There are times when it makes sense to use a bow sight with a dovetail mount for hunting. It may depend on what feels more comfortable. We examine a selection of bow sights that use a dovetail mount and try to help find the best.

A standard bow hunting bow sight mount is quite compact and usually positions the sight window in line with the bow’s riser.

This works for a large proportion of people and many bow hunters never have a problem in using them.

There are circumstances, however, when it is preferable for the sight to be positioned further from the eye and the way in which this is done is by using a sight with a dovetail bar mount.

Dovetail bars may be 4” or 6” in length and enable to sight to be positioned further forward in front of the bow riser.

Hunters find it can enable a greater degree of accuracy with the pin allowing for a finer point on the target. This is why you will find that target bow sights are almost exclusively made with dovetail extension bar mounts.

It should be noted that there are some down sides in using them for certain shooters depending on your experience and shooting capability.

We will take a bit of a look at a selection of hunting bow sights that are built with dovetail mounts and give you the opportunity to compare them.

The following list of bow sights with a dovetail mount gives you a quick overview of what is available on the market today for comparison purposes. Further down the page we have provided a more detailed review of each sight.

Comparison List of Hunting Bow Sights with a Dovetail Mount

Make / Model



Quick release knob
Detachable Dovetail Bar
No Tool Micro Adjust Windage & Elevation


Rack Stop- For Quick "zero" return
Lightweight 6" Dovetail Sight Bar
Quick release bow mount


Pin sizes .010” or .019”
Tool-less micro adjustments


Precision windage adjustment
2nd and 3rd axis adjustment
R.D.S. sight tapes


Fully Captured .019" Pins
Micro adjust windage & elevation
2nd and 3rd axis adjustable


2nd and 3rd axis adjustment
X-Frame base
Level Head sight ring
4” dovetail base


Rapid drive for fast adjustment
2nd and 3rd axis adjustment
Hybrid elevation adjustment


Advantages Of A Dovetail Bow Sight

Adjustability – able to move the sight forward and backward to suit your set up. You can also get the sight closer in to the riser giving you the ability to aim more precisely by perfectly matching up the sight housing with the peep.

Quick removal – the dovetail mount provides you with the ability to quickly mount and detach the sight from the bow

Fine Tune Aiming - When you move the sight further out you are effectively making the aiming process a more exact one…but only if you are already accomplished at holding your bow steady.

When the pin is further away a small movement will result in the pin moving more in your sight window.

If you have not yet become extremely adept at holding the bow steady at full draw it would be a better idea to stick with a standard hunting mount.

Can Help Poor Vision – some people, as they get older, find that the pins are not as sharp as they once were with a standard sight mount.

By being able to move the sight further out it is possible to bring the pins back into sharper focus again.

Of course, there may be other reasons why you are finding it difficult to focus on the pins and it is worthwhile looking at other possible bow sight fixes for people with poor vision.

Detailed Description of Sights with Dovetail Mount

The comparison list above provides some of the basic features about each of the spotlighted bow sights as well as the retail price suggested by the manufacturers.

We will now take a more in-depth look at each bow sight, listing all of their quoted features as well as what you can expect if you were to purchase one.

We have also provided links back to the manufacturer's website to help get a better feel for all of the products each company produces.

Spot Hogg The Hogg Father Bow Sight

Product Features

  • Solid 6061 Aluminum Construction
  • Quick release knob
  • Detachable Dovetail Bar
  • Micro Adjustable 2nd & 3rd Axis
  • Coarse Horizontal & Vertical Adjustments
  • No Tool Micro Adjust Windage & Elevation
  • MRT Pin Guard
  • Micro Adjustable Pointer
  • Travel case included
  • Length: 9 inches
  • Weight: 14.8oz
  • No. of pins: Single, double, 3, 5, 7
  • Fiber size: .010”, .019” or .029”

The Hogg Father bow sight has been built with solid 6061 Aluminum construction which was created to give hunters the most dependable hunting sight possible.

The addition of a 6” dovetail bar and bow mount means that the sight can be positioned further from the riser. It also gives the shooter the option of removing the sight from the bow and then, when it is reinstalled the sight will maintain the original sight marks perfectly.

The sight has the 2nd and 3rd axis adjustability that is necessary in a quality hunting sight. The tool-less micro-adjustable knobs make it simple and smooth to use to ensure precision.

The Hogg Father is available in a choice of single pin, double pin, 3, 5 or 7 options providing you with either fixed of variable pin styles.

Find out more about all of the products from the company by visiting the Spot Hogg website.

Spot Hogg Fast Eddie XL Bow Sight

Product Features

  • 6061 aluminum construction
  • Rack Stop- For Quick "zero" return
  • MRT Pin Guard
  • Lightweight 6" Dovetail Sight Bar with Quick Release
  • Bow Mount
  • Micro Adjustable 2nd & 3rd Axis
  • Coarse Horizontal & Vertical Adjustments
  • Toolless Adjustment
  • Solid 6061 Aluminum Construction
  • Length: 9 inches
  • Weight: 13.2oz
  • No. of pins: Single, double, 3, 5, 7
  • Fiber size: .010”, .019” or .029”

The Fast Eddie XL is based on the compact and sleek profile of the original Fast Eddie. The inclusion of a 6 inch dovetail bar gives the shooter another degree of precision.

The sight has been built constructed with 6061 aluminum to provide a solid sight housing to protect the pins which are available in .010”, .019” or .029” fiber sizes.

It has 2nd and 3rd axis adjustability and the adjustments are made with a toolless process that makes it a smooth and simple action to get precise yardage settings indicated by a sharp pointer.

