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Shooting a bow from a treestand!

Started On 8/9/2011
Ok guys and girls, i am new to bow hunting and have a quick question about shooting from my tree stand. i am just wondering how i should or if i should compensate for the height being i am shooting down. i just need some tips and tricks about how i can do this! i just dont want to miss the buck when it comes by and then i feel dumb cuz i missed a textbook shot! anything will help people! i am shooting a bear charge at 57 pounds and just need some tricks!

Thanks!
fowlmouth30
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Posted 9/17/2011
07:29
One more important thing to add to this. When you're shooting from a stand don't simply drop your arm to shoot downward. You need to bend at the waist a little so your arm and your torso stay at 90 degrees, like they are when you shoot standing on the ground at a flat level target. Practice this, because when a shooter walks in you'll have a tendency to forget and just drop your arm. Believe me, I've shot over enough deer to have learned the hard way. Good luck!
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Posted 10/31/2011
14:37
It just isn't the same as shooting from the ground. Like folks said: Practice Practice Practice.

I just took a buck the other day. It was an imperfect shot (story in my trophy room). Part of that was the result of the stand, part was the rain, part was "not enough practice of late". (I don't tend to practice much during the season). I really need to do a bit of practice again to remove some of the rust.
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Posted 10/31/2011
14:41
Another thought....

Draw your bow in all directions. Find where your lanes are. With one of my stands, I have some great visibility but I would never fling an arrow in that area. So... if I see a deer move there, I will not take the risk of movement in order to attempt to fire at it. I have made this mistake, spent a ton of effort adjusting my position to get at a deer... only to find I couldn't draw at that angle or it was bad enough to be an unethical shot.

Bows... much harder than guns... :)
tawster
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Posted 9/13/2011
23:11
cant add much more than has already been said, other than practice, practice, practice. I have always enjoyed to hunt from the ground with no blind other than the natural terain simply because of the huge challeng of trying to drop a deer with a bow eyeball to eyeball. I was then introduced to the stand hunting and the chances are much greater but as you said, you tend to kick yourself when you miss the textbook shots because you are not prepared. ( this is definately speaking from experience ). I swore I would never use a trestand again when I shot over what would have been my biggest buck ever, but when i started thinking about it I probably wouldnt have had the chance from the ground so i try to shoot at 3D's from a stand as much as possible at different ranges.
steelthunder
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Posted 8/9/2011
23:16
With in twenty yards I come up from underneath and let it fly as soon
as my twenty yd pin hits hair. Works great, but get up high and practice.
Your going to aim low though is what I'm sayin. Further distances compensate less.
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Posted 8/10/2011
07:42
Like the previous post says....practice from the stand. Not only will you learn how much to compensate, you will also become more comfortable drawing your bow back and moving around on the stand. When I was first learning to use a bow, it sure felt a lot different drawing a bow back while up 15 to 20 feet in the stand than it did while I was practicing on the ground. Depending on the type of stand you use, you may also learn of any limitations the stand creates.....limitations in moving the bow around w/o bumping it into the stand frame, for example. This sounds really basic but when that buck walks up, every move you need to make should be 2nd nature vs. having to think too much about what you're doing. Good luck this season!
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Posted 8/11/2011
23:19
Thanks guys! I am planning to get out and try on sunday!
fowlmouth30
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Posted 8/16/2011
15:51
Yeah, good stuff here. I Realized that while practicing from a stand to think like you are aiming for the opposite front leg, the higher you are the steeper the angle. When elevated i really try to think of the animals anatomy and consider where i need to ain inorder to cut as much tissie and organ as possible
jbriggs7036
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Posted 9/26/2011
16:31
I found when shooting from an stand that I tend to shoot low not high, but with all the deer I have killed I just tend to keep my aim where I want the arrow to go because if the deer ducks I will be dead on. If not I still get a kill shot just lower than i wanted.
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Posted 10/19/2011
09:09
I think the biggest thing to add to this is be comfortable with your shooting spot..I am also a fairly new hunter and i fing the biggest thing about shooting from your stand is to be comfortable with your shooting range weather it be 40 yrs and less or 45 and less,Now to add to the aiming!!DONT forget that your arrow swoops! it flys down and then straightens out so i have always been told when shooting from a stand always aim for the bottom of the shoulder right near the belly and when that deer drops you have a opening to hit vitals!!HAPPY HUNTING!
BowHunt125
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Posted 10/8/2012
22:30
Pratice - A lot. different angles, distances, light, weather. Work fundamentals until they are second nature.
fmscuba
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Posted 10/7/2012
15:53
just to add another thing that might help if your shooting a sharp angle like straight down, aim with your 40 yard pin
bamaboy2k12
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Posted 10/7/2012
15:53
just to add another thing that might help if your shooting a sharp angle like straight down, aim with your 40 yard pin
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