Usually, when you buy a bow it also comes with a sight but most archers prefer to choose their own sight. An effective tool caters to the needs of its user just like how anyone who uses a compound bow knows full well that a good sight is essential. It doesn’t matter if you are a tournament shooter or a bow hunter, without the help of a good sight, you stand less of a chance of shooting your targets accurately in low light or at extreme ranges.What you want out of your bow sight will mostly depend on what you want to do with it. Still what qualities should the best bow sights have? We have picked out some of the vital things for you to consider.
Different Type Of Sights
There are several kinds of sights to select from and each has its own advantages. Fixed-pin sights are chosen as the most common among bow hunters as they are the easiest to adjust and also the most reliable. Most sights of this type offer the ability to add or remove pins, which is a plus. Meanwhile, moveable pin sights are totally ideal for distance shooting, together with pendulum models that are made specifically for shooting the bow at a vertical angle. And in case you’re in a competition and need to consistently fire precise shots you might want to consider a designed sight for your bow to suit this particular type of shooting. Competition sights have what it takes to be incredibly accurate and can work with pins, scope points or even laser lights. However, these sights are not meant for hunting and are also at a slightly higher price than other types of bow sights. As always, spend as much as you can afford and if the sight can be transferred to your next bow then congrats, you have just extended your investment.
Just The Right Number Of Pins
Several factors affect the number of pins you really need on your sight. Some prefer just a single pin to aim at (usually their preferred range which is mostly 20 yards), then they will learn how high or low they have to hold their ranges at, meaning aiming above or below that pin in connection with the target’s distance. With just one pin you stand no chance of choosing the wrong pin in times of high pressure or in a hunting situation.For other shooters, they have as many as six pin placements to guarantee that they’re pointing directly at a pin for every 5 or 10-yard increment. In short, your number of pins relies completely on your own preferences and where you hunt.
Visibility In DimLight
There are times that you will find yourself hunting in low light conditions so you better consider having a pin that stands out when those times come. Some pins are illuminated by the nature of the material of which they are made (e.g. fiber optic pins). Others call for a battery to assure that they will light up.Don’t you want to consider this convenient feature? For the most part, sight lights are battery powered and will make it feasible for you to see the pins when it’s dark outside. Whereas sight lights are perfect for hunting at dusk or dawn, one should be aware of how dangerous this could be. Checking with your local laws to ensure that hunting before sunrise or after sunset is legal is not a redundant move at all but a good idea instead.
Fiber optic sights (as mentioned above) are normallymade of glass or plastic and are of great use in low light. The pins glow making it rather easier to line up the sight, for this purpose the cables are constructed to capture and radiate ambient light. Hunters usuallychoose fiber optics for when they have to shoot deer and big game at first and last light.
A good sight should be open to easy elevation and windage adjustments. In this case, you might want to consider gang adjustment for your sight though for some models Allen wrenches and other tools are provided. Gang adjustment allows you to set up all of the pins at the same time, instead of individually which is time-consuming and inconvenient. Most experienced shooterssuggestpicking one that can be altered without the use of keys or other tools.
Many of today’s sights now feature bubble levels which will keep your bow ideally upright when firing and help ensure a straight shot so you can precisely reach the target without worrying about your arrow straying off to the left or right. The bubble level can be pretty useful by adding an element of consistency into your shooting routine. The only drawback is that lining up the bubble level requires anextra step to your aiming process. Anyway, with practice, using bubble levels will soon become your habit, better yet, your second-nature.