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Before the Hunt: How to Practice Shooting Your Bow and Arrow [PICS]

Are your ready to start shooting your bow and arrow? If not, you’d better practice now.

Archery season is coming up on us quickly, and can you honestly say you are ready?

Shooting your bow and arrow before the season and all through the year will warrant accuracy and confidence when the season rolls around. Here are some steps and guidelines to get your started.

Basic Steps

Shooting Position


Stand at a right angle to your target with your feet shoulder width apart and your back leg slightly forward.

Nock Arrow

Nock your arrow to the nocking point on your bow while your bow is pointed in a safe direction. The nocking point allows for your arrow to be nocked at the same point every time you shoot.

Draw and Anchor

draw and anchor

Grip your bow while pointing it to your target until your bow arm is parallel to the ground while simultaneously drawing the string back to your anchor point. Your anchor point is where your shooting hand comes back to a normal resting point on or near your face every single time you shoot. This ensures for consistency and accuracy.


You can use the “shoot where you look” tactic or use sights on your bow. If you use sights, you have to correctly line up your target with the rear and front sights before you shoot.


Once you have found your proper sighting, relax your fingers or pull the trigger on your mechanical release in a smooth and confident fashion.

Follow Through

Once you release your arrow, don’t forget to follow through by simply focusing on the sight picture you saw right before you shot your arrow.

Target Practice


Before shooting your bow, safety should be your number one consideration. Your target should be located in a safe area including its surroundings and its background. Indoor shooting may be provided at your local archer store and is a great way to practice year round.

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Your practice is worthless unless you have the correct form. You can get professional assistance at your local archer shop to ensure you have to correct form for the best shot.

Shooting Distance

When starting out, place a simple bull’s eye target at a reasonable close distance. As you improve your shooting skills, you can move your target further away and even use different types of targets.


Regular target practice will build accuracy and confidence. Shooting your bow and arrow a couple weeks out of the entire year won’t do the trick. Once you become a skilled archer, you can then call yourself a bowhunter.

Common Errors When Shooting a Bow

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If you have taken all the precautions about preparing to shoot your bow, and still can’t seem to get it right, here are a few common errors to think about:

  • Poor follow-through
  • Inconsistence anchor point
  • Poor release – jerking, flinching, or twitching usually cased by “target panick” or “buck fever”
  • Tight finger grip on the string
  • Muscle fatigue caused by drawing and holding or nerves
  • Over gripping the bow
  • Bending your bow arm
  • Finding the wrong sight picture
  • Lack of focus

Go through your shooting motion and see if any of these errors is causing problems with your shot.

Follow these guidelines well before hunting season and you will be ready in no time. Bow season is approaching fast, so get to shooting your bow and arrow and practice before it really matters.

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Before the Hunt: How to Practice Shooting Your Bow and Arrow [PICS]