The most important thing in choosing a bow is to make sure it is a proper fit for you. Don’t borrow a bow from a friend or family member that doesn’t fit! This will cause inconsistent shooting and you will become frustrated and not enjoy the best bow hunting success you desire. You want to be able to hit what you aim at! A proper fit is essential to success.
Best Tips for choosing a bow to fit you and your needs.
1.Draw length: Draw length is the measure of the arrow when you are pulling an arrow back. If at all possible, go to a pro shop and have them custom fit your draw length. It will save time and lots of frustration in the long run.
2.Bow Poundage: Bow poundage is related to how hard the bow is to draw, and how far and fast an arrow flies. You can have the highest poundage you want, but if you can’t draw the bow, you can’t fire an arrow. A beginning shooter should start with lower poundage and as you get comfortable, you can increase it. Too much draw weight will cause bad form and fatigue and will hurt accuracy.
3.Choosing arrows: Always choose high quality arrows whether they be wood, carbon, or aluminum. Which is best? I have used aluminum arrows for years with great success. Recently, I have switched to carbon arrows. the carbon arrows are very durable, tough, and provide great accuracy and speed. I prefer carbon express or goldtip shafts. You need to be mindful of arrow weight. You need at least 8 grains of arrow weight for each one pound of bow weight. ex: if shooting 60lb of draw weight, your arrow weight should be 420 grains including the tip and fletching. TIP: Heavier arrows = quieter bow and better control. Lighter arrows = more speed and a flatter trajectory.
4.Choosing an arrow rest: There are hundreds of great arrow rest. Flipper rent, fall away, prong rests, etc. I recommend the Bododdle and have used them for 20 years. It is a personal choice and one that you will become easier to make the more you shoot.
5.Release or Fingers: First, I have seen great bow hunters that were finger shooters. However, I have increased my accuracy by tenfold using a mechanical release. I prefer the Winn Free Flight Caliper release, but Scott makes great releases too. Try more than one. Some have partial gloves, some are full gloved. Choose what suits your preference for hand comfort.
5.Broadheads: Fixed or Mechanical? I prefer fixed blade broadheads, as opposed to the expanding type. 100gr fly good, kill good, and drop the target easily. I use Thunderhead and/or Muzzy Broadheads. I have killed deer, exotic rams, javelina, whitetail, bobcats, turkeys, and fox all with the 100 gr broadhead. Being so satisfied, I have not tested nor used the expanding broadhead.