One or two...?

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  1. tree_ghost

    tree_ghost Weekend Warrior

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    I have always shot my compound bow with one eye open and one closed. Earlier this week I started practicing shooting with both eyes open in an attempt to cure a little target panic. It took me a little while to adjust to my new found sight picture, but once I did I found that I prefer the two eyes being open vs one. Now I haven't had the opportunity to try this in the field on live game but I plan to during turkey season. So my question is do you prefer aiming with one eye open or two? Why?


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  2. Justin

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    I tend to shoot better with two eyes open, however 25+ years of shooting with one closed is a hard habit to break. I've tried a few times but was never dedicated enough to actually make it happen. Maybe someday...
     
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    I shoot everything from scoped rifles to bows to slingshots with both eyes open.
     
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    I switched to both eyes open a couple of years ago for the following reasons. The first is I use to have a habit of dropping my bow after the shot to see the arrow impact, this cured that problem for me. The second is I can pick up movement from the off eye more quickly than with one.

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    I have always shot with one eye closed (my left) because I'm right handed but left eye dominant. However as crazy as it sounds I also found I shot better with not only a bow but a shotgun too with both eyes open. I've practiced enough that I can actually focus and see out of my right eye with both eyes open where as before my left eye always took over. Killed a doe with my bow this year and made an effort to have both eyes open and I hit exactly and I mean exactly where I was aiming. I also like the larger field of view by having both eyes open.


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    I also just started shooting with both eyes open. But I start my shot routine with only aiming eye open to anchor correctly then I will open my second eye. I find I am getting better at anchoring with both open but still do it just to make sure I am aiming correctly

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  7. PinkPony

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    My husband shoots with both open and tried to get me to learn that way. But, it's impossible...I'm an one eye shooter both bow and gun.
     
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    Hard to break old habits. One eye here.
     
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    This is what I'm finding to be the toughest part of switching to both eyes being open. I have a hard time making sure that the scope housing is centered in the peep when first coming to anchor. Maybe it will get better with practice but I'm considering adding a kisser just for a secondary reference point for consistency.


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  10. remmett70

    remmett70 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Both eyes. Easier to track and pull up to draw while keeping my left eye on the target and once I get to draw, switch my focus to my right eye for aiming. When aiming one eyed, I always had to search for the target again once I got to draw.
     
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    One eye, have tried shooting with both eyes open but it is hard to change since I have shot for so long with one eye.


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    Two eyes open for me switched last year and have noticed a major improvement. It also helps with holding for a long time, my face would start to strain trying to keep one eye closed and stay on target. Definitely worth the time to get comfortable with 2 open. imho.
     
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    Two eyes for me I was always taught that you shoot with both eyes and i have tried with one eye and I don't feel as steady.
     
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    I do use a kisser button and I center the string barely touching my nose.

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    Both eyes. It allows me to get on target faster. Whether using bow, gun, or range finder. Also i find that if I close one eye it is usually blurry after which messes with my mind, and theres not a lot to play with up there any more.
     
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    Basically everyone touched on everything. I was a scout sniper in the marine corps and for many reasons we shoot with both eyes open. When it comes to bow hunting I would suggest trying it especially if many of your shooting opportunities are in small windows. It will drastically improve your target acquisition time and depth perception that is lost with one eye shooting which often results in not being able to see the small limbs or branches in your sight picture.
     
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    Both eyes open. Once you're familiar with it at the range, you won't notice in a hunting situation.
     
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    Both eyes when aiming , but once I'm on target it's one eye
     

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