Are you preparing to start hunting, or you’ve been trying hard to get into the hobby of shooting bows, you may have been considering recurve bows. In short, a recurve bow is a very sturdy and adjustable bow that can assist with different tasks. Recently, the recurve bow is becoming popular as it is now used in The Hunger Games. We are presenting to you some tips that will be useful if you want to learn how to shoot a recurve bow, perhaps for the first time, read on!


Your position is crucial because it is what decides exactly where your arrow is going to. Make sure you stand perpendicular to the target, with your hip opposite of your dominant hand facing the target. Try and be as centered as you can, and keep your feet shoulder apart. Turn your head (not the rest of your body) in the direction of the target to keep it straight, and make sure you hold the bow as comfortably as you can. Don’t hold it too rigid, but not too loose as well. Ensure you grip it well before starting to load your arrow.


Loading the arrow, also known as “knocking” your arrow, is used when it’s time for to put the end of your arrow onto the string. Most times, it clicks on, depending on your type of arrows. Always remember to load the arrow pointing toward the ground. Then, turn your arms so that the bow and your shoulder are parallel to your body while maintaining that same grip. Make sure the elbow of your bow arm is as straight as possible so that you won’t have to worry about hurting yourself in the process of shooting. Then, you also need to use your eye (or a sight) to line up the target in the best way you can.


The process of shooting the arrow should occur in one fluid motion. What you need to do is relax your fingers – don’t pull, don’t jerk, just allow them gently fall off of the strong. And, boom! Watch the arrow flies through the air toward your target. Never try to move until the arrow stops moving. Any slight motion could make the arrow fly off of its course. Just ensure that you stand in position until the arrow hits its proposed target, and then pull down your bow, so it’s facing the ground again.

And that’s all, it sounds simple, right? But it takes a lot of practice to get it right. There are some other little things that you have to pay attention to, and if you lack the experience with them, it may take you some tries to get it right. If you want to get the most out of shooting your recurve bow, make sure you partner with a professional that can help you with tips and teach you while you’re holding the bow. Utilize these tips and you’ll see yourself turning into a pro in a matter of time. Good luck and enjoy shooting your bow!

Having trouble deciding which bow to get, read this recurve bow guide.

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