How to aim your bow from a tree stand

Aiming from tree stand

Well camo’ed bow hunter aims from tree stand

Hunting from a tree stand increases the chances of taking some game. Animals normally look horizontally to the ground when they scan for danger. A tree not only gives the Hunter a larger visual field from the elevated position, but it also hides him (or her). But hunting from a tree requires the Archer to shoot at a downward angle. But unlike a shot taken from the ground, the closer the animal comes to the tree, the lesser part of your body will be exposed. As a result, there is an art to aiming the bow from a tree.



  1. Secure the stand to the tree strongly so that it cannot move. Cinch it with extra straps. Move it to another part of the tree if necessary. Use good climbing sticks – purchase ones if necessary. Here’s a good Lone Wolf climbing sticks review.
  2. Buy a security belt to make you feel confident and hold you in place. Here’s a good belt.
  3. Cut the branches from your line of sight. Clear an area of 150 degrees to have several horizontal shooting options. Cut branches above and below you to allow you to take long-distance shots as well as close range ones when the animal is approaching.
  4. Place markers to see the distance from the deer to your stand from the tree. Use a range finder if necessary.


  1. Lean on the stand. Place your weight on the belt, your feet behind you and shoulders on the stand. This allows you to match the bow to your torso.
  2. Estimate the distance to your target. If it is farther than the distance indicated by your sight, aim higher. If it is closer, aim lower.
  3. Wait to get a lethal shot before releasing the arrow, since wounding the animal is not the goal. Aim at the heart or lungs behind the front shoulder in the middle of the torso of the animal. Release the arrow.

Tips and warnings

Aiming a bow at an animal as the stand moves means to shoot at a moving target. With the slightest movement of the stand, even by an inch, you will go out of range.

The actual distance from the stand is not relevant because gravity affects a shot taken downward less than a horizontal shot from the ground.

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My Tips for Finding a Good Hiking Backpack


Carrying supplies during a hike is essential, but even more essential is a backpack that will hold all your supplies while remaining comfortable. You don’t want your backpack breaking when you are 12 miles up the trail, making you have to hike all the way back with a broken backpack. At the same time, you don’t want to have a backpack that will never break but cuts into your back and shoulder blades and weighs about a million pounds.


Getting a hiking backpack is no easy chore. There are dozens of manufacturers that each have multiple models of backpacks. So how do you choose which one to go with? Reading reviews will obviously help, but going to a store where the salesmen don’t get paid by commission is essential. The salesmen are experts and will give you an unbiased opinion of which backpack is the most durable. They will be able to tell you about the materials used, the company in general, and so much more about each specific pack.

If you want to look online, here are some top backpacks for hiking. Or if you’re a woman, here’s the page for you:


This is the area that you get the most say in. The first thing you want to look at is weight—how much it weighs by itself and how much weight it can carry. Bigger backpacks are made for stronger, larger people. Smaller backpacks are made for smaller people. If a backpack you like seems to be too large or small when you put it on, it isn’t for you.

You also need to feel how comfortable the pack is. Is it so utilitarian that you have bits of metal or plastic poking you? Does it have too much extra padding and stuffing? Try on the backpacks as you go shopping, and see if it is comfortable empty, because if it isn’t, it certainly won’t be comfortable full.

The waist strap is another area that is especially important when it comes to comfort and support. This handy tool transfers most of the weight of the backpack from your shoulders to your hips, where it is much easier for your body to carry it. Make sure that the backpack you choose has some sort of padding on the hip belt, or you will be in for some rough hiking.

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