Bow Hunting Tips for Beginners | Watch Your Bow and Release Hand

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Last time in my bow hunting tips article, I mentioned that shooting machines have proven today’s bows to be extremely accurate and consistent. However, when a real person is shooting the bow, things are different. The arrow often hits somewhere other than where the pin was at the time the shot broke. This usually occurs because the archer did something to interfere with the bow during the shot process. The point of this column (as well as the last) is to teach you how to eliminate all possible interference with the bow’s function and let the bow shoot the shot.

Bow Hunting Tips | Functions of Bow
Bow Hunting Tips | Functions of Bow

There are basically 3 areas where we tend to interfere with the function of the bow. The first is the string. By impeding it anywhere along its path, we create inconsistencies in our shooting. The second (and most common) area of interference is the bow hand. By creating undue forces on the bow’s handle we adversely affect the performance of the bow. The third area of contact and potential interference is the release hand. In this column, we will talk about how to minimize potential interference from either hand.

Bow Hunting Tips: Proper Placement

The way you start the shot is very important. Most great shooters create minimal interference. If you were to take the top 10 professional compound archers in the world and randomly assigned each of them one of their competitor’s bows, I believe they would still hit the middle of the target without adjusting the sights. They have learned to let the bow shoot the shot without hindering it. This is far from the case with your average group of bow hunters; each has their own unique way of interfering with the bow.

Bow Hunting Tips | Proper Hand Placement for Bow
Proper Hand Placement for Bow | Bow Hunting Tips

There are several bow hunting tips & considerations when placing the bow hand. The bow handle’s force will be centered in one place on your bow hand. Where this pressure point is will determine your consistency. Imagine a rod running through your forearm from the tip of your elbow, parallel to and between the two long bones of your forearm and then out through your palm. The point where it would exit your palm is the ideal pressure point for your grip. Place this small spot in the exact center (side to side) of the back of the grip before drawing the bow. If you have placed the hand properly, the bow will have no propensity to move left or right when you fully relax your hand. Your knuckles should be at a 45-degree angle to both the floor and the long axis of the bow.

It is best to have a routine for bow-hand placement. I like to rest the bow’s bottom limb/wheel on my thigh with the bow hanging from my release aid, which is attached to the string. I then place my hand into the bow carefully. I apply gentle pressure with the release aid on the string to “seat” the bow handle in my palm.

Be careful not to move the hand after it is placed. If you do, you will create “skin torque,” meaning the handle will pull the skin sideways as it moves into position. Once the string is released that skin tension will force the bow handle to move ever so slightly as the arrow is leaving.

One thing that may help you get the position just right is to take the thumb of your right hand (for a right-handed archer) and place it on your left palm where you think the pressure point should be. Push real hard with your thumb in the direction of the length of our imaginary rod.  If your hand tends to want to rotate to the left (as viewed from above) your pressure point position is too far toward the fingers of your bow hand. If it tends to rotate right, the position is too far toward the thumb.

Relax

You must keep your bow hand completely relaxed from the time you start drawing until the arrow hits the target. Don’t squeeze the grip with your fingers, and just as importantly, don’t force the fingers outward. Instead, let your fingers hang naturally. Once at full draw, you need to make sure the bow hand and release hand remains torque free.

Some people lose their sense of control when they completely relax their bow hand, but you shouldn’t be trying to control the bow with your hand. You should control the bow with your upper torso. When it comes to shooting a bow, I like to think of my arm as a post I have no control over.

To minimize interference from the release hand, just make sure the hand and forearm muscles are completely relaxed. This is easy if you are shooting a wrist-strap release aid. If you are shooting a handheld release aid, your fingers should serve only as a relaxed, inanimate hook to hold the release.  The wrist should be allowed to stretch out fully, straight and relaxed. Do not wrap your wrist around your neck, and most certainly do not put your thumb behind your neck for support.

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