The Five Elements Of a Great Hunting Bow

Posted on December 29, 2011

hunting bowMany bowhunters are under the impression that the faster the bow, the better it is for bowhunting. This just isn’t true. There are many factors that make up a great hunting bow, and blistering arrow speed isn’t the main one. Here are five elements that comprise a great hunting bow:

1.) Accuracy. If your bow doesn’t allow for great repeatability, day in, day out, how can it give you confidence about performing well at crunch time? It can’t. This is where shooting forgiveness is paramount—a component that allows for some shooting error.

Some bowhunters demonstrate consistent shooting form, even on “off” days or while under pressure, and bows with low-brace height speed bows (6 5/8 inches or fewer) are suitable for them. However, most bowhunters don’t have this kind of shooting control. For this reason, these bowhunters are better off with more-forgiving designs that come with slower IBO speeds. The same goes for bow axle length. Try several bows in various lengths and see what shoots most consistently for you.

2.) Smooth. A good hunting bow pulls smoothly and shoots the same, allowing for almost effortless operation. Many of today’s bows are engineered for maximum efficiency and speed, but the trade-off often comes with a “harsh” draw and shooting cycle. Avoid these as much as possible, because they’ll cause problems when you are afield.

3.) Fast Enough. A bow that is too slow is bad, too, since it will hurt trajectory and arrow energy. For this reason, examine all bows closely by test-shooting and analyzing speed capability. Then, decide which one offers the perfect blend of smooth-shooting performance and speed. This will make it more lethal for hunting.

4.) Great Aiming. Not all bows “aim” the same. Some simply stay on target better without strain. This is what you want; it’ll make the tough shots a bit more doable. Again, test-shoot various models and determine which is the best aimer. You’ll know what we mean when you “feel” it.

5.) Quiet. This could be the most important element. The quieter the thud, the less likely an animal is to jump at the shot, resulting in a poor hit. A quiet bow also makes back-up shots more of a chance. Quiet “misses” tend to keep animals within range, while loud ones don’t. It’s that simple.

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