Learning Sighting in A Compound Bow

Modern bows come with a lot of sophistication that makes them suitable for effective hunting. The bows, when used right with the proper accessories, can change your game of hunting totally. One of the needed accessories that comes with the compound bow is the bow sight.

It does not matter if you have just gotten a new bow or recently replaced the sight on your bow. Once it is accurately set, you will almost always have a bull’s eye.

With the sophistication of a modern bow comes the overwhelming need to understand and appreciate how they work correctly. This post will guide you on how to make accurate sightings from a compound bow.

Sighting in a compound bow

You want to note when it comes to sighting if the bow is tuned and leveled rightly. For a bow to be correctly adjusted, the rest and nocking point should be aligned perfectly in a way that allows the arrow to leave in a straight line.

The importance of having a well-aligned sight cannot be overemphasized; you can miss all your shots if it is not tuned correctly. You can learn to adjust a sight by yourself or seek the help of a technician from your local archery store.

There are two main categories of compound sight; the single pin and the multi-pin. Each one requires different ways of operating it.

Sighting in a single pin sight

Some come with a single pin that serves as an aiming reference. The single sight is often harder to adjust, and there are large chances of encountering an error when the bow is used for shooting. To change the single pin, you have to move the scope up and down.

Where the greatest challenge of using a single pin comes from is when you need to shoot at varying distances. To achieve the best from a single pin, they are sold with many pre-printed tapes and can be easily adjusted. The adjustment should start from the 20-yard mark by moving the pin vertically and horizontally until you have the arrow hit behind it.

After getting the pin set right at 20 yards, use a blank tape to show an indication at that point; repeat the process for 40 yards till you arrive at the 60 yards position. You can use the pre-printed sight tapes to place on the indication at different yards positions. Find out if the indicators are correct by shooting from the different yards.

Sighting in a multi-pin sight

The multi-pin is different because it comes with more than one pin, and it often comes with about three to seven pins that can be used as aiming references. The closest pin, usually the 20-yard pin, comes with the highest aiming reference.

When you have a new sight, you might be aiming in the wrong place, and it needs to be appropriately tuned. You can achieve this by using the 20-yards as a reference point; once you have the 20-yards in a place like in the single pin, your other pins can automatically fall into place after each shot. Rather than moving the entire scope here, you only have to adjust the pin by keeping shooting until the arrow falls behind the pin.


Mastering sighting in a compound bow will assist you in making accurate shots while hunting. Ensure to have your dial tuned adequately at all times.