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How long do you hold at full draw

Messages posted to thread:
crazyjjk 13-Jan-22
Juancho 13-Jan-22
SB 13-Jan-22
fdp 13-Jan-22
RonG 13-Jan-22
Scoop 13-Jan-22
SB 13-Jan-22
Briar 13-Jan-22
Selden Slider 13-Jan-22
Wudstix 13-Jan-22
Randog 13-Jan-22
Yellah Nocks 13-Jan-22
Missouribreaks 13-Jan-22
George D. Stout 13-Jan-22
Bob Rowlands 13-Jan-22
crazyjjk 13-Jan-22
TGbow 13-Jan-22
Andy Man 13-Jan-22
HRhodes 13-Jan-22
A Tag 13-Jan-22
Red Beastmaster 13-Jan-22
Me 13-Jan-22
skipmaster1 13-Jan-22
Stuart 13-Jan-22
Deno 13-Jan-22
John mccabe 13-Jan-22
Sawtooth (Original) 13-Jan-22
Greenstyk 13-Jan-22
LBshooter 13-Jan-22
Tboughty 13-Jan-22
Popester 13-Jan-22
Brian B 13-Jan-22
babysaph 13-Jan-22
Two Feathers 13-Jan-22
TrapperKayak 13-Jan-22
longdraw 13-Jan-22
deerhunt51 13-Jan-22
Widow sax 14-Jan-22
Greenstyk 14-Jan-22
Altitude Sickness 14-Jan-22
HRhodes 14-Jan-22
Red Beastmaster 14-Jan-22
Viper 14-Jan-22
Treeman 14-Jan-22
reddogge 14-Jan-22
Live2Hunt 14-Jan-22
pipcount 14-Jan-22
tzolk 14-Jan-22
Heat 14-Jan-22
Mike E 14-Jan-22
Knifeguy 14-Jan-22
782GearUSMC 14-Jan-22
Cedarsavage 14-Jan-22
GLF 14-Jan-22
Ken Schwartz 14-Jan-22
Tomas 14-Jan-22
GLF 14-Jan-22
buckeye 14-Jan-22
Mortis Sagittas 14-Jan-22
longbow1968 14-Jan-22
David McLendon 14-Jan-22
From: crazyjjk
Date: 13-Jan-22

Just wondering how long do you hold at full draw before releasing the arrow? At 3D shoots I see the whole gambit, from people who never make it to an anchor to the ones who seem to hold at anchor for ever.

From: Juancho
Date: 13-Jan-22

Depending on the circumstances surrounding the shot. At targets , maybe a second or so, when hunting could be several seconds or just a fraction of a second. When shooting on the fly , I don't think I hold to anchor point , more like a floating full draw and is gone before I know it.

From: SB
Date: 13-Jan-22

A split second at most.

From: fdp
Date: 13-Jan-22

Until my mind tells me to turn the arrow loose.

There is no predetermined amount of time, and it is situational.

From: RonG
Date: 13-Jan-22

Just long enough to know where the arrow is going, mostly 2 seconds.

From: Scoop Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 13-Jan-22

Long enough to line everything up, about a second or less I'd guess.

From: SB
Date: 13-Jan-22 the time I get to anchor everything is already pointed where I want point in holding any longer!

From: Briar
Date: 13-Jan-22

I worked very very hard to learn to hold long enough to aim. At this stage I anchor, aim, kinda make sure and release. Id agree with 2-3 seconds. If I go longer with a hunting weight bow it never gets better, only worse for me.

From: Selden Slider
Date: 13-Jan-22

I don't hold at all. When I reach my anchor I release. Frank

From: Wudstix Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 13-Jan-22

What Juancho said!!!

Date: 13-Jan-22

At least 5 seconds or more

From: Randog
Date: 13-Jan-22

Juancho x2

From: Yellah Nocks
Date: 13-Jan-22

I am with gutpile. It took a looong time to break myself of snap shooting traditional. I shoot muuuch better with a solid anchor(that is why they call it that).

From: Missouribreaks
Date: 13-Jan-22

Highly variable when hunting, but generally half a second or so. Most important for me is to always get to full draw, holding time then can vary by circumstances.

From: George D. Stout
Date: 13-Jan-22

There will be no consensus on this, it's as varied as brace height and string length. It's whatever you do to shoot consistently and accurately.

