When setting up a multi-pin sight, you’ll need to consider a few factors to determine the best yardage strategy.

Overall setup: Depending on your draw weight, draw length, and overall bow speed, your arrows could drop faster, even at closer distances. If you’re shooting a lower-poundage or relatively slower bow, you won’t want to rely on pin-gapping as much.

Where and what you’re hunting: If you’re bowhunting in whitetail woods where shots won’t exceed 20 yards, you won’t need the same sight setup as archers stalking pronghorns in wide-open plains.

Maximum effective range: Although a lot of “celebrity hunters” will brag about 100-yard shots, outrageous shot distances shouldn’t be your goal. Determine the longest distance you can comfortably and accurately make an ethical shot on a live animal at — your bottom pin won’t need to be set far beyond that number.

A lot of factors can come into play, but generally, most hunters stick with a 20-yard top pin. Because most archers won’t see much change in trajectory from 10 to 20 yards, this works well for the majority of compounds.

From there, the remaining pins can be set at 10-yard increments. So for a five-pin sight, you’d have 20-, 30-, 40-, 50-, and 60-pound pins. But there are three-pin and seven-pin models as well.

Especially if you have a seven-pin sight, there’s nothing wrong with having a longer-range pins for target practice and tournament shooting (in fact, practicing beyond your maximum hunting range is incredibly beneficial) — as long as you won’t be tempted to take an irresponsible shot when a monster hangs up a football field away.

Some bowhunters simply choose a single-pin sight for more flexibility and precision without pin-gapping. It just depends on your personal preference.

No matter your yardages, if you increase your draw weight or make any other notable changes to hunting setup, you’ll want to revisit your sight pin setup and likely need to make some adjustments.