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Much can be said re­gard­ing the in­stinc­tive style of shoot­ing used by tra­di­tional bowhunters be­ing the best shoot­ing style for hunt­ing, but the use of some key ac­ces­sories on mod­ern bows can go a long way to mak­ing your shots more ac­cu­rate, es­pe­cially if you are just get­ting into us­ing a bow for hunt­ing.

Ar­row rests: The ar­row rest is what the ar­row rests on as you are shoot­ing. It can be as sim­ple as some hook-and-loop strips on the riser or a stick-on rest with a mov­able arm. More-so­phis­ti­cated rests are fully ad­justable and drop out of the way when you shoot.

Sights: Sights are used if you do not want to, or can­not, shoot in­stinc­tively. Like an ar­row rest, they screw onto the riser and have ad­just­ments for windage and el­e­va­tion.

Quiv­ers: Quiv­ers can be at­tached to the bow with screwe­don brack­ets; al­ter­na­tively, they can be strapped on at the top of the riser. They hold any­where from three to seven (or more) ar­rows and come in a va­ri­ety of de­signs.

Sta­bi­liz­ers: Sta­bi­liz­ers screw into the front of the riser and help bal­ance the bow in your hand. They also ab­sorb any en­ergy left in the bow so that it doesn’t turn into noise or hand shock.

Ar­rows: The right ar­row is vi­tal to your shoot­ing suc­cess. You must pick ar­rows that are stiff enough at your draw length to fly well off your bow. They should have enough mass to ab­sorb as much of the en­ergy pos­si­ble from your bow and keep it while they fly to the tar­get. The en­ergy the ar­row re­tains un­til it gets to the tar­get de­fines how much mo­men­tum it has for pen­e­tra­tion; the heav­ier it is, the more en­ergy it will ab­sorb and re­tain dur­ing its flight and trans­fer to the tar­get upon im­pact.

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