From: Bob Rowlands
Date: 13-Jan-22

No longer than a two count. Usually one or less. Shooting fast is ingrained. I shoot my pistols and rifles fast as well. I'm no sniper.

Totally off topic, but speaking of shooting fast, I was at the gun range not long ago, at noon on a weekend (mistake) at the last tunoff. ALL the other turnoffs were filled with shooters. I was shooting my .54 muzzleloader and some pistols, by myself.

A car filled with young Mexican guys stopped and one jumped out and asked, "Sir, do you mind if we shoot here?" "Sure. Have at it."

The trunk was opened and a buttload of ARs, Glocks, and mags were handed out. The volume of fire those homies threw downrange was awesome. Accuracy had nothing to do with it, it was all about raw firepower.

They only time they stopped shooting was to walk up range a bit and place blocks of Tannerite. bam bam bam bam bam BOOOM! bam bam bam bam BOOOM. It was as close as I'll ever get to a cartel war zone. I sh%$ you not. When they were out of ammo, the whole bunch of them pissed on the smoking tannerite in attempt to put it out. If that forest hadn't been incinerated in the 2012 fire, they probably would have set it ablaze. lol

From: crazyjjk
Date: 13-Jan-22

Just for the record mine is situational. Though I do make a conscious effort to hit my anchor point.

From: TGbow
Date: 13-Jan-22

A second or two

From: Andy Man
Date: 13-Jan-22

don't even think of it

just draw and as touch anchor and its gone-all the aiming is done before I even begain the draw and I guess corrections are made as finishing draw

From: HRhodes
Date: 13-Jan-22

I anchor then pick the smallest part of the spot that I was drawing on. When everything feels right and when I have told myself not to move my bow hand until the arrow has struck the target, I release. I’m holding around two seconds, but it can vary considerably depending on the circumstances.

From: A Tag
Date: 13-Jan-22

Holding is not the style of shooting I prefer in hunting situations.

From: Red Beastmaster
Date: 13-Jan-22

Spit second. All aiming is done prior and during the draw.

From: Me
Date: 13-Jan-22

Until I release

From: skipmaster1 Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 13-Jan-22

I average 3-7 seconds usually. One of the bucks I shot this year, I held for 17 seconds. He blew through my first lane then stopped looking my direction so I couldn’t let down. He finally moved and offered me a shot. 17 seconds feels like eternity

From: Stuart
Date: 13-Jan-22

Once at anchor, I aim for about 2 seconds while continuing to expand, then release and hold until the arrow reaches the target. Then I usually mutter an expletive.

From: Deno
Date: 13-Jan-22

No hold at all.


From: John mccabe
Date: 13-Jan-22

Stuart that’s hilarious

From: Sawtooth (Original) Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 13-Jan-22

I hit anchor. I stay there for a nanosecond. As soon as I feel it the arrow is gone. The way i shoot would make an archery coach puke, but hey, I hit what I’m shooting at.

From: Greenstyk
Date: 13-Jan-22

I focus on spot I want to hit and draw to anchor all the while I maintain focus on spot I want to hit. As soon as bow arm settles in and stops moving I release. As long as the release is smooth then the shot is on target. Maybe a split second.

From: LBshooter
Date: 13-Jan-22


From: Tboughty
Date: 13-Jan-22

I wonder how many guys who say "a split second" actually hit full draw. Most instinctive guys I see in the real world draw about 2-4" shorter than advertised. I used to too until I started holding.

From: Popester
Date: 13-Jan-22

I'd guess I hold 3-5 seconds.

From: Brian B
Date: 13-Jan-22

I am from the "no hold" camp, once I hit anchor with My middle finger, the arrow is gone. I do believe that if I was able to break that old muscle memory, and hold for "a bit" I would be a better shot. I might try going to 3 under, and hold, and use the arrow tip to aim, for a more regimented shooting style.

From: babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 13-Jan-22

I don't hold at full draw. I let go as soon as my clicker goes off. LOL

From: Two Feathers
Date: 13-Jan-22

Not long in practice and less when adrenaline is flowing. My brain is in charge of that.

From: TrapperKayak
Date: 13-Jan-22

I don't, I pull and release in one smooth motion.

