December 11, 2013
Bow Tip: Shoot from Your Knees or Maybe Miss Your Buck
By Dave Hurteau
I have a confession: I don't shoot my bow as much as I should. When we are testing new bows in the spring, I shoot a ton and get pretty dialed in, even at long range. But during the rest of the year, like many of you I assume, work and family (and work and work and work) make it pretty much impossible to regularly hit the range. And so while Will Brantley's recent video advice to practice shooting your bow from your knees is totally valid, I admit I don't do it that much.
But, and this is a big but, you should at the very least shoot a few sessions from both your knees and sitting before the hunting season starts. The reason why is, as I say here, your point of impact can be different when kneeling, sitting, or standing.
I am ashamed to admit this, but I only found out this fall that I shoot a little low when kneeling. On a South Dakota hunt in October, I was shooting targets with well-known writer and bowhunter Bob Robb, who mentioned that he tends to shoot low from his knees. So I knelt and shot—and sure enough, so do I.
Point is, you might, too.
So if there's a chance you'll fling an arrow at a critter while kneeling, you need to know where that arrow is apt to hit. And, as I also say here, don't mess around with your shooting form in an attempt to eliminate the variance. That's asking for trouble. Your form needs to stay consistent. Instead, figure out exactly where you tend to shoot from kneeling and sitting, and make a simple aiming adjustment when your buck comes waltzing in.