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Couldn't see my bow sights due to low light? Any suggestions?

This is my first year elk hunting and new to archery so still in the learning curve. Trying to see what I need to do differently for next year.

The primary reason I didn't fill my tag this year was due to low light conditions on 2 occassions when I was within range of my target. It was still legal hunting hours, but not enough light for me to see my peep and then when I finally was able to get that aligned with my eye my pins were'nt bright enough. I just have the 3 pin sights and default peep that came with my PSE Stinger.

Any suggestions on what I should do to improve? Different pins, sights, peep? I do want to add at least one more pin maybe 2 so I feel more comfortable shooting at longer ranges.

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Are they fiber optic?

Are they fiber optic?

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Yup

They are fiber, but not as much as other's I've seen. The fiber are shorter tails wrapped at the end of the pin as opposed as some I've seen that wrap around the entire sight frame. Was curious if some are more visual than others. I've seen some battery lit ones, but have heard that Colorado doesn't allow anything bettery operated mounted to the bow. Was wodering if there may have been some light that attached to the release hand to shine down that direction as well?

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artificial light

huntingco wrote:

They are fiber, but not as much as other's I've seen. The fiber are shorter tails wrapped at the end of the pin as opposed as some I've seen that wrap around the entire sight frame. Was curious if some are more visual than others. I've seen some battery lit ones, but have heard that Colorado doesn't allow anything bettery operated mounted to the bow. Was wodering if there may have been some light that attached to the release hand to shine down that direction as well?

You can not use any type of artificial light as a sighting device here in Colorado and that would include a light on the release hand.

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I learned how to shoot a bow

I learned how to shoot a bow using the instinct method or using no sights at all.  Just relying on the anchor point and the end of the arrow to know where it was going to hit.  Even after I put sights on my compound bow there were a couple of times that I had to rely on that tried and proved method due to light conditions or one time when I realized too late that I was missing a couple of pins on the sight. 

But as Still Hunter said you might want to go to a fiber optic type sight and a larger peep on the string but when using a peep you will find out that you will always have problems in low light conditions. 

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Invest some money in a good

Invest some money in a good fiber optic sight and practice practice practice.  Get to the point where you know exactly how the bowstring feels on your face when drawn.  Get to that point and even if you cant see the peep, you will know you re looking straight through it.

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