Even if this may have never happened to you, can you picture yourself with the buck into a clear shooting lane, within your bow range and not be able to see your sight pins when drawing back your bow? There may be several causes for that: it’s too dark or the sun is right in your eyes. It can also be that the pins are simply too blurry. No matter the reasons, not seeing your pins is quite the drama out there.
But this doesn’t mean you should just give up. Instead, you may follow our 5 tips for seeing your archery sights a lot better.
- Select a sight with plenty of fiber
The very first thing you need to do for seeing the sight pins better is to select the right sight. Many bow sights use fiber optic for filling the ends of the sight pins, which feels about right. You may need a colored and bright bead to put on the chest of the buck.
However, not all fiber optic pins present the same quality. some of them come with short lengths of a fiber optic. The rule of thumb is that the more fiber optic there is, the more light it’s going to gather, transmitting it to the end for aiming. This is amazing when shooting in low light. Typically you don’t have much light anyway and you may need a lot of fiber optic material for collecting plenty of light.
You should get a sight that has a lot of fiber optic. You may even find sights that come with the scope housing completely wrapped by the fiber optic. This can only mean more light-gathering material. When the sight comes with short lengths of fiber optic (only a bit longer than the pin itself), you may not see the pin very well, especially in low light conditions.
- Add more light
If you don’t have the budget for a new sight, you should add a sight light. You need a light that is going to shine onto the fiber optic, but not right into the sight picture. The light shining on the fiber optic will slide to the end of the pin used for aiming.
Back in the days, hunters would use lights that illuminated the pinheads by shinning down through the scope just like an overhead lamp. Soon enough, the bow hunters realized that this wasn’t the best design as one would have to look through the light to see the target.
A reliable sight light is going to let you control the amount of light that goes to the fiber optic. If the light turns on/off, the fiber may glow too brightly. However, if you’re able to adjust the light intensity, you may also set the pin light according to the surroundings.
A ground blind hunter is going to want to add a sight light as the lighting condition is reversed from tree stand hunters. You’re shooting out into a lighter environment while you’re sitting in the dark. This is going to make the fiber optic appear black most of the time. adding a light is going to bring the color back in the pins.
- Size up your pins
More often than not, the smaller the sight pin, the higher the precision for your aiming. A small sight pin is going to let you to zero in the same spot where you want the arrow to hit. On the other hand, a smaller pin means that it’s not going to gather much light for transmitting it to the end you need for aiming.
Typically, the .010 pin is the smallest out there for archery hunting sight. You’re definitely going to notice the improvement in light transmission when using a .019 or .029 pin. The most challenging part is to identify the size that gives you precision, without covering too much of the target.
Some go with the .019 pins most of the time. even if it’s dark, you may still be able to see the pins.
- Increase the peep size as well
Bear in mind that the size of the peep is related to how you actually see the sight pins. The bigger the peep, the more light you’re going to get. By the contrary, a small peep isn’t going to let much light get to your eyes. Many are wondering if the peeps are actually necessary or not?
Some bowhunters don’t use peeps, which means that they don’t stress about how the peep is going to affect their performances in low light.
On the other hand, there are also the bow hunters that really think that the good outweighs the bad. A peep is going to help you look straight through your scope on the same plane every single time. you’re not going to be able to get that level of consistency when not using a peep. Moving down, up, left or right even by a small margin is definitely going to alter the point of impact. The longer the distance, the bigger the difference is going to be.
Most of the time, a quarter-inch peep is big enough for letting you see the sight in low light. Besides, it’s small enough to hold a consistent eye-to-sight-pin alignment.
- Start using a verifier
If you’re constantly having problems obtaining a clear sight picture, you should get a verifier. The pins or the target may be blurry.
The verifier is a lens that you place inside the peeps, clearing up the sight picture. There are various types of lenses out there as the people come with various sight problems. Just make sure that you try different verifiers until you find them on that lets you see the target and the pins in a clear way.
When a verifier makes the pins blurry, but the target clear, it means that it’s too weak. At the same time, if the target is blurry and the pins are clear, your lens is just too strong.
Seeing the sight pins clearly as you’re aiming your game is fundamental for your success. When something isn’t right, you shouldn’t keep on trying in the dark, hoping to get a shot. It’s best that you try one of our tips instead.