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Shooting with both eyes open?

Postby wisbooner3932 » Sat Jan 08, 2011 3:27 pm

First off, I want to appologize if there is already a thread on this, I couldn't find it if there is. 
 
How many of you shoot with both eyes open?  I've heard that's how you're "supposed" to shoot but I want your guys' opinion on this.  I've always shot with one eye closed but I'm going to try to master my form this off-season and was wondering if this is something I should incorporate.  How benefical do you think it would be to make the switch, if at all?
 
Also, does anyone have any good websites on shooting form overall?  I've been bowhunting for 8 seasons now (I'm only 19 however) but when I first started shooting I was on my own and had to teach myself since I didn't have any family members that bowhunted.  Any input would be appreciated, thanks!
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RE: Shooting with both eyes open?

Postby Woods Walker » Sat Jan 08, 2011 9:45 pm

I shoot everything with both eyes open. Bows, handguns, shotguns and rifles, both open sights and scoped. That's how I was taught. It DOES help with your depth perception.
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RE: Shooting with both eyes open?

Postby krawiech » Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:53 am

definitely helps with depth perception it also gives more periphal vision in case the target is moving i shoot all my hunting impliments with both eyes open i feel it is much safer too thats where the periphal vision comes in it does take practice to learn because most of us were taught to with one eye closed for accuracy from our mentors but like everything else the times they are changing hank k

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RE: Shooting with both eyes open?

Postby Highlander Archery » Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:25 am

ORIGINAL: wisbooner3932

First off, I want to appologize if there is already a thread on this, I couldn't find it if there is. 

How many of you shoot with both eyes open?  I've heard that's how you're "supposed" to shoot but I want your guys' opinion on this.  I've always shot with one eye closed but I'm going to try to master my form this off-season and was wondering if this is something I should incorporate.  How benefical do you think it would be to make the switch, if at all?

Also, does anyone have any good websites on shooting form overall?  I've been bowhunting for 8 seasons now (I'm only 19 however) but when I first started shooting I was on my own and had to teach myself since I didn't have any family members that bowhunted.  Any input would be appreciated, thanks!


Larry Wise "Core Archery" is a fantastic book on shooting form.

Shooting with both eyes open is far superior to one eye closed for several reasons: Light gathering, Depth perception, IMO easier centering on target and better linear alignment of the whole system.

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RE: Shooting with both eyes open?

Postby wisbooner3932 » Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:35 pm

Thanks for all your help guys, I'm gonna try to make the switch.  Any tips to make the transition easier?
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RE: Shooting with both eyes open?

Postby Patriot » Mon Jan 10, 2011 5:30 pm

I hear you are supposed to shoot with both eyes open, but I haven't been able to train myself to do so.  It doesn't seem to impact my capability however. 
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RE: Shooting with both eyes open?

Postby Highlander Archery » Mon Jan 10, 2011 5:51 pm

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Thanks for all your help guys, I'm gonna try to make the switch.  Any tips to make the transition easier?


If you wear glasses obscure your non-dominant lens and if you don't wear glasses use a pair of sunglasses with the lenses removed as a platform to obscure the vision in your non- dominant eye, either with paper or a patch of sorts(Patch should be of a light color so as to prevent diminished light gathering); this will train your eye to remain open and allow for the increased light gathering capability to occur while at the same time avoiding some of the focus issues faced when retraining your muscles and brain.

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RE: Shooting with both eyes open?

Postby Woods Walker » Mon Jan 10, 2011 7:40 pm

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ORIGINAL: wisbooner3932

Thanks for all your help guys, I'm gonna try to make the switch.  Any tips to make the transition easier?


If you wear glasses obscure your non-dominant lens and if you don't wear glasses use a pair of sunglasses with the lenses removed as a platform to obscure the vision in your non- dominant eye, either with paper or a patch of sorts(Patch should be of a light color so as to prevent diminished light gathering); this will train your eye to remain open and allow for the increased light gathering capability to occur while at the same time avoiding some of the focus issues faced when retraining your muscles and brain.


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RE: Shooting with both eyes open?

Postby Highlander Archery » Mon Jan 10, 2011 7:45 pm

ORIGINAL: Woods Walker

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ORIGINAL: wisbooner3932

Thanks for all your help guys, I'm gonna try to make the switch.  Any tips to make the transition easier?


If you wear glasses obscure your non-dominant lens and if you don't wear glasses use a pair of sunglasses with the lenses removed as a platform to obscure the vision in your non- dominant eye, either with paper or a patch of sorts(Patch should be of a light color so as to prevent diminished light gathering); this will train your eye to remain open and allow for the increased light gathering capability to occur while at the same time avoiding some of the focus issues faced when retraining your muscles and brain.


Brain? You have to use your brain? AH HA! Maybe THAT'S what my problem is! [:D]


I can [size="4"]guarantee[/size] this to be true. Definitely your problem.

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RE: Shooting with both eyes open?

Postby wisbooner3932 » Tue Jan 11, 2011 1:41 am

Thanks Highlander, I'll give it a shot.  I just got a new DXT today and cant wait to shoot the heck out of it, even if its only at 5 yards in my basement!  Hopefully I'll improve enough overall to take it out turkey hunting in the spring.  This whole bow hunting thing is addicting dont cha know![:D]
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