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Beginner Tips for Setting Sight Pins

Most new bowhunters start out with multi-pin sights — typically three- or five-pin models. Getting dialed in for the field can be a bit overwhelming, but it’s feasible if you follow these tips.

Understand the Variables

What works for one bowhunter won’t necessarily work for another. Your draw length, draw weight, and the bow’s speed itself will impact your sight pin setup. Some archers will need a 10-yard pin, while others can get away with their top pin set for 20 yards and below. It will take some tinkering to see where you stand. Where, how, and what you’ll be hunting can also affect the optimal setup, so keep those factors in mind.

Start Close & Slow

Stand a maximum of 10 yards from your target when beginning the sight setup process before slowly backing up and making slight adjustments at a time. You’ll likely need to send quite a few arrows downrange from every distance, so expect the whole process to take more than one sitting. You want to achieve repeatable accuracy before moving on — it could potentially save you a lot of headache down the line.

Choose the Right Increments

Setting your pin yardages in smaller increments can eliminate the problems that come with pin gapping, but it can also limit your range. And depending on the distance and your rig specs, your pins could be stacked so tightly that it’s difficult to differentiate them when aiming. Sticking to 10-yard increments works well for most archers, but it’s not a hard-and-fast rule. It will take some trial and error to find the right configuration for your individual setup.

Determine Your Maximum Effective Range

If you know you’ll never take a shot at a deer beyond 30 yards, there’s no need to crowd your sight housing with a bunch of longer-distance pins. It’s a great idea to practice shooting beyond your maximum effective range, but you should never go beyond that in a hunting situation. Once you have pins set for any possible scenario, you can eliminate extras to reduce any confusion or crowding. This can change over time, but it takes a significant amount of practice to become proficient at greater distances.

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The Bow Bully
The Bow Bully discusses a variety of archery topics and offers tips, advice and the occasional nudge to make you a better bowhunter. With years of experience, and an attitude to match, you'll find the Bully has something to offer both beginners and seasoned hunters.

2 thoughts on “Beginner Tips for Setting Sight Pins”

  1. Remember my first shot with compound bow, approx. 50lbs… First arrow went faaar aaawaay and dissapeared in deep field. 🙂 Never found. Second went well, maybe because I made distance to be 50% 🙂

  2. The Bow Bully,
    Years ago, I used to pass by a garage (car repair shop) on my way to work; and I would see the owner shooting his compound on the side of the shop. His place was by itself on a few acres of land; and he had an archery range to the left of his shop. One day, I stopped by to chat with him; he had targets set up at 10-yard increments from 10 to 80 yards. He told me he wouldn’t shoot a deer beyond 50 yards, but that shooting out to 80 increased his confidence level. He could pile arrows into a group the size of my fist at 80 yards (watched him do it). He knew his pins and his rig and what they could do; and he shot….a LOT! 😉
    Blessings to you,

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