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A Beginners Guide to Bow Hunting Equipment

Oct 9, 2007
For hunters just stepping into the world of bow hunting there is a lot to be learned, and a lot of decisions to be made. It's essential for a hunter to do his research and have an idea of what he's looking for when he first steps into his local archery shop.

Since the invention of the gun, bow hunting has become an ancient sport. Guns were more effective, and much easier to make a kill, which was essential for survival. In recent years though, bow hunting has had a resurgence. Many hunters find it a much more challenging hunt than a gun. There is great skill and agility required that isn't necessary when using a gun, which is why buying bow hunting equipment can be an overwhelming task for the newcomer, but there are some guidelines to follow to make the job easier.

There are a lot of different options for bow hunters at the archery store. Bows will first be divided by handedness. A hunter must determine which which is his dominant eye; the archery expert at the store can assist with this. Although it isn't always the case, right handed people tend to be right eye dominant. Right handed equipment also tends to be more widely available than left handed. If you're right handed and left eye dominant, the best choice is usually to buy left handed equipment and shoot with the left hand, but buying right handed equipment and using the left eye is also an option. It will all come down to the preference of the hunter.

Draw weight is another choice to be made when buying bows. Hunters generally tend to buy too heavy for their frame which can be a big mistake. Draw weight is measured in pounds, and the smaller the person, the lower the weight. Females also use lighter draw weights. A release aid is another option the hunter has for his bow. Most novices start out without the aid, but after realizing how difficult it can be to pull back the bow, many enlist the help of an aid. Other options will be sights and stabilizers which can be a good investment, though not necessary.

Arrows will need to be the hunter's other big investment next to his bow. With the help of a professional, a hunter can choose arrows made of aluminum or carbon, depending on what he plans to hunt. Arrows also come in a variety of sizes and lengths. If the expense of initial equipment is becoming too hefty, buying used is another option for the bow hunter. Good equipment can be found if a hunter has the time and patience to look for it.
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