Introduction: Instructions on How to Shoot a Beginners Compound Bow
These are instructions on how to shoot a beginners compound bow
WARNING: PLEASE TAKE CAUTION ON ALL STEPS OF THESE INSTRUCTION DUE TO THE DANGERS THAT COME WITH THE BOW.
Step 1: Correct Stance
Stand with your feet shoulder length apart with your left foot in front of your right. Aim the left side of your body towards the target. You can imagine a line right in front of your feet, and move your right foot a little further back from the line if you are right handed, so at this point, face your feet towards the “imaginary line” with your right foot back slightly. (*This will be the opposite if you are left handed.*)
Step 2: Holding the Bow
While still standing in the correct stance as told above, grab the bow, and with your left hand (if you are right handed) (If you are left handed then you will be gripping the bow with your right hand.) Grip the bow in the middle like the diagram/picture shows. Refer to the second picture to look at which part of the bow is the top and is the bottom. It is important for the bow to be balanced, and it should feel like there’s an even weight on either side of your hand.
Step 3: Loading the Arrow
WARNING: DO NOT AIM THE BOW AT ANY PERSON.
There is a smaller circle in the middle part of the bow that holds the arrow and is also known as the arrow rest. If you look at the picture attached, you will be able to see where the arrow rest is. After sliding it into the arrow rest there is a small clip on the back of the arrow that will clip on to the back string of the bow (see next picture attached for a visual. At this point the arrow should be clipped on the back string with the body of the arrow sitting on the arrow rest.
Step 4: Positioning Arms
After loading the arrow into the arrow rest and clipping the arrow to the back string,PERFORM A VISUAL SCAN OF THE ENTIRE AREA TO MAKE SURE IT IS SAFE TO SHOOT. Then you should place your left hand back on the middle of the bow like step 2 says, and with your right hand slowly and steadily pull back the back string. This should not feel hard, and should only take a little bit of strength to pull.
Step 5: Aiming
After you have pulled the bow back, corrected your posture, and planted your feet correctly, you must look straight at the target. You want to aim using the tip of your arrow, once you find the place you want to shoot, you will bring your bow up a little higher because the arrow goes downwards.
Step 6: Shooting
After locating where you want to shoot and making sure it is a safe area with no one around, you release the hand that is pulling the bowstring back and watch the arrow go into the target.