Bow hunting refers to hunting wild game using a bow and arrow rather than a gun. In modern bow hunting, hunters can choose from a variety of different types of bows, including the traditional bow, the recurve bow, and the compound bow. A hunter may also choose from different arrow shafts made of materials like wood or aluminum as well as arrowheads in various shapes and sizes.
The basic stages of bow hunting are nocking, drawing, establishing the anchor point, and releasing the arrow and following through. Nocking refers to positioning the arrow so that it fits correctly in the bow. To draw the arrow, the hunter pulls the arrow backwards into position. The anchor point stage refers to process in which the hunter steadies the bow and arrow against his or her body. Finally, after releasing the arrow, the hunter must follow through and maintain the correct position until the arrow hits the target.
Hunters must also take into consideration the best stance, which depends on the hunter’s desired point of impact. Bow hunters are encouraged to perform a trial run while kneeling, sitting, and standing to see the effects of each stance. The optimal stance also depends on both the equipment used and the game hunters are targeting.