Beginner Bow Hunter Buyer’s Guide
Archery is likely the fastest-growing sport in the hunting world. But, before you get started purchasing your first bow, consider a few matters.
Explore and get to know your local Bow Shop
Your local Bow Shop has the knowledge and skills to fit you with the right bow. Until you are more experienced, we suggest you stay away from On-Line Bow purchasing. Your Bow Shop can direct with purchases, recommend models and Bow accessories and provide shooting techniques and exercises for the individual archer. Most have practice ranges and instructors that may assist in choosing the right Bow.
Bow’s come in several sizes and shapes. Of most importance, the Bow must fit the archer. This may be a slight problem with the youngest of archers as you may outgrow a Bow in a single season. Thus, we suggest a Bow that has some growing pain flexibility. The most expensive Bow may not be best for you. Trust your Bow shop in sizing the correct Bow.
Some Bows designed for young beginners are the Mathews Genesis and Mission models, along with PSE’s Youth Bows. Others may fit your needs as well. You might even ask your Bow Shop for a loaner Bow if available. Don’t shy away from a used Bow in great condition if it fits you and your budget.
Arrows come in different materials and sizes. Like the new Archer and his Bow, the arrows must fit the Bow. A dozen arrows with matching field points should do to start with. Wait on Broad Head purchases as training should be accomplished first with field points.
Sights, Pins, Arrow Rest, Stabilizers
Today’s Bows are a world apart from yesterday’s Bows. Don’t over accessorize. Start basic and grow into new archery features. A Peep Sight in your Bow string, two adjustable pins for distance shots, and some type of stabilizer and vibration reduction accessory will be fine for starters. Your arrow rest should be simple and reliable.
Like a glove, the arrow Release should fit your hand and should be considered when Bow draw lengths are evaluated.
Foam block type and target silhouettes come in all shapes and styles. For beginners, focus on a target that accepts field points.
Bow Case, Care, Storage
A proper case that fits your bow is very important. A hard case for your bow is more forgiving and will protect your new Bow from mishaps. Always remember that the inside temperature of your car can be fatal for any Bow. Give your Bow a home when not being used. Inspect your Bow string and keep it waxed.
Don’t dry fire your bow
Dry firing a Bow is the act of shooting without an arrow. Although it may seem harmless, it can be a costly mistake. If this occurs, we recommend having a Bow Shop examine your Bow for damage.
Safety comes first
As with any weapon, safety comes first. Arrows can travel fast and far. Know your target. Know your surroundings. Set up a shooting range with ample distance and clearance from buildings and bystanders.