Jumping The String, also referred to as Ducking The Arrow or String Jumping are all horrible feelings most hunters have experienced throughout their bow hunting lifetime.

Jumping The String is attributed to most misses while bow hunting Whitetail deer.  It happens so fast to the human eye that most bow hunters believe their bow may be off.  Your arrow will always hit where you aim, however almost all deer do what’s called “jumping the string” or ducking the arrow at the sound of the shot.  This all happens in a fraction of a second and the further distance the deer is away, the higher the likelihood it will have time to duck your arrow.

The 3 Most Important Factors In Bow Hunting

The most important factors while bow hunting Whitetail deer are Arrow Speed, Distance of Quarry and Shot Placement.  These 3 factors all play a crucial role in calculating string jump.

What Is String Jumping?

String Jumping is a deer’s instinctive reaction to sound.

For most deer in the still of the woods, the slightest sound will put them at full alert.  The sound of a bow going off at 30 yards from a deer is a sound that will scare most deer off the instant it is heard.

Jumping the String is when the deer ducks the arrow at the sound of the shot and before the arrow hits its intended destination.  It happens so fast in a fraction of a second that the human eye often does not notice.  This can only be mastered through experience and heartbreak.

How To Practice For String Jumping

Become comfortable shooting from all positions – sitting, standing, kneeling and turning away.  More importantly, practice from the level you will be hunting.  If you are primarily hunting from a ground blind – practice on ground level.  If your primary stand is a tree stand or tripod, practice from the approximate height of your stand.  Practice aiming lower during every practice session and aim lower in the heat of the moment when adrenaline takes over.

How Much Lower Should You Aim?

This comes down to knowing your equipment, arrow speed, distance of quarry and even knowing the temperament of the deer you are hunting.  As well, ground level bow hunting as in the video below is a whole different ball game from bow hunting from an elevated position.  Generally, deer further than 20 yards out is when you want to start estimating string jump.  All deer are different and there is no right answer. It is our job to calculate – or better yet estimate the possibility of string jump.

The more experience and practice you get in, the less likely you will be the guy in this video:


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