Alexandre Bombenger is a French freelance hunting and outdoors writer and consultant.
He started out with a bow at the age of 12 and has been involved in archery and all forms of hunting ever since.
Alexandre is also the proud owner of an awesome 8 year old Finnish Karelian Bear Dog who keeps him company at home and afield.
Alexandre has very kindly given us some pointers on better bow hunting.
In hunting, action shooting generally occurs unconsciously and uses the automatic responses acquired in training.
But it could be a different story while perched three meters above the ground , stress and tiredness can sometimes mobilize a large part of your ability to concentrate ? It’s here that your skills as an archer will come in to play.
A shooting procedure perfectly controlled , worked with care and regularity poses for bow hunting the best guarantee of success possible.
To improve accuracy, consistency and exploit the potential we must adopt a training method that is both simple but reasoned so that the objectives will primarily strengthen and improve in steps.
These 7 steps should allow beginners and experienced to understand with confidence the principles of bow hunting.
Step 1: Position
If ” in the air” on a ” treestand ” The hunter must often settle for a compromise. On the ground however he or she can almost always be placed optimally with the target, or 45 ° , legs parallel but flexible and separated by about fifty cm, and finally the feet firmly positioned.
This posture relatively “open”, not only allows a better view of the target but also reduces the occurrence of any friction of the string against the bow arm (and therefore offers a more comfortable and effective firing position ).
Step 2: The Grip
Grip the bow too rigid and supported and it seriously affects the accuracy of shooting. Too much tension in the wrist will then inevitably induce what is called the ” torque “.
A more flexible but still not completely relaxed grip can greatly reduce this phenomenon and at the same time helps absorb vibration and some of the movements that the arc delivers.
Step 3 : The Rise Extends
Depending on whether a traditional or a compound arc is used, it can be considered in two ways but still with the arc pointing towards the target and from bottom to top.
In the first case it occurs gradually (simultaneously with the rise of the bow arm) to reach its maximum height of the anchor ( window at eye level ), whereas in the second case it is divided into two distinct stages: rise and full extension of the bow arm first, then pull on the string to reach the maximum of the extension then ( in a soft but firm and constant movement).
Step 4: Anchor
Once brought to full length it is essential to determine a final anchoring point, at the corner of the mouth or on the chin with traditional bows, and on the cheek or on the edge of the lower jaw with a compound .
The ideal base takes into account many parameters ( string alignment and / or bodies referred as a ” peep ” and ” pine ” and of course mode of delivery , namely ” fingers ” or mechanical ) and shall ensure comfort and consistency.
Step 5: The Aim
Depending on the mode selected ( instinctive shooting or viewfinder) the approach is very different but nonetheless still requires exemplary regularity to obtain good results.
Thus, although the use of a viewfinder is more comfortable in theory, it also has some drawbacks. The decision making is referred with one eye ( either a horizontal axis or a vertical axis) , fatigue, stress and ambient light are more likely to disrupt .
Training in real conditions to know your limits or adapt your equipment accordingly is essential
Step 6: The Delivery
Regarding delivery (manual or mechanical) concerns the regularity is even more critical than in the previous steps.
It is true that the efforts needed to master these techniques are consistent and that it can determine the quality of the accuracy decisively.
With a release aid we can choose (and if possible test ) comfortable and fully adjustable models that requires only limited and localized pressure to the trigger.
Step 7: The Follow Through
This Anglo-Saxon expression ( literally “follow through “) refers to the final stage of shooting and seeks to regulate the behavior of the archer during ” immediately after the shooting .”
Too often beginners tend to drop their bow arm or immediately move after the arrow has left the bow window . Over time this often unconscious reaction affects the accuracy and consistency of the shot.
The ” follow through ” is to resist the irrepressible desire to immediately check the target ( lift up head and move body ) The bow hunter must simply try to stay in line with his or her initial firing position and observe “release” provided by the delivery.
So there we have it, some great tips from a very experienced hunter and something for you avid bow hunters to go out and practice. We might have lost a little in translation but we got there in the end!
Let us know how you get on, and what you have been hunting with your bow.
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