Nothing sets off a bowhunting camp debate like the mention of bow sights. Which is best–single, multi, or moveable? Check out a quick review of each and then decide which one is right for your hunting style.
Single Pin: A one-pin setup sighted-in at 20 or 30 yards is a Southern bowhunting staple, and for good reason. The South’s whitetail woods are immensely thick, with shot distances rarely exceeding 30 yards. Single-pin setups eliminate multiple-pin confusion and provide an unrestricted sight window devoid of cluttered pins.
Multiple Pins: Early compounds struggled to push arrows to speeds above 220 feet per second. Trajectories featured an exaggerated arc, which rose sharply and fell quickly. As a result, shot gradation was exaggerated, and having several pins proved invaluable to compensate for these slower speeds. They remain hugely popular.
Moveable Sights: Because they can be moved up or down, ranging sights, as they’re sometimes called, are adjustable for target distance. The variations on these sights are seemingly endless.
Although single-pin setups are idiot-proof, they are limited to a finite range. Even the best archers struggle to compensate.
Multi-pin setups shine when you’re covering long shot distances; however, they must be gap-shot (shot between two pins) when a dedicated pin isn’t available.
Moveable sights, on the other hand, allow hunters to cover any specific shot distance without being handicapped by holdover or the need to gap-shoot. However, they must be adjusted for distance.
Each setup should be vetted according to your bow and shooting style.