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In a sport as intense and suspenseful as archery, precision is the key. It does not matter if you take up archery for competitive reasons or for hunting sessions, as accuracy and precision is highly needed in both cases.

It is easy to acquire accuracy over the years, but precision is something that can be achieved only with the usage of high quality equipments. You also need to have incredible form in order to hit the same exact spot every single time. 

It is quite common for the archery store guide’s to help you adjust your bow sight upon purchase. However, you cannot always run to the store and back to get your bow sight perfectly adjusted.

 In competitive arenas and/or hunting fields, you will be required to personally adjust your bow sight fast and precisely within a very short and nerve-wracking time frame. 

But do not worry any longer, as in today’s article we are going to help you learn how to adjust a bow sight without any sort of difficulty at all. So without further ado, let us get started right away.

Before learning how to adjust a bow sight, let us discuss about the things you should first do before initially settling the sight down to your bow. 

Set up a range (if you do not have a local range)

You will want to have quite a bit of area for this part. Generally, it is a good idea to mark off at least 10 yards from the main target. In the end, the distance from the target should be around approximately 40-50 yards. 

Physically doing this can be hard work, and not to mention inaccurate in most cases as well. Hence, it is wiser to opt for a range finder to help you complete the job here. You can easily find a range finder from stores that sell hunting gears. 

Make sure the target of your choice is durable and sturdy. For practice, know that you will be shooting at the target quite a lot, so getting something weak and easily breakable would be a very bad idea here. Also, make sure it is easily penetrable as well. 

Mount Your Sight onto the Bow

Most of the times, you will be provided with a clear to understand and thorough instruction guide with the purchase of your bow sight. You should always check your bow first and its compatibility with sights before you purchase a sight of your own. 

A lot of sights come conveniently attached to the riser and are secured in place with a couple of screws and bolts. However, not every sight can be found like this so make sure you properly research beforehand.

On the other hand, a lot of bows will come with pre-drilled holes made for the attachment of sights. Bows with pre-drilled holes are very convenient. But make sure to carefully screw in the nuts and bolts of the sight onto the bow, as you do not want to over-tighten the entire thing and damage the bow in the long run. 

Keep in mind that the sighting pin(s) of the bow sight should be vertically lined up with the string of the bow. This means that the bow sight should be at a right angle to the bow itself. 

You should also make sure to give the sight some time (maybe overnight) for it to completely settle onto the equipment. If needed, you might also be required to tighten or loosen the screws. 

Step 1: Shoot

Step 1 Shoot

This is the first step to properly adjusting your bow sight in order to achieve the greatest precision of shooting in a tight group. 

For this, stand close to your target in a range (maybe around 10 yards or so from the target). The next step is to shoot at least 3 to 4 arrows consistently and preferably in the same exact spot so that you create a group.

Here, a group describes a bunch or cluster of archery arrows that have been struck close to each other on the target.

It is natural for you to make human error for the first or even second shot. But when it comes to archery, a third time is usually the charm! Hence, shooting 3 to 4 times consistently will keep reducing your chances of making human error.

Step 2: Horizontal Adjustments

Step 2 Horizontal Adjustments

Proper adjustment of the sight is crucial to achieve enhanced accuracy. When you are working on the sight, the very first adjustments will be made to the horizontal place on the bow.

The key here is to always move in the same direction. In simple terms, if the group of arrows is to the right, you have to move your sight to the right too. The same goes for the other direction as well. 

The easiest way to get the right accuracy here is to make small and fine adjustments gradually, instead of moving your sight drastically to one side in order to cover up the group. 

  • You can keep one important tip in mind: for closer targets, the adjustments need to be bigger or greater. And for targets in the distance, you will be required to make smaller and much finer adjustments.

Step 3: Vertical Adjustments

Step 3 Vertical Adjustments

If you have managed to complete the horizontal adjustments properly, you should now move on to vertically adjusting your sight. The adjustments for single and multi pin(s) sights will be different from one another. 

Single Pin Sight- When working with a single pinned sight, you will be required to adjust the settings on the bow to the various markings on the sight tape of your equipment. It is not too hard at all!

Multi-pinned sight For a multi-pinned sight, you will have to adjust the bottom pin for targets further in the distance. For targets closer to you, you will have to adjust the pin on the top. 

  • The easiest way to remember how to adjust a multi-pinned sight- the top pin is for close shooting, while the bottom pin is for shooting further away from you. 

Handy Tips

  • In archery, there is a term called “chasing” the arrows. This term goes hand to hand with horizontal adjustments. To make it more clear, if the arrow you have shot is too high up on the target, you have to “chase” the arrow by moving your sight upwards as well.

The same practice goes for when the arrows being shot fall too low on the target. In that case, you will be required to “chase” the arrows again by moving your sight downwards as well. Easy-peasy, right?

  • When you have to shoot targets that are quite a distance away from where you are, the key is to move further away from it as well.

 While moving away, make sure to shoot in groups again, while adjusting the pin(s) on your sight in increments of at least 10 yards. 

You should only make sure to stop if you run out of pins or if the groups start to get more and more inconsistent. This technique is a great practice for beginners and professionals alike, as it helps to gain more accuracy and precision with every shot being made. 

  • It is a better idea to start off by setting your adjusting the pin(s) of your sight to the mid-point of it. This may not seem like a big deal to many however we can assure you that the advantage of implementing this little trick can work to be a total game changer for you. 

Setting or adjusting the pin(s) to the middle point of the sight will let you have the greatest room required for future adjustments, in any direction you want. To do this, you might be required to have an Allen wrench in your inventory. 

Do not worry as it is not only budget friendly but also widely available in any local hardware store as well. If you cannot work with the Allen wrench yourself, you can easily ask the guide’s present at local archery stores to help you with the necessary adjustments.

 But you should also pay keen attention to the process and try to learn it for yourself, so that you do not have to rely on other people every time. 

  • After you practice shooting from every distance possible, it is a wise idea to go back to the very front again (as in, as close as possible to the target) and start shooting a group of arrows again. 

But this time instead of adjusting the sight itself, you should work on making small but accurate adjustments on the pins. 


So there you have it! We hope you had a fun time reading this article and that it proved to be of some help to you and to your loved ones with their archery escapades. After some necessary trial and error, you can score a place at the very top of the leader board solely based on your amazing accuracy and precision.

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