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What you Need to Start Bow Hunting

American hunter Melissa Bachman, dressed in camouflage, aims a hunting bow. Photo: Rights owned by Melissa Bachman, via Wikimedia Commons

Archery is a challenging sport of precision and focus that has been around since man started his hunting journey. Now it is one the fastest growing sports in the United States and it’s no surprise because it can fit everyone, no matter the physical condition, left handed, right handed, short or tall. This sport is for everyone, all you need is a good start.

Follow these simple steps, written for beginners of all ages, on how to get started with bow hunting.

How to choose the bow

Purchasing your first bow can be difficult, but there are several things to consider. Since you are a beginner and you are just getting started is important to choose a bow that has a wide range of adjustments. The best choice for you is the bow that fits you, and getting a bow to work usually takes some adjustments.

If the changes are hard to make, then the shooter may easily become discouraged. If the shooter is a young person with a body yet to reach adulthood, then adjustability becomes even more important.

Another thing you should consider is the draw length (the length of the bow) and the draw weight (how much can you pull back).

In order to find out your draw length, stand with your arms extended to the side and measure the wingspan, take the measurement and divide it by 2.5.

When it comes to draw weight, is all about focusing on comfort. If you struggle to reach a full draw then the weight is too heavy.

How to find your dominant eye

Establishing your dominant eye is quite important, it determines if you should either use your right or left hand. You can find this out with a simple test that is vital to your ability to accurately shoot with a bow.

Keep in mind that it is a mistake to assume that the dominant eye would coincide with the dominant hand.

Here’s a simple method you can use to find out your dominant eye.

  • Put both of your hands forward, place them together to form a small triangle between the thumbs.
  • With both of your eyes open, look through the triangle and center on a particular object.
  • Now close your eyes. If the object stays in the middle of the triangle, then the shooter is right-eye dominant, if the objects seem to be moved further away, making it no longer visible, then the shooter is left-eye dominant.
  • Repeat. This time close the right eye first. If the object can still be seen within the triangle, the shooter is left-eye dominant, if the object is no longer visible, the shooter is right-eye dominant.


Practice makes it perfect, nobody is born an archer but learns to become one. Many use their shooting practice as a stress relief method, focusing on the target and ignoring the background noises from our noise not only makes us better archers but calmer people.

By Kevin Steffey

Kevin Steffey is an avid hunter and freelance writer. He loves spending time in the field with his rifle more than almost anything else, and occupies his off-time discussing deer and their habits online. He is a founder at www.deerhuntingfield.com



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