Bowhunting Basics
64.jpgBowhunting is a sport rich in heritage and tradition.  However despite it's roots in American history, this challenging sport continues to grow and evolve year after year.  With a seemingly endless supply of  newer and better equipment available to archers often times the basics of bowhunting can be overlooked.  This article will hope both beginners and seasoned veterans get back to the principles of bowhunting.

Basic equipment considerations:

Start by determining your dominant eye. This is easy. Casually point at something across the room with both eyes open. Without moving your finger, close your left eye. Is the finger still pointing at the target? Now open your left eye and close your right eye. Has the finger shifted? Your dominant eye is the one for which the finger is pointing at the target when the other is closed. Most right-handed people are right eye dominant, but not all.

If your dominant eye and dominant hand are the same you don't have any decision to make - go with equipment that matches. For example: right-handed and right eye dominant should shoot right-handed equipment. Left-handed and left eye dominant should shoot left-handed equipment. It gets trickier if you are cross dominant (right hand, left eye or left hand right eye).

If you find that you are right-handed but left eye dominant you have two choices. You can either learn to shoot left handed or you can shoot right handed but always close your right eye. The availability of right-handed products is much better, so if you are comfortable closing your left eye while aiming we recommend choosing right-handed equipment. However, if you are not comfortable closing your left eye while aiming we recommend left-handed equipment. Of course, if you are left-handed and right eye dominant we recommend learning to shoot right-handed with right-handed equipment.

Draw Weight:

Stick with a light draw weight bow until you become comfortable with shooting. A bow that pulls 50 to 55 pounds is a good starting point for adult males, 25 to 35 pounds for adult females and 15 to 35 pounds for children (depending upon age and development). A compound bow is a fine place to begin and there are many on the market that cost $250 or less for a complete starter kit. Youth starter kits will cost from $50 to $150. If you are not sure that your family will stay interested in the sport, you should get them started inexpensively.

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If you don't have a friend or family member who can help you select, set up and use the equipment, then take a trip to your local archery shop. The attendant is a professional and has helped many archers get started over the years. Most shops will have a few used starter bows around that you can purchase in an effort to save even more money. The staff at your local pro shop will also be able to help you outfit your bow with the proper arrows and accessories to get you shooting great in no time.

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