Crossbow Target Practice

The most experienced bow hunters do not think about the shots they take it is an automatic process from the beginning to the end. However, they do think very carefully about shooting when practicing as well as polishing their skills. Here are 5 steps that can offer you with accurate archery.

Step One: Stance

The correct standing position is very important and is what most of the self-taught archers lack. You should be facing your target from a 45 degree angle and your feet should be parallel and spread between 18 inches and 24 inches apart. Your toes should also directly face your target and not be at a 90 degree angle like the majority of the beginners stand.

When it comes to hunting with a crossbow, this “open stance” allows for 2 things. The first will be that it allows you to face the animal more directly before you shoot and requires minimal game-spooking movements in order to get ready for your shot. The second aspect is that angling towards the target using a 45 degree angle will move the bowstring away from the chest and your bow-arm. If you allow the string to even slightly brush against your clothes during a shot, your arrow will end up veering to the side. This usually occurs in a real hunting situation when you wear baggy clothing to keep warm.

Step Two: Bow Grip

You should have a closed and relaxed hand when you grip your bow. If you hold too tightly, your bow arm is tensed and this significantly degrades the accuracy of your shots. The best bow shots include lightly touching the thumb to your middle or forefinger. If you are unable to master the loose grip, you may want to try out the open bow-hand using a wrist-sling. This sling ties your bow to the hand so it is unable to fall out while shooting.

Step Three: The Draw

Extend the bow-arm aimed towards your target with your string gripped between your fingers. The more common grip on your string would be to have your index finger placed above your arrow nock while your index and middle finger will be below the nock. Now pointing the bow towards your target, make sure your grip on the bow is loose now pull your string back in a smooth way towards the area of your face. Try not to point or dip the bow as you begin to draw. Make sure the bow is fully extended before pulling your string directly back.

Step Four: Anchor

Once your bowstring has been drawn, lock the string hand against your face, this is known as the “anchor.” If you are a right-hand shooter you will anchor on the right hand side of your face and your right eye will be behind your bowstring. Find an anchor point that is comfortable that will align your aiming eye to the string.

Step Five: Aim

Many bow hunters will aim using a bow sight as these are the most accurate if you are not experienced. Now bring the aiming sight-pin onto the target. Many archers prefer to raise the bow toward their target and this has a benefit as it becomes an easier task to see a bull’s eye or animal above your actual sight.