Being an archer is not that easy as you might think. It requires hardwork, determination, and above all, self-discipline. Hitting the target determines your prowess as an archer. This is a super skill that every archer should have in possession. It is unrealistic that you will face the bow to the general direction of the target and simply think you will end up hitting the target. There is an art you should craft for you to maximize the chances of hitting the target. We are going to help you develop a new skill of sighting in a bow to ensure you get it right. Here is the way to sight in a bow:
- Run to the Shop and Purchase a Bow Sight
The first thing that you should do is procuring a bow sight. You will find this equipment’s in stores specializing in archery supplies. There are numerous options in the market; hence your choice largely depends on how you intend to use your bow. If you intend to use your bow for hunting, then you should be ready to cough out at least $40.
However, in case you decide to secure one for sporting activities, the bow sight may cost five times the hunting bow sight or more. Gather more information to ensure you make the right choice.
- Mount the Bow Sight to the Bow
Once you procure the bow sight, it is time to mount it on the bow. There is no rocket science when it comes to mounting the bow sight to the bow. Most of them come with an instructional guide to help you through. Keenly follow all the guidelines laid down. Attach the sight to the riser and secure it with a couple of screws. Most bows have pre-drilled holes to ease the process of attaching the sight.
Do not be tempted to over tighten the screws. This is because you may end up damaging the sight. One more thing mounting the sight is another skill altogether. The sight should be mounted in such a way that the sighting pins are vertically aligned with the bowstring.
- Getting Your Bow Ready
As mentioned above, being an experienced shooter is an art you develop with time. Before you begin using the bow, it is highly recommended that you check its general status. Consistency is important when it comes to archery. You should ensure that no parts of your bow are loose. This is because each time you fire your bow, these parts will tend to move. As a result, the shots will be quite different.
This affects your consistency. Checking whether your bow is ready for use is quite simple. Here are the major parts you should check;
- Arrow tips
- Arrow rest
To ensure that your sight, rest, and arrow tips are in the right conditions, all you should do is wiggle them. If you find any moving parts do not hesitate to tighten them. Also, take a closer look at the alignment of the sight and the bowstring. It is easy to see whether the two are aligned.
- Look At Your Posture
Your stance or posture is as important as the weapon itself when using the bow. Go through the article you will realize that we have stressed the importance of consistency. This is a vital aspect that guarantees you success. This is because anytime you change your stance between shots, your aims change accordingly.
As a result, you end up missing everything. In most cases, you look through the sight from different angles. This is not the way to go. So how do you ensure you maintain your stance? We have provided you with tips on how to easily achieve that.
- Relax and stand upright and let your feet remain perpendicular to your body.
- Hold the bow with your wrist in the same way for all the shots. As you do this, prioritize your comfortability.
- Bring the bow back to the same point each and every time you fire a shot. This becomes your anchor point. Anytime there are discrepancies, you end up affecting the accuracy. Recall what we said about consistency.
- Sighting In At 20 Yards (top pin)
So when it comes to sighting in at 20 yards, it is quite simple. Follow all the guidelines we outlined in regard to your posture. Ensure you are in the closest distance to the target. Using your bow, draw the arrow back and look down the sight at the top of the pin. Once satisfied, immediately fire your arrow to the target. Repeat the following procedure using a few more arrows.
Well, our hope is that after doing that you have been able to shoot the arrow to the target. If not, there is no cause to worry. There are a few things you should check to ensure you get it right.
- Keenly check where the arrow hits. If the arrow hits below the target, then lower your sight.
- If the arrow hits either the left or right of the targeted point, move the sight to the side, the arrow is moving to.
- The explanation behind this idea is that anytime you move the sight to a certain direction, the arrow will move in a different direction.
Follow this guideline until you hit the target.
- Sighting In At 30 (second pin)
Once you feel that you have accurately dialed in the 20-yard pin, make adjustments for the 30-yard target. Each pin is designated for specific yardage. When it comes to sighting in at 30, then aim the sight using the second pin. File the arrows to the target. In case you make any discrepancies do not shy off from making the same adjustments you made while sighting at 20 yards. Take time to establish your anchor point. Ensure that the 30-yard pin is as accurate as possible.
- Go back to the 40-yard mark (3rd pin)
Shoot the arrows to the target. When making adjustments, move the pin itself, unlike when sighting in at 20 or 30 yards where you move the sight. Place a lot of emphases to ensure that the arrow goes to where the pin is pointing. If you feel that you ought to move the sight to either the left or right, then go back to 30 yards and make adjustments there.
- Clarify the 20-yard pin
Once you have set the 30–yard pin and make adjustments for the 40-yard pin, go back and fire a shot at 20 yards. In case you need to make adjustments move the pin instead of the whole sight.
- Dealing with additional pins
Well, for some reason, your sight may have additional pins to cater for 50 yards, 60 yards, and more. Repeat all the processes we have discussed. But you must note that during this time around, you only make adjustments to the pin and not the whole sight when you want to make accurate shootings.
NB: Every time you engage in this activity, it is important to do it in a safe environment. Otherwise, you may end up hurting others.
Tip: You don’t become a pro overnight. Practice and hardwork are what will make you stand out.