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Choose the Right Bow For Bow Hunting

Aug 18, 2007
If you are thinking about getting into bow hunting, the first thing you'll need to choose is a bow. Now, a gun hunter can waltz into a shop, spend a few hours feeling the weight of different pieces, assess them for weight and action and walk out of the shop with a new gun that suits their needs. Bow hunters don't have it so easy. For starters, there are three kinds of bow on offer, the longbow, the re-curve and the compound bow. Arguably, the most popular bow used by modern hunters is the compound bow.

Once you've chosen a bow style, there are a number of other points to consider when choosing the bow that's right for you, and it's vital not to overlook any of them.

Consider the quality of the brand

Your bow will need to withstand a fair amount of abuse, ranging from inclement weather to the occasional drop from a tree stand. Seek out a bow that has a solid warranty, is made by a widely-known manufacturer and comes with recommendations from fellow hunters.

Assess the speed of the bow

For many experienced bow hunters, speed is the most important quality a bow offers. The faster an arrow moves, the more distance your bow can cover. The flip side to this is that speed can also lead to a drop in accuracy, even for experienced archers.

Accuracy is key

Above all else, you need an accurate bow if you are going to succeed in hunting anything with it. It's fair to say an accurate shot is just as much, if not more, down to the user's experience as it is to the bow itself. The best bet is to find a bow that suits your style, and practice with it as much as practical.

A little thing called forgiveness

Bow hunters have a special name measuring the error in their grip and form plus the anchor and release of their bow - it's known as forgiveness. Generally, the less experienced a hunter is, the higher their required degree of forgiveness will be. Generally, bows with a brace height near eight inches have more forgiveness than those with shorter brace heights. It's important to understand the trade-off here as well, a larger brace height is often accompanied by a loss of speed.

Does it look the part?

At the end of the day, looks matter to most of us. Given the sheer variety of bows on the market, there's bound to be one that you think is the absolute business and plenty of others that aren't so attractive.

Weigh these characteristics up carefully as you research bows, whether that's online or in person. And before ordering a bow from an online vendor, regardless of how well recommended they are, do yourself a favor and visit a local supplier to examine a similar unit in person. This will help you avoid disappointment, and ensure the bow suits your needs.
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Craig Chambers is a hunting enthusiast who enjoys bow hunting and offers extensive free hunting guides, tips and resources on his website www.huntingyourbest.com
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