Shooting a Compound Bow is not the same as shooting a recurve bow or a longbow. In the one regard where it is quite different is the holding weight at full draw. That being said, there are several similarities in the shooting technique of most bow types. The stance and preparation of the archer getting ready for a shot is very similar in the shooting of all bows. The positioning of the arrow on the rest is really the only difference between most of them. For all bow types the principle of back tension is the same. No question, you will get all kinds of tips on shooting a compound bow. But make sure they are the proper techniques to follow.
A traditional recurve bow can be drawn back to just about any length but that is quite different with the Compound Bow. A Compound Bow will draw back only a certain distance before it stops or hits the wall, so to speak. Your Compound Bow is designed to be shot from the full draw position. When the Compound Bow is set for a particular draw length, the bow should always be shot from the full draw position. Without modifying the setup of the Compound Bow, the bow simply can not be over drawn. The important fact to remember is that the draw length of the Compound Bow must be setup to coincide with your particular size. This is only one key factor of Compound Bow basics you will learn as you go along.
Bow hunting or archery in general entails three major actions on your part. You will be involved in drawing the bow, aiming the bow, and releasing the arrow. We will have further discussions on how to aim a Compound Bow in the future. Your stance and shooting technique are very important and you might consider signing up for a number of archery lessons from a certified instructor. Many folks will recommend learning to shoot with your fingers at first and if this is possible then try doing this for a minimal time frame. Either a glove or a bow shooting tab will enable you to acquire a true feel for the bow string. The key is to become as consistent with your releases as you can be to maintain a stable arrow flight. Continue to practice with your shooting form and this will lead you to more accurate arrow placement. Your concentration should always be on a smooth release and follow through and this will improve with time and patience. When you finally start maintaining your consistency you will be ready to go after the big ONES!
The majority of Compound Bow archers use mechanical releases and these mechanical trigger attachments are strapped around the archers wrist. These attachments then extend outward and are clipped right onto the bow string. The trigger will then be squeezed upon drawing the bow. The advantage to using mechanical trigger attachments is to increase the overall shooting accuracy by the elimination of any unnecessary torsion. One last word of caution would be to remember that these trigger devices are mechanical and could possibly malfunction when least expected. So my advice to you-keep your fingers sharpened up!!
We hope you enjoyed some of the tips on shooting a Compound Bow. We will also have other tutorials for example on tuning a Compound Bow and how to aim a Compound Bow in the future.