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Bowhunting Accuracy in High Winds

Don't let the wind ruin your next shot. Follow these steps for improved shooting performance.

Bowhunting Accuracy in High Winds
Micro-diameter shafts outfitted with compact vanes and low-profile broadheads produce the least amount of aerodynamic drag. This results in increased momentum and less sideways drift.

Archers who hunt out west know that executing shots under windy conditions is more the rule than the exception. I once took a shot at a Wyoming pronghorn in a stiff, 30-mph crosswind. The shot seemed true, yet I missed my target by a full 14 inches! I also remember a follow-up shot on a mule deer at 55 yards when the wind was whipping with intermittent gusts. I had to aim about two feet off-center to send the arrow through the buck’s chest. When the wind blows that hard, a well-gauged aim is critical, but so is your use of specialized tackle to help counter the wind’s forcing your arrow off course.

Unfortunately, being a precise shooter and knowing how to aim in the wind is more art than science, since wind speed is usually unknown and variable. Also, everyone’s setup is a little different, too, when considering arrow diameter and speed, and fletching and broadhead type — so, no handy arrow-drift chart exists for all archers’ setups. With that said, let’s focus on the important factors that do remain in our control.

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