As with the other sights in the Spot Hogg range, the sight is also housed by the MRT (Multi-Ring Technology) which helps accuracy by assisting with sight to peep alignment.

Find out more about all of the products from the company by visiting the Spot Hogg website.

Trophy Ridge React One Dovetail Bow Sight

Product Features

  • Single pin sight
  • Pin sizes .010” or .019”
  • 100% engineered aluminum construction
  • Durable stainless steel hardware
  • Adjustable brightness through rheostat light
  • Tool-less micro-click windage and elevation adjustments

The React series of bow sights from Trophy Ridge are designed to provide quick and precise adjustments through a set up that is easy to use.

React Technology is the way in which the pins are able to be set accurately so that you can be more confident that the yardage is spot on every time.

The inclusion of the dovetail mount gives you the opportunity to position the sight further from the riser and also enables it to be quickly removed and reinstalled as required.

Find out more about all of the sights and other equipment items by visiting the Trophy Ridge website.

HHA Tetra Dovetail Bar Bow Sight

Product Features

  • Pin sizes: .010” or .019”
  • Scope sizes: 1-3/8”, 1-5/8” or 1-3/4”
  • R.D.S. sight tapes
  • Precision windage adjustment
  • 2nd and 3rd axis adjustment
  • Available in either left- or right handed models

Known as the Tetra Tournament, this sight has been built as the ultimate in lightweight hunting and competition sights available.

This single pin sight combines the versatility of up to 2.1” of travel with a dovetail bar that can move it closer or further away as you need it and it will lock solidly in place.

The adjustment wheel provides you with extreme control over how you dial in your yardage and it also has 2nd and 3rd axis adjustment.

The pin sizes available are .010” or .019” and you also get a choice of 3 scope housing sizes: 1-3/8”, 1-5/8” or 1-3/4”.

The inclusion of the dovetail bar on this sight means that it is a slider sight that is ideal for bow hunters as well as 3D shooters who want to put the sight further in front of their riser.

Find out more about the company by visiting the HHA Sports website.

Rocky Mountain 5-Pin Dovetail Bow Sight

Product Features

  • All Aluminum Construction
  • 5-Pin
  • Fully Captured .019" Pins
  • Tool Free, Micro Adjust Windage and Elevation
  • Built-In Light Adapter
  • 2nd and 3rd Axis Adjustable
  • Laser Etched Windage and Elevation Markers

This is a high quality, durable bow sight that is available at a price point that is comfortable under sights of a similar standard.

The dovetail mount gives it the additional adjustability that some shooters are after and the fact that it also includes 2nd and 3rd axis adjustment makes it a tremendously versatile 5-pin sight.

The pins are .019” and alternate from green to red to green, etc for ease of use and they are bright enough for clear sighting in all light conditions.

This is a rock solid sight that allows you to get it well out in front of the bow for tight sighting and shots. It is far more affordable than similar sights available and it has all of the adjustment any hunter can ask for.

Find out more about this sight and other products from the company by visiting the Feradyne Outdoors website.

Black Gold Ascent Verdict Bow Sight

Product Features

  • Pins: 1, 3, 5
  • Housing size: 1-3/4” or 2”
  • PhotoChromatic Technology
  • SkyCoil light gathering
  • “Dial-of-Death” fine adjustment knob
  • 2nd and 3rd axis adjustment
  • Level Head sight ring
  • X-Frame base
  • Zero Out feature
  • Machined aluminum guard
  • Weight: 8.7oz

The Ascent Verdict is an extremely durable bow sight that uses PhotoChromatic Technology to ensure that the pins are not too bright when surrounding conditions are clear and bright.

In dimmer conditions it uses the SkyCoil to gather enough light to ensure the pins are bright and easily seen.

The adjustments are made possible with the “Dial-of-Death” adjustment system that everything moves smoothly and predictably and it is possible to make small and accurate changes. It also features Zero Out which will allow you to dial directly to a predetermined yardage without looking.

This model provides the shooter with the option of using a 4” dovetail base instead of the standard mount to increase the range of positioning available.

Find out about this sight and other products from the company by visiting the Black Gold website.

CBE Engage Hybrid Bow Sight

Product Features

  • Pins 1, 3, 5
  • Pin sizes: .010” or .019”
  • Weight: 13.2oz
  • Rapid Drive for fast adjustment
  • 2nd & 3rd axis adjustment
  • Revolve Micro Pin System
  • Armed Guard Fiber Management System
  • Hybrid elevation adjustment
  • Micro adjustable windage
  • Fluorescent peep alignment ring
  • Laser engraved aluminum sight yardage
  • Sight light

This is a bow sight that is notable for its ease of adjustment courtesy of Revolve Micro-Pin system that enables you to lock the pins individually so that a single pin may be engaged and micro-adjusted without affecting the others.

This is a smooth operating fixed pin sight that benefits from the Blade pins that are available with either .010” or .019” fibers.

It is bright and clear and has a fluorescent peep alignment ring and sight light so that it will be fully functional in low light situations.

While this is one of the more expensive 5-pin sights, it is also particularly simple to use and will provide you with a great deal of versatility and accuracy.

Find out more about the products available by visiting the Custom Bow Equipment website.

There is some spirited discussion going on over whether to use a dovetail mount or a direct mount when hunting.

Some people are of the firm belief that a direct mount is the only way to go when hunting. Some say it's because they are more compatible with a quiver mount while others merely say it's because that's how their hunting sight arrived.

Those who have made the switch to a dovetail mount have found the versatility they provide is a huge advantage, particularly when aligning the peep.

For most people it will ultimately come down to trying a dovetail mounted sight and making your decision according to your results.

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