We congratulate you on finding interest in bow hunting, which is not just a sport but was also a skill essential for survival in the medieval ages! As simple as it seems, bow hunting requires a lot of precision and patience. Shooting an arrow can be easy only if you find a crossbow that can support speed and accuracy. Here’s a step by step guide on how to shoot a bow and arrow. It will get you up to speed, and soon you will be firing away for a good hunt or a Bull’s Eye on the range! Read on.
The shot sequence consists of short and sweet steps to follow before you send that arrow rushing out into the open. Each step is simple when you know how to align your body for it, and remain steadfast on your feet. The best part about learning to shoot a bow and arrow is that you will get the hang of it in a s
ingle session only. After that, it is the amount of practice that adds precision and success.
We will keep adding tips to improve your style throughout our guide. You will be able to improve your shooting style while practicing and become a pro in no time!
The more you practice, the quicker you can master this game. However, a single session of getting to know the process will make you understand the requisites, and you will get on track for only polishing your skills. Remember to follow the tips that will ensure success sooner than before. Let’s start by picking up a crossbow.
Using a Recurve bow or a compound bow is a personal choice. Don’t get frazzled out of overthinking. A recurve bow is a traditional bow, with a single curved arm and string to place your arrow upon. A compound bow is a modern and more efficient version as it has cams attached to both sides of the limbs to help stretch the string farther back, with less effort.
The arrow speed of a compound bow is more. The first step of shooting is drawing, and it is the same on both types of bows.
However, there are a few things to determine when you pick up the bow and arrow.
Before You Start, Check These Factors:
All of us have a dominant hand. Some of us naturally use our right hand for any kind of work, while others use their left hand involuntarily. Similarly, all of us have a dominant eye.
Whenever you wink or need to peer through a hole, which eye do you focus on, and which one do you close? Once this is determined, hold your bow so that you can concentrate on the dominant eye, and the bow is right in front of that eye.
Posture or Stance
With your eye dominance checked, now concentrate on your position. The way you stand is more important than what it seems. With one foot ahead of another, maintain balance. Your body should be at a diagonal as you stand with your feet wide apart. Keeping your back straight, you can work your shoulder muscles to support all movement of shooting the arrow.
Hold The Bow And Get Ready!
Nocking the Arrow
There’s nothing complicated about this step. A nock is the plastic end of the arrow. You place it on the arrow rest marked on the bowstring. Nocking means to put the arrow shaft on the arrow rest, marked on your bow.
This rest is intended for arrow placement so that you always use this space for aiming arrows correctly. A single bead can denote an arrow rest. If so, place your arrow above it. If your bow has two beads to show the arrow rest, you will place the arrow shaft between these two points. A corresponding point on the curved bow limb denotes the point against which you direct your arrow.
All you need to remember is that there are a few ways to simplify arrow placement. You can get accessories and small instruments to add precision and allow the arrow to travel in a straight line. Nocking means holding the arrow on the string. The correct nocking point and ways to reduce effort may come with practice, but now, know the terms used for bow and arrow shooting!
Gripping the Bow
In your non-dominant hand, hold the bow as all this hand executes is the force to hold. Your dominant hand must be engaging the arrow. Remember not to squeeze the bow tightly while keeping a firm grip. Wear an arm guard and hold the bow while your wrist is at an angle to the bow.
Stretching the Bowstring
After nocking the string and finding its correct resting place on the curved bow limb, you need to grasp the string and pull backward. The strings on your crossbow are hard and may cause bruises if you do not use protective gear.
Some archers have had to face long-term injuries only because of negligence towards protective equipment. You must keep your gloves and finger bands close to avoid any discomfort or injury.
There are many methods of holding the strings. We will discuss the Mediterranean way as it is the easiest for all beginners. Use three fingers to pull the bowstring while curving the top groove inwards, and to keep the nock of the arrow between your ring and middle finger. In case you feel this is an uncomfortable way, try joining all three fingers below the arrow while supporting it lightly with your thumb.
The Action Begins
If you haven’t started feeling like a hunter, stretch the bowstring backward and aim with your dominant eye. Hold the crossbow at the shoulder level so that you have full control of the weapon while aiming. The most efficient draw is at shoulder level as your body is at ease. With feet wide apart and one foot ahead, you can maintain your balance correctly as you aim for the target. Also, while aiming at the Prey—Hunters use a Rangefinder for finding the exact distance of their target.
One thing to remember here is that you should engage your back muscles to draw the arrow. Using arm muscles will only tire you out sooner than you would like! The crossbow must be close to your body, but not too close for a backfire when the strings vibrate, and the tension is released.
Learn About Your Anchor Point
Your anchor point is the farthest point to which you must stretch the string. Every archer’s anchor point is different, and the only significance of it is for you! Many people hold the bowstring stretched up till their nose; others may prefer to stretch it lesser. Whatever comes naturally for you, just remember that it remains your anchor point for the best shot!
Now’s your moment of glory! As you are ready with your feet steady on the ground, move your fingers backward, and release the arrow. Before you know it, it would be flying out towards the target. When you release the arrow, keep your hand back and follow through so that the arrow flies out without any interference. Be sure to protect your face from the vibrating bowstring!
Keep shooting for perfection
The above steps are all that there is to learn about bow and arrow shooting. However, the skill needs to be perfected with practice and more practice. Be sure to find your comfort zone as shooting can become tiring if you don’t stand correctly or pull the arrow in the recommended way. Once you are on your way to finding the best pose and shooting style, aiming becomes easier.
With consistent shooting, you can become accurate and maybe you would want to take it up for all the hunting trips that only seem unreal today!
Using a bow and arrow is all about finding a comfortable stance and holding the arrow correctly. Once you master the holding technique, you can aim and shoot in the right manner to get a successful hit every time.
Concentrate on the short steps of holding the bow correctly and getting used to the various features. A good shot means a comfortable arrow throw at the target. Practice the skill to improve your aim and become a seasoned archer.
Hold the bow from the deepest point of the curve
Drawing an arrow means placing it on the bowstring and stretching it back to aim.