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Offline Smokey41

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Starting distance
« on: May 16, 2004, 02:26:11 AM »
When i first got my bow, I set up a tire at 30 yards. I am consistant and can shoot in the middle of the tire most of the time. I recently tried it at 10 yards, but hit in the target area very few times. Is there a specific reason for this other than lack of practice at this new distance?


Also, there are 3 pins on my site. I use the middle one for the 30 yard shots. Which one do I use for the closer shots? The top or bottom pin?

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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2004, 10:39:12 AM »
The top pin. Assuming you have the same sighting point each time, the lower the pin the more it forces you to elevate your bow and compensate for arrow drop. The important thing is to use the same release point each time. I use a string peep, but several of my buddies swear by the kisser button. They definately have the advantage in low light conditions, but as far as I'm concerned, when it's too dark for the peep, I need to climb down anyway since I don't have enough daylight left to track one. If you're using the middle pin for 30 yards, I would suggest moving all your pins. 3 pins are best for 10, 20, and 30 yards. The average bow hunter shoudn't go much beyond 30 yds anyway. Most of my shots have actually been 10 and 20 yds. On a hunt last year, I actually drew on a large buck, but couldn't turn it loose because my FOOT CLIMBER was in the way. I followed him under me and then opened both eyes for one last look for obstructions and noticed my arrow hanging by the nock. I had my bow below vertical and the arrow had come off the rest.(shoulda had a whisker bisket).  Most importantly practice, practice, practice.  Practice in your hunting clothes, in your tree stand, and with your arrows, just like in an actual hunting situation. When the moment of truth comes you need to make the most of it.  Bow hunting is a lot like going to Six Flags or taking Viagra.---It's an incredibly long wait for a real short ride. It's over before you know it so be ready! :wink:
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2004, 10:39:49 AM »
What is the poundage and draw length of your bow?  Are you shooting with a release?  Do you have a peep sight on the bow?  How about a stabilizer?  Wrist strap?  The top pin on your sight will be for the closest distance, and the bottom will be for the longest distance.  Most shots with a bow will be at 20 yds and under, so that's where you need to be practicing.  You should probably have your pins set at 20, 30, & 40 yds.  Be able to put all of your arrows inside the area the size of a paper plate.  When you can do this at 20, 30, & 40 yds, your ready to go hunting.  BTW, the deal with the paper plate is that the kill-zone on a deer is about the size of a paper plate.
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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2004, 09:45:17 PM »
sure enough, the top pin was set at 20 yrds. I was hitting consistantly on a 12X12 piece of paper. Once in a while though, one would go way off, I put it down to shooter error after I made sure it wasn't the arrows. I also have to get the nock rings and put them on. I am sure that would help immensly.
Now, should I leave the sites were they are at 20, 30 and 40yrds or change them to 10,20, and 30 yrds??

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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2004, 10:12:41 PM »
I would leave them at 20, 30, & 40.  Reason being, if you've got a 35 yd shot, you can "split the pins".  With a 10 yd shot, you can usually just put your 20 yd pin just a hair low and hit where you want it.  I shot my first deer with a bow when I was 16.  I'm 34 now.  In all that time, I've taken two 40 yd shots.  It's not a real common shot, but it's good to know that you've got it if you need it for a second shot.
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« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2004, 08:41:34 PM »
:twisted:  I have my Bow set at 70lbs,I find that my Top Pin puts my Arrow in the Same Spot at 10 and 20 yards,but when I drop the Poundage down to 50lbs for Turkey Season,I have to set my Pins for 10,20,and 30yrds ,that 20 lb drop sure makes a differance.

  So if you have your Bow set for High Poundage,go with 20,30,and 40 Yards,if your Poundage is lower,go with 10,20,and 30yrds.

   If you shoot with a release,try to put your Thumb behind your Ear each time you shoot,it`s good to get into a Reutine where you have both hands in the same spot each time you shoot,that way you can adjust you Bow Sights more accuratly,if your hand is in a differant spot each time,you don`t know if it`s you or your Bow......Hope this helps ya :twisted:
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