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Shooting a bow from a treestand

Ok guys and girls, i am new to bow hunting and have a quick question about shooting from my tree stand. i am just wondering how i should or if i should compensate for the height being i am shooting down. i just need some tips and tricks about how i can do this! i just dont want to miss the buck when it comes by and then i feel dumb cuz i missed a textbook shot! anything will help people! i am shooting a bear charge at 57 pounds and just need some tricks!

Thanks!

 
 
 
 
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teddarr
Posted: 8/16/2011
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oh yeah, and shoot for the exit not the entrance. This will ensure a shot at the vitals.
teddarr
Posted: 8/16/2011
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You will want to shoot a little lower but not much. Instead of using distances directly from the treestand platform to the deer, use the distance from the base of the treestand to the deer. It will be a little shorter distance. Gravity only affects the horizontal distance of the arrow. So if the deer is 20 yards from the base of the tree, in theory you should use the 20 yard pin on your sights because this is the horizontal distance traveled, even though the total distance is just a little longer. I could bring in the Pythagorean theorem, but the easiest thing to do is practice from a stand or other elevated height same as your treestand and measure the distance to items around your stand so you will have known distances to work with.
evilbeliever
Posted: 8/11/2011
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Excellent advice given by DuckBuckGoose good luck, practice, practice, practice and good luck!
DuckBuckGoose
Posted: 8/10/2011
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Yes! Practice like you play!
fowlmouth30
Posted: 8/10/2011
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Thanks a lot man! I have been trying to find stuff on this on the web but had no luck! I am hoping to get out to the woods later this week and try it out! hopefully the weather plays out to be nice! also do i wear what i plan on wearing in the stand at all? or not til i get the feel for shooting down??

again thanks a alot!
DuckBuckGoose
Posted: 8/10/2011
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The biggest thing is to bend at the waist and NOT just dropping your arm to compensate for the downward angle. Essentially you want to keep your arm at the same 90 degree angle to your torso that you would if you were practicing shooting on flat ground. Again, bend at the waist, don't drop your arm.

Also, depending on the distance from the target and the angle of the shot, you generally want to aim slightly lower when shooting down from a treestand. You really should take a target out in the woods now and practice shooting from a stand to get a feel for it. There's no substitute for that.

Finally, you've got to be mindful how your shot placement will enter and exit the deer. If they are close when you shoot them the steep angle can reduce the size of the vitals. Think about the deer in 3 dimensions and think as much about the exit of the arrow as you do about the entrance. If a deer is quartering away, for example, you can think about aiming more for the opposite leg - so the arrow enters a little back on the front side of the deer, but has a chance to get both lungs and doesn't exit too far forward.

Good luck out there. I hope this helps!

 
 
 
 
   
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