The Proper Way to Shoot From Your Knees

Surprisingly, when we practice shooting we usually stand upright, and rarely do we shoot kneeling. When hunting from the ground we find ourselves trying to get lower to escape detection and, since sitting isn’t a viable option for shooting, we often end up having to shoot from a kneeling position. Did you know that there is a right way and a wrong way to kneel? When kneeling to shoot, make sure that your leading leg–the leg closest to the target–is the knee that you put down.

H300baving your leading leg up can cause interference with your bowstring or lower limb. Also, when swinging with your target, you may encounter interference with your front leg if it is up. Why not put both knees down? If you need to stand up in a hurry, then you have one less leg to move. Hopefully knowing a better way to kneel may help you someday.


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  1. Shelby County Shooter May 23, 2018 at 8:48 am - Reply

    I practice from my knees all the time as I don’t use tree stands or elevated shooting houses.

  2. Carl May 23, 2018 at 10:13 am - Reply

    The photo and text seem to be in conflict. In the photo the shooters leading leg is up! Nice to see a lefty though.

  3. Carl May 23, 2018 at 10:15 am - Reply

    Okay, I get it now!

  4. Tom Apple May 30, 2018 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Nice tip…it’s especially helpful for using my longbow.

  5. Lester Dumm May 31, 2018 at 10:45 am - Reply

    Super tip but…..I am right handed and just had a knee replacement. I have to shot with the wrong knee up for now. I suggest practicing both ways. You never know.

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