Tips on Archery Tackle: Bow selection

04 Jun

In my next few blogs I’m going to look at what goes into selecting archery tackle. I have been into archery for about 8 years now and by no means do I consider myself an expert but I do believe I have knowledge that would be useful for anyone from a beginner to someone with even more experience than myself.

I want to make clear that I am not sponsored by any of the products that I will talk about. I will just give my opinion on what you want to look for when purchasing equipment.

First is you need to budget how much you want to and are able to spend on a bow. Keep in mind that you will

also need to budget for the bow, rest, sight, stabilizer, quiver, release, arrows, and I would recommend some kind of bow case. Why spend the money on all this and not protect it with some kind of case?

So with that out of the way lets look at the first thing you need. A bow. This is your platform for everything else. As silly and no brainer it sounds, you can’t bow hunt with out a bow. There are a few things you want to look for in a bow that will give you a good platform to enjoy the sport of archery.

One of the most important things I look for in purchasing a bow is the draw cycle or what the bow feels like as you draw it back. I like a smooth drawing bow that has little to no hump as you roll over into the valley. With the smooth draw on some bows it can feel like you are drawing less weight than you actually are. This is a very nice characteristic for when the temperature drops. Some of the smooth draw bows on the market now are the: Elite Hunter, Mathews EZ7, PSE Vendetta, and my favorite but an olde is the Mathews Switchback XT. The smoother the draw however the less speed you will get. Some other bows on the market that don’t draw as smooth as these but are still respectable on the draw and put out some blazing speeds are: Elite Pulse, Hoyt CRX, Hoyt Carbon Element, PSE AXE, PSE EVO, Mathews Z7 Extreme, and Mathews Z7 Magnum.

Next you want to look at that axle-to-axle length, brace height, and let off. The axle-to-axle (ATA) length is important because if it is to short it can cause nock pinch at full draw and just not give you good string angle for anchoring in. A good ata for hunting is anywhere from 30-34 inches. Next is the brace height. This is the distance the string is from the riser at rest. The higher the brace height the more forgiving the bow will be. A good brace height for hunting is a 7 inch brace height. And last the let off. Let off is the percentage of pounds that is reduced once at full draw. Most bows today are either 75% or 80% let off. 5% may not sound like much of a difference but the few pounds will make a difference in those late season outings. These things just like everything is a personal choice. So go to your local pro shops and shoot a lot of bows and find one that fits you and what you are looking for in a bow. I hope this gives you something to think about the next time you are looking at purchasing a new bow.


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