From: longdraw
Date: 13-Jan-22

I hold for 3 to 5 seconds.

From: deerhunt51
Date: 13-Jan-22

Watch a video of Howard Hill shooting. Then do what works best for you.

From: Widow sax
Date: 14-Jan-22

I don't. Widow

From: Greenstyk
Date: 14-Jan-22

I do sometimes practice shooting close targets where I release as soon as middle finger touches anchor just for those opportunities when I am on the ground and a deer is very close. These shots are usually very accurate.

From: Altitude Sickness
Date: 14-Jan-22

I try to hold for about 2-3 seconds then finish expanding. And when I can do that, I hit what I want. If I don’t I’m off. Sometimes a hair sometimes more. I used to snap shoot and often release before anchoring so occasionally slide back into that if not careful.

From: HRhodes
Date: 14-Jan-22

Same as Altitude- I was more of a snap shooter but I don’t think I had the control that I have now. If I miss now, I generally know why.

From: Red Beastmaster
Date: 14-Jan-22


Yes, I anchor for "a split second", just like I said. That's a full complete draw with my middle finger touching the corner of my mouth. I've done it thousands and thousands of times without ever short drawing.

Some of us know what we are doing.

From: Viper
Date: 14-Jan-22

Tboughty -

I'd say about 90%.

Viper out.

From: Treeman
Date: 14-Jan-22

I am in that group that may not be hitting full draw all the time. But when I focus and hold 1 second I shoot best.

From: reddogge
Date: 14-Jan-22

I hold until the arrow point stops bobbing around, usually about 2 seconds.

From: Live2Hunt
Date: 14-Jan-22

I shoot to hunt so I practice quick and long hold times for whatever situation at the time of the shot that happens. Making sure you hit anchor on the quick ones is the issue for me.

From: pipcount
Date: 14-Jan-22

An early answer fits me: "Until my mind tells me to turn the arrow loose. There is no predetermined amount of time, and it is situational."

I think I average ~2s. I know it takes me less than 1s to check gap, another less than 1s to shift focus to target, and I typically release in less than 1s. Sometimes it goes very quickly, when the draw "just lines up" right and I loose in almost no time, less than a second. Sometimes it takes a bit longer to be right. Getting the target to looks small, just one tiny piece of it as my focus, is tough some days.

Occasionally I simply let down as it took too long/something is wrong. That is very hard for me to do.

From: tzolk
Date: 14-Jan-22

Situational. Typically though just target shooting 2-3 seconds after coming to anchor

From: Heat
Date: 14-Jan-22

As long as it takes! On average probably 2 to 5 seconds. I do most of my aiming while I draw but I make sure I settle in to my full anchor and pull through the shot. That usually takes a few seconds.

From: Mike E
Date: 14-Jan-22

Probably a smidge longer than John Shultz.

From: Knifeguy
Date: 14-Jan-22

Not longer than a 2 count, most of the time a count of one to settle in. Lance

From: 782GearUSMC
Date: 14-Jan-22

Depends on what I am shooting at. When shooting at fast moving rabbits, squirrels, etc., or upland game, I generally snap shoot.

On large game, as whitetail, I have habituated myself to generally a 3 count...but I don't actually count my pause. I found that the 3 count pause allows me to scrub the shot if need be.

From: Cedarsavage
Date: 14-Jan-22

a long time

From: GLF
Date: 14-Jan-22

I hold 2-2 secs during practice. Keep muscles toned and keeps tp in check. Hunting it depends. If everything going well as soon as my middle finger starts pulling on the corner of my mouth I release without stopping.

From: Ken Schwartz
Date: 14-Jan-22

When I’m at anchor and things settle in on target, maybe 2-3 seconds ! Ken

From: Tomas
Date: 14-Jan-22

From: GLF
Date: 14-Jan-22

2-3 not 2-2

From: buckeye
Date: 14-Jan-22

2-3 seconds .

From: Mortis Sagittas
Date: 14-Jan-22

Long enough to be aligned. Whatever that takes generally about 3 Mississippi. :)

From: longbow1968
Date: 14-Jan-22

Until it feels/looks right. Too long and things go to heck, ha ha.

From: David McLendon
Date: 14-Jan-22

Whatever anybody does that's right for them, doesn't matter to anybody else.

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