What bow is right for you? this is a hard question to answer for several reasons. Every person is different and there isn’t a single bow out there that is a one size fits all. Some important things to remember going into a bow purchase are what draw length and draw strength you want, what your budget is, and if you plan on buying a ready-to-hunt bow or you’re building a custom one.
Picking Your Draw Length And Weight
When looking for your new bow you will want to select an option that is designed to fit your specific draw length. Draw length is the specific length your bow should be drawn back to fit the user for optimum comfort and efficiency. You can calculate your draw length by fully extending your arms and measuring the distance from finger tip to finger tip, then divide by two and a half, the calculated number will be your draw length. Most bows will have an adjustable draw length, you can find the specific measurements on the ID card located on the lower limb. The next step will be choosing the correct shooting weight for you. To find out good poundage you will need to go to a dealer and shoot a bow at several different weights to determine what will work for you. Ideally, the optimum weight should be challenging to pull back but not overly difficult.
Budgeting is probably the least fun part of getting a new setup but it is the most important for sure. When selecting your archery equipment you should select a rough price range that you would like to stay in. It is important to remember that in addition to buying the bow itself there will be other costs added to your purchase. You will at the very least need a shooting release, arrows, target tips, as well as any other accessories that are not included with your setup. If this is your first bow you can usually get all of your accessories for about $100.00. These do not have to be top-of-the-line products but they will need to be durable enough to do what you expect of them.
Selecting Your New Bow
By now you should know what draw length and poundage you will be shooting, as well as the cost of the accessories you need. Now it’s time to pick a bow model. At first, the options are overwhelming for sure. you can spend as little as a few hundred dollars all the way up to several thousand depending on what model you buy. To help narrow down all of these options you should ask yourself “what will I really be using this for”. If you plan on just using it for hunting season then I would recommend getting an intermediate bow that shoots well but doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of a pro series model. These bows will usually come as a ready-to-hunt package with a sight, stabilizer, quiver, and arrow rest. If you want to step up your game you can start looking at a pro series model. These are known for their reliability and performance. Typically these will cost a lot more to get set up than a standard intermediate bow. you will need to select all the accessories such as a rest and sights as well.
Unboxing Your New Bow
Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of a new bow. The only thing left is to get out there and start flinging some arrows. Make sure that while shooting you always follow proper safety guidelines and always make sure to never dry fire your bow. If you do have a dry fire it can result in personal injury as well as damage to your bow. With all that in mind enjoy your new bow and good luck on your next hunting season!