About the Study Guide

This study guide is for Green Mountain Conservation Camp students or anyone who wants to review their hunter education. If you need a Hunter Education Certificate, you must pass the online course and the Homestudy Class.

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There are two main methods for aiming bows—bow sights and instinctive aiming.

  • Bow sights work best when the distance to the target is known. For instance, when hunting from a tree stand or blind, you can measure the distance to the area where you expect the game to appear. Then it’s a matter of lining up the appropriate sight pin on the target. In hunting situations where it’s hard to know the exact distance to the target, bow sights may not work well. The key to using bow sights is to practice judging distances.
Illustration of a bowsight and sight pins
  • Instinctive aiming is more versatile than the bow sight method. You simply look at the intended target with both eyes open and release. You adjust the aim for different distances by instinct developed with practice. Instinctive aiming takes longer to perfect than the bowsight method, but it eliminates much of the guesswork from shooting under some hunting conditions.

Bow Sights vs. Instinctive Aiming

Bowshot aiming: bowsight
With bow sights, you line up the appropriate sight pin on the target.
Bowshot aiming: instinctive
With instinctive aiming, you simply look at the intended target with both eyes open and release.