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In part 1 of this article, I went over finding a mentor, getting a bow, release and arrows that work for you and becoming an archer. Now, it is time to go over the next steps of transforming you from an archer to a bowhunter. These steps involve getting your bow properly set up, practicing, knowing your effective range and taking ethical shots at animals. After we finish going through these steps together, you will be ready to hit the woods or mountains, searching for an animal you can harvest with a bow and arrow.
After you have your bow, rest, site, release and arrows, you are ready to set up your bow. The basic summary of setting up your bow is that you are to attach your sites, rest, nocking points, d-loop and more in a way that everything aligns and it aligns to you. Some YouTube videos on tuning your bow are good for a first-timer; however, a bow shop is the best way to go. A bow shop will assess your bow’s timing, making sure your cams are aligned. They will check your arrow’s flight and make appropriate adjustments to your nocking point or rest and even give you some pointers on your form. Ultimately, you want to give yourself the best opportunity to be accurate so setting up your bow correctly is necessary. I would always suggest a professional bow shop help with this. After all, you wouldn’t buy a tuxedo for your wedding and then try to tailor it yourself. Let the professionals help you, so it’s perfect before you start to practice.