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Archery Accuracy Tips

When it comes to the life of an animal, it is imperative that we do all that we can to ensure that taking that life is quick, clean, and respectful. Nothing sold in the archery market will compensate for a poor shot, and that poor shot could mean the difference between a clean kill and a non-fatally injured animal. We’ve compiled a list of 8 archery Accuracy tips that you should use to increase your accuracy in archery. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran, a green novice, or even a competition archer only shooting at paper and foam, these tips will help you close the gaps between your arrows.

1. Get Consistent With Your Anchor Point

It’s easy enough to master your anchor point on the range or in your backyard. But what about if you’re wearing a heavy coat, or shooting from a tree stand? Different variables will change the way you anchor your bow, so practice anchoring in ways that simulate what it will be like out in the field. The average archer will raise and lower their bow arm to acquire and inclined or declined target. This changes the way that archer looks through their peep. An easy solution is to draw and anchor your bow as if you’re shooting on level ground, then bend at your back or hips.

If anchoring even on level ground is a struggle, consider installing a kisser or nose button. Supplementing your peep sight with a second point of reference will ensure a consistent anchor point, even when shooting from awkward positions.

2. Avoid the “Death Clench”

Let the bow rest on your hand, rather than gripping it.

Properly gripping a bow starts before you even purchase one. When shopping for a bow, test the grip of each one. If anything feels “off” or foreign, eliminate that bow from your list of potentials.

Cold weather is most often was causes, even seasoned bow hunters, to grip their bow too tightly. Too much torque on the bow causes the string come out of line with the cams, which leads to the arrow shooting inconsistently.

The next thing to check is that you are gripping the bow appropriately. Many archers grip differently, but generally speaking you want the bow to rest in your hand, rather than being held by it. In other words, the bow should be on your hand, the same way a rifle would rest on a bi-pod.

3. Avoid Bow String Contact

Compared to our other archery accuracy tips, this one seems obvious. Keep sleeves, forearms, and any other potential point-of-contact away from the path of your bow string. However, when buck fever kicks in, and your shivering from the cold, wearing your large hunting coat, it is tough to keep in mind all of the potential hazards that lie in the way of your bow string.

Just as in finding your anchor, practice shooting in situations that you would find yourself hunting in. Get into a tree stand, wear what you’d wear hunting, draw and hold your bow for longer than you intended.

4. Set a Proper Draw Weight

The animal your hunting doesn’t care how strong you are. Neither should your hunting buddies. Don’t get caught up in showing off your draw weight on your bow, because chances are, it’s unnecessary and impractical.

Set your draw weight so that you can pull it back comfortably in awkward positions, cold weather, or filled with adrenaline. An accurate bow with a low draw weight is always more deadly than a bow you can’t pull back.

5. Don’t Punch the Trigger

These are as much archery accuracy tips as they are firearm accuracy tips. Just as in firing a long range riffle, subtlety and fluidity is the key to an accurate shot with a bow. Pulling the trigger should be deliberate and smooth. Punching or jerking the trigger will alter your shot just enough to make a big difference, especially the farther away from your target you are.

Avoid anticipating your shot. Take a breath, clear your head and pull the trigger.

6. Practice With Broadheads

200gr Bad Boys™ on Pro-Tracker Arrows with Broadheads

Too many people assume that their broadheads will shoot the same way their field tips do. Rarely is this the case. Most hunters find it necessary to practice with their broadheads until they find that they are getting the same grouping as they do with their field points. This is crucial for making that shot count when you’re adrenaline is kicking in.

In some cases, equipment may be to blame for a missed shot. However, that doesn’t excuse the archer from doing all that they can to be as effective with their equipment as possible.

7. Embrace the Meltdowns

Every hunter experiences buck fever. If anyone tells you that they don’t their lying to you. Even the pros and the competition archers experience fear and adrenaline that causes their bow arm to shake. It’s important in these cases to not lie to yourself and ignore the feelings. Accept that you’re nervous as hell and adapt.

Replicating the high-stakes emotions of a hunting scenario are difficult, and it’s up to you do determine if and how you want to simulate that. Just remember that no amount of preparation will stop you from getting nervous when that buck comes into your sights. And be ok with that.

8. Avoid Low-Percentage Shots

Just because you can shoot a good group at 90 yards, it doesn’t mean you should take that shot in the field.

