There are many problems that new archers face when going out for the first time to shoot. One is the excitement of just being out shooting for sport, this excitement often compounds some other problems. Steadying for a good shot is often the most difficult part of the process.
The first step to steadying your shot is a simple one, find the right bow. If you are a competition shooter finding the bow that fits into the category you shoot is essential. While at the same time finding a bow that is the right draw length and poundage is also crucial. If you are having a hard time holding a steady shot with a 55 pound draw, like that on a Fred Bear Montana Longbow, it might be a good idea to move down five pounds in draw. This can help you steady your hand and give the shooter far more control over the arrows flight. This goes for compound bows also. If the initial draw is too stressful on the muscles your hands will tend to shake throwing off your aim. So finding the right bow with the right weight and draw length is important.
The problem of a steady shot is not just a hunter’s problem but also a competition shooters problem. A great way for hunters to get over the excitement of the hunt and steady your shot is simple practice with the bow. Practice taking easier shots you know you can always hit. This will help your body get accustom to the motion of drawing the bow and releasing on a regular basis. This in turn will help you slow down the shot and follow a routine when getting ready for a shot, which will steady your shot greatly.
There are a lot of problems with the actual handling of the bow that may cause an unsteady shot. A great way to minimize this unsteadiness is simply to remove a hand from the bow. This can be done on a compound through the use of a draw assist and release mechanism. A great release for compound is the Redhead XPS Caliper Bow Release. These releases allow you to draw with your whole arm instead of putting all the pressure on your fingers. Using these releases allows you to keep the bow steadier while holding the draw for longer periods of time letting a shooter make the decision on a good shot without compromising the integrity of the shot at the same time.
There are a lot of opportunities to help shooters become better shots with a bow. The old saying that practice makes perfect is doubly important in the field of archery, where a simple mistake can injure an animal instead of killing it or move your shot one inch over causing a shooter to lose a competition. By finding the right bow, practicing regularly and using devices like the bow releases a shooter is able to turn a very unstable shot into a rock solid shot with practice and patience. Bass Pro sops has everything you need to steady your perfect shot! http://www.basspro.com/Archery/_/S-12425001000 Good luck on better shots and successful hunts!