Hunt Smart - Fish Hard: August Bow Practice

It is hard to believe how fast time flies. I can say that 40 years ago doesn’t seem that long ago. It was at a time in my life when I was young and I had been bow hunting with a re-curve bow for a few years. There were no sights on a bow then. You had to shoot instinctively, that was it because there were no other choices. I could hit the target (kill area) but 15 yards was about my limit with any accuracy.

A few years pass and the compound bow was now on the market. I had to have one. I had to learn to shoot with sights! Sights on a bow, it was never heard of! My buddy Howard at the time told me he would set up my bow with sights on it. I walked up to Howard’s house after talking on the C.B. and he showed me his bow with sights on it. Howard had four sights on his bow. They were straight pins with a little ball on the end of them. The pins had different colors on them. They were set for different distances. The top pin was set for 0-15 yards and the second pin 15-30 yards and the third pin was 30-45 yards.

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