7 Tips to Increase Your Recurve Bow Hunting Accuracy

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf you’re like most archers, then you’re constantly asking yourself what you can do better, more efficiently, more often, in order to gain more accuracy with your shot while hunting with your recurve bow.  Target practice and hunting out in the wild are two completely different spectrums of the sport of archery.  While both are shooting bows and arrows at a target, the external conditions are much different.  However, that being said, they can help each other.  What does that mean?  It means learning how to do one will make you better at the other.  They each have their advantages and if you learn those then you will be better prepared to shoot in any scenario.

Is it possible to increase your bow hunting accuracy?  Yes.  Will it be easy?  Well, it’s not too difficult.  It just takes practice and dedication.  That’s why we have compiled the top 7 tips that you can follow, today, to help you shoot your target more often with your best recurve bow.

  1. Don’t trade accuracy for speed
    • Increasing your draw weight does increase the arrow speed. That being said, if you shoot better with a lower draw weight, then do so. Again, accuracy is key.  Some hunters choose a longer draw length to increase speed, however doing so may affect your form, which will make it difficult to maintain consistency with the anchor point, and ultimately will do you more harm than good.
  2. Accessorize
    • Don’t underestimate the power of add-ons to your bow. Standard bows don’t come with additional accessories, however they can be purchased and will help.
  3. Watch the Ball, or in this case the Arrow
    • Practice by keeping your eye on the shaft all the way to the target through sight-pin bracket. This will encourage your arm to not drop or move at all.
  4. Form Form Form
    • This is super important when it comes to accuracy. Good form is the ultimate reason why the pros are where they are.  Practice and practice until it becomes second nature.
  5. Strive far
    • If you can easily hit 100 yards out, then shots at closer range, such as hunting, will seem like a breeze. The goal is to aim far (100 yards at least) that way you can hit close while hunting.
  6. Release Shortening
    • Shorten your release aid so that when you’re at full draw you can actually curl your index finger around the trigger. This creates better control and a smooth release.
  7. Bubble Level – Check!
    • Check your bubble level routinely, alter your bow as needed, and watch the arrow fly. The bubble lever on your site tells you your torque and cant which are necessary for accuracy.   Tilting a little to the left or right can completely throw you off your game.

Start with these tips and you will grow exponentially in your shooting.  Again, practice, practice, practice in order to get better.  Nothing happens overnight, but with these actionable tips, you can start to feel the positive change immediately.