Best practice for bow fishing | bowhunting.com
LAST UPDATE: March 10, 2017
I have had the opportunity to guide many people on their first bow hunting trip. There were many children, as well as men and women. Regardless of age, size or gender, one thing remains the same. Shooting fish with a bow can be difficult for the beginner. Unfortunately, we often put newbies in the boat, hand them a bowfishing bow, tell them to “aim low,” and then let them go. This can be frustrating for the rookie, to say the least. Several years ago, I watched a young man grow increasingly frustrated throughout the night as he continued to miss shot after shot. I swore that night to help new shooters, before their night on the water, be better prepared to shoot arrows at fish. There is a solution for better bow fishing practice.
How to shoot better at bow fishing?
The solution is simple. Practice. Think about it. We practice all summer for deer season shooting thousands of arrows at 3D targets in the back yard. Serious bowhunters spend a tremendous amount of time preparing for the opportunity to shoot a few arrows each season at deer. Yet the idea of ”training” for bow fishing is almost unheard of. Honestly, I can’t remember a single article I’ve ever seen about practicing archery. Bowfishing offers the opportunity to shoot more than virtually any other hunt, but practice before big game is almost unheard of.
Rinehart Targets is a company that makes bow fishing more realistic and much more fun. Rinehart makes a 3D carp target that gives you the opportunity to practice realistically before your time on the boat or wade through shallow water for fish. Do not practice bow fishing by shooting at a deer target or points. Practice shooting fish…by shooting a fish.
keep it real
Fish shots will usually be very close. So close in fact, you can’t miss it, can you? The thing is, these can’t-miss close-ups are deceiving. The shooting angle coupled with water refraction makes shooting a challenge. A practice session from the boat you will be shooting from will help you see exactly how you and your gear will perform. Many fish are shot almost directly as the fish sail under the boat. Can you do this shot? Put a 3D target in place and practice. Shoot from a variety of positions and angles to ensure you’re ready when those shots come your way on the water.
Young shooters often struggle to clear the shooting rail with their bows as they attempt to shoot at tight angles. Contact with a lower limb or cam on the shooting rail can quickly derail a bow. Challenge your youngster to see what needs to be done to give them the best chance of success.
The exponential growth of bow fishing in recent years is due to the fact that it is one of the most fun outdoor activities around. It combines the best of bowhunting, fishing, archery, boating and good times on the water. It’s really hard to beat. Practicing with a 3D fish target is a great way to get your child hooked on a fun and exciting sport that will last a lifetime.