Peep Sight

[STEP FIVE]

Aiming the Bow

Step One: Putting on the Release
Step Two: Nocking the Arrow
Step Three: Holding the Bow
Step Four: Drawing the Bow
Step Five: Aiming the Bow
Step Six: Firing the Bow

Though drawing the bowstring is the most physically demanding part of the process, the hardest part of compound archery is still ahead of you. But don't worry. With the coaching on this Web site and a little bit of practice you'll be sticking your target with ease.

The sight system on a compound bow consists of two parts. The peep sight, which adjusts to your eye when the string is drawn, is located on the bowstring. The forward sight, which consists of a series of pins and a level, is attached to the front of the bow.

Forward Sight

These pins are set to graduated distances always beginning at 20 yards (the highest pin) and working out to 30, 40, and 50 yards (the lower pins.) An archer should know at what distances the pins are set before attempting a shot. Luckily for us, the top pin is almost always set for 20 yards, the exact distance we walked from our target in step four.

Remember your anchor point? Remember how I said it doesn't matter where it is? I lied a little bit. If you can't see through the peep sight, you'll have to adjust your face or your anchor point so that you can.

The basic principle is that the bow is aimed by lining up the target with the pin, as seen through the peep sight. So look through that peep sight.

Now that you've got your dominant eye looking through the peep, shut your other eye and line your target up with the top (20 yard) pin. Similarly, if you were taking a 30 or 40 yard shot, you would line up the target with the corresponding pin (second down, third down,etc.)

Make sure that the bubble is in the center of the level in the forward sight, and you're ready to go.

And the hardest part is over. All that's left is Step Six: Firing the Bow.