Black Gold Sights - Pure Gold
Shooting in wind
Equipment
Contributors to this thread:
Shug 07-Mar-20
Ucsdryder 07-Mar-20
Shug 07-Mar-20
Bloodtrail 07-Mar-20
Bou'bound 07-Mar-20
Mailman 07-Mar-20
Ermine 07-Mar-20
cnelk 07-Mar-20
fubar racin 07-Mar-20
Tdvorak 07-Mar-20
Tonybear61 08-Mar-20
ground hunter 08-Mar-20
Tlhbow 08-Mar-20
Shug 08-Mar-20
Bowboy 08-Mar-20
APauls 08-Mar-20
Tilzbow 09-Mar-20
Paul@thefort 09-Mar-20
From: Shug
07-Mar-20
I shoot a slow compound with a good weight arrow 230 FPS 475 gr arrow.

When the wind gusts 15 or more mph I regularly get some kick to my flight. The arrow still hits where I’m shooting but I’m curious if you guys with different set ups get the same reactions or could this be “ tuned” out?

From: Ucsdryder
07-Mar-20
Wind sucks. A 4mm arrow will help.

From: Shug
07-Mar-20
I actually shoot a FMJ 5 mm 3 5” feathers

From: Bloodtrail
07-Mar-20
I just watched a YouTube video with John Dudley. He uses small low profile vanes....four or more of them to reduce wind planing but still give him stability down range. It makes sense. Your feathers would be a big concern for me with wind shear.

From: Bou'bound
07-Mar-20
The arrow hits where you are shooting. That is the goal with every shot. Sounds to me like you don’t have a problem. You can’t control the weather.

From: Mailman
07-Mar-20
The problem is holding the bow steady in the wind. To me that is the most relevant factor.

From: Ermine
07-Mar-20
Skinny arrows and small fletch will help in the wind. I’ve had some arrows setups that were hardly moved by wind

From: cnelk
07-Mar-20
Shoot same direction as wind blows = no issues :)

From: fubar racin
07-Mar-20
Heavy cross wind sucks but I find it effects my shot more before release than after. That’s not at all to say it doesn’t effect arrow flight it’s just not as bad as my pin float before release

From: Tdvorak
07-Mar-20
If you are not getting a sail effect from your bow and can hold steady, and are not shooting extreme distances the wind drift is going to be minimal, less than 6 inches. That’s enough to blow the shot but if you are aware of it when you draw you can plan to hold over 2-4-6 inches and drop it in nicely. It is only when you get to taking extreme distance shots that your wind drift will really cause you some trouble. My experience is that a 30 yards shot for a hunter shooting at a truly world class trophy (compared to 3D targets) is getting pretty close to “extreme”. I understand that some hunters are confident to much further distances. I get pumped when my client come in and tell me they are rock solid at 30 yards in nice weather.

From: Tonybear61
08-Mar-20
I stuff my carbon shafts with weed whip string to bump up to 525 grains or better. Wind seems to have less effect, more momentum due to increased mass keeps them on target during shot and upon contact.

08-Mar-20
I shoot a similar set up, I get about 275 fps. Wind was my concern out on the grasslands. I shoot a 5mm fmj,,, I stripped off the blazers, went with 2 1/2 inch Fusions, and went to 4 Fletch. Shooting a 125 grain Wasp. No issues. Flies great.

From: Tlhbow
08-Mar-20
I live in the plains so deal with wind while practicing most of the time. Arrow is around 15/17% foc with 3 5/8" feathers weighing around 480gr. Shooting across wind the impact is ok out to 25 yards or so but back is pushed over some Don't have a problem hunting in strong wind but in heavy cover short shorts. My arrow is around 155/160 fps.

From: Shug
08-Mar-20
Thanks guys

From: Bowboy
08-Mar-20
Randy Ulmer shoots AAE Pro Max vanes. He shoots it in 4 Flectch and states it helps in windy conditions.

I live in WY and we get lots of wind. If it's real windy I can shoot pretty good to 30 or 35. What helps me it shoot on my knees if possible. My set-up is 5mm Axis with AAE Max Stealth vanes 3 fletch. They weigh 435 grains and buck the wind pretty well. Practicing in the wind helps knowing where your arrow will hit.

From: APauls
08-Mar-20
Wind drift isn’t as bad as you’d think. I find my arrow flight is better with fixed heads in the wind though because the wind hits the front and back of the arrow together. With mech heads it kicks more which I don’t like for impact penetration

From: Tilzbow
09-Mar-20
Wind drift shouldn’t be an issue with field points but fixed blade broadheads are another matter altogether.

From: Paul@thefort
09-Mar-20
if too windy, take off the bow quiver with arrows from the bow, as the quiver acts like a sail, making for an unstable bow shot.

  • Sitka Gear