How to Become Robin Hood!!




Whether you are target shooting in a competition, hunting, or just practicing your shot the steps to a great shot are all the same. You can purchase a bow at almost any sporting goods store and you will need to find a bow that fits you. An employee at the store will help to make sure that the bow has the proper draw weight and draw length for you. After purchasing a bow and the necessary components, the next step in the process is to practice your shot. As an avid bow hunter and target shooter, I have learned the keys to making a great shot. The steps and insight in this instructable will guide a first-time bow shooter through the process of shooting a compound bow. In addition, I will also describe the necessary components for a compound bow.

Step 1: Bow Components

Prior to taking your first shot you should be familiar with the key components of the compound bow and the components of the arrow. As you can see the bow has many different components but for this instructable we will be concerned with just five of the components. 

+ Release Loop - The small string attached to the main bow string where the release will be 
+ Peep Sight - A small plastic piece, with a hole in the middle, which allows you to see your sights
                          and the target without outside distractions.
+ Hand Grip - The hand grip (wooden on this bow) is strategically placed to improve stabilization 
                          when shooting the bow.
+ Arrow rest - Plastic prongs that holds the arrow ensuring a proper arrow flight.
+ Sights - Neon and holographic, these sights enable the shooter to shoot at different distances.

Arrow Components:

+ Nock - Plastic piece that attaches the arrow to the bow string.
+ Vanes - They stabilize the arrow when it is in flight. There are many different sizes of vanes
                   and the size is all dependent on the shooters preferences.
+Field Tip - A type of tip used when target shooting or practicing.

Step 2: Release

If using a wrist release secure it to your wrist making sure the trigger is facing your palm. Make sure the wrist strap is tight and won't fall off when force is applied.

Step 3: Grip the Bow

Slide your hand through the loop on the bow sling and grip the hand grip firmly. Make sure that the bow strings are facing towards you and that the arrow rest and sights are positioned above your hand. These steps ensure that the bow is not upside down and that the tip of the arrow will be facing away from you.

Step 4: Attach the Arrow

Insert the nock, located on the back of the arrow, onto the bow string between the release loop. Slide the nock onto the bow string until you feel/hear the nock snap on. On the front of the bow, position the arrow on the arrow rest so that the arrow sits steady.

Step 5: Attach the Release

Hook the release onto the release loop by pulling the trigger back (opens release) then pushing the trigger forward (closes release). Be sure to keep your index finger behind the trigger to ensure the release does not open when unexpected.

Step 6: Draw Bow Back

If you are shooting a right handed bow, place your left foot towards the target and gently pull the bow back until the bow is at maximum draw length. When pulling the bow back you will notice that it gets much easier to pull back about 2/3 of the way back. The reason for this is to enable the shooter to hold the bow at maximum draw for a longer period. This is one major difference between a compound bow and a traditional recurve or long bow.

Position your release hand so that the bow string is in contact or close to contacting your face. Some people like the bow string to touch the tip of their nose or the side of their mouth but it's just a matter of preference. Look through the hole in your peep sight and locate your sights and the target. When looking through your peep hole, center the outside ring (orange) of your sights on the target. If the outside ring on your sights is centered on the target, the bow should be level.

There are four pins on this particular sight, each set for a different yardage. *Note: The pins may need to be adjusted so an allen wrench is required. Instructions on adjusting sights can be found in Step 8.* When you determine the distance of the target, match it with your designated pin. Put the correct pin on the target, making sure you can still see the entire outside ring of your sights. To improve your chances of making a better shot, try to control your breathing and loosen your grip slightly. 

Step 7: Pull the Trigger

Put your index finger in front of the trigger on your release and pull the trigger when ready. 

Step 8: Bullseye or Adjustments

For beginners, start out shooting at a still target about ten yards away. Shoot a group of arrows at the target and if you feel comfortable try a longer range shot.

After shooting a group of arrows, three or four, and you are not consistently hitting the target as intended, sight adjustment may be needed. To make the arrow hit closer to the bullseye you can either adjust the whole sight unit or each individual pin. As a beginner, it might be easiest to adjust the whole sight unit. For the sake of preventing confusion I will explain how to move the entire sight unit to improve accuracy. If the arrow is consistently going above the target, loosen the screws and move the sight unit up slightly. If the arrow is going to the right you will want to move your sight unit to the right slightly. Shoot another group of arrows and see where your arrows are going now. Adjust sights accordingly until the desired outcome is achieved. With a little practice and dedication you will eventually get the hang of it. You have done everything correctly if your arrow(s) hit the intended location. Bullseye!!!!



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    36 Discussions

    broken board

    7 years ago on Introduction

    G'Day mate

    good to see another enthusiastic archer out there.
    Looks like you are in need of a few pointers I was given years ago.

    1. Stand up straight. Pull ya hips back under your body or move your body over your hips. If you can’t that is a warning sign your bow's poundage is too high.

