The first and most obvious question when it comes to paper tuning your bow is why you need to do it at all. In a nutshell, paper tuning your bow gives you clues about how your arrow behaves in flight and allows you to make adjustments for optimal arrow flight. Just short of buying a high-dollar, slow motion camera, paper tuning is one of the best ways every serious bowhunter can track arrow flight and make the right adjustments to his or her setup.
The great news is tuning your bow doesn’t have to be a complicated process. All it really takes is a little know how and a fair measure of patience. Follow these quick-and-easy steps and you’ll be well on your way to producing more accurate shots and tighter groups. In the end, that gives you the confidence you need when the trophy of a lifetime is on the line, and that’s what it’s all about.
- To begin the paper tuning process, you will first need a frame to hold the paper you’re shooting through. Inexpensive furring strips from any hardware store are perfect for this project, though you can use any scrap lumber you have laying around that can be nailed or screwed together to create a square frame. We used two 8-foot furring strips, sawzall to cut to length, a hand drill and 1-inch drywall screws to create this simple frame. You can also sharpen the legs to make it easier to pound the frame into the ground in front of your target.