When getting ready for a bowhunt, setting up your bow is critical to your success. You can wear the right camouflage and scents, have big bucks on your trail camera, know their location, and position your tree stand in a prime spot. But when it’s time to take your shot, much of your success will depend upon your bow. American Hunter‘s Bill Winke says, “Remember, if it can go wrong, it will. Here’s how to set up your bow so it won’t.”

WinkeShots-47 Photo by Bill Winke

The most overlooked accessories on any bow are the string and harnesses. If they stretch, your accuracy will suffer badly. I always use the best bowstrings, like those from Fuse and Winner’s Choice.

The idea is to eliminate stretch and twist even in rain and heat. The string and harnesses are critical to an idiot-proof bow, so don’t skimp. If you find your bowstring is not of a custom caliber, take it to the shop and have them install one. As a side benefit, a no-stretch string allows you to forgo rubber tubing to align your peep sight. That’s good, because tubing often breaks.

Photos: West Houston Archery (top); Bill Winke (above)

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Shannon Rikard
Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.