Even the best bow hunters out there are always practicing more and more because you must always be able to have each arrow fire off like it was automatic; it should be like a natural body reflex for you. The same process is used for both compound bow hunting and recurve bow hunting; it is also the same process whether or not you are shooting with or without bow sights. Below are the seven basic steps you need to know when it comes to archery or otherwise known as bow hunting
Step One – Your stance or the way you position yourself:
The only way you should ever be standing when it comes to bow hunting is facing the target at a forty five degree angle with your feet being parallel and spread apart either a minimum of eighteen inches to a maximum of twenty four inches. Your toes should also be pointed forward in the direction of the target. You are to stand like this because it allows you to face your target more directly which means less movement on your half and you will not hit your arrow on your clothing which can cause a change in the direction of the arrow if it does happen.
Step Two – The Gripping of the Bow:
When gripping your bow you should always be relaxed and your hand should be closed. If your grip is tight then your whole arm will be tense and you won’t be so accurate with your shot. You should lightly touch your thumb to either your middle finger or your forefinger in front of the grip.
Step Three – Drawing Correctly:
You need to extend your bow arm towards the target along with the strong in your fingers; your index finger should be on the string above where the arrow nock is while the next two fingers should be on the string below where the arrow nock is located.
Step Four – Anchoring Properly:
In order to anchor you need to have the bowstring drawn; this is where you lock the string hand on the side of your face. This position is what is known as the anchor and for shooters who are right handed the anchor should be on the right side of the face and the right eye should be staring right behind the bowstring itself. The most comfortable position for the anchor point to be is where you eye is perfectly lined up with the string. For example the index finger should be towards the corner of the mouth or right below it and the thumb should be right below the chin.
Step Five – It’s all about Aiming:
For the most part this involves the use of bow sights when aiming because they are the most accurate when used especially when in combination with a laser rangefinder however not everyone uses one. If you do use one you should bring the aiming sight onto the target if you don’t use one you need to aim by using the sense of feeling.
Step Six – Releasing:
Believe it or not but how you release the arrow is what will actually make or break your shot. When you release the string it must be done so smoothly without any flinches or jerking around. This is a lot harder than it sounds which is why those who bow hunt are always practicing in order to remain the best at it.
Step Seven – Following Through Correctly:
This is the final step when it comes to bow hunting properly; this step tends to be overlooked most of the time but it is actually very important. Once you have released the arrow you need to keep aiming until you see your arrow hit the target. Continuing the aim makes the shot more accurate, if you move after the shot then you could cause the direction of the arrow to move.