beginning archery

Beginner Bowhunting and Archery Questions Answered part 2!

Getting into archery and bowhunting can be a daunting journey! Rest assured, our team of experts here at Tooth of the Arrow Broadheads are here to help! We have complied a list of commonly asked beginner questions, to help you get the most out of the time you put into becoming a great archer and bowhunter!

Shop All Broadheads

What are 3 of the most common mistakes beginner archers make?

  • Hand position: beginner archers tend to hold the bow with a full grip, much like holding a pistol. Proper hand position in archery requires an angled hand with a loose grip, so that as little of your hand is contacting the bow as possible. Your hand is simply a pivot point for the bow, not a grip.
  • Flinching when releasing: it is very common for beginner archers to flinch while releasing an arrow, which seriously impacts your accuracy. Calming your breathing and focusing on making a smooth and controlled release is a crucial skill to develop for becoming an accurate archer
  • Shooting long range too quickly: as a beginner archer, it is important to start at very close range – 10 yards or less – until you have the fundamentals down. If you start extending your range too quickly, you’ll focus more on aiming and less on proper form, which will reduce your accuracy and development.

What is the hardest animal to bowhunt?

Mountain game such as sheep and goats are the most challenging things to hunt with a bow. They live in conditions that humans find very difficult to navigate, and are extremely wary to any danger approaching them from miles away. Many bowhunters have built their hunting careers around hunting mountain animals because of the thrill of the challenge!

Which deer is hardest to hunt?

Mule deer tend to be harder to hunt for beginners than whitetail, but both present their own challenges. Mule deer require locating a deer from a long distance, and sneaking to within bow range undetected. Mule deer hunts often require longer shots, making them a more suitable animal for experienced bowhunters. Whitetail deer are hunted out of tree stands or blinds set up in areas where the deer are known to travel. Hunters must sit extremely still and quiet for long periods of time, but you will get much closer shot opportunities if you are stealthy enough.

Should you shoot your bow every day?

If you have access to a facility that you can shoot your bow daily, do it! It is much better to shoot a dozen arrows every day than 10 dozen in one day, but only once per week. Consistency is key in archery.

Shop All Broadheads

How long does it take to get good at archery?

Most beginner archers will find success in hitting the target well within a matter of days of starting archery. To become proficient enough to hunt animals with a bow requires more time, typically many months and sometimes even years of practice. It is all about how much time you are willing to put into the craft!

Is archery an expensive hobby?

Archery can be as expensive as you want it to be, but it does not have to be. Starting out with a used bow and budget arrows are a great way to get involved in the sport for only a few hundred dollars. Once you have your initial gear, there are no ongoing costs like in golf for example. If you can find an outdoor place to shoot for free such as a friend land or backyard, you will never need to pay range fees to go for a shooting session!

Can I teach myself archery?

You absolutely can teach yourself archery, but it will be important to shoot with experienced archers from time to time who can point out areas of improvement and things in your form which you may not be able to see.

Shop All Broadheads

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the topic further, please feel free to reach out to us at

If you liked this article, make sure to subscribe below to receive more helpful bowhunting tips, hunting news, and product releases.