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.
- 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.
- Buy a security belt to make you feel confident and hold you in place. Here’s a good belt.
- 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.
- Place markers to see the distance from the deer to your stand from the tree. Use a range finder if necessary.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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