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How To Improve Bowhunting Accuracy

Here's some tips on how to improve bowhunting accuracy in anticipation of the upcoming season.

There's no doubting the fact that compound bows need to be accurate to have any sort of success in the field. You can spot and stalk all day, or sit in the perfect treestand and get an ideal sightline, but if you don't have things properly set up ahead of time, it's going to be borderline useless.

These three simple reminders will go a long way in ensuring you're set up correctly and your bow is tailored for your specific build, skill set and experience.

Draw Length

It's pretty obvious, but if you are operating with a draw length that is too long or too short, you're working with a subpar situation.

Your bowstring needs to barely reach your nose at full draw for it to work properly. As a general rule, taller bowhunters need a longer draw length, and vice versa for shorter people.

You can use a simple formula to determine your ballpark draw length, and adjust things from there. Measure your wingspan from finger tip to finger tip with your arms stretched out to either side. Divide that number by 2.5 and you'll have a draw length to start with.

From there, fine adjustments one way or another can help. If you're relatively new to the sport, a few millimeters here and there won't make much of a difference. However, finding the sweet spot and now over- or under-drawing will add the accuracy you are looking for.

Follow Through

Not every bowhunter in the world realizes how important the follow through can be when executing a shot. Even experienced hunters tend to drop their bow arm too much during the moment immediately after a shot is taken, and this can have very adverse effects on accuracy.

If your arm drops before the arrow clears the bow, you'll never hit exactly where you're aiming.

Keep a good, natural, gravity-affected follow through for the best results. This can take practice, as the natural tendency is to drop that bow arm.

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Maintain focus on the flight path of the arrow, and concentrate on where it will fly as opposed the the arrow itself or the sight pin.


A steady arm and steady mind are critical to achieving the accuracy bowhunters want and need when it comes to hitting a deer or elk in the target zone. Adjusting a tight grip towards a more relaxed and easy-going hold can do wonders.

Just like with a firearm, muscle tension is going to adversely affect your pre- and post-shot movements, both of which can clearly create an inaccurate shot.

Try to keep your knuckles at a 45-degree angle to the bow handle itself, and try to keep your bow hand pressure placed upon the strongest muscles of your thumb's base. Keep the bow arm's elbow an adequate distance from the bowstring and keep a good combination of firmness and relaxation front of mind.

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