Uphill Battle

When shootinguphill, should you hold high, low or dead-on? Here's how to do it right

The quest to arrow a truly giant buck can carry hunters to all types of terrain, including steep hills and mountains. While an uphill shot might not seem daunting, it can be tricky if you're not prepared. Here's how to make sure you'll get your trophy when it holds the high ground.

Aim Right Hilly terrain makes it more difficult to keep your bow straight up and down when you shoot, so having a bubble level in your sight is a great idea. Also, remember that you want to hold your pin low on an animal with a steep uphill shot, both because you want the arrow to angle up through the vitals and because the actual horizontal distance to the animal is less than the line-of-sight distance.

Get Anchored The key to developing consistent accuracy when making any shot, particularly an uphill one, is being able to draw, aim and hold the bow in the same position every time you shoot. This is best achieved by employing multiple anchor points, such as using a kisser button and peep sight, placing your nose on the string and keeping your release hand in contact with the same spot on your face.

MAKE THE SHOT

HANG LOOSE Maintain a relaxed grip. Avoid "grabbing the grip," which can cause you to torque the bow.

DON'T STIFF-ARM Never lock the elbow in your bow arm. Keep your arm slightly bent to prevent torquing the bow and throwing off your shot.

SHOT GEOMETRY Avoid the tendency to lean your entire body way back. Too much lean can drastically alter your anchor point. Bend at the waist to maintain the same body geometry between your upper body and bow arm as you have when making level shots.

ALIGN YOUR FEET Place your feet parallel to each other, perpendicular to the incline and no more than shoulder width apart. On steep hills, bend your front knee to keep your hips in a level plane.