Whether you’re new to the sport of archery or you’re buy a new bow you will need to know how to sight in a bow properly and effectively in order to ensure you’re bow will hit where you’re aiming when you release the arrow.
*Note that before you start sighting in you should paper tune your bow in order to make sure the arrow is shooting straight from the bow. Click here to see our “How to Paper Tune your Bow” article
In this article I will guide you through how to properly sight a bow. In order to get started we will need the following tools/items:
-Field point Target
-3 arrows with field points
We’re going to start by taking our tape measure and measuring out 4 distances of 10 yds from the target and placing a marker in the ground at each 10 yd increment.
Next take your gear and tools and set up so that you are about 5 yds. This will allow you to safely see where your initial arrow flies without missing the target and losing or breaking an arrow.
We are going to begin by taking care of the left to right changes first and then adjusting the sight for height later on.
When adjusting your sights keep 3 things in mind.
1. Adjust your sight in the same direction that your arrow is hitting. So for example if your arrow hits too much to the right you will adjust your sight to the right a bit.
2. Adjust the whole sight first for 30 yds and then adjust your pins for the other yardages.
3. Keep your adjustments small, a slight adjustment to the sight can mean a huge change in where the arrow hits the target.
Using your 30 yard pin aim at the center of the target and take note of where your arrow goes. If it is too far left move the sight left and shoot again until the arrow is hitting right on or within a half inch of where you are aiming it.
Once finished move back to 10 yds and repeat, fine tune the left to right based on where the arrow hits the target. At this point your left to right should be taken care of and we can begin dealing with the high and low of the arrow.
When shooting at the target from 10 yrds with your 30yd pin you should expect the arrow to hit about 3 – 4 inches higher than where you aim. If this is the case then move back to 20 yds, if not then adjust the sight so the arrow hits higher and then move back to 20yds.
Repeat this process again at the 20yd pin and then move back to 30 yards.
At this point you will be able to fine tune your sight for up and down, left and right using your 30 yd pin. At 30 yards your arrows should be nearly dead on or very close to it.
Once you have your 30 yrd pin shooting the way you want it to, you will be focusing on fine tuning your other yardages by making adjustments to the actual pins (10,20,40,50 etc) instead of the entire sight.
After completing these steps your bow should be properly and successfully sighted in and you will only need to further fine tuned if need be.
Below I have included a great video to give a visual representation of what I am explaining in this article