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Using an Archery Shooting Stick

People of lesser strength, the disabled, and the elderly often have trouble holding a bow steady out at the end of their arm.  This limits their accuracy.  Those who use a draw keep because they cannot draw their bow in the traditional manner have the additional weight of the draw keep to contend with.  (Some of the draw keeps add as much as two pounds to the weight of the bow compared to the half pound weight of the Lock-a-Draw.)  A shooting stick can help to steady the bow and support the weight of the bow and the arm while aiming and shooting.  It doesn't have to be fancy, a plant support found in Wal-Mart's garden department, a 6' Sturdy Stake, work just fine.  The pictures below illustrate shooting from a sitting and standing position using the Lock-a-Draw and a Sturdy Stake.  One might think that because the shooting stick touches the limbs of the bow it
 would affect the trajectory of the
 arrow, but at least with my level of
 shooting accuracy it doesn't seem to.
 In using the shooting stick I bring the
 bow above the target, let the bow
 slide down the stick until the sight is
 on target.  Body movement makes
 the fine sighting.  The bow is more
 when stable shooting from the sitting
 position.

 Instead of a chair, the shooting could
 just as well be done from a wheel-
 chair to accommodate disabled
 archers.  A little ingenuity would be
 necessary to allow a paraplegic to be
 able to draw the bow.

One problem you need to avoid when using the shooting stick is twisting the bow handle ("torquing" the bow as it is sometimes called) as you grip the stick and handle together.  Totally relax the wrist of the bow hand to avoid this problem.  When using the Lock-a-Draw this is easily done because you are not holding the draw.

The shooting stick may also be useful for physically fit archers, particularly when setting their sights.

As useful as the shooting stick is for holding the bow stable, it is not adaptable to hunting from a tree stand.  The next page, Disabled Bowhunting, introduces the Compound Bow Rest and Holder.  It is the ideal companion for the draw keep when hunting from a tree stand.

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