Matt True, a successful bowhunter once said in a conversation with Darron McDougal of Grand View Outdoors, “Tree limbs, misjudged distances and poor shot angles all become factors when hunters force shots,” he said. “When an animal you want to harvest comes within range, the temptation to shoot can be overwhelming. But, if a tree limb obstructs the vitals or the animal doesn’t present a high-percentage opportunity, letting it walk away could be your best chance to harvest it another day. If you miss or make a poor hit due to forcing a shot, it’s possible you’ll never see it again.”

No amount preparation or reading archery accuracy tips should allow for low percentage shots. I don’t care how much you’ve practiced; taking a bad, low-percentage shot is impermissible. In fact, it’s downright unethical and portrays a poor image for hunters and the hunting community. Take only shots you know you can make. It’s your responsibility.

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Q.  Is the Pro-Tracker® Legal in my State?

A.  Indicates states where we believe based on our reading of the State regulations the use of the Pro-Tracker System are prohibited.  In no way is this considered to be a legal opinion. 

Alabama: Yes

Alaska: No

Arizona: Use at your own discretion (unlawful to use electronic night vision equipment, electronically enhanced light-gathering devices, thermal imaging devices or laser sights; except for devices such as laser range finders, scopes with self illuminating reticles, and fiber optic sights with self-illuminating sights or pins that do not project a visible light onto an animal. I is unlawful to use tracking devices to aid in the taking of wild game).

Arkansas: No (It is unlawful to use electronic tracking devices to locate wildlife or computer assisted hunting equipment)

California: Use at own discretion (has several municipalities, most of which have their own additions or addendums in regards to legal hunting equipment)

Colorado: Use at own discretion (Colorado does have specific restrictions in regards to battery operated equipment on bows and arrows. Tracking devices, specifically, are not mentioned in the regulatory manual).

Connecticut: Yes

Delaware: Yes

Florida: Yes

Georgia: Use at own discretion (it is unlawful to kill or cripple game without reasonable efforts to retrieve. Unlawful to use electronic communications equipment to aid in the pursuit of game).

Hawaii: Yes

Idaho: No (cannot take big game with aid of radio telemetry)

Illinois: No (electronic devices, including but not limited to those that use radio telemetry, are not permitted)

Indiana: Yes

Iowa: Use at your own discretion (it is unlawful to use dogs, domestic animals, bait, radios, handguns, rifles and crossbows , automobiles, aircraft, electronic calls or any mechanical conveyance or device to hunt deer. You cannot use a two-way mobile radio transmitter to communicate the location or direction of game or furbearing animals, or to coordinate the movement of other hunters).

Kansas: Yes

Kentucky: No

Louisiana: Yes

Maine: Yes

Maryland: Yes

Massachusetts: Yes

Michigan: Yes

Minnesota: Yes

Missouri: Yes

Montana: No (electronic or battery-powered devices attached to a hunting bow. – A bow sight or arrow which uses artificial light, luminous chemicals such as tritium, or electronics).

Nevada: No (it is unlawful to hunt any wildlife with an arrow that has any chemical, explosive, or electronic devices attached).

Nebraska: Yes

New Hampshire: Yes

New Jersey: Yes

New Mexico: Yes

New York: Yes

North Carolina: Yes

North Dakota: Use at your own discretion (Telescopic sights, range finding devices, battery- powered or electronically lighted sights or other electronic devices attached to the bow, or the arrow, are not permitted (exception: lighted nocks and recording devices which do not aid in range finding, sighting or shooting the bow are permitted). Handheld range finding devices are legal).

Ohio: Yes

Oklahoma: Yes

Oregon: No (electronic devices may not be attached to bow or arrow).

Pennsylvania: Yes

South Carolina: Yes

South Dakota: Yes

Tennessee: Yes

Texas: Yes

Utah: Yes

Vermont: Yes

Virginia: Yes

Washington: No (It is unlawful to have any electrical equipment or electric device(s), except for illuminated nocks, attached to the bow or arrow while hunting).

West Virginia: Yes

Wisconsin: Yes

Wyoming: Yes

*Disclaimer:  This research was obtained by the staff of Pro-Tracker and is not to be considered a legal representation as to law. When using the Pro-Tracker system the user must assume any responsibility as to the State regulations that they are in. This is only a guide.