I love watching Survivorman. lol I sit there and yell at my TV but he never listens and usually goes hungry because he doesn't listen to me. lmao I watched him yesterday and he was trying to fish with a spring that was hook shaped on both ends." Les, sharpen the hooks! You're multi tool! File the hooks man!" lol At least he sharpened a stick.....
Reading the response by Fish drives home my point for using the pendulum sight.
" A 15 yard shot is a 15 yard shot. In fact, you have to aim lower than from a horizontal position."
Which means not all 15 yard shots are the same,.....unless you use a Predator IV sight.
"The largest single problem tree-stand hunters grapple with is learning how to compensate for downward arrow flight. An arrow always hits higher than normal on downward shots because gravity has less effect on its trajectory. This means you must aim lower than normal for killing hits. Hitting much lower depends on several factors, including the speed of your arrow, the angle of your shot, and the distance to your target. As a general rule, you should aim for the horizontal distance to an animal. In other words, a deer standing ten yards from the base of your tree-stand tree requires a ten-yard shot - even if actual shooting range is 15 yards. Some bowhunters pace off level distances around a stand to predetermine shooting yardages from the base of their trees."
Spoken like a true multiple pin sight user. lol Yardage markers, rangefinders," aiming for a horizontal distance to an animal"
STOP IT! You're making my head hurt! You sound like my bow hunting mentor who has 20 years MORE bow hunting experience than I do yet he still misses deer because he over compensated and shot under or under compensated and shot over the back, and I wish I had a dollar for every bow hunter who said, I used the wrong yardage pin. I'd be a mighty rich man. My mentor always said, "too many moving parts". In 8 years it's never failed me. Then he's put ugly yardage markers all over the woods. When I swiped them, he spray painted yardages on trees. When that didn't fly with the land owner, my mentor bought a $400 rangefinder. [8|] It amazes me, and I'll never understand why most bow hunters stick with multiple pin sights, but that's just me.
If you choose multiple pin sights, you've got plenty of experienced hunters here to help. IMHO, I started with multiple pins. 6 months of shooting every day and I still wasn't confident enough to go to an unknown height, guesstimate a yardage and hit what I was aiming at. I could hit anything with my 2nd arrow. Didn't do so well with the first arrow. One day at a sporting goods store I saw the Predator and read the package. Talk about an "AHH HAAA" moment. It all made sense. Bought it, took it home, called the number on the package, Lou the owner answered the phone and walked me step by step (I'm a lefty, everything's more complicated backwards) to get it mounted to my bow properly. Then I took it to the bow shop and had the peep installed and the bow shop guys laughed at the sight. My confidence was in the dumpster. I took it home, followed the instructions, called and emailed Lou with every question under the sky, and he answered the important questions. With in a week, I could go to any part of the slope of my garage roof and house roof, and nail a 1" sticker dot anywhere in my back yard. From my porch, back of my truck, half way up the ladder, on the ground, on 1 knee, sitting down, from the kids swing set, even standing on 1 foot in a figure skating position, shooting strait down from the peak of my roof... Opening morning my self appointed mentor, who's never seen me shoot before put a $5 bill on a target to determine who gets first pick of stands. He also thought it would be easy money. lol From 30 yards on a slope, with a bunch of stitches and heavily bandaged, splinted broken trigger finger, I stuck Lincoln right in the ear. I knew I was ready and that confidence is important. I took the $25 ($5 each hunter) and turned down the right to pick stand out of respect. I would have never been ready had I not switched from multiple pins. Later my first bow hunting day, I got my first deer. The first of 6 that year and I tied for first for the biggest buck. I don't work for Predator, I have never even gotten a discount from Predator, I did meet Lou once at the Madison Deer Turkey Expo a few years ago. If you contact them, tell them Wack sent you, maybe someday I'll get a discount. lol It's a good American product.
American by birth, hunter by choice.