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May 2, 2014

Archery Addicts Anonymous — Lesson 018

Beyond the Basics: Bow Accessories II — peep and sighting system

MERIDIAN — The second essential bow accessory group is the peep and sight. Any medium 1/8" to large 3/16" hunter peep should work for a beginner in both hunting and competition. However, a pro-competition shooter might prefer a smaller 1/32–3/32 peep and a dark-thirty deer hunter might prefer a larger 1/4 inch peep for more light for twilight shots.

    Almost everything (kisser button, leaches, peep and d-loop) put on the string compromises the speed of the bow. Choose the lightest weight peep, and the lightest and shortest d-loop possible. Avoid string installed noise suppressors like “cat whiskers”. We will address the bow noise issue and how it relates to hunting in another lesson.

     One of the primary reasons for avoiding unnecessary after-market string additions is that it allows for less draw weight with lighter and faster arrows (CAUTION: Never shoot too light of an arrow!). With modern hi-tech state of the art bow engineering and carbon arrows, speed and noise are not as critical as they were thirty years ago. Most major 3-D archery shoots have a speed limit so that a 40-50# draw weight with the right arrow is all that is needed for competition. Noise is not even a consideration in 3-D and field archery competition as no 3-D deer target has never been known to jump the string.

     Installing a peep requires a bow press in most cases and any local pro-archery shop should have the expertise to install a peep sight to fit the shooter.

     Beginners should choose a basic single pin sight (sighted in at twenty yards) for hunting out to twenty-five yards. Advanced shooters with good eyes may want to try multiple pins (three for hunting or five for 3-D). The older generation may be forced to consider more expensive micro-adjustable single pin sights for competition.

      The biggest problem with choosing a sight is that there are just too many excellent sights to choose from. Some major considerations in choosing a sight are: length of fiber optics, the weight of the sight, a remote lighting system that does not flood the pins inside the scope. 

     Address questions to: ttrivers46@gmail.com. Cellphone, 601-604-0913.

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