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    Top Bowhunting Tips for a Successful Hunt

    bowhunting deerBowhunting season is closing in fast and before you know it, you’ll be heading out for trophy animal this season.  Bowhunting is not cheap and it takes a lot of time effort and dedication to be able to pull off a successful hunt.  In order to make your chances of being able to bag your trophy animal this coming season here are a few top bowhunting tips to improve your chances of a successful hunt.

    Know the Area – This tip may seem obvious but it really isn’t enough to know of the general area.  In order to get a chance at a shot this season you need to know where the animals are, how they travel, where they feed and drink etc.  The more you know about the area you will be hunting the better your chances of having a successful hunt.

    Know your Game – Bowhunting is all about accuracy and making sure that you take a shot that will land in the kill zone of the animal that you are hunting.  It is important to study where the kill zone(heart and lungs) is on the animal you will be hunting so that you don’t end up losing the animal or having to track it for hours because has been wounded.

    Don’t Forget your Tools – Nothing and I say again nothing is more upsetting than getting all the way out to your hunting spot and realizing that something has become loose or has broken and you have no tools to be able to fix it.  Remember that out in the bush anything can happen and it is best to be prepared.  Make sure to bring Allen wrenches, pliers, and a pocket knife.

    Spares are a Must – When hunting there is no telling when Murphy will show up to give you a bad day so it is always a good idea to keep a spare sight, rest and string/cable on hand should any of your others break.  That being said if your string does break, get cut or anything else that makes it unsafe to shoot you should also have a portable bow press on hand as well.

    Use yardage markers – Regardless of whether you’re shooting from a treestand or on the ground making use of yardage markers will make it a whole lot easier to guess the yardage of the animal when it comes in to shot range.  These markers can be logs, rocks, grassy patches, corn patches or whatever.  Obviously natural things that are already in the area are best because the animals will already be used to them.

    Give your Bow a Tune up – Before you step foot into the bush you should take some time to tune your bow.  Tuning your bow will ensure that your arrow is flying true and straight out of the bow and that you are getting the max kinetic energy out of your arrow when it hits the animal. In order to properly tune your bow you should make use of paper tuning.  This will give you a graphic representation of how your arrow is flying out of the bow and will help you to make the appropriate adjustments.

    Remember bowhunting is not just about venturing out into the wild with a bow, finding a random spot and sitting there all day until an animal comes along.  It takes a lot more than that to be consistently accurate and to have a truly successful hunt.

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    Increase your Accuracy by Shooting without a Peep Sight

    archery peep sight

    Peep sights have been and are being used by most of the archers out there today, however what many archers don’t know is that by ditching that peep sight and learning how to shoot your bow without its use you can dramatically improve not only the accuracy but also the consistency of your shots. For any of you who are currently using a peep sight or who have used one in the past there are a few negatives about them.

    1. Twisting – Peep Sights are notorious for twisting and shifting position on the string. This is a huge problem when you are at full draw and you are unable to see through your peep sight.

    2. Hole Blocked – With a peep sight you may notice that after traveling through the bush or maybe during a light rain that the hold can become blocked by drops of rain, dirt, sticks and whatever else you may encounter while hunting. This can leave you fighting to see your target or spending time trying to clear away the blockage.

    3. Reduced visibility – Due to the small hole, and design of most peeps it can really restrict the amount of light that is allowed through the peep sight thus greatly reducing your visibility especially in the early morning or evening when the sun is less bright.

    These are just a few of the more common problems that archers normally experience with a peep sight, however shooting without a peep sight takes all of these disadvantages away and once you have learned how to shoot without it, you will notice that your accuracy and consistency will have improved.

    How to shoot without a Peep Sight

    Shooting your bow without the use of a peep sight can take some getting used to however, the concept is very simple. The biggest key to shooting without the use of a peep sight is your anchor point(s). Usually its best to have 2 anchor points that you can hit every time you draw your bow. This is literally the biggest most crucial part of shooting your bow without a peep.

    Next when you draw the bow you will notice that the string will be in your line of sight, this is completely normal so what you have to do is simple tilt your head a bit to the right or left so that you can just see your pins on the left or right side of the string.

    That is really all there is to shooting without a peep sight. As long as you sight your bow in and shoot your bow with the exact same anchor points each and every time, and looking to the same side of the string each and every time, you will be able to shoot without a peep sight.

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