How to Aim a Compound Bow

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Archery is an enjoyable and challenging sport. Using a compound bow makes shooting the arrows easier, but it still takes a lot of skill and practice to hit your target consistently.

Things You'll Need

  • Compound bow
  • Arrows
  • Target
  • Align your stance so that you're perpendicular to your target. Stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart.

  • Hold the bow straight out in front of you. Make sure you're holding the bow vertically because if you hold it on a slant, it could affect your aim.

  • Place the arrow in the bow and pull it back. Your hand should be right next to your face as you're holding the bowstring. This is where a compound bow comes in handy because once you pull the bowstring all the way back, the tension will be far less than with a standard bow.

  • Make sure you're still holding the bow vertically and aim the tip of the arrow at your target. If you have a compound bow with sight pins, aim the end of the appropriate sight pin at your target.

  • Shoot an arrow at your target. Note where you were aiming and where the arrow hit. Make any necessary adjustments based on your observations to prepare for your next shot.

Tips & Warnings

  • When retrieving your arrow from your target, grab the arrow by the shaft and pull it straight out.
  • Never shoot an arrow when someone is standing in the range between you and your target.

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