    2. Release your death grip on your bow with your left hand, relax your fingers. The bow is held in your hand by balance not strength. The bow handle sits in the webbing of your hand around the meaty part of your thumb and first finger.

    3. I know it’s hard but u need to drop your right elbow down. strangely its not done by moving the elbow down. The best way I can explain it is to drop your right shoulder and your elbow will come down making it a more natural position. The more nature the longer and steadier you will be able to hold your draw.

    4. When you release the arrow you must let the bow pivot forward, it carries some kinetic energy with it. You are wearing a bow strap try and use it. You will not drop the bow although it does feel like it.

    All these things will increase your accuracy a guarantee it.
    I have 3 robin hoods. I had to reduce the size of my arrows and increase my distance. They are getting too expensive to keep getting robin hoods.
    I’m using top end eastern’s atm. last time I replaced them cost me 550 for 12 bare shafts.
    There is no more that 3 grains of sand difference in weight between any one of them.

    Good luck and happy hunting.

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    JeffK3broken board

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Broken Board, thank you for those tips. I've forgotten that stuff over the last 14 or so years of not being involved in archery. My best shots as of right now are placing my three arrows in a paper plate at 20-30 meters. There is a good chance that my shots were not consistent due to using a cheap stick on type arrow rest (I have replaced with a whisker-biscuit type today). I simply wanted to not spend much while determining my current level of enthusiasm for the sport. I use an older blackbear compound bow, so I had it checked out at my local archery store before using in the field. I would suggest to anyone who buys a bow second-hand to do the same. The shop did not charge a fee, and did not try to sell me on a new string or anything else that wasn't needed. That was the outdoor depot in Gainesville, GA.

    Again, I appreciate the tips.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    If compound bows existed during the time Robin Hood supposedly existed then i am sure he would use one.

    DJ Radiorimar2000

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I also think Robin hood was capable of shooting an arrow onto another arrow without dumb luck.

    Dr Qui

    6 years ago on Introduction

    If you are interested in taking up archery JOIN A CLUB I was a member of Ballyvalley Archery club Banbridge Northern Ireland who have produced a couple of Olympic and commonwealth champions. The club strongly advises that you should not buy a bow until you have been shooting for at least 6 months and your arms and shoulders have strengthened, If you buy a bow before that by the time you can shoot accurately you will be fit to pull a much stronger bow. Most clubs have bow that you can use until you are ready to buy your own. I shot for 6-7 months before I bought my compound bow.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    When I'm aiming I prefer just looking down the arrow. I just find it easier.

    broken board

    6 years ago on Introduction


    way to go on your first instructable.
    Don’t let all the chest puffing put you off making another, we all thing we are great at shooting and all like to tell everyone how good we think we are.

    Fantastic job
    If you have read all your comments like I just did and if you have a sense of humor perhaps make a instructable on the vast array of advice. RALFAO .
    Well done champ keep it up


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I've looked, but I don't see any ibles from those that have left negative comments. Cbracy spent the time to do something and should be congratulated for that rather than pilloried for his equipment choice. I shoot compound and I am an archer... I don't shot barebow for the same reason I don't ride a horse - it's outdated. Now some people *do* ride horses and that's fine... and their choice.

    I'd best not let on I have a laser sight on my bow eh? Or that I use a rangefinder either. To me it's a sport and as a sport I shoot against those with similar kit - that makes it fair as far as I can see.

    Arthur :D


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Judging by the foto you are gripping the bow to tight which will cause you to torque the bow when the arrow is released. (bow will pull to one side).
    Also the draw length is to long as previously mentioned, and you seem to be leaning backwards which could mean the the draw weight could be too much as well as the incorrect draw length.
    I corrected my shooting form by setting up a video camera and recording myself shooting a number of times, you can then playback and see where you are going wrong. (i also saw that i needed to lose weight) Then get advice or compare it to pics of pro's while they are shooting.

    1 reply

    7 years ago on Introduction

    You have bad shooting form, when you shoot any type of bow you shouldent grip the bow as this may cause the arrow to shoot wonky, also keep you're draw arm down and relax man! One final question when did Robin Hood ever shoot compound?


    7 years ago on Introduction

    -Your shooting form is terrible
    -You're cowering away from your bow and your draw length is way too long
    -You're extremely over bowed

    You don't pull the rigger. It's fired by back tension. You don't hammer fist your grip like that. Don't lean back from your bow like that. Don't have a draw 2" longer than it should be. Don't shoot a bow that's obviously way too heavy for you.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Any support of Archery is appreciated. Credit where credit is due, modern archers who use a well-tuned compound bow and release can minimize human error and make some very precise shots. Also for hunting, it can give a greater likelihood of a more humane kill. Compound bow shooting has its merits. However, it is not Robin Hood. As a traditional archer myself, [non-hunter], I prefer the feel of the string on my fingers and have the callouses to prove it. Where the modern compound bow may have some advantages, speed doesn't seem to be one of them. I found that both my friend, using a compound, and I will hit the bullseye, but he one time, where I have emptied my back quiver in the same amount of time. Just a thought.