Before, traditional bows were very hard to yield. It takes a very strong and willed individual to hold the stretched position for a while and aim for the target successfully. Today, although modern bows allow easier use and more accurate shots, you still need to invest in shooting aids to improve your skills. There are plenty of shooting aids available depending on your objectives and budget. Here are some guidelines on how to pick the right one.
What is a Shooting Aid?
The main function of a shooting aid is to improve the way an archer holds the arrow and keep the target in place. A shooting aid in bow hunting is typically comprised of the glove and finger tabs that protect the fingers as the arrow is released, release aids that help draw and release the bow string, quivers that hold the arrows while the archer is hunting, arm guards that protect the arms from getting hit by the bow string and chest protectors that keep the bow string away from the chest. Rangefinders are also a shooting aid that helps you estimate distance accurately.
On Finger Shooting
A shooting glove should be durable and always ready for any activity. In the past, archers used leather gloves with individual finger stalls. Shooting gloves are generally convenient and easy to use. Several traditional individuals like to use shooting gloves since these are quick in nocking and shooting arrows. Since there is only a single layer of leather, your fingers can get sore after frequent shooting. The stalls will groove over time, so the string cannot slip and shoot accurately. Another drawback is that fingers can sweat and make the glove soggy.
The Finger Tabs
Finger tabs are described as a portion of plastic or leather that protects the shooting fingers, held together by rubber, plastic or leather around the middle finger. The fingers can breathe because of the tabs and gets rid of the sweat and sogginess. The tab can be rotated to the back of the hand. In cold weather, a tab can be slipped over the wool gloves, allowing the archer to shoot without major changes. Using a shooting glove, you must cut the finger out of the gloves.
Mechanical Release Aids
A release aid functions in improving the potential shooting accuracy. Release shooters are categorized different from finger shooters since their shots are generally more accurate. Mechanical release aids improve the consistency of shots. When shooting with fingers, the archer has 3 points because of the 3 fingers holding the arrow, making it hard to release all 3 at the same time together. The string is held at a single tiny point by a release aid, thereby slipping the string consistently one shot after the other.
It is important to use the element of surprise when release the string. Archers are advised that instead of planning when to release and focusing more on letting go, their shots become distorted and inconsistent. You should just let go quickly once you hone in your target.
The Bow Sight
The bow sight is frequently used as a shooting aid. There are different main components for the sight, such as a mounting bracket or extension gadget used to link the sight to the bow, the elevation and wind age adjustments that tune the pins to different distances, the pin guard or sight body and the sight mechanism which involves a red dot or pins that aim at the target.
Fixed pin sights are the most popular. There are two options for mounting to the rise of the bow. First is the hard mount that connects straight to the riser. Second is the dovetail system made of a 2-piece mounting style that has a metal bracket linked straight to the riser and the sight bracket that holds the sight body and can easily detach or attach by clamping and sliding in and out of the major bracket.
There are single-pin sights that swing inside the pin housing called pendulum sights. The pin is focused on the ground at about 20 yards and can immediately adjust to different shooting yardages to 30 to 40 yards. Bow hunters should only focus on the target and avoid estimation on the yardage.