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What's " gap" shooting, and can you explain how it works? Then out of curiosity, what poundage do you guys use for hunting, etc. I know bout the minimal poundage laws and such, and not to mention what I train with is a tad bit above average for poundage, just was curious about a norm of sorts.

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Or its when you come to an intersection where perpendicular traffic does not have to stop and u cross without slowing or stopping

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Gap shooting is using the space between pins for the yardage you are shooting at that moment. Ex. U have a 30 and a 40 pin with a target at 35 u put your 30 a tad high number your 40 a tad low. When I used multiple pins I never had even yardage pins. I always had a 15 a 26 and 34. For the simple reason a deer is almost never exact. Now I have went to single pin and almost always keep it set at 28. For my set up in good from 10 to 33 yards within normal inch. Hope this helped. I also shoot 70 lbs at 27 inch

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Gap shooting is using the space between pins for the yardage you are shooting at that moment. Ex. U have a 30 and a 40 pin with a target at 35 u put your 30 a tad high number your 40 a tad low. When I used multiple pins I never had even yardage pins. I always had a 15 a 26 and 34. For the simple reason a deer is almost never exact. Now I have went to single pin and almost always keep it set at 28. For my set up in good from 10 to 33 yards within normal inch. Hope this helped. I also shoot 70 lbs at 27 inch

This above with sight pins but if you're talking trad bow gap shooting its the "gap" between the arrow tip and the bullseye in the instictive sight picture

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Mattg1500= So you mean a Mediterranean draw? I thought gap shooting was a way of range estimation?

 

vdep217= This is my fault, I forgot to put in that I'm a instinctive shooter, so while you obviously know a good amount on the topic of bow sights, it has nor relevance to me. Thanks for the info anyway, I'll try it with my compound.

 

Anyway I train (don't have archery license yet) with a English war bow with 80#@28", and 100#@32", and yes I can draw it to around 90#@30" max due to draw length constraints, granted thats right to my earlobe though.

 

Guess I should ask this as well, I have little (essentially no) peripheral vision, and decent eyesight, don't shoot with glasses so images aren't ultra sharp but I can still get it done, and have poor depth perception, but I'm while not a great shot, can get the job done. Way I see it, I've got a lot stacked against me for shooting, so how do I manage to still be decent accurate. Maybe muscle memory?   

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That's a lot of poundage.  Howard Hill would be proud. You get to be accurate by using proper form and practicing no matter what technique you use, instinctive, gap, sights etc.  What are you training for the Zombie invasion or hunting?

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 so how do I manage to still be decent accurate. Maybe muscle memory?   

 

 

When I shoot instinctively while hunting I limit my shots to 15 yards or less.  Determine what your effective range is and keep your shots within your limit.   

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As far as gap shooting,  when shooting instinctively you shouldn't really be focused on the gap between the arrow tip and point of impact.  It's like throwing a ball, your brain will automatically adjust the height if you practice enough.  The key is to focus on the point of impact and nothing else, and practice, practice, practice.  

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Nomad= Hunting, for the heavy draw weights I use a draw style similar to the Hadza Bow hunters of Tanzania, they're bows are about 100# average, shoot 4ft arrows, and take game from starlings, to Giraffe.

 

Rusty= I never tried gap shooting before nor did I hear about it until a couple days ago, guess it isn't all that necessary since I do decently with instinctive, now I just need tighter groups.

 

The reason I use a monster of a bow is the versatility of the poundage's. Then maybe just cause it's fun to shoot a real heavy bow, not to mention the amount pass through with such poundage. Maybe for flight shooting as well. Granted though it's very unnecessary.

 

Here's some pictures of some Hadza Hunters-

TA-EY-Hadza-046_large.jpgGF-Hadza-0406-046-fs.jpg5815096466_0e7d7a4f27_b.jpgHadza.jpg

 

 

The pictures are messy, but I wanted to point out the shear amount of arrows in the bow hand of the far right hunter in the fourth picture. They carry the arrows like that when traveling, the rest are kept in the draw hand, and tucked in-between the legs. During draw they bend the body forward into the bow, I've tried this and I noticed it locks up your joints for little movement, so I manage to keep a steady aim, on a target, I guess.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_x8xDDhdUXs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh9BAoMOjfQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxBg2lTWIFE

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The most important thing in bowhunting is accuracy.  If you don't hit the lungs it doesn't matter how much energy is behind the arrow.  Shoot a bow that you can comfortably shoot accurately. 

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