier to mount. You have to then line up the pins vertically to the bow string, this should only be roughly centered so should have space either side.
Double check for loose attachments by wiggling it out or your sight out so you can be sure no alteration happens while you’re making the shot. You should look at every detail of the bow before shooting. Check for any damages on any of the equipment.
Stand in the same position as you’re standing while doing each and every shot that you make. This will ensure you that you won’t screw up while making the actual shots. Try this at least 3 to 4 times so you can make a habit of holding the bow in that particular way.
Mark Your Range Points
Use a range finder to mark your points at every 20 yards and be accurate. This will ultimately be a good step.
Sight the First Top Pin (20 Yards)
Stand on the 10 yard marked point and make a shot using the first pin. You should use the same position of standing as used in each and every shot or this whole process won’t work properly. Note the position of the arrows compared to the site.
If they went above the pin then that means you need to move the sight box up the bow. Make at least 3 – 4 shots in order to make accurate adjustments.
Next you need to move 10 yards back so that you can make more adjustments. You need to do the shooting and sighting process again. If the arrow still goes above the mark then you need to move the sight box to the left and right. Don’t worry about accuracy right now as there are 2 more pins left.
Sight the Second Middle Pin (30 Yards)
This is the most important pin and you should worry about accuracy here. You need to move 10 yards backwards and do the same process again.
You need to at least hit 3 – 4 arrows and then note down where the arrow has hit. If it is shot above the pin then you only have to move the move slightly towards the left or the right.
Do not move the pins. You need to have marked the pins in perfect position because this step is important. When you are 100% sure then you need to move on to the next pin which is the last pin.
Sight the Last Third Pin (40 Yards)
After you sight the second pin you need to move backwards towards the 40 yard mark which is the last mark. You now need to note if the pin is accurately pointing where the arrow is going.
If not then you do not need to move the box, you only have to move the pin. Then shoot at least 4 times to be more accurate.
This is the last step so if you have to make any adjustments with the box then you need to move to the 30 yards marked point because you’ve not done that correctly.
Now you need to go back and check if every marked point produces 100% results. So you first go onto the 30 yard point and check if the arrow is accurately making the right shot. If not then move the pin this time. There is no need to move the box at this point.
- Don’t leave the process in between or you will lose the flow.
- Be consistent and make a position that you will keep forever.
- Do not lose hope as practice makes you perfect.
- Always work with accuracy and be sure to check the equipment.
- You cannot learn this in1 day so take your time.