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I wear glasses and have always worn HUGE frame glasses, so that I could see the target through my peep while looking through my glasses. I was just thinking that for next year, if i did away with the peep, maybe i won't have to contort my neck so much and it would be much more comfortable to shoot.

Gonna try and eventually just shoot instinctively maybe that would be the best anyway.

Just wondering how many, if any at all shoot your compounds without a peep.

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I never used a peep. I made sure that I anchord at the same point each time, and I touched my nose to the string each time. Touching your nose to the string, serves the same purpose as the peep.
 

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I use a peep with no kisser. I have tried about every combination but this is most accurate for me. I shoot as well with no peep from the ground (after practice) but that all fell apart when shooting from the tree. Same thing with a kisser. It was a wasted accessory for me. My anchor is solid and repeatable and I shot great from the ground and then when I was shooting from a tree and anchored where it felt natural and comfortable then I would have to move or turn my head to make the kisser touch. Even if I was touching the kisser to something solid like a tooth it caused me to be less accurate from a tree. If you are anchoring to the corner of your mouth or something that moves, it's even worse. For me, a peep is necessary for consistent hunting accuracy. If I were going to attempt to switch, I would spend as much time practicing from the tree as I did from the ground. I'm not talking about shooting some from the tree, I'm talking about devoting 50% of my time to shooting from an elevated platform as opposed to spending 95% of my time on the ground and naturally shooting the same place when I'm in the tree.
 

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That is very good advice silentassassin. I don't climb trees lol. I have only hunted out of a tree stand twice. Every game i have ever taken has come from the ground. One would never think that the position of the corner of your mouth has the ability to change according to situation. That is something i would not have thought of. Again thanks!
 

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Never have shot a peep. Joke with my buddies that peeps are for pu**ies! :fit: But seriously, I respect each archer for striving to be as accurate as possible. If a peep is necessary, great. In fact, I am the only guy in my group that doesn't shoot a peep.

Sounds like the peep is an issue for you and may lead to poorer accuracy???

Muscle memory is the key. Practice becomes important to retain that memory, I shoot a little bit year round (seldom go a week without slinging 25 arrows or so) and really shoot a bunch August through January (25 to 50 arrows every day I can).

I have four or five spots with my anchor that tell me I am "there". String on nose, thumb below jaw, top of hand on ear lobe and release in the corner of mouth. All of that puts the valley between my thumb and pointer finger solidly on the back of my jawbone, kinda like a perfect fit. These "feel" zones act as a check point and become second nature, in fact, I don't even think about it unless my accuracy is suffering. Something else to consider is your bow arm. For me, it is a feel and "sight picture" thing. A muscle memory thing that I can't even describe in writing. A bow torqued differently from shot to shot will throw things off.

Also, there are accessories that can be placed on your sight that help with proper alignment, both anchor and bow arm. Look up the "No Peep", and the IQ line of sights (I think) offer a visual clue as to alignment...again it becomes second nature and muscle memory takes over after a while. I hear after you shoot with them, you get where you only look at it when accuracy is off at the range.

Finally, with the shooting up/down angles (tree or steep terrain), just bend at the waist. Keep your back arm in line with your arrow, by bending at the waist and everything will stay in line. If you have practiced enough, muscle memory takes over there too and you know when you have moved your anchor....

Good luck with it. If you can make it work, I believe you will wish you would never have shot a peep at all.
 
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