Purchase and Setup
- The best advice in the world for purchasing a bow is to purchase one that fits you and more importantly one that feels right while you are holding it. It doesn’t do any good to purchase something that feels uncomfortable when holding the bow or even drawing the bow back.
- When you are thinking about buying a new bow, visit a local retailer or a proshop and check out the bows they have on hand. Try pulling it back, see how it feels in your hand and if it is comfortable for you.
- Things to take into consideration are the overall height of the bow, draw weight, draw length and how easy does it feel to draw back. Not all bows are created equal, there is plenty of models on the market. Your goal is to find one that you are comfortable with and it feels as if it was made just for you.
- For today’s modern compound bows there is two choices, carbon or aluminum.
- Arrows come in different sizes depending on the draw length and draw weight of your bow.
- Depending on your choice, choose the right arrow for your bow. The arrow manufacturers have arrow charts to help make the choice easier. different draw lengths and draw weights. If unsure, it is best to always ask an outfitter.
- On the market today is two different types of Broadheads, fixed blade or mechanical.
- There is also two different types of fixed blades, cut on impact or chisel tip. Both use razor sharp blades that are placed into a shaft that is attached to the arrow.
- The mechanical broadheads have the blades tucked inside or along the broadhead shaft. The blades open up upon impact.
- Something to also consider is broadhead weight and cutting width. The popular weights are 85 grams, 100 grams and 125 grams. The cutting width starts at 1 inch to as much as 3 inches for some of the blades used for turkey.
- The choice of what broadhead to use is something that is entirely up to you. The trick is to find one you prefer and one that does the job.
Outfitting your bow
- Most newly purchased bows will require a arrow rest. The arrow rest holds the arrow while you draw the bow back. There is several different styles of rests, flipper style, capture style or the latest one is the drop away rest. The choice is your of which style you choose.
- Some archers prefer to shoot instinctive, meaning using on sights what so ever but that takes a lot of practice. Most hunters and target shooters prefer a peep sight and a pin sight with their setup. Again there is plenty of different sights on the market.
- After the rest and sights, the other things to consider is stabilizer, quiver and a release. The stabilizer helps balance the bow while you are holding it. The quiver holds your arrows and can be attached to the bow or carried. Most of today’s bows require the use of a release aid. It is something to discuss with your outfitter.
- Accessories are becoming more popular these days. Most are designed to quiet the bow when it is being released. They can be string whiskers, limbsaver buttons, or dampeners. The choice is entirely up to you how you accessorize your bow.
- Basically you want to keep your setup as simple as possible.
Sighting in your bow
- The best advice on sighting in your bow is to start out at ten yards and shoot three arrows and see what the grouping is. You may have to adjust your sights up, down, left or right depending on where you hit the target.
- Do the same for the other distances. Some archers have their bows sighted in up to 50 yards.
- FIt may take some time to get it sighted in but keep at it. It is well worth the effort in the end.
- The goal is to get your grouping in a three inch circle. If you can get your grouping tighter than three inches, so much the better.
- Practice, Practice and Practice some more.
- Try to practice every possible scenario, as this will help in the field.
- Practice from your stand, sitting down, standing up, and shooting in an awkward position and any other way you can think of.
- Try using a 3-D target and placing it at different angles to you. This will help with shot placement and help with your confidence.
Most of all enjoy the outdoors and good luck hunting!