Bowhunt 101

Archery Basics

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How To Sight In A Bow

3 Min Read
Learning how to sight in a bow is a fairly simple process yet one that must be mastered if you hope to be accurate on the range or in the field.  This step by step guide will walk you through the process of getting your sight dialed up so you’ll be shooting bulls eyes in […]
Blank Bailing

How To Cure Target Panic

6 Min Read
Target Panic, in its purist sense, is a form of shot anticipation.  The archer tries to command the shot at the exact moment the sight pin rolls onto the target.  Some individuals can shoot reasonably well using this technique. Eventually though, if left unchecked, this procedure will morph itself into a crippling disorder that will […]

How To Mount An Arrow Quiver

2 Min Read
Learning how to mount an arrow quiver to your bow is a simple task that only takes a few minutes, sometimes less.
Archer working on compound bow

How To Mount A Bow Sight

2 Min Read
Learning how to mount a bow sight is relatively simple and will allow you to work on your bow at home without the need of a bow shop or technician.

Understanding Arrow FOC %

3 Min Read
In simplest terms, an arrow’s Front Of Center (or FOC) refers to the percent difference between the physical midpoint of the arrow and the actual balance point of the arrow as compared to the total length. Understanding arrow FOC is important for many reasons, especially if the bowhunter chooses to shoot fixed-blade broadheads.

Why The Bow String Hits Your Arm

1 Min Read
A common problem that beginning archers run into is the bow string slapping their forearm when they shoot.  Many novice archers have left the range with bruises and welts thanks to these common causes.  Here’s what they are and how you can easily prevent them. 1.) Too much hand in the grip. This is caused […]
Bowhunter at full draw showing bow grip

How To Grip A Bow For Better Accuracy

3 Min Read
When it comes to consistency, look no further than the way you place your hand on your bow. It is here that accuracy can be increased or decreased. The way one holds his hand influences many different factors in how his bow reacts to the shot, and it is the foundation of proper shooting form. […]
Archer shooting Mathews bow

Proper Form For Shooting A Bow

4 Min Read
Hunting is a physically demanding sport, make no doubt about it. Whether bowhunting from a treestand in frigid temperatures, getting caught in a rainstorm at 10,000 feet, or carefully trying to keep up to a herd of elk in the backcountry…all of that puts a strain on your body. When the moment of truth arrives, […]
Arrow from bow at release

How Much Kinetic Energy For Bowhunting?

4 Min Read
Although it is often discussed in the archery and bowhunting world, kinetic energy is not at all specific to bows and arrows.  Kinetic energy is a concept of physics – a way to quantify the energy that an object possesses due to motion. In the world of physics there are various formulas for calculating the […]
Bowhunter at full draw

How Much Draw Weight For Hunting?

3 Min Read
Before we dive right into how much draw weight you need for hunting let’s take a look at what draw weight is and how various factors go into determining what the proper draw weight is for you. What Is Draw Weight? Draw weight is a measurement (in pounds) of the force required to draw (or […]
Bowhunter at full draw

How To Determine Draw Length

3 Min Read
What Is Draw Length? Draw length is exactly as the term describes, it is the length (in inches) that a bow is drawn.  This length is measured from the front of the Berger hole (where the arrow rest mounts to the riser) to the corner or angle of the string.  This can also be measured […]
Archer bending arrow with hands

What Is Arrow Spine?

5 Min Read
The spine, or “stiffness”, of an arrow is a simple concept to understand, yet its importance is often overlooked.  Arrow spine is rated by “deflection”, which is a measurement of the shaft’s propensity to bend when force is applied.  To understand deflection, let’s first begin by understanding how spine is tested. Spine ratings are determined […]
Bowhunter at full draw in corn field

Finding Your Anchor Point

5 Min Read
Every bowhunter strives to shoot with consistency and accuracy.  Their objective, whether practicing on a target or shooting at an animal, is to do everything they possibly can to ensure that the arrow finds its mark.  Minor deviations in form or alignment can have disastrous effects on accuracy.  Any degree of inconsistency in form is […]

Bare Shaft Tuning Your Bow

2 Min Read
Bare shaft tuning is a method of tuning the arrow rest by comparing the impact points of regular field tipped, fletched arrows to that of field tipped, unfletched arrows.  The ultimate goal of bare shaft tuning is to have both arrows impact at the same point.  For this procedure we are going to assume that […]
Bowhunter with Mathews Monster bow

Types of Bows

5 Min Read
Archery is one of the oldest practices in existence for hunting and before that a tool for protection.  Four types of bows are common in the world today; compound bows, recurve bows, long bows and crossbows.  While many people will argue that a crossbow is not “archery equipment,” they are indeed wrong as archery, by […]
Mathews Geo Gridlock Riser

Anatomy of a Compound Bow

8 Min Read
A key factor in being able to select the right bow for the type of shooting or bow hunting you’ll be doing is having a proper understanding of what all the bow’s various pieces are and how they work.  In the following article we will break down the many components that work in harmony to […]

How To Cut Arrows On Your Own

1 Min Read
Cutting arrows in your garage or workshop can save a great deal of time and allow you to experiment with various arrow lengths and types.  This step by step guide will show you how to properly and safely cut arrows on your own. Step 1 – Determine Your Arrow Length If you don’t already know […]
Bowhunter on horizon

Choosing The Best Bow For You

11 Min Read
One of the fundamental keys to an enjoyable shooting and bowhunting experience starts with choosing the right bow for your needs.  This includes not just the size and shape of the bow itself, but also factors such as cost, warranty and the type of hunting or shooting you’ll be doing.  For example, bowhunters pursuing whitetails […]

How To Tie A D-Loop on Your Bow

3 Min Read
The purpose of burning the ends of the D-Loop cord is to ensure that the knot does not pull back through itself while drawing the bow back. A D-Loop is simply a piece of cord that is attached to the bowstring above and below the arrows nock in order

String Loops for Accuracy

4 Min Read
You should use a release aid that has an easily-adjustable trigger so you can set the pressure to your own personal liking. Hunter shown wearing Lost Camo. More and more bowhunters have begun adding a string loop to the bowstring. The reason is simpl

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