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hi im thinking about getting a bow im right handed but im blind in my right eye i have to shoot a lefthanded rifle there is a bow club here but it doesnt start up till in the new year and my wife is talking about getting me a bow for xmas i would love to have a bow to hunt deer a lot more challenging in my eyes but with my eyesight and dexterity would it be possibe and what kind of bow setup would u recommend and maybe give me some ideas on where to purchase there is no shop around here so i cant try before i buy any help is recommended i am 5'7 in height if that helps any feed back appreciated i want a bow lol

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I am assuming you are thinking of a compound bow so I think you really need to find a bow shop where you can try out the bow for several reasons. A bow must fit you properly in draw length and feel. One very good bow will not suit you as well as another.

Also, by handling the bow you will be able to figure out if you need to shoot left handed or if you can shoot right handed by using your left eye to see the sight and which way is more comfortable

I would not reccomend buying a bow without being fitted for it.

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thanks for the reply i didnt know it was possible to shoot a right hand bow using my left eye i know some guys with right hand bows so ill give em a look

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I don't know for sure if it is possible so don't take my word for it.

I picked up my compound and tried to use it with my left eye. My head definitely is in a different position, but it might be possible. There is only one way to tell for sure and that is to try it.

It seems like learning to shoot left handed would be easier but options are good.

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It would be highly unlikely that you could accomplish shooting right handed and left eyed. There would be a severe degree of angle to your sight picture. With your blindness you will have to shoot left handed for that reason. Some would venture to say that you could shoot "instinctive" but you would have the same "degree to target" problem. What instinctive is, is no sights on the bow. What some dont realize is that even without sights you are still sighting down the arrow to a degree and you are using your linear sight to picture the trajectory. If you are shooting left eye to right hand path you will be extreamly challenged in creating a proper shot picture in your mind.

Since you havnt really shot a bow, it wouldnt be very difficult to train yourself left handed archery. So that all being said, do just like CVC said and go to a REPUTABLE archery shop with informed and knowledgable people that will be there to HELP you not just sell you a top dollar bow. Also keep in mind, Archery is dependant upon being able to gauge distance and, with your eye problem, your depth perception is limited so invest in a good range finder to help you with that. Good thing to do is, when you get to your stand location, range a few spots with your range finder and mark those spots in your head. that way when a deer comes out you will already have the pre-determined range and wont have to fumble with the range finder. Hope this helps.

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Anything is possible but if you've not familar with archery and it's aspects. It is quite unconfortable to shoot with the opposite eye.
Instinctive shooting is just a matter of practice, practice, practice. If you can hit a target with a tossed baseball. You can shoot archery instinctively.
I would recomend starting with an inexpensive ambidexterous recurve and use it to find a comfortable shooting technique that works for you.
Good luck on your endeavor.

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I agree learning to shoot left handed is the best way, but I have pulled my bow back and tried to sight through my peep using my pins with my left eye and I think it can be done.

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i have to agree with cvc that shooting right handed with your left eye is possible but not always the most comfortable and that matters a whole lot to me as well as others i would think. when my girlfriend wanted to start bowhunting she had to learn to shoot left handed because she cant close her left eye and wasnt comfortable shotting right handed with her left eye and found it easy to learn to shoot left handed since she was new to bowhunting. so i think it would be easier to learn to shoot left handed since your new to bowhunting also.

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I have a friend that shoots right handed with his left eye. He uses sights, but doesn't use a peep. He built a special bracket to bring his sights out a bit further to the left. He's a great archery shot by the way.

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If you are left eye dominant and right handed, I wouild try either a long bow or recurve and shoot with both eyes open. As others have said, instinctive shooting is just a matter of practice. I shoot longbow with both eyes open and look at what I want to hit, not at where the tip of the arrow is in relationship to the target. With practice, I am very accurate out to 20-25 yds, which as far as I would normally consider shooting at game.

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I think one other thing to point out, and most everyone eluded to it, is to take your time. Take your time buying a bow. Make sure you get one that is good for you, fits well, and you can draw. take your time and practice a lot. Be comfortable with the sight picture. Also get confident in your ability. Take your time and range shooting lanes and create mental land marks and rules. Pick out where you will shoot game and where you won't. Also, as most of these people can probably attest, rushing things only leads to lost deer.

good luck and shoot straight.

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