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    How to Sight In your Bow

    Sighting in your bow is a very simple but but can be time consuming process. Simply put sighting in your bow is basically setting up the pins on your sight so that when you aim and release the arrow; it hits where you were aiming. In order to sight in your bow you will need a set of allen wrenches, for the sight/rest/pin screws.


    First of all you need to set up a target and some markers, that will mark off distances of 10, 20,30,40 yds etc As for a target I use and would recommend Field Logic’s ” The Block Elite 4×4 Field Tip/Broadhead Target ” for 3 reasons
    *These targets can take a beating and last a long time
    * You can shoot both field point and broadheads at it
    * It is one of the only targets I have tried that you don’t have to fight with to get your arrows out of it.

    . Set yourself up so that your body is perpendicular to the target about 5-10 yds away. Load an arrow into your bow and aim at the target with the top most pin on your sight; where you want the arrow to go. Do this a few times just to make sure that you didn’t flinch or the wind didn’t grab the arrow.

    Walk up to the target and make note of where your arrows are in relation to where you were aiming. If the arrows are off from your aimed spot then go back and move the sight just a little in the direction that the arrow was off. For example if your arrow was right, then you will move the sight to the right. *Note – We are just concentrating on left to right at this point.* Continue this process until your arrow hits where you are aiming(in relation to left and right).


    At this point your arrow should pretty much be dead on when it comes to left and right alignment. With the left to right complete we can now work on your up and down alignment. Basically to start out with, this process is going to be pretty much the same as the first steps. Make sure that you are standing perpendicular to the target about 10 yds away. Instead of using your top most pin however; you will now use your pin that you are going to be using for 30yds(usually your 2nd pin from the top).

    Aim at the center of the target and then release the arrow. The expected results should be that the arrow has hit 3-4 inches higher from where you aimed, this is normal. If you are off left to right repeat the previous steps. If the arrow is lower than where you were aiming simply loosen the sight and bring the sight down just a little bit. Continue shooting until the arrow is about 3-4 inches higher than where you were aiming.

    When you have reached the desired results move back to the 20yrd marker. Again using your 30yrd pin aim at the center of the target, again you should be hitting just above where you were aiming. the difference now should be only about 1-2 inches higher. If the arrow hits dead on or is a little low then make the adjustment downwards to your sight, and try again until the results are reached.

    Move back to the 30 yrd marker, and aim again at the center of the target. Your arrow should be hitting pretty much right where you aimed it. You may have to make small adjustments to fine tune your sight, however you probably won’t need to do very much.


    In the previous steps we were concentrating on moving the entire sight in order to sight in your 30yd pin, now with your 30 yd pin set and all ready to go we can now focus on your individual pins. This process will take a bit of time but basically you are just going to move forward or back depending on the pin that you are working with and moving the pin up or down to get the desire shot placement for that yardage.

    Do this for the rest of your distances leaving your 30yd pin alone. In doing it this way you avoid setting up the 10, 20 yd pins and then realizing that the entire sight has to go up or down and then once doing so having to re sight in the 10, 20 yrd pins. This saves a lot of time and frustration. Once all your pins are set you are now sighted in and ready to go.

    One Response to “Archery How To – Staying Safe in a Tree stand”

    1. Clayton Says:

      This is something that I find I have to continually do. I decided that after I set my pins, I also marked where the pins where on my bow and also added some nail polish to them to keep them in place. (nailpolish comes off easier when you need to remove it)

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